EA Engineering, Science, and Technology Marine Scientist (Scientist II) in Hunt Valley, Maryland

EA has an excellent opportunity for a Marine Scientist (Scientist II) with a broad range of capabilities to join our team in Hunt Valley, MD. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting in the performance of a wide range of multidisciplinary projects that include hydrographic and underwater geophysical surveys, sediments collection and evaluation, as well as associated data processing and analysis. 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 support, sample management, data assessment and analysis, and technical report preparation.


The successful candidate should have a B.S. degree in Marine Science (ecology, geology or oceanography focus), Oceanography, Applied Mathematics, or related discipline, as well as some work experience outside an-academic setting.

The ideal candidate should have 2-4 years’ 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.

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, Great Lakes, Gulf coasts as necessary to execute 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:

  • Understanding of ecology/geology/circulation within marine, estuarine and aquatic environments;
  • Experience conducting work aboard small craft and large vessels in protected waters as well as the open ocean;
  • Field sampling experience and ability to work with field teams on marine/aquatic assessments including sediment and water quality studies;
  • Understanding of environmental chemistry as demonstrated by course work;
  • Aptitude to learn advanced 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 the ability to support multidisciplinary projects;
  • Ability to work in both a field and office structure;
  • Current (or an ability to secure) 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.

Date Posted: 08/08/2018

Job Title: Marine Scientist (Scientist II)

Location: Hunt Valley, MD

Employment Type: 40hr FT