Marine/Aquatic Field Scientist (20136)

Date Posted: 11/16/20 Job Description:

EA has an excellent opportunity for a Marine/Aquatic Scientist (Scientist II) with a broad skill set to join our team in Hunt Valley, MD.  The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting in the performance and ultimately leading a wide range of multidisciplinary projects that include hydrographic and geophysical surveys, sediments collection and evaluation, as well as aquatic resource assessments.  Investigations may include (but will not be limited to): sediment coring and sampling, topographic and bathymetric survey, as well as underwater cultural resource, ecotoxicological, benthic community, freshwater and estuarine fisheries, and water quality assessments.  

In addition to field activities, the successful candidate will be expected to participate in the development of study plans, field reports, technical memoranda and other documentation.  These work products will be related to CERCLA, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), environmental permitting and environmental compliance projects.  Duties will include field sampling and survey (upland, intertidal and subtidal), field team leadership, sample management, data assessment and analysis, and technical report preparation.


The successful candidate may offer a M.S. degree in Marine Science (biology, ecology or geology focus), Oceanography, Fisheries Science, or related discipline, as well as 1-2 years of work experience outside an-academic setting.  EA is also considering applications submitted by candidates offering a B.S. degree with 2-4 years of work experience in marine science, terrestrial geophysics, topographic/land surveying, drilling operations, marine construction, commercial vessel operations or related field.

Each candidate should be prepared to offer examples of reports or material written and/or presented documenting findings from recent environmental studies, undergraduate or graduate research, etc.

The ideal candidate will offer considerable experience working onboard a variety of boats/ships, plus direct experience trailering, launching and operating small craft ranging from 12-30 feet in length, as well as an ability to safely navigate in riverine, estuarine, and near coastal waters.

The candidate will have a satisfactory driving record that would not preclude operation of commercial vehicles (up to 26,000 lbs GVW), acquisition of a commercial divers license (CDL) and/or registration with the US DOT. All job offers will be contingent upon the results of a standard physical examination and drug screening in accordance with OSHA and US DOT requirements.

The successful candidate will be expected to independently lift and safely handle a wide array of marine and oceanographic equipment with weights approaching 50 lbs. 

This position will require a substantial amount of travel along the eastern seaboard, plus locations along the west and Gulf coasts as necessary to support field assignments.  Travel periods are generally 1-2 weeks in duration, but may extend up to 3-4 weeks in order to meet project objectives.  At times, project work will be performed aboard ocean-going ships that remain at sea for two weeks between port calls.

Desired discipline/skills:

  • Strong understanding of ecology/geology of marine, estuarine and aquatic environments;
  • Experience conducting work aboard small craft and large vessels in protected waters as well as the open ocean;
  • Direct field sampling experience and proven ability to lead field teams on marine/aquatic assessments including sediment and water quality studies as well as fishery and macrobenthos assessments;
  • Intermediate project experience and/or strong understanding of environmental chemistry as demonstrated by course work;
  • Experience performing projects under regulatory requirements and interacting with regulatory agencies;
  • Experience performing sediment coring, soil borings, or related subsurface investigations;
  • Experience using GPS/GNSS or topographic survey techniques in support of field studies including real time kinematic (RTK) and virtual reference station (VRS) networks.
  • Experience in the acquisition and analysis of data from one or more of the following sensors: side scan sonar; sub bottom profilers; magnetometers; echosounders; benthic sleds; acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs), water quality meters and water sampling devices.

Ideal candidate:

  • Should be detail oriented with considerable technical skills;
  • Possesses strong organizational, writing and communication skills;
  • Possesses the proven ability to work in a team environment;
  • Have previous experience working on multidisciplinary projects;
  • Ability to work in both a field and office structure;
  • Experience leading field tasks;
  • Current (or an ability to make current) OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER training
  • Experience performing assessment or analysis of environmental data;
  • Proficient with the use of hand and power tools, as well as the repair/maintenance of boats, inboard and outboard engines, hydraulics, marine survey equipment, etc.

We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package.

Why Join EA?

At EA, our core values are openness, prudence, balance, and challenge and we strive to improve the quality of the environment in which we live, one project at a time. Our engineering team works cohesively across all of EA’s service lines. Our professional, team-centric culture promotes collaboration and flexibility and allows employees to guide their own career development path. To that end, we provide training and coaching to support ongoing development for our project managers and consulting engineers.

We have a tremendous base of positive client relationships, working hand in hand every day with public works and operations managers in government and industry, supporting their efforts to improve their performance and achieve their business and organizational goals. This has resulted in a stable backlog of projects and opportunities for growth.

What We Offer

  • 401k with Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
  • Competitive salary
  • Professional Development
  • A generous paid-time-off policy
  • Paid volunteer time
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Health coverage for you and your family through Medical, Dental and Vision plans
  • Tax advantages through flexible spending accounts to cover specific health-care and dependent costs
  • An employee wellness program

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected Veteran status.

Location: Hunt Valley,MD Employment Type: 40hr FT

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