Read a leadership message from Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries, regarding the Maine Lobstermen’s Association recent announcement on North Atlantic right whales. We stand ready to continue to assist Maine in whatever way possible to achieve the necessary level of risk reduction to these critically endangered whales.
NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program announced funding for seven research projects aimed at understanding physical and chemical changes affecting lobster in the Gulf of Maine. Additionally, Sea Grant is launching a regional program designed to link lobster research with industry and other stakeholders so they can better benefit from and inform studies and decisions.
NOAA Fisheries worked with the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital organization and other partners to develop a new Endangered Species Act patch. To earn the patch, Girl Scouts will learn about species, including marine species, protected under the Endangered Species Act and how federal policies help protect our environment.
NOAA Fisheries reissued a policy directive on the process of transitioning to a new or improved recreational fishing data collection design. Procedural Directive 04-114-02 describes the process of reviewing and certifying survey designs and documenting and archiving survey design details.
NOAA Fisheries released a draft technical memorandum summarizing the 2019 survey results for commercially important crab species in the Eastern Bering Sea. This survey’s data provide estimates of population abundance and distribution, which support the management of red king, blue king, southern Tanner, snow, and hair crabs.
Follow our scientists as they study northern fur seals, which are known to breed on only a few isolated islands in the North Pacific Ocean. And check out our science blog series covering the 2019 aerial surveys of marine mammals in the Arctic to see what scientists are learning about changes in the polar seascape.
Five years ago, a wave of warm ocean water (nicknamed “the Blob”) disrupted West Coast ecosystems and depressed salmon returns. Now a new expanse of unusually warm water has quickly grown in the same area, to almost the same size. NOAA Fisheries is closely monitoring the new heatwave.
A 12-year effort to tag and track shortfin mako sharks off the West Coast has found that these top predators travel nearly 12,000 miles a year. Researchers also found that they regularly returned year after year to an important feeding and nursery area. Little was known about their range prior to this study.
Data indicate coral reefs in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are experiencing a major bleaching event and predict severe coral bleaching will extend across the Hawaiian Archipelago. NOAA will continue to monitor this event and use our Integrated Ecosystem Assessment approach to incorporate all ecosystem components into the management process in Hawai’i.
NOAA’s Deepwater Horizon Restoration Program recently launched a long-term strategic planning process to support restoration activities. The team developed a series of actionable tactics to advance the vision of a sustainable, healthy, and restored Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. Learn more about recent restoration efforts.
NOAA Fisheries has extended the voluntary vessel speed restriction zone previously established southeast of Nantucket to protect a group of right whales sighted in the area on September 9. This zone is in effect through September 24. We ask that mariners route around this area or transit through it at 10 knots or less.
When young Atlantic salmon (smolt) are released at stocking sites lower down Maine’s Penobscot River, they’re more likely to survive and enter the ocean than those released higher in the river system. Scientists designed a new computer model that helps select release locations to improve survival of stocked smolt.
Eight college students spent the summer working with the Atlantic Salmon Ecosystems Research Team at the Woods Hole Laboratory and Maine Field Station, gaining valuable hands-on experience with sea-run fish. Meet two of the students and learn about their summer projects in this profile.
September 20 Proposals due for the 2020–2021 Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Program.
September 29 Proposals due for the 2020–2021 Monkfish Research Set-Aside Program.
October 1 Applications due for companies interested in providing groundfish at-sea monitoring services in fishing year 2020 (and are not already approved to do so.)
October 31Proposals due for 2020 Species Recovery Grants to States.
October 31Proposals due for 2020 Species Recovery Grants to Tribes.
November 1 Abstracts due for the 2020 Milford Aquaculture Seminar.
September 12 Free Atlantic Shark Identification workshop in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
Working Title: OPS STAFF ASSISTANT – 77900736
Position Number: 77900736
Salary: $16 – $17/Hour, Depending on Experience
Posting Closing Date: 09/25/2019
FWRI is seeking an OPS Staff Assistant to assist with property and the mailroom within the Facilities Management Subsection. This is to deliver mail to various locations on campus and to track property inventory including vehicles. Customer service and attention to detail will be an important part of the job. We are here to serve FWRI (Fish and Wildlife Research Institute).
Duties & Responsibilities:
Assist Facilities Services Specialist with coordination and operation of the Logistics subsection: operations, procurements, supplies and be responsible in distributing deliveries to FWRI staff as required.
Assisting with mailroom adherence and implementation of best practices and proactively looking for process improvements to better serve our internal and external customers.
Assisting in making efficiency improvements in utilizing the USPS, FEDEX and UPS consulting and shipping services is important to improve the work flow.
Assisting with the tracking and adherence to PM best practices for each vehicle and forklift in the Facilities Fleet.
Assist in property management with the annual inventory, surplus and property transfers as needed.
Assist with directing all Facilities Management vehicles and pool vehicle scheduling, registration, vehicle logs, data entry, vehicle cleaning and vehicle maintenance.
Assist with photocopier maintenance, copy paper inventory, toners, and other related supplies.
Assist with using and maintaining all postal equipment, such as Neopost.
Assist with facilities and safety inspections as required.
Assist with minor repairs involving the use of hand tools.
Assist by being cross trained in multiple facilities management responsibilities, such as Communication to Stakeholders, Net Facilities, Flicker, GIS, Managing blue print as-builts as well as digitally archived copies.
Assist in the cross training of all Facilities Management staff
Participate in outreach activities, such as Marine Quest.
Performs other related duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Operational Support of the Property Subsection and interaction with Tallahassee Property Office, include inventory, WEX, keys, access control, and internal software, all FWRI sites state wide.
Utilization or trainable of all office equipment, required for the position
Knowledge of compiling, organizing and analyzing data
Capable of performing building inspections as directed
Able to communicate and interact appropriately with all FWRI stake holders
Ability to maintain as-built building plans digitally
Computers and Microsoft Offices programs (to include Word, Excel, and Outlook)
Capable of being trained on all Neopost mailing equipment
USPS mailing standards, and safety regulations.
Knowledge-of or able to be trained on all HazMat Shipping regulations.
Valid Driver’s License
Work more than 40 hours occasionally as needed, nights, and weekends.
Able to lift 40 pounds safely and routinely
Ability to pass FBI background check
Three years of secretarial or clerical work experience. College education from an accredited institution can substitute at the rate of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours for each year of the required work experience; or vocational/technical training in the area of secretarial science or office/business studies can substitute at the rate of 720 classroom hours for each year of the required work experience; or a high school diploma or its equivalent can substitute for one year of the required work experience. Must pass a FBI background check.
**Preference may be given to candidates that are proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook).
WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT? Other Personal Services (OPS) temporary employer/employee relationship used solely for accomplishing short term or intermittent tasks. OPS employees do not fill established positions and may not be assigned the duties of any vacant authorized position. OPS employees are at-will employees and are subject to actions such as pay changes, changes to work assignment and terminations at the pleasure of the agency head or designee.
WHAT BENEFITS ARE APPLICABLE TO OPS EMPLOYEES?
State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan – mandatory
Participation in state group insurance (must meet eligibility requirements. Consult with People First or the servicing Human Resource Office for details.)
Deferred Compensation – voluntary
Employee Assistance Program – voluntary
WHAT BENEFITS ARE NOT APPLICABLE TO OPS EMPLOYEES?
Any form of paid leave
Participation in the Florida Retirement System
Reinstatement rights or retention rights
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
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