Benthic Invertebrate Researcher; Saltwater Inc.

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We are recruiting for a qualified scientist to work as a benthic invertebrate researcher on a federal contract we are bidding. This position is full-time, based in Seattle, WA, and will start in May 2021. Our ideal job candidate will be experienced in identifying benthic invertebrates, self-motivated with strong analytical skills, resourceful, organized, adept at creative problem-solving, and a team player who excels in a dynamic environment.


  • Conduct image analysis (annotation) for underwater stereo video or still images collected during the 2021‐2023 fieldwork in the Gulf of Alaska, Aleutian Islands, Eastern Bering Sea and archived images (as time allows) collected from past dives. Data will be collected via an in‐house video analysis software equipped with a database for storage and archiving of images and analysis.
  • Coordinate and participate in the Alaska initiative of the Deep‐Sea Coral and Research Technology program as local program coordinator. Provide background materials, assemble and edit program related documents and schedule and attend Deep Sea Coral programmatic meetings developing agendas and notes.
  • Create scientific reports, publications, briefings, presentations and outreach from data collected
  • Develop field guides for coral and sponge species.
  • This position may allow for participation in fieldwork collecting video, specimens, environmental data or other scientific products during Groundfish Assessment Program routine surveys or dedicated Deep‐Sea Coral and sponge scientific studies in Alaskan waters.


  • Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology;
  • Experience using stereo image analysis processing software to classify substrate, fish and invertebrates;
  • Experience identifying Alaska benthic invertebrates and groundfish either as specimens or from underwater images;
  • Experience designing and producing outreach materials for the public and reports (such as AFSC Technical Memoranda) describing scientific research and analyses;
  • Experience coordinating and conducting large meetings, workshops, briefings etc.; and
  • Ability to participate in at sea field work for 10 days to 3 weeks each year.

How to Apply

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