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Statistical Analytics at NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region (MA)

Posted on: 02/07/2017

Summary / Description

We are seeking an intern to assist our Analysis and Program Support Division. Our office, NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (https://www.greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov/index.html), is responsible for the stewardship of the nation’s ocean resources and their habitat.  The Monitoring and Analysis Section of the Analysis and Program Support Division has an internship opportunity to conduct spatiotemporal statistical analyses of fishery-dependent data to monitor and measure regional fisheries performance and support catch monitoring activities as required by the region’s fishery management programs.

The intern will be closely supervised by a designated mentor and may be involve in any of the following activities: analyzing data according to established procedures; preparing reports, diagrams, charts, and graphs, as needed; and developing software to improve the accuracy or efficiency of data analysis.

Depending on interest (of the intern and other programs), the internship maybe a shared position. As an example, spatial statistical mapping and summary of Marine Protected Areas and exploring fishing activity in or near the areas to facilitate mapping or data exploration related to Marine Mammal Protection Act issues explored within the Protective Resources program.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Explore fisheries catch data to uncover spatiotemporal patterns relevant to fisheries management in the Greater Atlantic Region (e.g., species bycatch)
  • Work with statisticians and specialists in GARFO to identify pressing issues that may be addressed with exploratory analyses

The intern will

  • Appreciation of the complexity of fisheries data.
  • Experience examining different types of information and learning how they relate.
  • Be able to identify fisheries, gear, areas and seasons that may be of concern for protected species issues.
  • Gain an appreciation of the tradeoffs, process and protections made in management between the fishing industry and the provisions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Skills Required

Enrollment in an undergraduate with strong quantitative and computer skills. Strong technical skills, including familiarity with a programming environment such as R or Matlab and training in mathematical modeling and/or statistics.  Detail oriented self-starter with strong organizational skills and a proven ability to work well independently and in teams.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Experience with applied statistics and ecological modeling
  • Experience with statistical programming language (R, SPSS, MATLAB)
  • Knowledge of SQL and relational databases a plus
  • Experience/Exposure with Geographic Information Systems
  • Competency in core probability and statistical methods
  • Interest in quantitative ecology, marine conservation, and/or wildlife and fisheries management


Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, Gloucester, MA

Other Information

Intern Supervisor:
Michael Lanning
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