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.
This position will assist on a project intended to examine human adaptation in the face of fishery changes that can be incorporated into dynamic ecosystem models of climate change. The project will apply a participatory approach to research planning in which community leaders and stakeholder representatives will help to inform how a mix of methodologies ranging from focus groups to household surveys can be applied most effectively to solicit representative and comprehensive input. The position will work on all phases of the project, assisting with scoping meetings with key informants; conducting focus groups, semi-structured interviews, and/or developing directed questionnaires with open-ended statements; analyzing and reporting the results as well as working with economic and ecological modelers to incorporate human strategies into integrated biophysical and economic models.
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:
- Outreach to key stakeholders and development of protocols for scoping meetings.
- Assist with conducting scoping meetings and analyzing results.
- Assist with development of protocols for semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and/or directed questionnaires with open-ended statements.
- Compile project data using social science data techniques and software.
- Extract relevant data which may be presented in many different text and numeric formats, reports, tables, graphics, or figures.
- Create queries and summaries for reports.
- 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 of social science data. Includes assistance with coding of focus group and interview transcriptions.
- 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.
- Maintain and update data catalogs, data catalog directories, and metadata.
- Perform system maintenance and backups.
- Participate in project team meetings, including discussing social science project results and mechanisms for incorporating them into ecological models.
Knowledge Required by the Position:
The employee must have knowledge of:
- social sciences and qualitative methods including for example focus groups, semi-structured interviews, participatory methods, or others
- Alaskan fisheries
- qualitative and quantitative data evaluation including for example use of grounded theory for coding, ordinal regression models, qualitative network models, or others
- personal computers and software packages and applications for databases, spreadsheets, and word processing
- data management concepts, principles, and methods
- technical documentation methods and procedures including for peer reviewed literature
sufficient to: input and code data; structure data dictionaries; 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 Skills:
- MS Excel
- MS Word
- oral communication skills including giving oral presentations at scientific conferences
- writing technical documentation including peer reviewed literature
Additional Desirable Skills:
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.
The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. The work involves the common risks or discomforts typical of office, meeting rooms, libraries, and the like.
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, 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.
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).