Social Science Data Specialist (22-1049)

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Location: Seattle, WASHINGTON
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 06 Feb 2022

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Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Seattle, WA
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Full time Positions
$25.00-$30.00/hour, DOE
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Title: Social Science Data Specialist (22-1049) Location: Seattle, WA (98112) Anticipated Start Date: March 1, 2022 Position Type: Full Year (12 months or more), Hourly/Non-Exempt Benefits Eligible: Yes | Salary Target: $25.00-$30.00/hour, DOE Job Number: 22-1049 How to Apply: Online at Closing Date: February 6, 2022 at midnight (PT) Group Definition: Data Management Specialists (Social Sciences) use a background in the social sciences as they assist in the population, maintenance, enhancement and distribution of databases. They locate, obtain, standardize, enter, verify, and correct various data sets related to project goals and work plans. Position/Project Specifics: The Social Science Data Specialist will work with scientists at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC; Seattle, WA) on data-driven projects intended to inform fishery managers and the public. The position involves assisting in the following tasks: • Assist with AFSC work on developing social indicators with cultural relevance and meaning. • Work with interdisciplinary scientists to examine the effects of climate change on Alaska fisheries and fishing communities. Includes assisting with quantitative and qualitative data collection, management, and interpretation. Data visualization and some general analysis. Create outreach materials for diverse audiences. • Work with AFSC scientists, North Pacific Fisheries Management Council (Council) staff, and Tribal and stakeholder partners to synthesize data and develop community-level reports for Council and public stakeholders. • Prepare and manipulate various data and graphic outputs for use in reports, presentations, story maps, blogs, and internet applications, using standardized retrieval scripts. • Assist in acquiring data through interviews, surveys, workshops, and focus groups. Data sources vary in format and will include both quantitative and qualitative sources such as database, spreadsheet, archival materials, text and audio, and survey data sets. • Produce written research and statistical reports featuring data visualizing (including graphs, tables, maps, and text), data sets, and data summaries using a variety of analytical techniques and software tools. Offers of employment with PSMFC are contingent upon candidates being fully vaccinated from COVID-19 (unless eligible for exemption under a reasonable accommodation). Essential Functions: (The functions listed below are characteristic of the type and level of work associated with this group and pay band. They are not all-inclusive. Individual positions may perform some or all, as well as other similar work.) At the lower end of the range, employees: • Compile project data into standardized electronic data formats. This includes accessing filed information and verifying its accuracy and completeness, performing data entry, electronic data transfer, editing, and error checking. • Extract relevant data which may be presented in many different text and numeric formats, reports, tables, graphics, or figures. • Maintain local versions of datasets in accordance with established regional database exchange formats and standards. • Maintain a local archive of current and historical reports and documents. Coordinate the regular transfer of reference materials to archives and libraries. • Train technical and general users in the use of database applications through individual instruction and/or group presentations. • Create queries, summaries, and/or maps in response to requests for customized data. • Prepare and manipulate various data and graphic outputs for use in reports, presentations and internet applications, using standardized retrieval scripts. At the upper end of the range, employees: • Develop and implement databases and libraries. Includes acquiring new data as well as taking previously created or historical databases or spreadsheets and integrating them. Data sources vary in format including database, spreadsheet, and survey data sets. Custom interfaces may be required. • Produce written research and statistical reports (including graphs, tables, maps, and text), data sets, and data summaries using a variety of analytical techniques and software tools. This involves the use, modification, and development of database retrieval scripts. • Document data handling and reporting to ensure consistency and validity of data between and within sites. Files may come from sources that use different computer hardware, software systems/protocols, and different communication packages. • Maintain and update data catalogs, data catalog directories, and metadata. • Perform system maintenance and backups. This includes routine database checkpoints, checkpoint verification, tuning, data-process merges, and user account management. Restore files when required. • Perform Help Desk functions, responding to on-line user inquiries about access to the database and data retrievals, the execution of query scripts, and standard report programs. • Participate in technical user groups to determine future data needs and the programs that will fulfill them. Coordinate the development of standards and exchange formats for the efficient movement of data between participants. Knowledge Required by the Position: The employee must have knowledge of: • social sciences methods including co-production and participatory research • personal computers and software packages and applications for databases, spreadsheets, and word processing • social science data management concepts, principles, and methods including surveys, focus groups, and field work research concepts, principles, and methods • quality assurance principles • technical documentation methods and procedures • statistical analysis • common query languages • the organization's data assets sufficient to: input data; structure information retrievals; edit, combine and manipulate data; and/or provide reports for users. This knowledge allows the employee to assess or interpret the significance of the results and relate that to the overall objective of the assignment. Additional Mandatory Knowledge and Skills: • statistical software • text analysis software (e.g., MaxQDA, nVivo, AtlasTi) • relational database software • MS Excel • MS Word • MS Powerpoint • oral and written communication skills • writing technical documentation • bibliographic software (e.g., EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, etc.) Additional Desirable Knowledge and Skills: • graphic design software (e.g., Adobe Illustrator) • ArcGIS • comfort talking with diverse range of people including multidisciplinary scientists, community members, stakeholders, and Tribal members • technical writing • ESRI story maps Physical Demands: The work is generally sedentary, although there may be some nominal walking or standing for short periods of time, or carrying of light loads of papers, books, reports, etc. that require only moderate physical ability and physical stress. Work Environment: The works area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. The work involves the common risks or discomforts typical of office, meeting rooms, libraries, and the like. If selected for this position, candidate must reside in or be willing to relocate to a PSMFC member state (California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, or Alaska). Offers of employment with PSMFC are contingent upon candidates being fully vaccinated from COVID-19 (unless eligible for exemption under a reasonable accommodation). __________________________________________________________________________________ Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission is an Affirmative Action (AA) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status. If you have a disability and need assistance completing the application form, you may call the PSMFC human resources office at (503) 595-3100 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST, Monday-Friday. Reasonable accommodations for interviews will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities. We maintain a drug-free workplace.
Minimum Qualification Requirements: A range of experience and education may be presented. Candidates must present one year of Specialized Experience** AND four years of successfully completed education above high school in anthropology, human geography, sociology, interdisciplinary social science, economics, statistics, or any other field that provides the same knowledge. An equivalent combination of experience and education is also qualifying. **Specialized Experience is experience that equips the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position being filled. To be creditable, Specialized Experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.
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