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Research Biologist

Commercial Fishers

The CFRF is seeking a motivated and qualified individual for the position of Full-time Research Biologist to start February 2021. Applications are due by December 30, 2020.

Overview of Position: Full‐time position focusing on collaborating with the commercial fishing industry to continue the Black Sea Bass Research Fleet as well as execute at‐sea work for an automatic squid jig pilot project and pre‐wind farm development fisheries monitoring surveys. The qualified applicant should expect to spend 1 to 7 days at‐sea per month. The individual will also assist in other CFRF research initiatives at the direction of the Executive Director. Timeframe and Compensation: The position will last for one year, beginning in February 2021. The research biologist will maintain an average of 35 hours of work/week, will receive compensation at a rate of $48,000‐$52,000/year, depending on qualifications, and benefits of healthcare, paid holiday and paid personal time. There may be an opportunity to extend this position, depending on funding availability and performance.

Scope of Work: The qualified applicant will work with CFRF staff, The Rhode Island Division of Environmental Management (RI DEM), and the fishing community to maintain the Black Sea Bass Research Fleet. The project, run since 2016, utilizes modern technology and fishermen's time on the water to collect critically needed biological black sea bass. The individual will also assist, primarily at‐ sea, with two other projects conducted in collaboration with the local fishing community. One project pilots a novel gear type for the Longfin squid fishery to reduce bycatch, while the other involves a suite of surveys to collect pre‐ construction data on the distribution and abundance of fish and invertebrate species in wind farm development and reference areas.

Examples of specific duties include:

Black Sea Bass Research Fleet Communicate with and support fishermen participating in the Research Fleet • Configure and troubleshoot sampling equipment • Organize and train fishermen • Maintain reference and training materials for participants • Generate data reports Arrange transportation of black sea bass samples to RI DEM lab in Jamestown, RI Assist RI DEM with laboratory analysis o Manage project database (SQL). Lead reporting writing and submission of project data to the supporting agencies  Squid Jig Pilot Project o Assist with equipment set up o Participate in single and multi‐day at‐sea gear trials o Data entry o Assist with data analysis and report writing  Fishery Monitoring Surveys o Lead ventless trap survey trips o Assist in survey trips using other gear types o Identification and characterization of fish and invertebrates o Collection of oceanographic data  Participation in staff meetings and outreach related to the projects  Assist in other CFRF research initiatives at the direction of the Executive Director.Examples include, but are not limited to; o Support for CFRF’s other Research Fleets o At‐sea trials for new gear types or configurations o The development of new projects, including proposal writing Location: The Research Biologist will work from the CFRF office located in the Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island building on the East Farm Campus of the University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI) as well as from their home office. Surveys will leave from Point Judith, Newport, or Sakonnet, Rhode Island. The Research Biologist will be expected to maintain three days per week in the CFRF office, at the docks, or at‐sea with remaining work conducted from their home office.

Minimum Qualifications:  Bachelor’s Degree in biology or related field.  Experience (>2 years) working with commercial fishermen on cooperative researchprojects  Experience (>2 years) working at‐sea on scientific surveys  Knowledge of and ability to identify fish and invertebrates found in waters off the coastof Southern New England  Proficiency in data summarization and analysis program (Excel, R, or other statisticalsoftware)  Demonstrated excellence in organization  Experience with digital data sharing techniques, such as Dropbox and Google Drive  Valid Driver’s License  Ability to lift >50 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications  Master’s Degree in fisheries science or related field  Experience (>1 year) leading at‐sea scientific surveys on commercial fishing vessels  STCW Basic Safety Training certification  Experience with SQL and database management  Experience writing research proposals and technical reports To Apply: Email a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three professional references to by December 30, 2020