Senior Expedition Coordinator

This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), with one vacancy in Silver Spring, MD or Durham, NH.

  • Serve as the Senior Expedition Coordinator. Lead and advise junior team members under general guidance from division leadership on policy, resource planning, and producing reports or publications. Conduct/direct an advanced program and exercise leadership in developing and evaluating concepts of operations and troubleshooting and tracking issues. Mentor and train junior team members and manage operating procedures and assessing accuracy of results.
  • Lead sea-going expeditions that utilize deep submergence and hydrographic systems on NOAA and non-NOAA ships. Develop and ensure completion of team’s reporting including cruise and data acquisition reports, and products. Utilize geospatial software and geographic information systems (GIS) databases to analyze and collect GIS data.
  • Ensure effective completion of the division’s exploration, science and technology objectives. Improve operations and efficiency, evaluate new technologies and improvements. Provide guidance on, organize, and review technical documents (e.g. procedures manuals and standard operating procedures). Evaluate data necessary to contribute to program objectives. Identify deficiencies and make recommendations as requirements change.
  • Develop regional partnerships and collaborate to refine requirements, establish priorities, and achievable outcomes. Communicate scientific information to technical and non-technical audiences (verbally and in writing) at outreach and educational events. Participate in port events, ship tours, and live interactions.

These duties are described at the full performance level of the ZP-4; the ZP-3 is developmental leading to such performance.

  • Leading and/or providing guidance for the execution of at-sea ocean exploration or ocean research projects (i.e. ocean mapping, hydrographic survey, ocean exploration, oceanography, marine geology, benthic ecology, marine science, geophysics, deep sea science, marine science, geophysics, biology, GIS, geography, marine archaeology, or a related ocean science discipline) and utilizing geospatial and GIS software; 
  • Synthesizing, analyzing, and/or evaluating data from ocean mapping and/or science projects and/or research cruises/expeditions;
  • Participating and collaborating in outreach activities, such as interacting with school groups and working across different academic or industry partnerships, and delivering reports, briefings, and/or presentations to various audiences; and
  • Providing support in ensuring the effectiveness of ocean exploration or ocean research projects and recommending improvements (i.e., evaluating new technology and methodologies, developing and reviewing technical procedures manuals, and/or developing standard operating procedures (SOPs)).
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