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Job Title: Mapping Specialist
 Job Location: Silver Spring, MD
 Job Type: Full time Contract Position
 Company: CSS-Dynamac (
 Start Date: Jan 2, 2011 or until filled
 Where To Apply:
 Salary: $ Negotiable (commensurate with experience)

A person with academic training in biological, earth, physical sciences, geography or spatial ecology is needed for a full-time contract position with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA) Biogeography Branch. The Branch conducts ecological studies that map, characterize, assess, and model the spatial distributions and movements of estuarine and marine organisms across habitats throughout the United States and Island Territories. Applicants should have demonstrated experience in conducting spatial analysis in ESRI ArcGIS, and should be available for frequent travel to conduct ship-based mapping missions for periods of two to three weeks. Experience with Hypack/Hysweep, Konsgberg and Reson multibeam systems; NOAA Hydrographic Specifications and Deliverables; and habitat mapping are also desirable. The successful candidate will have the following core responsibilities.

 1. Provide GIS and remote sensing support to projects developing benthic habitat maps of marine ecosystems:

 *     Develop cartographic products and metadata from spatial data
 *     Process and archive remotely sensed data (e.g. imagery) for distribution and storage
 *     Assist with acquisition of data or samples in field.

 2.Provide data management support to projects conducting ecological assessments of marine ecosystems:

 *     Assist with field mission preparation
 *     Perform quality assurance and control (QA/QC) on collected data
 *     Produce basic descriptive statistical summaries of collected data

 Essential Qualifications:

 *   Experience or academic training in Geographic Information Systems, especially ArcGIS and remote sensing software (e.g. ENVI or PCI)
 *   Basic knowledge of statistics
 *   Experience with acoustic acquisition and processing software, e.g., Hypack and Caris
 *   Familiarity acquiring acoustic data with Reson and Kongsberg multibeam systems
 *   Sea worthiness and ability to travel for two-three week missions at sea multiple times a year
 *   Keen attention to detail
 *   Knowledge of marine science, biology, ecology, or geology
 *   Good written and oral communication skills
 *   Ability to learn quickly, work independently & collaboratively, and show initiative to solve technical problems

Preferred Qualifications:

 *   Experience or academic training in developing marine benthic habitat maps from remotely-sensed imagery
 *   Experience with ArcGIS editing and the use of ArcGIS extensions such as Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, Geostatistical Analyst, Geospatial Modelling Environment, and MGET
 *   Familiarity with LiDAR data processing
 *   Experience coding in a high-level scientific language such as R, Matlab, or Python
 *   Knowledge of Geostatistics and Spatial Statistical Modelling

 Where to Apply: