Joseph was a member of a group of Federation colonists who were stranded on a planet in the Orellius system for ten years. He was an engineer on the SS Santa Maria. His ship developed life support problems and landed on a nearby planet, where the ship could be repaired. However, it was discovered that none of the electrical devices worked.
Like Miles O'Brien, Joseph had been a mechanic who worked with technology all his life. However, Joseph and the other colonists learned to live without technology and adopted the philosophy of the manipulative Alixus. It was discovered that the field interfering with electric devices was artificially created, but Joseph surprised O'Brien and Sisko when he announced that the colonists had no intention of leaving their home. (DS9: "Paradise")