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16 Jun 2022

Full-Time Oceanographer

Ocean Associates inc. – Posted by oai1 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Job Description

Ocean Associates Inc. (OAI), together with our teaming partner, IBSS, seeks full-time Oceanographers to support the Coastal Hazards Branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) in Silver Spring, MD. CO-OPS is the authoritative source for accurate, reliable, and timely tides, water levels, currents, and other coastal oceanographic and meteorological information. A well-qualified candidate will have an educational background in a Marine Science discipline and a working knowledge of MATLAB, Python, and/or ArcGIS. If you are looking to be an instrumental part of a growing, employee and customer-focused company working on exciting issues in environmental science and other marine/coastal resources, we want to hear from you!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Perform quality control and review of water level data to complete updates of Sea Level Trends, Exceedance Probability, High Tide Flooding, and Extreme Water Level products, on a routine basis as well as after high-water events.
  • Conduct statistical analyses in support of the annual High Tide Flooding Outlook report and quarterly High Tide Bulletin. Support product automation and integration into the Coastal Inundation Dashboard, resulting in seamless access across timescales through a single tool that builds situational awareness on coastal water levels.
  • Develop prototype products and visualizations of water level, wave, or vertical land motion statistics and predictions using Python and MATLAB.
  • Develop API/data services of gridded water level data, including sea level projections and scenarios, minor and major water level extremes, high tide flooding probabilities, and vertical land motion from a sea level rise technical report to be integrated into the Fifth National Climate Assessment.
  • Support requirements development and use of the gridded API data services to support the development of a next-generation inundation analysis tool or “calculator”.
  • Provide computation, scientific coding, and GIS support to build improved hazard visualization products, including integrating legacy products like sea level rise trends with vertical land motion and producing mean sea level and water temperature.
  • Support the transition of external research of a 40-year reanalysis of ADCIRC-modeled water levels along the entire U.S. ocean coastline into CO-OPS operational environment through GitHub and Cloud services. Develop API/data services of gridded water level data and determine solutions to integrate the gridded data set with point-based data to fill the gaps between NOAA water level stations at approximately every 500m along the coast.
  • Aid in the planning for legacy point-based products to be consolidated and removed from CO-OPS website as gridded products become operational.
  • Aid in the development and operationalization of nearshore wave observations, which will support marine navigation, hydrodynamic model development, coastal change forecasts, and the prediction of coastal hazards such as rip currents, storm surge, and wave run-up.
  • In a database environment, identify and resolve deficiencies in water level datasets and metadata required to produce oceanographic products.
  • Assist with the revision of SOPs used to analyze oceanographic data and generate products.
  • Assist with the development of presentations, technical reports, and peer-reviewed publications in areas of expertise.


Salary: Full-time. Pay commensurate with experience. Generous employee benefits.

Location: Silver Spring, MD and locally remote.

Required Skills /Education/ Certifications & Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in oceanography, meteorology, hydrology, physics, physical science, geophysics, civil engineering, or a closely related discipline, and two years of relevant experience, or a Bachelor of Science degree in one of the above fields and six years of relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of oceanographic principles, theories, and practices sufficient to review and analyze data is required.
  • Must be proficient in using the Microsoft Windows operating system, Microsoft Office applications, and Google’s Collaboration Suite (e.g., Docs, Sheets, and Slides) for analyzing data and developing and editing documents and presentations.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, as well as a demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team, are required.
  • General database and query experience and a working knowledge of MATLAB, Python, and/or ArcGIS may be required depending on what task(s) the position supports.
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and collaboratively in a team/group setting.
  • Ability to receive constructive feedback and implement appropriate action.



If you are interested in being considered for this position, please APPLY THROUGH OUR ADP WEB PORTAL, AT THE LINK AT THE TOP RIGHT OF THIS PAGE.

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.
  • 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).

How to Apply  

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

Job expires in 73 days.

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