Data Manager (Contractor)

U.S. Geological Survey

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $20.50/hour Bachelor's or $31.06/hour Master's

Hiring Agency:

US Geological Survey—Great Lakes Science Center (1451 Green Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105)


Dr. Peter Esselman,; T. 734-214-7267

Duration of appointment:

Full time for a maximum of 2 years


$20.50 per hour (Bachelor’s level) or $31.06 per hour (Master’s level)

Travel required:

Position will require occasional overnight travel reimbursed by USGS

Position description

Seeking a data manager/computer scientist to support a program using autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and machine vision for quantifying biological and physical features of the lakebed to support fisheries management decision making at multiple scales across the Great Lakes.  The AUVs gather large volumes of color and grayscale imagery near the lakebed. These data are, in turn, used to quantify three-dimensional lakebed structure, classify geologic substrates, and count fishes and other organisms using algorithms contributed by multiple collaborators. 

The primary roles of the data manager will be to help (1) manage large quantities of robotics data, including imagery, point clouds, raster data, and more; (2) add new incoming field data to the dataset while maintaining data integrity and security; (3) create a comprehensive database for the organization and query of data; (4) apply algorithms and scripts to generate science products; (5) and coordinate with external partners engaged in data pipeline engineering.  The contractor should expect to work 40 hours per week (except during holidays and leave).

Why work for USGS?

As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems.  In the Great Lakes region, USGS is the federal organization responsible for monitoring fisheries status and trends in support of the interjurisdictional fisheries management.  The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to the health of our ecosystems and environment, natural hazards that threaten us, natural resources we rely on, and the impact of climate and land-use changes.  For more information about the USGS please visit


Necessary skills and knowledge include:

  • A recent (graduated within the last 2 years) Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in data management, database management, information science, information systems management, computer science, statistics, mathematics, or engineering.
  • Ability to manage and maintain large quantities of data.
  • Specialized experience, knowledge, or coursework using Python and R for data processing and analysis.
  • Experience with writing metadata documentation and adding/editing image metadata information.
  • Familiarity with Linux and Windows operating systems.
  • Strong organization and documentation skills.
  • Ability to form a plan and adapt it as issues arise.
  • Ability to multi-task and work collaboratively in a team setting.
  • Able to express oneself effectively in both written and verbal forms.
  • Applicant is willing to learn, improve their skills, and keep current in their field.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with robotics data and ROS.
  • Knowledge of computer systems, network architecture, cloud computing, and supercomputers.
  • Experience with computer vision techniques.
  • Proficiency with photo and video editing software.
  • Experience, knowledge, or coursework creating and managing databases – SQL preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience working with, managing, transmitting, and storing large datasets and backup systems.

To apply:

  • Email 2-page resume and a cover letter to Dr. Peter Esselman (
  • Cover letter should highlight the ways that your interests, education, and experience make you the ideal candidate for the position.
  • Suitable candidates will be interviewed as applications are received until the position is filled.

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Category Ecology, Fisheries