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Environmental Scientist

Versar, Inc.
Columbia, Maryland, US
Closing date
Jan 31, 2022

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Academic / Research, Consultancy/Private Sector
Informatics / GIS
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Full time
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Versar, Inc., in Columbia, MD, is seeking an Environmental Scientist with strong data collection and analysis skills, who works well as a member of a team, and enjoys technical and scientific challenges.

Technical training or experience includes the following:

Benthic macroinvertebrate sampling (Freshwater and Estuarine)

Use of multiparameter water quality instrumentation

Data collection, compilation, review, and analysis

Ability to assist in field efforts, including stormwater monitoring and water quality sampling; able to lift up to 50 pounds, work outside in adverse weather conditions and available for occasional work nights or weekends for sampling efforts

Background in natural resources, environmental science, or biological sciences

This position provides support to a variety of projects, including but not limited to, fisheries, marine benthic ecology, freshwater streams, watershed modeling, and water quality analyses.


Minimum requirements are a Bachelor's degree and two years' experience in a relevant discipline of the biological or environmental sciences. Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS) training recommended; MBSS benthic macroinvertebrate sampling and physical habitat certifications preferred. Good oral and written communication skills are required, and experience in technical writing is desirable. Data analysis and management skills (Microsoft Access and Excel, VBA, SQL), as well as statistical applications to natural resource and ecological problems (R and/or SAS) preferred. Ability to trailer, work on, and operate marine vessels desirable. The ability to work on multiple projects in a multi-disciplinary team setting is necessary. Successful candidates must be flexible, self-starters, able to creatively solve problems, capable of good internal and external client interactions, able to meet deadlines, and able to assist in development of new projects.

Versar's Natural Resources Service Area has a national reputation for high quality consulting in freshwater, estuarine, marine, and terrestrial environments. The scope of project activity within the Natural Resources Service Area ranges from designing and implementing field studies to complex ecosystem impact assessment and resource management. The Columbia Office's natural resources professional staff work within an informal, interactive research atmosphere that provides opportunity for individual growth and advancement. Projects are supported by an array of corporate resources including field sampling equipment, boats, biological laboratories, statistical analysis and GIS tools, and document production facilities.

Versar is a Federal Contractor, in accordance with the Executive Order (EO) 14042 on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, Versar has adopted a Policy to comply with the Vaccine Mandate that all employees be vaccinated to safeguard the health of our employees and their families; our customers and visitors; and the community at large from COVID 19.
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