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Job Title:  NOAA GLERL – Engineer/Scientist II(ID#14944)


Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs (CNSP) focuses on quality performance in the collection and analysis of data, dissemination of useful information, and actionable real-world support to the intelligence and war-fighter communities. Services offered by Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs apply to all national security communities including federal, state and local intelligence communities, the military and law enforcement agencies.


CNSP is seeking a Coastal Observation Network Software Engineer/Scientist II at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)

A coastal observation network with nodes on Lakes Michigan, Huron, and Erie, has been developed using real-time buoys, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), and unmanned air systems (UAS) to provide continuous observations of chemical, biological, and physical environmental parameters.

The system currently supports projects addressing harmful algal bloom (HAB) detection, human health observations related to beach closures and drinking water processing concerns, rip current warnings, and long-term ecosystem research.

Observing system development relies on wireless broadband technology and a network-based underwater hub designed to allow expansion via satellite nodes.



  • Provide programmatic support for a combination of science and technological fields related to observation systems research and applications.
  • Conducts analyses and produces reports for mission-supporting scientific and technology work.


  • Provides a full suite of support functions including planning, and reviewing work, and executing technical tasks.


Duties Include:

  • Work with the UAS team on software development, mission planning, field deployment, and retrieval for aircraft and UAS hyperspectral camera data collection systems.


  • On a continuing basis, participate in observing system remote data acquisition, network support and real-time data management.



The Engineer/Scientist will provide project management level oversight and scientific guidance in planning and tracking related service, product and system improvements from concept to delivery and communicate task status and schedule changes promptly.



  • BA/BS degree in computer science, electrical engineering or electronics engineering with knowledge of IT infrastructure and data management is required.


  • The incumbent will have experience with programming languages such as C, Python, and Linux scripting language and must be able to do field work on marine vessels.
  • Must have a demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a technical team, excellent programming skills, and strong interpersonal skills.



Additional desired qualifications include:

  • Two or more years experience working on in situ observing systems in aquatic environments. 
  • Two or more years experience working at sea on research cruises.
  • Two or more years of technical writing experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Commitment to providing excellent customer service
  • Flexibility and, above all, reliability
  • The ability to lift and carry a 50lb load is required.



  • working on in situ observing systems in aquatic environments. 

With $400 million in annual revenue, 20% growth per year, approximately 950+ active contracts serving 60+ government agencies in 25 countries, 47 states, 2 territories and 2000+ employees, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) group of Federal Contracting Section 8(a) companies is well positioned to deliver expertise needed to solve complex technical issues. Federal Solutions provides an array of services for 12 of the 15 cabinet-level departments and agencies – from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense.


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