Marine Mammal Science Job Openings

Technical Project Manager

Job Category: Paid Staff Position
Date Posted:

HDR is currently in need of a Technical Project Manager for our Virginia Beach, VA location. The ideal candidate will have project management expertise, an extensive knowledge of Marine Science emphasizing the effects of underwater sound to marine mammals, as well as experience monitoring marine mammal abundance, distribution, and/or behavioral responses to stimuli. This position will assist in a wide range of project management, boat and aircraft-based fieldwork, and team support roles with our current clients and expand our client-base in the Norfolk, VA area with an anticipated concentration of work assignments concentrated on the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Ocean areas but also including occasional projects in the Pacific Ocean region.
Primary Responsibilities
In the role of Technical Project Manager, we'll count on you to:
• Provide project management east-coast based aircraft surveys including Navy client project-management, fieldwork, and reporting needs warrants the justification of this new hire to our team.
• Involved in Atlantic-based small boat tagging efforts, data processing, and annual reporting efforts.
• Manage multiple projects from conception, planning, budgeting, and completion.
• Anticipated concentration of work assignments would be concentrated on the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Ocean areas.
• This position will assist in a wide range of project management and team support roles with our current clients and expand our client-base in the Norfolk, VA area with an anticipated concentration of work assignments concentrated on the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Ocean areas but also including the Pacific Ocean region. This position may require effort monitoring from small twin-engine aircraft as well as from small and large vessels.
• Perform other duties as needed
Required Qualifications
• Masters or Ph.D. Degree in Marine Biology or a related field
• Must have a minimum of 3+ years of experience managing scientific research projects focused on marine mammal biology or behavior in a consulting or university-related research capacity; ideally this would include a background of direct interface with customers, and regulatory experience in a combination of Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance.
• Have Project Manager consulting expertise along with an extensive marine science background with specific interests focused on one or more of the following: marine mammal behavior, abundance, distribution, behavioral responses to stimuli, and/or understanding the effects of underwater sound on marine mammals.
• Be detail oriented to perform work accurately in a team-oriented environment and have the demonstrated ability to direct the work of others including subcontractors.
• Demonstrated history of reliability, strong work ethic, solid time management skills, and a demonstrated history of team-oriented performance.
• Self-starter with excellent writing and communication skills such as writing procedures, guides, and/or studies
• Strong conceptual, organizational, problem-solving and research skills
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must
• Ability to travel up to 25%. Applicants can anticipate limited travel throughout the U.S.
• Qualified candidates must have the ability to obtain a security clearance at the secret level.
Preferred Qualifications
• Knowledge of U.S. Navy training, oil and gas development, construction noise monitoring, or offshore renewable energy activities a plus.
• Unmanned aerial systems experience with FAA certification a plus but not required to apply
• MATLAB and/or R Studio programming experience a plus but not required to apply