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OAI provides professional consulting services to government organizations, the private sector, academia, and UN agencies. OAI experts have carried out ocean and fisheries projects throughout the world. Our experts couple diverse work experiences as scientists and senior managers with exceptional educational backgrounds and contacts throughout the United States and world-wide.

Teams of OAI Associates and affiliates can be fielded quickly, anywhere, to do analyses, plans, evaluations, and technical reports on -
      • Commercial and Recreational fisheries
      • Fisheries and wildlife conservation
      • Aquaculture - freshwater and marine
      • Issues in aquatic ecosystems
      • Ocean issues, remote sensing, and oceanography
      • Marine fisheries research and management
      • Fisheries in developing nations - research, development, and management
      • Climate change impacts on freshwater and marine systems and fisheries
      • Planning and evaluation of Environmental Projects
      • Research vessels and facilities



































































































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arrowScientist 8
Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a Scientist 8 to provide support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), in Portland, Oregon. OAI supplies personnel support services on contract to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species. This position will support the recovery planning of 36 marine and anadromous species listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The incumbent will assist NOAA’s West Coast Region (WCR) in providing staff and external recovery partners with scientific analyses and data summaries to inform recovery action planning, prioritization, implementation, and subsequent evaluation of performance measures and program effectiveness. This will involve providing general scientific and analytical support for the WCR’s ESA recovery program, providing program analysis of the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund program, and providing training and support for internal and external users of the WCR’s Recovery Action Mapping Tool. This is an excellent opportunity for a person with a strong scientific background to contribute to NOAA’s effort to recover threatened and endangered species. For more information:Scientist 8

arrowNatural Resource Specialist
Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a Natural Resource Specialist to provide support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), in Santa Rosa, CA. OAI supplies personnel support services on contract to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species. This position will provide technical assistance on protecting, restoring, and monitoring submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) within the San Francisco Bay Estuary (the Bay), and help streamline the regulatory process for mitigating the adverse impact on SAV in the Bay. The incumbent will also help manage eelgrass (Zostera marina) mitigation funds from the California Department of Transportation for adverse impacts on eelgrass resulting from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span Seismic Safety Project. This is an excellent opportunity for a person with a strong estuarine background to contribute to NOAA’s effort to mitigate adverse impacts on eelgrass in the Bay. For more information:Natural Resource Specialist

arrowScientist 9 - Scientific Analyses of Harvest Management Strategies for Puget Sound Chinook
Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking applicants for a Scientist 9 position to provide technical analyses, including harvest management strategies for Puget Sound Chinook salmon, and scientific writing support to NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service West Coast Regional Office. For more information: Scientist 9

arrowScientist 7 - Steelhead Hatchery Genetic Management Plan and ESA/NEPA Document Writing Support
Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a Scientist 7 to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), California Coastal Office, in Santa Rosa, CA. OAI conducts research, offers policy advice, and provides personnel support services to government and industry cliets for marine fisheries and protected species. For more information: Scientist 7

Scientist 6
Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a Scientist 6 to provide support to the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) West Coast Regional Office, in either Seattle or Lacey, WA. This is an almost two-year position to evaluate Puget Sound salmon and steelhead harvest strategies. Over the next two years, state, tribal and federal managers will renegotiate harvest plans for Puget Sound steelhead and Puget Sound Chinook. These agreements are expected to span at least five years and include fisheries along the full migration corridor for salmon stocks returning to Puget Sound. The work to be conducted in this position requires assessment of the adequacy of these agreements under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The work will likely require some technical analysis including trend analysis and risk assessment. In addition, existing consultations on harvest actions affecting listed Puget Sound Chinook have reporting requirements that must be tracked. This is a good opportunity for a person with good analytical and writing skills to contribute to an important project in the field of Pacific salmon conservation. For more information: Scientist 6

International Policy & Analysis – NMFS/International Affairs
We are seeking applicants who are experts in international policy with an emphasis in fisheries management. Qualified applicants will be kept on file and referenced first when anticipated openings arise. Please include your present commuting area, and whether you are willing to relocate if responding to this position. For more information:International Policy & Analysis

Communication Specialist - all areas
Seeking a Communication Specialist. Locations, salary and length of employment will vary due to the contract being filled. For more information: Communication Specialist

Earth Science Professionals: All levels $14-$59/hour with Excellent Benefits
Ocean Associates, Inc. provides administrative, scientific, and technical personnel to support federal and international agencies working on ocean, coastal, and freshwater natural resources, whether biological or non--biological. This advertisement is for non-biological employees at all levels. We frequently must fill positions quickly when an existing staff member departs or when we win a competitive contract to provide services.

Resumes of respondents will be evaluated and filed for review by our project managers. We will contact you when an opportunity matching your background arises.

Most worksites are at federal facilities on coasts such as regional scientific centers or offices that develop and promulgate regulations and monitor their performance.

Our employees may acquire, analyze, and manage data and publish the results; organize and conduct workshops and other meetings; facilitate decision making in a complex environment with diverse stakeholders; propose and monitor regulations; advise industry and environmental groups; and otherwise support federal natural resource agencies.

Topics may include sediment transport, habitats for living organisms, climate change impacts, pollution, satellite and buoy data systems, research planning and evaluation, water chemistry, groundwater supply and condition, and other areas of physical science and technology.

Applicants for non-clerical positions must have education or experience in physical earth sciences such as oceanography, geology, geography, and environmental chemistry. Knowledge of GIS, laboratory and office analytical software and techniques and equipment, experience and ability to go to sea, and strong writing and presentation skills are important.

Clerical positions include receptionist, bookkeeping, arranging and accounting for travel of staff, office timekeeping, and similar duties. Experience is required and education or training is a plus.

Work may be part-time or full-time, short-term of a few months or long-term, such as five years. A benefit package is immediately available for full-time employees on a three month or longer assignment. Our benefits are in the top tier, comparable to those of federal employees.

If you wish to be considered for positions such as this please submit your resume in response. Be sure it contains:

Please include your salary requirements, your present commuting area, and whether you are willing to relocate. We suggest you add this information, or anything else you wish us to know, to the top of your resume or a preceding page so that everything is in one document. Apply at - Earth Science Professionals


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EEO - Equal Employment Opportunity

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This page last updated October 17, 2017