Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a Scientist VI--Hydrologist to provide support to the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) West Coast Regional Office (WCR), in Santa Rosa, CA. OAI supplies personnel support services on contract to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species. The person filling this position will provide hydrology expertise to support the mission of the NMFS in the Santa Rosa field office of the WCR. The geographic focus of hydrology services will be the coastal California watersheds served by the Santa Rosa field office, i.e. – southern Mendocino County to San Luis Obispo County. The contractor will act as a subject matter expert, engaging in activities to inform, educate and assist others in areas related to watershed hydrology and its influence on ecosystem functions and habitat conditions for anadromous fish. The contractor will be expected to stay abreast of developments within the field of hydrology as it relates to fisheries ecology and fisheries management. Applicants should have at least a B.Sc. in a related field, plus experience, or a graduate degree can be substituted for experience. Knowledge of hydrology as it relates to anadromous fish, knowledge of hydrologic modeling, and excellent writing and oral communications skills are also needed. This is an excellent opportunity for a person with a strong scientific background in hydrology to work with a NOAA team and make substantial contributions to Pacific salmon and green sturgeon conservation.
Selected individual(s) should have the following minimum qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus four (4) years of experience in a related field or combination of such totaling eight (8) years combined education/experience. Master’s degree in a related field or Ph.D. may be substituted for experience.
Knowledge of hydrology and fluvial geomorphology of Pacific Coast rivers and streams as it relates to riverine and estuarine habitats for anadromous fish, with primary focus on California coastal watersheds from Mendocino County to San Luis Obispo County.
Ability to perform hydrology analysis using standard methods of hydrological science.
Experience or knowledge of instream flow assessments for evaluation of habitat suitability for anadromous salmonids and green sturgeon.
Knowledge of hydrologic modeling techniques and applications. Experience in assessing the appropriateness of specific hydrologic/hydraulic models for fisheries habitat assessment. Ability to provide critical analysis of model parameters, assumptions, and outputs.
Communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to write technical reports and memoranda that are scientifically sound, accurate, concise, and understandable.
Additional preferred qualifications include:
Knowledge of surface water/ground water interactions and relationships as they affect instream flow conditions for anadromous fish.
Ability to understand and/or perform ground water/surface water modeling and calculations, and/or the ability to critique such models for validity and applicability.
Ability to evaluate reports and recommendations resulting from ground water/surface water modeling and calculations.
Ability to work with complex hydrologic data and produce reports needed to assess theappropriateness of stream flow conditions for support of the anadromous salmonid life cycle.