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Marine Resource Specialist Duties

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This is highly responsible technical, supervisory, and professional 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 marine resource users and for supervising research, education, and training projects related to fishing technology, fisheries, biology, and other marine resources. Emphasis in this class of work is placed on presenting research/demonstration results in the form of publications, talks, and lectures. Work is performed with extensive independence under the general direction of an administrative superior and is reviewed through reports and observation of results obtained.


Provides advice and instruction to the fishing industry on fishing gear and techniques, handling of seafood, and matters pertaining to the harvesting and marketing of seafood and other marine resources.

Operates and supervises maintenance programs on fishing boats up to 100 feet.

Provides instruction in the operation of boats, engine room maintenance, and safety practices at sea and in port.

Identifies and defines problems, formulates programs for solving problems, and participates actively in the overall development of the University System's marine resource program.

Supervises the conduction of research/demonstration projects related to marine resources.

Presents research results in the form of publications, talks, and lectures.

Provides training in fishing skills, such as net construction and repair, operation of radar, sonar, loran, and communication equipment.

Plans and conducts meetings and workshops relative to marine resources and associated problems.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from an accredited college or university in an appropriate curriculum or seven years of experience with a major fishery; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Supervisory experience and leadership capabilities.

Considerable knowledge of the practices of seamanship, including navigation, marine safety, fishing, and vessel operations.

Extensive knowledge of navigational equipment, echo sounders, radar, and other modern electronic and scientific tools associated with marine operations.

Considerable knowledge of tides, currents, coastal features, marine organisms, and harvesting techniques.

Ability to translate scientific information into understandable terms for fishermen and other marine resource users.

Considerable knowledge of the methods and techniques used in research methodology.

Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions.

Ability to participate in the evaluation and analysis of existing techniques and procedures and to assist in devising new techniques and procedures.

Ability to design research projects and to write well.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.



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