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Biological Technician 1-Seabird Technician

Ocean Associates, Inc.
La Jolla, California, United States
Commensurate with experience.
June 07, 2019


Biological Technician 1: Seabird Technician - Antarctic Field and Analytical Support

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a Biological Technician to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division (AERD). OAI supplies personnel support on contract to government and industry clients for technical, administrative, managerial, and organizational services. The SWFSC is seeking contractor support services to satisfy specific operational objectives of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Specifically, the AERD requires support for general field preparation, in situ data/sample collection, data analysis, and data/sample processing for research programs. Contractor personnel shall work with various AERD staff as needed during the performance of their duties.


Provide logistics and support for Antarctic seabird field studies including:

Participate in logistical operations during all port calls for the duration of the port call.

Participate in logistical operations to transport equipment, supplies, and personnel between the transport research vessel and the field camp.

Conduct seabird research, involving collecting and analyzing standardized data related to seabird reproduction, foraging ecology, growth, abundance and distribution, and survival. Research activities include weighing penguin chicks, banding penguins, obtaining stomach samples, placement of radio transmitters, satellite tags, time-depth recorders, and other instrumentation as directed by Program Leader.

Oversee field technicians and demonstrate AMLR data collection protocols to technicians new to the AMLR Program.

Assure that data are promptly and properly entered in the designated data spreadsheets, including completing preliminary quality assurance and quality control protocols to ensure that data files/spreadsheets are accurate.

Provide research assistance to other camp staff as necessary without compromising primary research goals laid out in the other elements of this document and shall read and strictly adhere to the MMPA permit issued to AMLR.

Assist in logistics and maintenance of the field station.

Participate in and at times oversee general camp maintenance including generators, solar array, and wind generator and weather station, construction projects, cooking, cleaning, and similar.

Exterior and interior painting of all field camp structures.

Assist station leader in writing weekly reports that shall include pinniped and seabird research activities.

Adhere to all relevant permits, including the safety plans or manuals, the MMPA permit, banding permits, and ACA permits.

Inventory all seabird research supplies and assist in inventory of all camp, food, and science supplies. All inventories shall be in Excel format.

Travel is required.

Overtime is anticipated

Expected Start Date: 8/1/2019

Locations: La Jolla, CA; Arenas, CHILE; Punta South Shetland Islands; Antarctica

Schedule: It is anticipated that this position at the field camp shall work 40 regular hours per week and 44 overtime hours per week, equating to 12 hours per day, 7 days per week in order to provide the data, data processing projects, analyses and other products outlined above. The duration of this position’s performance period is based on Antarctic field research schedules and available ship time. This position is needed for annual field research efforts at the Cape Shirreff field research camp on Livingston Island between approximately November 2019 and March 2020. The incumbent will need to be available for pre-and post-season support between August 2019 and April 2020.

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time position. Commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package.


Selected individual(s) must have the following minimum qualifications:

High school graduate or GED and at least four (4) years of college level education.

Ability to perform a variety of tasks such as field sampling and data collection, curating biological samples, general laboratory upkeep, database entry, and staging equipment for field operations.

Ability to obtain medical clearance

Preferred qualifications include:

Wilderness Advanced First Aid or Wilderness First Responder training

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please APPLY THROUGH OAI's ADP WEB PORTAL. Only qualified applicants that meet minimum experience or background requirements stated above need apply. When applying for this position you will be asked to upload your resume at the end of this online application.

Applicants should submit a resume that includes the following:

Cover letter that briefly describes how you meet the required and preferred qualifications listed.

Work history for past 10 years or since last full-time education.


Previous experience or training with similar requirements.

Three professional references.

Include your name in the document file name.

Upload your resume in readable, not scanned, PDF or Word format (PDF is preferred).

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States, complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire, and successfully complete a federal government background check. Ocean Associates Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law.