CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) is a marine science and technical services consulting firm that provides a broad range of environmental, coastal, and oceanographic services in the U.S. and internationally. We are seeking an entry-level scientist or science technician ready to engage in a fast-paced, applied science role in our Stuart, Florida office. This person will be expected to support customized, competitive, and high-quality services to industry, government, and private sector clients with efficiency and effectiveness. CSA expects adherence to our rigorous internal standards for science, operations, health and safety, quality, and professionalism. Applicants should have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree program in either marine sciences (e.g., marine biology, marine ecology, biological oceanography, environmental chemistry) or related field and have open water SCUBA certification.
Position Summary: The successful applicant will be involved in all aspects of CSA projects including (but not limited to) field surveys, data entry and QA/QC, equipment maintenance, small boat operations, project support, occasional client interaction, contributing to report and proposal writing, and report reviews. An understanding of field sampling in the marine environment is recommended. The successful applicant must have strong organizational and teamwork skills, as well as the ability to take on task ownership and responsibility for task progress. This position requires periodic domestic and international travel, sometimes at short notice and on weekends, during all times of the year, during both daytime and nighttime shifts if at sea, and potentially for prolonged periods (several weeks).
Responsibilities and Essential Functions: These include, but are not limited to:
- Supporting the quality, validity, and accuracy of a project’s science component;
- Participation in nearshore and offshore sampling surveys, potentially in international locations;
- Data entry and quality assurance;
- Adhering to company standards and procedures;
- Satisfactory completion of assigned training and safety meetings as applicable.
- Other duties as assigned.
Required Education, Skills, and Experience:
- B.Sc. or M.Sc. in marine science, biology, ecology, or a related field;
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a close-knit team and independently;
- Ability, availability, and responsiveness to enable work on multiple projects;
- SCUBA open water certification.
Preferred Skills and Experience:
- Advanced open water or rescue diver certification;
- Scientific diving experience or AAUS certification;
- Marine flora and fauna identification skills;
- First Aid, CPR, and O2 administration certifications;
- Experience with environmental sampling equipment, small boats, or offshore vessels;
- Experience with statistical methods and packages (e.g., R, SAS);
- Previous health, safety, and/or environmental hazard training;
- Understanding of data integration using Geographic Information Systems (GIS); and
- Spanish and/or French language skills.