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Technical Project Manager / Research Biologist

Join our Virginia Beach-based team involved in cutting-edge marine science!

HDR is currently in need of a Technical Project Manager / Research Biologist for our Virginia Beach, VA location. The ideal candidate will have project management experience, an extensive knowledge of marine science emphasizing the effects of underwater sound to marine mammals and/or experience monitoring marine mammal abundance, distribution, 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 and Virginia Beach, 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 / Research Biologist, we'll count on you to:
• Provide Navy client project-management, fieldwork, and reporting.
• Assist as needed in Atlantic-based small boat tagging efforts, data processing, and annual reporting efforts.
• Manage multiple projects from conception, planning, budgeting, and completion.
• Generate new ideas and foster collaboration with others to successfully achieve various programmatic goals.
• 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 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 will most likely require effort monitoring from small twin-engine aircraft and/or 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 clients and regulatory processes involved.
• Have successfully managed marine science projects 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.
• Small boat handling and photography skills a plus but not required to apply.
• Unmanned aerial systems (a.k.a. drone) 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.

Please contact Dan Engelhaupt (Daniel.Engelhaupt@hdrinc.com) for details on how to submit an application.

Florida Program Director

Position Title: Florida Program Director
Location: Melbourne Beach, Florida
Job Classification: Full time salaried/exempt
Salary Range: $75,000 to $90,000 per year plus full benefits

Job Summary: The Florida Program Director leads Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute’s (HWSRI’s) nonprofit scientific research in Melbourne Beach. The position serves as the primary representative for HSWRI’s Florida operations in the community and with other organizations and agencies. The Director will advance the Institute’s mission through a spirit of entrepreneurship and community engagement to increase support for HSWRI research and operations. The Director will seek new collaborations and interdisciplinary opportunities among the organization’s own laboratories and with like-minded institutions. The successful candidate will be a senior scientist (master’s or doctoral level) who both oversees other scientists’ research programs while maintaining an active, grant-funded, ongoing personal research program, preferably related to the Indian River Lagoon.

Responsibilities:
Program Management (30%)
Plan, coordinate, and advance all aspects of FL program
Set research priorities and strategic scientific vision
Oversee marine science research team
Keep current on new technologies, trends, and topical areas

Representation & Fundraising (20%)
Represent research programs through participation in outreach and development activities
Attend quarterly Board of Trustees and Science Committee meetings

Research (50%)
Direct own scientific research: seek extramural funding, conduct research, and publish results
Prefer that research focus on local or regional ecosystems, specifically in the Indian River Lagoon

Qualifications: MS/MA or PhD in a relevant science discipline. Hardworking individual who is highly motivated with excellent management, organization and communication skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the use of standard word processing and spreadsheet programs. Proven track records of successful scientific program leadership. Prior experience with government relations, community outreach and fund raising or grant writing preferred.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
Mobility to work in laboratory and office buildings and outdoor settings, to use standard laboratory and field equipment, to use a computer, and to travel to various sites within and away from central Florida.
Ability to read printed materials and a computer screen, communicate effectively in person and over the telephone.
Ability to lift 40 pounds.
Work areas may include wet and windy environments subject to weather exposure and may will include at times working on vessels. Indoor activities include office work and bench laboratory work.
Must possess and maintain a valid driving license, a reliable personal vehicle, and insurability to drive an HSWRI vehicle.
May include out-of-state travel (e.g., HSWRI California headquarters, Washington D.C.; averaging 1 to 2 trips a year).
At Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, your base wage is only a portion of your overall compensation package. We are proud to offer a full benefits package, which may include:

• Health insurance benefits options, including medical, prescription, vision, dental, life, and short- and long-term disability.
• Flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care expenses
• Retirement Plan options
• Paid time off for all regular FT team members (starting at 10 annual days each sick and vacation; plus 12 observed Federal holidays)
• Employee Assistance Program – Confidential professional counseling, financial, and legal assistance provided at no charge to Team Members and immediate family members

How to apply: Please send a completed application along with a cover letter and resume to JCarpenter@hswri.org and hr@hswri.org.

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Assistant Scientist – Tenure Track

Tenure-track Faculty Position in Behavioral Ecology of Top Predators,
Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

The Biology Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant Scientist level on our Scientific Staff (www.whoi.edu/biology). We seek outstanding candidates to complement our existing interdisciplinary strengths in biology, biological oceanography, and marine ecology. We are particularly interested in applicants who conduct research in behavioral ecology of marine top predators; areas of focus may include (but are by no means limited to) social, ecological, evolutionary and anthropogenic determinants of behavior.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree and a record of scholarly publications commensurate with their career stage. Scientific Staff members are expected to develop independent, externally-funded, and internationally-recognized research programs. They also have the option of advising graduate students and teaching courses through the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography and Oceanographic Engineering.

Opportunities for interdisciplinary research exist through collaborations with colleagues in the other science departments, centers, and labs as well as with researchers in the broader Woods Hole scientific community. WHOI’s Scientific Staff are expected to provide for their salaries from grants and contracts. The Institution provides salary support when no other funding is available, as well as significant internal funding opportunities for developing innovative research projects. Candidates hired at the junior level will receive an initial appointment for four years.

WHOI is the largest private, non-profit oceanographic institution in the world, with staff and students numbering approximately 1,000. Its mission is to advance our understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicate this understanding for the benefit of society. The Institution is located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a world-renowned center of excellence in marine, biomedical, and environmental science. An additional 500 affiliates are associated with the scientific endeavors of the Institution, many of whom are foreign nationals from the international community.

WHOI is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. WHOI believes diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential components that support our academic excellence. We strive for a diverse and inclusive workforce, and encourage women, minorities, veterans and those with disabilities to apply.

WHOI offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical and dental plans, child care subsidy, an employer contribution retirement plan, vacation time, flexible scheduling, and family illness days. WHOI also provides dual career services for assisting your spouse or partner should they be impacted by your career decision. We have a dedicated team who will work with applicants to identify and explore available options within WHOI or the broader community.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please visit http://careers.whoi.edu and respond to Job Reference XXXXXX. Applicants should include, as a single PDF document: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three-page research statement, names and contact information of four references, and copies of up to three relevant publications or preprints. In addition to the online application, please email the PDF document directly to the chair of the Biology Department at biologychair@whoi.edu with the subject “Biology Scientist Application”. Applications received by Dec 17 2019 will be given full consideration.
WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). Please visit HERC for more information.

Who is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact the EEO Officer at eeo@whoi.edu or at 508-289-2705 for assistance.

Offshore Environmental Specialist

Ecology and Environment, Inc. is seeking an Environmental Specialist in our Arlington, VA office. This position will be responsible for assisting Project Managers with biological and permitting work associated with energy (wind, solar, pipelines, and electric transmission) and related projects. Our successful candidate will have experience with NEPA and the preparation of environmental documents and reports.

Responsibilities:
• Providing technical support for a variety of projects related to natural resources, planning, and energy
• Assisting with environmental impact analysis and feasibility studies
• Permitting of projects with local, state, and federal agencies
• Applying knowledge of natural resource principles through field studies including research, data collection, data analysis, and preparation of environmental documents and reports
• Engaging in public involvement/community outreach efforts

Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, or a related discipline
• 3+ years of related experience; consulting experience is a plus
• Familiarity of or experience with NEPA, ESA, CWA, and other applicable environmental laws/regulations
• Knowledge of or experience with state and federal environmental laws and regulations
• Excellent verbal communication, technical writing, computer, and research skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Ability to travel to meet business needs

We are a global network of innovators and problem solvers, dedicated professionals and industry leaders in scientific, engineering, and planning disciplines working together with our clients to develop technically sound, science-based solutions to the leading environmental challenges of our time. E&E offers opportunities for growth in a team-oriented environment. Candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S.; Visa sponsorship will not be provided. Please view our website at www.ene.com to apply on-line. Local candidates preferred.

Ecology and Environment, Inc. is an EO and AA employer – M/F/Vets/Disabled/and other protected categories.

New England Aquarium — Employment Opportunity

Fisheries Research Associate

The Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch Reduction (“Bycatch Consortium”), based at the New England Aquarium (NEAq), is a collaborative research program between the fishing industry and scientific institutions with the goal of reducing bycatch, especially of threatened non-target species. Its project portfolio includes the development and testing of innovative fishing gear modifications in the lab and with fishermen. The Consortium is seeking a Fisheries Research Associate to coordinate and conduct research involving three of its projects: (1) Whale-release ropes in the lab and with lobster trap (pot) fishermen in the Gulf of Maine; (2) Acoustically released pop-up buoys on board research and fishing vessels in the Gulf of Maine; and (3) Ship-based deployment and evaluation of shark bycatch deterrents on George’s Bank.

**This is a one year grant-funded position upon hire.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
1.     Provide orientation and training to fishermen for implementing boat-based tests of experimental fishing gear.
2.     Coordinate other outreach functions with them and their fishing associations in fulfilling the objectives of these projects.
3.     Provide prototype ropes and shark bycatch deterrents to fishermen (which may involve hands-on work to integrate weak sleeves into new ropes), and collecting ropes from fishermen at the end of sea trials.
4.     Ensure that trial data is being properly collected and recorded, and will participate in fishing trials on board lobster and longline fishing vessels.
5.     Carry out lab tests of whale-release ropes working from the campus of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and be expected to co-author reports and journal publications.
QUALIFICATIONS
Minimum Training and Experience

*   Minimum of a Master’s Degree in marine science, fisheries engineering, or a closely related field required.
*   Minimum of one year of relevant professional work experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

*   Have outstanding abilities to communicate and coordinate fieldwork with fishermen.
*   A strong preference is for a research coordinator that is rooted in, or deeply familiar with, the eastern US lobster and/or longline fishing industry.
*   Comfortable being at sea which might be for multiple days and nights at-a-time.
*   A strong foundation in scientific methods combined with knowledge and respect for the local fishing industry are important.
*   Excellent communication and analytical skills, exceptional writing ability, and an attention to detail are essential.
*   An acceptable candidate will have authored published papers in peer review journals and/or technical reports.

For more information and to apply online please visit: http://neaq.applicantpro.com/jobs/

New England Aquarium is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer as defined by the EEOC.