Research Operational Specialist (ROS) II

Cardinal Point Captains, Inc. (CPC) is seeking an experienced and qualified individual to serve as Research Operations Specialist II (ROS II) to the NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The ROS II assists in carrying out field work, data management and analysis, report preparation and science communication, and provides general assistance with NOAA small boats and dive programs. Duties include but are not limited to:

• Conduct field work as part of the FKNMS Science team as related to the Coral Disease Response, including coral disease monitoring of coral outplants and surrounding corals, coral disease intervention activities and monitoring, sampling of corals for coral disease research, collection of corals as part of the Coral Rescue effort, and translocation of corals to spawning hubs and restoration sites.

• Cruise planning and preparation, participation in approximately 150 single-day research trips per year.

• Manage data collection in the field, develop summary reports and coordinate reporting and communication with partners.

• Support science activities at the site including projects such as benthic surveys, restoration monitoring, coral sampling, coral relocation and restoration, and physical and biological oceanographic monitoring.

• Developing new content and revising existing content for FKNMS webpages, outreach materials, and technical publications, creating maps and figures for use in materials, and producing summary reports on science activities.

• Assist with developing content or compiling data, resources and images to inform the next FKNMS Condition Report.

• Providing general support for FKNMS such as development, review and submission of dive plans and assist in the planning of diving activities, filling of SCUBA tanks, and assistance with the Key West Dive Locker Lead to track, maintain, and service FKNMS dive equipment.

• Assist with boat operations, maintenance of boats, docks and upkeep of boatyard storage/repair facilities.

• Conduct geographic information system (GIS) analysis.



• Education/Experience: Degree (Masters or Bachelors) from an accredited college or university in Marine Resource Management, Biology, Geology, Environmental Studies, Maritime Archaeology, electrical or mechanical engineering or related scientific fields.

• Experience working with federal government and state agencies.

• Excellent written and verbal communication

• Experience on vessels and knowledge of safe vessel operations

• 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 work outside near the coast or at sea in the elements of the weather at times

• Able to lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds to assist transporting equipment and gear is required.

• Knowledge of a range of marine associated disciplines to include coral reef ecology, oceanography, and fisheries.

• Experience with ArcGIS software

• Experience conducting benthic monitoring of coral reefs

• Caribbean coral identification expertise.

• Ability to communicate research and monitoring activities to both the scientific community and the general public

Preferred Qualifications:

• Maintain current NOAA Diver qualifications, Volunteer NOAA Diver, AAUS Diver, or skills equivalent

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