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Esa/Mmpa Support Services

Ocean Associates, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD
January 05, 2021



Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a candidate to support the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Protected Resources (OPR) Permits and Conservation Division in Silver Spring, MD. OAI conducts research, offers policy advice, and provides personnel support services to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species.


Process and/or support the processing of Incidental Take Authorization requests pursuant to Section 101(a)(5)(A&D) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) in conformance with the statute, regulations, and NMFS' policies, including: reviewing applications; coordinating with applicants; conducting impact analyses; responding to public comments; and drafting all necessary supporting documents.

Evaluate, conduct, and draft (or assist with those actions) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses.

Critically analyze and/or support the critical analysis of scientific literature, agency documents, and other applicable information to assess impacts of human activities (including underwater noise) on marine mammals and develop and/or evaluate mitigation and monitoring to support agency findings under the MMPA, and ensure compliance with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), NEPA, the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, and other applicable statutes.

Communicate and/or assist with communicating program policies, requirements, and issues to the public and other Federal Agencies, as well as to other NOAA programs and leadership.

Support program planning, monitoring, technical analyses, improvement, and policy development across Division, and assist with other Division actions as needed.

As needed, process and/or support the processing of Directed Take Permit requests for protected species pursuant to Sections 104 of the MMPA and 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA and in conformance with NMFS' policies, including: reviewing applications; coordinating with applicants; conducting analyses; responding to public a

Start Date: January 4, 2021

Location: Work may be performed primarily offsite

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time position with benefits. Salary commensurate with experience


Bachelor’s degree in a related field with 2 years of relevant experience.

Subject matter expertise and knowledge of the ESA and MMPA for operational or research programs and activities in the coastal and marine environment is required.

Ability to work independently, reliable, self-starter, self-motivated and strong attention to detail

Ability to isolate and define critical conditions and problems within a program or part of a project in order to determine the environmental impact of various activities.

Skill in oral and written communication in order to develop and present scientific assessments and analyses.

Knowledge of NMFS regulatory, research and management activities

Knowledge of NOAA operational and research activities

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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).