Oceanographer – USGS – Woods Hole Coastal & Marine Science Center


As a Oceanographer within the Woods Hole Coastal & Marine Science Center, some of your specific duties will include: 

  • Provide expertise and lead field activities for collection of hydrodynamic, bathymetric, and sedimentologic field data. Lead or participate in the design, planning, and organization of multifaceted data collection. Prepare instrumentation for deployment, deploy and retrieve instruments, and download data. Operate small boats (<25 feet) to conduct field operations.
  • Analyze hydrodynamic and sediment transport data. Organize and process field data with existing code and modify or develop new processing code as needed. Evaluate data quality and identify conditions which may produce anomalies in the data. Write code to quantitatively compare data to theoretical relationships. Interpret data, integrate the implications of different data types, and evaluate the impact of results.
  • Disseminate results, both independently and as a team member. Author or coauthor data releases and peer-reviewed publications. Prepare data, illustrations, and maps for publication in reports, journal articles, and for public and scientific presentations. Present project results at meetings and conferences. Serve as a source of information for scientists. Publish field data and model results.
  • Test, evaluate, and establish protocols for operation and data processing of new oceanographic instrumentation. Lead or participate in developing new instrumentation and deployment platforms as required to accomplish research objectives.
  • Operates a government owned or leased vehicle as an incidental driver. 

Physical Requirements & Work Environment: Fieldwork may require moderate to strenuous activities such as hiking, swimming, carrying up to 50 pounds, driving vehicles with trailers, and operating small vessels. Endurance and agility are required to perform field studies. Fieldwork at sea is subject to extreme weather conditions, high noise levels and a moving platform and may include work in the water.

Key Requirements:

  1. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  2. Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  3. Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
  4. More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
  5. Selectee must provide a valid state driver’s license & safe driving record.
  6. Selectee subject to successful completion of a pre-employment medical exam.

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position.

  • Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.
  • A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
  • Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.


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