Marine Environmental Scientist
Tetra Tech - Honolulu, HI

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Job Description:
Tetra Tech is a leading provider of environmental and
management consulting, engineering and technical
services. We employ more than 13,000 people with 330
offices worldwide. We provide services to protect and
improve the quality of life through responsible resource
management, sound infrastructure, and rapid
communications ability. We have a reputation for
innovative design in the global design and construction
industry. As part of the Tetra Tech family of companies,
we are home to some of the best minds in the country,
including nationally renowned subject matter experts.
Whether we are contemplating the restoration of our
environment or helping to revitalize our urban centers,
we are thinking of clear sustainable solutions to
resource management and infrastructure challenges. In
fact, it's much more than what can be done today; it's
what we'll be able to do tomorrow. We offer competitive
compensation and benefits and are searching for
innovative people to join our team.
Tetra Tech EM Inc., a subsidiary of Tetra Tech, is
currently seeking a part-time, Marine Environmental
Scientist to work in the field in the Northern Mariana
Islands and in our Honolulu, HI office.
The selected candidate will participate in field team
investigations on shallow-water reefs in the Northern
Mariana Islands as well as participate on other field
and non-field work projects. You will be expected to
conduct fieldwork in remote locations, including
shipboard observations, scuba diving and snorkeling free
swimming and towboard surveys, and nesting beach
surveys. The successful applicant will also assist in
data entry, report preparation, and represent Tetra Tech
at community meetings. Supervisory responsibilities are
limited to the ordinary requirements of a scientific
scuba diver and stand-by diver.
Additional responsibilities will include conducting
research, writing and reviewing environmental/biological
sections of compliance documents and technical reports
as well as participating in other field projects.
Task-level management duties include application of
technical knowledge, preparation and coordination of
ecological studies and reports, and client
communication. Assistance with proposals and development
of marine environmental work prospects is also required.

Job Requirements:
The ideal candidate will have at least two years of
scientific field research experience. Applicants should
be familiar with field data protocols, data entry and
reporting, and development of field survey plans.
Candidates must have the ability to participate in
technical field efforts, including extended periods
aboard research vessels. The field effort will include
three research cruises, including two on relatively
small vessels. These cruises will depart from Saipan
Harbor and likely occur in early May (2 weeks), July (4
weeks) and early September (2 weeks). Field work will be
based on a ship operating in remote locations, and
working days are 10 hours. Principal data collection
will use in situ scuba observations and beach surveys.
Data collection will be focused on sea turtle
identification, habitat use and field identification of
all sea turtle species listed under the US Endangered
Species Act.
In addition the successful applicant will have the
ability to perform high-level environmental tasks and
participate in both marine and terrestrial technical
field efforts. Preferred applicant will be a technical
generalist, but may specialize in one or several of the
following: fisheries biology, tropical biology/ecology,
marine mammals, and/or coastal/marine issues. Experience
and capabilities must also include: task-level
management skills; field experience; familiarity with
study design, multiple field sampling techniques, boat
work, data collection, statistical interpretation.
Demonstrated experience in writing technical reports and
proposals is a must. Local environmental knowledge and
contacts helpful but not required.
MS or MA degree in Environmental or Natural Resource
Science or related field preferred with at least 2 years
of progressive experience in a professional environment.
Will consider BS or BA with at least 4 years of
progressive experience. Knowledge of both marine and
terrestrial ecosystems of Hawai‘i is preferred.
Applicant must have a scientific diver accreditation
from AAUS or other reputable organization. Excellent
research, writing and communication skills are required.
Must be computer literate and have knowledge of MS Word
and Excel. Prior consulting or government agency
experience preferred but not required.
This position requires the select candidate to be
physically-able and medically-fit to engage in
scientific scuba diving in a remote location. Must be
able to lift 35 pounds and pass a Scientific Diver
stress test. Long-distance airline travel will occur.
Field work is essential to this position. All field work
will be accomplished from small boats (5-10 m) in a
shallow-water coral reef environment, required PPE will
be provided. Most field work will be supported by one of
two vessels, (approx. 20m and 50 m) rather than by
shore; therefore field staff will be restricted to the
space and facilities of the ship for the duration of
field work, 2 weeks for the smaller vessel and 4 weeks
for the larger vessel. If permitted, on-island field
camps may be used. The environment for other field work
projects will include all marine and terrestrial
habitats of the main Hawaiian islands, including
beaches, mountain trails, as well as urban and
residential areas.
The work environment may necessitate work near moving
mechanical parts and outside weather conditions such as
wet and/or humid conditions. Work is occasionally
conducted in locations where noise, fumes, dust, toxic
or caustic chemicals, and vibration may exist. The work
environment will require participation in the Tetra Tech
Medical Surveillance Program and the employee will be
required to maintain a current medical clearance to work
and wear respiratory protection.
This position requires a motor vehicle record (MVR)
background check. You will be expected to drive either a
company car, rental car or his/her own car in the course
of performing the job from time to time. Employee must
be able to perform the physical functions of operating a
motor vehicle, including use of eyes, ears, arms, hands,
legs, and feet. Employee must be able to prove that
he/she has a current, valid driver’s with no
To apply, please submit your resume & cover letter
online at and search for Job ID
# EMI-HI-42Tetra Tech is an Equal Opportunity Employer
and we value workplace diversity. We invite resumes from
all interested parties including women, minorities,
veterans and persons with disabilities.
EOE/M/F/D/V • No calls or agencies
Req. Code : EMI-HI-42-SKS
Division/Department : EMI

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