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 worldwide. CSA seeks a master’s degree level or above scientist with expertise in marine mammal, sea turtle, and other protected species regulations, policy, and assessment. This position will be based out of CSA’s East Greenwich, RI office and will primarily support the growing offshore wind market.
This position requires experience and understanding of the regulatory environment involved with coastal and offshore energy development, particularly in the Northeastern United States. The successful applicant must have experience as either a Project Manager or Technical Lead including experience with client/funding source interactions, subcontractor management, budget and schedule development and tracking, coordination and preparation of project deliverables, and technical review of project documents. The successful applicant will be involved in all aspects of projects from proposal preparation to project management to contributing to experimental / survey design, field data collection, analysis, report writing, and presentations. Applicants must have a strong understanding in principles of impact producing factors including underwater acoustics. Experience with basic analysis software such as Matlab or equivalent programming language and understanding of acoustic field sampling in aquatic environments is desired. Understanding of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) is required. The successful applicant must have strong analytical, reviewing, and writing skills. Applicants should be able to work remotely with team members and have good organizational skills, and significant initiative, requiring little direction in identifying correct courses of action. This position may require field activities for extended periods of time (up to 6 weeks) on offshore vessels. This position may require occasional domestic or international travel. Strong team and communication skills are essential.
Accountabilities, Responsibilities and Essential Functions:
Duties include but are not limited to assisting in managing the quality, validity, and accuracy of a project's science component including assisting in management of projects. This is primarily an office-based position whose duties will include supporting the growing offshore wind market and supporting the marine mammal and other protected species services, including conducting research, developing and implementing at-sea surveys, preparing environmental impact documents and permit applications. . This position will involve providing support to lead scientists in both projects and proposal efforts, initially acting as an assistant project manager on active projects, adhering to corporate Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental protocols and training, and accepting other duties across the diverse portfolio of CSA, as assigned. The applicant will be expected to work flexible, none-core hours as occasionally required to meet deliverable demands.
Essential Skills, Experience, and Education:
A master’s degree from an accredited university/college in such fields as oceanography, marine policy, marine science, marine biology, biological oceanography, underwater acoustics, or equivalent related field is required with at least 3 years’ experience in related projects outside of academia (e.g., government, industry). The successful applicant should have demonstrated, excellent writing (writing sample and writing exercise will be required), communication skills and demonstrated experience participating in development of scientific proposals that were successfully funded. Strong working knowledge of computers and standard Microsoft software packages including word processing skills is required. Previous contribution to peer-reviewed publications is advantageous. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, university transcripts (may be unofficial), offshore safety certificates, and contact information for three references. Letters of recommendation may be included at this time.