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Scientist III, Silver Spring, MD US ID#16784

Since 2009, Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT) has been serving government clients with time-tested solutions that increase client effectiveness through the intelligent use of technology. CNT’s expertise includes software and application services, network services, and business process services. The company is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a regional office in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and client locations nationwide. Wholly owned by the Cherokee Nation, CNT is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.

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Scientist – Expedition Coordinator

Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs (CNSP) is looking for a Physical Scientist- Expedition Coordinator to support the NOAA OER. The right candidate will provide project management level oversight and scientific guidance in planning and executing exploration expeditions. The Physical scientists will work in OER’s Expeditions and Explorations division coordinating remotely operated vehicle (ROV) expeditions. The incumbent will communicate task status and schedule changes promptly and produce monthly status reports and highlighting task completion schedules, work schedule variations (if any), other milestones and work product deliveries.



The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research is the only federal program dedicated to exploring our deep ocean, closing the prominent gap in our basic understanding of U.S. deep waters and seafloor and delivering the ocean information needed to strengthen the economy, health, and security of our nation.

Using the latest tools and technology, OER explores previously unknown areas of our deep ocean, making discoveries of scientific, economic, and cultural value. Through live video streams, online coverage, training opportunities, and real-time events, OER allows scientists, resource managers, students, members of the general public, and others to actively experience ocean exploration, expanding available expertise, cultivating the next generation of ocean explorers, and engaging the public in exploration activities. OER makes the collected data needed to understand our ocean publicly available, so we can maintain the health of our ocean, sustainably manage our marine resources, accelerate our national economy, and build a better appreciation of the value and importance of the ocean in our everyday lives.

The Engineer/Scientist IV will provide project management level oversight and scientific guidance in planning and tracking related service, product and system improvements from concept to delivery and from research to operations. The Engineer/Scientist IV will communicate task status and schedule changes promptly and produce monthly status reports and highlighting task completion schedules, work schedule variations (if any), other milestones and work product deliveries.


Provide scientific, technical and programmatic services to OER and coordinate closely with CNSP Physical Scientists and OER’s diverse team of federal and contractor colleagues.


Plan and manage interdisciplinary, at-sea expeditions on behalf of the broad science and resource management community. Primary elements include: soliciting input from the broad ocean science and resource management community to develop expedition objectives to best address data gaps and community needs; developing the appropriate staffing for expeditions to meet the scientific objectives; ensuring all required clearances and permits are obtained for expedition activities; coordinating across OER’s divisions and external partners to meet mission objectives; recruiting, training, and leading expedition staff.


Develop and ensure completion of expedition reporting including cruise reports and summary products.


Participate in outreach and education events, including working with the OER Engagement team and others to develop and execute expedition engagement plans and activities, including coordinating and supporting in port events, ship tours, live in.


Develop regional or cruise-level partnerships, including intra-NOAA, interagency, and external relationships.


Improve OER operations, increase efficiency and SOP development within the Expeditions and Exploration division.


Coordinate technology demonstrations expeditions including logistical planning, conducting operational evaluations of new technologies and making recommendations to OER leadership for future technology improvements.


Support OER Expeditions and Exploration Director and Operations Chief with various duties as assigned related to OER operations.


The Physical Scientist – Expeditions Coordinator will produce monthly status reports and highlighting task completion schedules as needed, work schedule variations (if any), other milestones and work product deliveries.



This position will not have supervisory or management authority.



A Bachelor’s degree in Earth Science or a closely related field is mandatory. A Master’s degree, PhD, and/or proven work experience in earth system physical science fields such as deep-sea exploration, ecology, oceanography, geology/geosciences, etc. is required.


A minimum of three (3) years project management experience is required; experience leading sea-going missions and projects preferred with established experience in a similar position.


Excellent communication skills are required including a high level of comfort with public speaking and experience working with remote/distributed teams. Experience writing technical reports, briefing materials, and materials for a public audience is strongly desired.


Experience serving in a leadership role with a diverse team of technicians, scientists, and engineers.


Experience with leading ROV, HOV, or AUV sea-going missions is desired. Experience working with telepresence-enabled deep-sea expeditions is desired.

Demonstrated experience collecting and assessing stakeholder input to establish priorities and achievable outcomes.


Established network within the deep-sea ocean science or related field desired.

Working knowledge of GIS is required; proficient in collecting and using GIS data, particularly for planning and executing scientific research projects is highly desired.


Experience in oceanographic, or related, project management, program management, resource management (budget, personnel), and program planning documentation is required to support the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and the overall effort to align office goals and efforts to meet national and NOAA drivers and mandates.


At least two (2) years of relevant experience interacting with government agencies; preferred experience working with inter-/intra-agency partnerships and foreign governments.



  • Excellent communication skills; both oral and written
  • Have strong analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent ability to adapt to change and rapidly-evolving situations
  • Detailed oriented
  • Ability to work on ship and lead teams of diverse expertise
  • Dependable, reliable and accountable
  • Independent and driven, with a passion for optimization and improving efficiency
  • Customer service driven, flexible and accommodating
  • Successfully pass a drug screen and background check



This position is performed in a secured federal office in Silver Spring, MD.


This position will require extended periods of travel and time at sea (up to approximately 30-70 days at sea per year, subject to field season schedules)


With $400 million in annual revenue, more than 3000 employees and nearly 1,000 federal projects for more than 60 government agencies in 26 countries, 50 states and 2 territories, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) team of companies are well positioned to deliver the expertise needed to solve the world’s most pressing issues. Together, CNB’s companies provide an array of services — from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense — for 12 of the 15 Cabinet departments.

Why consider Cherokee Nation Businesses? The following links can help you learn more about what we do and the many great reasons to join our team!


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