Research Fish Biologist

  • National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • May 14, 2019
Full time Biology - Ecology Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Research

Job Description


This is a Direct Hire Public Notice. Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.

Category Rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to this Public Notice.

This position is located in National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC), Resource Assessment and Conservation Engineering (RACE) with one vacancy in Seattle, WA.

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The position is with the Midwater Assessment and Conservation Engineering (MACE) Program, Resource Assessment and Conservation Engineering (RACE) Division of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC). The MACE Program is responsible for conducting acoustic-trawl surveys in the Gulf of Alaska and eastern Bering Sea (Midwater Assessment), developing innovative survey tools and methods, undertaking ecosystem process-related studies involving acoustic and/or optical remote sampling tools, and conducting research aimed at mitigating fisheries bycatch and habitat impacts (Conservation Engineering).

As a Research Fish Biologist, you will perform the following duties:

  • Conduct research to understand and mitigate bycatch, bycatch mortality, and the effects of fishing on habitats in collaboration with project leaders, members of different sectors of the fishing industry, and other stakeholders.
  • Organize, maintain, prepare, and support underwater cameras, acoustic systems, and other sensors/equipment for observing fishing gear, fish behavior, and habitat characteristics.
  • Collect data ashore and at-sea with conventional techniques, such as trawling and fishing gear, and innovative remote sampling techniques, such as optics and acoustics.
  • Contribute to the analysis and management of data, organize and evaluate results, and assist in the preparation of reports of findings and public outreach.

Travel Required

25% or less - Up to 25% of domestic and foreign travel may be required for this position.

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Pay scale & grade ZP 3. Salary $66,386 to $103,441 per year.