[MARMAM] Job: Programmer/Technician

Emma Dvorak edvorak at integratedstatistics.com
Mon Dec 6 12:42:45 PST 2021

Integrated Statistics is looking for a Programmer/Technician to support 
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Marine Mammals Management 
(MMM) program in Alaska. This person will support research and analyses 
related to northern sea otter population management in Alaska, including 
assisting with the implementation and analysis of a photo-based aerial 
survey strategy to provide an updated estimate of northern sea otter 
population size and distribution across southeast Alaska.

To provide updated information to guide management strategies with 
stakeholders across southeast Alaska, USFWS MMM is developing new 
methods for photo-based aerial surveys. The methodologies include the 
use of an integrated digital camera platform to collect georeferenced 
images, the application of coding strategies such as machine learning, 
deep learning, and/or other artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to 
streamline image processing, and incorporation of the processed data 
into population models.

The position duties include:

  * Develop an understanding of population survey methods and
    objectives, and then work closely with the sea otter team to
    implement solutions that meet those objectives.
  * Gain familiarity with the operation of the camera platform for
    collecting digital images along transect lines during sea otter surveys.
  * Assist with the collection, review, compilation, and analysis of
    georeferenced imagery data.
  * Develop computer programs that streamline image processing strategies:
     1. Assist with development of post-processing strategies to manage
        the collected imagery, including rotating, aligning, and editing
     2. Facilitate development of computer algorithms to distinguish sea
        otters (and other wildlife) from image background such as ocean
        waters and coastline
     3. Develop a computer algorithm to count sea otters using an
        automated approach.

*Qualifications, Skills, and Experience*

  * B.S. or B.A. degree in computer science, data science, scientific
    programming, geospatial science, remote sensing, or biological
    science/environmental science with an emphasis on data science. Work
    experience may potentially be substituted for this requirement.
  * Demonstrated proficiency in Python coding is required.
  * Photogrammetry experience, including the ability to work with
    georeferenced imagery and to view, manage, and organize images in
    ArcGIS, Agisoft, and/or other software is required.
  * Experience with Tensorflow and/or other ML software and coding
    languages is desirable.
  * Familiarity with wildlife population survey design and/or strategies
    to automate the process of object detection from digital images is
  * Ability to organize and manage big data sets through the use of
    database software on internal networks and online platforms is
  * Demonstrated experience working with GIS data in either ArcMap or
    ArcGIS Pro is desirable.
  * Ability to work collaboratively and take constructive criticism.
  * US Citizenship is required. COVID-19 vaccination is required. Must
    pass a government-administered background investigation in order to
    be granted access to government IT systems.
  * Ability and willingness to at least visit USFWS offices in Anchorage
    and participate in some field work activities is required.

The position starts in December 2021 and is expected to last until 
October 31, 2022. The rate of pay is $24.01 and the position is eligible 
for the benefits described on the Integrated Statistics website. While 
much of the work can be completed remotely, visits to Anchorage are 

Integrated Statistics is an equal opportunity employer and will not 
discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, 
color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, gender 
identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification 
protected by federal, state, or local law. Consistent with its 
obligations under federal law, Integrated Statistics is committed to 
taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified 
women, minorities, disabled individuals, special disabled veterans, 
veterans of the Vietnam era, and other eligible veterans. For assistance 
with accessibility of applications, posters, forms, and/or documents, 
please email the Integrated Statistics office.

Integrated Statistics, Inc.
16 Sumner Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Cell: (508) 648-8308
Office: (508) 540-8560
Fax: (508) 721-6841
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