Marine / Estuarine Scientist

Employer
Versar, Inc.
Location
Columbia, Maryland, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jul 01, 2021
Closes
Aug 02, 2021
Ref
2338324045
Discipline
Marine
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
Job Description
Versar's Environmental Services Group has an immediate opening for a full-time Marine/Estuarine Scientist to augment its Natural Resources team in Columbia, MD. The ideal candidate will have 5-10 years of related experience and be able to assist the company with marine/estuarine project management and execution. Knowledge of estuarine benthic ecology is preferred. Tasks will include managing marine/estuarine biological monitoring and assessment projects, and related data analysis and reporting tasks. Work may also include support to field sampling and laboratory operations.

Responsibilities:
  • The successful applicant will be part of the Versar team that meets clients' needs related to the following tasks:
  • Marine/estuarine project management with emphasis on benthic ecology
  • Analysis of marine/estuarine benthic macroinvertebrate, water chemistry, and sediment data
  • Reporting of biological, chemical, and physical condition of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries
  • Maintenance of client relationships via meetings and conference calls
  • Communicating with government, academic, industry researchers, and Chesapeake Bay Program partners via meetings, workgroups, and in relevant scientific conferences
  • Researching, acquiring, and synthesizing scientific literature and data
  • Support to other Columbia office projects

Requirements:
  • MS degree in marine science or related field required
  • 5-10 years technical experience in conducting marine/estuarine science projects with a focus on benthic ecology
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis of environmental data as well as experience with applications to natural resource and ecological problems
  • Programing skills in SAS and/or R preferred
  • Excellent communication skills, as well as strong conceptual, organizational, problem solving and research abilities
  • Strong analytical and writing skills, as well as the ability to orally present results to the scientific community are necessary for this position
  • The ability and flexibility to work with a variety of staff, projects, and task timelines simultaneously is critical to this position
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and team player with a strong focus on quality and client service
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite
  • Public participation, agency coordination, and planning is a plus
  • This position will require occasional availability to work evening and overnight hours, and weekends, as project requirements warrant
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. and capable of obtaining government security clearance and/or Common Access Card (CAC) if required
  • This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with Versar's vehicle policy
  • This position is subject to pre-employment drug and alcohol testing during your employment based upon Versar's Drug Testing and Drug Free Workplace Policy