Marine Mammal Science Job Openings

Marine Scientist

Job Category: Paid Staff Position
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Primary Responsibilities

The marine ecosystem spans a massive breadth of coastal estuaries, bays, gulfs, open ocean, and sea mounts, and includes a wide diversity of life. Projects from port expansions and jetty construction to offshore oil and wind developments and military operations require scientific and regulatory assistance to obtain environmental permits and ensure compliance with state and federal regulations related to marine habitats and species. HDR’s marine science team supports projects throughout the country from concept to completion by conducting baseline studies, preparing permitting documentation and performing protected species observations and compliance investigations during project conceptualization, construction, and operation.

HDR seeks a strategic-minded Mid to Senior-Level Marine Scientist to join our Alaska Marine Sciences program to work as a member of a high-performing team on a variety of natural resource assessments to support development of public and private infrastructure projects throughout Alaska. The focus of this position will be providing support for clients and projects in Alaska, but may include support for marketing and project delivery for projects throughout the U.S.

Specific responsibilities include:

Serving as technical lead and/or project manager to support HDR’s clients with baseline environmental and regulatory compliance for marine resources, including:
offering and executing strategic advice around meeting environmental regulatory requirements;
leading marine baseline studies,
preparing documents and acquiring or modifying permits or relevant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and other U.S. environmental regulation affecting marine or terrestrial wildlife.
developing project scopes of work, schedules, and cost estimates and managing projects’ financial key performance indicators to complete work on schedule and within budget, and
interfacing with clients, regulatory agencies, and/or other environmental consultants to grow and maintain relationships, identify business opportunities, understand critical path issues, and foster teaming partnerships
Supporting business development by working with local and national marketing staff to identify and pursue new project opportunities.

Work will be conducted independently as well as on teams. This is a full-time regular position based in our Anchorage, Alaska office.

Required Qualifications

Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Marine Sciences, Natural Resource Management, or related field
Minimum 10 years of professional experience in environmental science or related field
Experience in environmental permit application preparation and negotiation with the following:
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Marine Mammal Protection Act authorizations
NMFS and USFWS Endangered Species Act consultations
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document preparation
Experience in marine mammal environmental baseline studies and/or monitoring
Effective leader with ability to build and work as part of diverse teams including technical experts, regulatory specialists, engineering staff, construction contractors, and client and agency representatives
Excellent writing and communication skills
A self-starter with an entrepreneurial, strategic, and client-focus approach
Strong conceptual, organizational, problem-solving and research abilities
A commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture
A demonstrated commitment to safety and quality

Preferred Qualifications

An advanced degree (master’s or PhD) in Biology, Marine Sciences, Natural Resource Management, or related field
15 years of professional experience in environmental science or related field
5 to 10 years of experience in environmental project management including developing and executing project scope, schedule, and budgets and managing project risk
Experience in business development and marketing
Previous consulting industry experience
Familiarity with Alaska regulatory environment, Alaska markets, and public and private client groups


At HDR, we know work isn’t only about who you work for; it’s also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other’s contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

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