Research Operations Specialist


Cardinal Point Captains, Inc. (CPC) is seeking an experienced and qualified individual to serve as a Research Operations Specialist III (ROS III) to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Monitor National Marine Sanctuary (MNMS). MNMS conducts scientific research, monitoring, exploration, education and outreach activities with the goals of preserving submerged resources and providing awareness of maritime heritage. The ROS III is required to safely and efficiently operate offshore, conducting marine science research aboard vessels. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Meeting the demands of offshore scientific research operations aboard various research vessels
  • Providing dive support, archeological field support, research;
  • Providing education, outreach, science communications and outreach coordination.
  • Support science activities at the site including projects such as remote sensing surveys, historical research, and SCUBA diving. Additional tasks include cruise planning and preparation, participating in field work (up to five projects a year, 1-12 days each), data management, education, outreach, science
  • Analyze data collected during MNMS field activities, such as processing oceanographic data, shipwreck identification, and creating data visualization products.
  • Conduct geographic information system (GIS) analysis. Tasks include manage geospatial data; produce maps to support science, education, or resource protection programs; conduct spatial analysis.
  • Provide content for science communication. Tasks include developing new content and revising existing content for webpages and producing summary reports on science activities.
  • Develop, coordinate and support field outreach events and public events highlighting the science data and work of the MNMS (5-10 events a year, 1-3 days each).
  • Develop Social media content and other education and outreach products to communicate science data to the public.
  • Work with media to communicate science data and findings for MNMS.

. Requirements:


  • Master’s degree in Marine Science or related discipline (Archaeology, Communications, Education, History, etc.)
  • Experience on vessels and knowledge of safe vessel operations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Experience with ArcGIS software, statistical software, remote sensing technologies including multibeam sonar and satellite imagery.
  • Knowledge of a range of marine associated disciplines to include ecology, oceanography, and fisheries.
  • Experience communication science discoveries and data to the public.
  • Current SCUBA certification (NAUI, PADI, etc.) and meet the standards established by the program’s diver certification process (which meets the standards set by NOAA and the American Academy of Underwater Science), or able to immediately participate/pass NOAA Diving training course, and maintain throughout duration of employment.
  • Able to lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds to assist transporting equipment and gear is required.
  • Experience working with federal government and state agencies.
  • Ability to plan and coordinate multi-agency field logistical needs on multiple spatial and temporal scales.
  • Experience mobilizing research cruises, including tracking personnel and paperwork, purchasing and organizing field gear, and coordinating with research vessel operations staff and crew.

AAP/EEO Statement

CPC is an EEO employer. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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