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Position Title: Natural Resource Management Assistant
Location: Biscayne National Park, Homestead, FL
Start Date: 5/20/2019
End Date: 8/8/2019

Position Description:

  • The DHA Resource Assistant will complete in-depth analyses of Biscayne’s reef-fish data (from 1999 to the present) to support the park’s Fishery Management Plan and impending park-specific fishing regulatory changes to be implemented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
  • Examine spatial and temporal trends in fish populations within the park.
  • Understand and document spatial and/or temporal trends in numbers, distributions, and sizes of reef fish, specifically those targeted by recreational and commercial fisheries; findings will help guide the development of park-specific fishing regulations to be co-developed by the NPS and the FWC.
  • Work methodically within a pre-established database and the R software program to analyze data individually for a series of targeted species as well as at a multi-species community level.
  • Develop the basic scripts and protocol needed to ensure future years’ analyses can continue uninterrupted and in the same manner as previous years.
  • A mandatory Career Workshop will be held in Washington DC from August 4 – 8, 2019.

Qualifications:

  • This project is very technical in terms of database management and statistical analyses.
  • Must be an upper-level undergraduate student or a graduate student who has: i) successfully completed at least 2 statistics courses and ii) experience using the R software program.
  • Experience in other software programs, such as ArcGIS, Excel, and PowerPoint are not required, but would certainly enhance the products produced by the intern.
  • Comfortable with spending long hours in front of a computer doing a repetitive sequence of steps to complete analyses.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”) between the ages of 18 and 35 years old.
  • Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required.

Applications:

They will review applications in January and February 2019 and will notify qualified applicants for interviews. Final decisions will be made by March 2019.

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