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Marine Resource Specialist Duties

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This is responsible entry level work in the area of marine resources.

An employee allocated to this class of work is responsible for providing technical assistance and training to fishermen and other marine user groups and assisting in research/demonstration projects related to fishing technology, fisheries biology, and other marine resources. This class of work differs from the Marine Resources Specialist II by the limited variety and degrees of difficulty required in performing assigned tasks. Work is performed under the general supervision of an administrative superior and is reviewed through reports and observation of results obtained.


Trains fishermen in skills to operate a small boat fishery.

Provides technical assistance on subject matter related to marine resource utilization.

Assists in conducting research/demonstration projects related to marine resource utilization.

Operates small boats, up to 60 feet, safely and efficiently, for purposes of research, gear demonstrations, and instruction.

Operates deck machinery, running gear, and rigging components.

Performs minor maintenance and repairs on diesel engines.

Checks all equipment for safety and efficient operation.

Makes fishing trips in coastal waters; gathers shrimp, oysters, and other marine life for research/demonstration projects.

Interacts with other Marine Resource Specialists in state and federal agencies and in marine programs of other universities.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from an accredited college or university in an appropriate curriculum or three years experience in boat operation and commercial fishing, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of marine organisms, habitats, and harvesting techniques.

Considerable knowledge of the practices of seamanship, including navigation, tide movement, marine safety, fishing, and boat operation.

Ability to communicate effectively with target audiences.

Ability to react quickly in emergencies.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Ability to perform complex tasks satisfactorily with minimal supervision.

Familiarity with modern shipboard electronics (echo sounders, navigational equipment, radar).



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