Marine Benthic Specialist


Richmond, Virginia, 23225

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$25000 - $30000 Year

Job type:

Monday to Friday

Job Schedule:

Day shift

Job benefits:

Health insurance
Paid time off
Employee discount
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
401(k) matching
Flexible schedule
Parental Leave
Tuition reimbursement
Flexible spending account
Retirement plan


Support a broad range of coastal and marine-based projects including linear infrastructure (e.g., transit, fiber optic, and transmission lines), offshore energy installations, coastal habitat restoration, and/or port development primarily within the U.S. Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, with additional opportunities along the West Coast and Gulf of Mexico.
Support permitting activities for a range of infrastructure, energy, and coastal development projects subject to regulation under federal law (e.g., Clean Water Act [CWA], Coastal Zone Management Act [CZMA], Endangered Species Act [ESA], Magnuson‑Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act [MSA], National Environmental Policy Act [NEPA], etc.).
Complete environmental analysis and technical reports based on the best available scientific information including peer-reviewed literature, agency reports, and site-specific data to evaluate a particular environmental problem or issue, verify site characteristics, and/or to plan for future environmental protection and monitoring measures.
Design, review, and execute benthic sampling plans for large linear infrastructure projects to collect data in support of permits.
Analyze potential impacts on marine benthic species and habitats from proposed nearshore and offshore activities and develop appropriate mitigation and monitoring plans.
Manage and budget multiple project tasks.
Synthesize and summarize large amounts of information contained in design plans, regulatory files, environmental permits, and other environmental documentation.
Collect and document field data and observations in a clear and organized manner utilizing appropriate sampling and monitoring equipment.
Analyze, evaluate, and interpret field and analytical data obtained during field investigations.
Use advanced statistical data analysis techniques to evaluate findings, make recommendations, and prepare written and verbal reports. Prepare data tables and visualizations such as charts, graphs, and illustrations.
Prepare environmental planning documents and outreach materials for governmental, non-profit, and/or commercial clients.
Consult with regulatory staff and stakeholder organizations on marine habitat issues and concerns.
Support the development of proposals for potential future project work related to marine benthic community and habitat effects.
Work efficiently within culturally and geographically diverse cross-functional teams in executing project work.
Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources, and conduct, and adhere to WSP’s Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures.
Perform additional responsibilities as required by business needs.

Your Impact

Required Qualifications

Minimum 4 years of relevant professional experience and a bachelor’s degree (or post-graduate degree) in Marine Biology, Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology, or related discipline.
Experience supporting offshore environmental projects, habitat impact assessments, permitting and/or construction monitoring (environmental consulting experience preferred).
Knowledge of major federal statutes and implementing regulations related to coastal and marine environments, including NEPA, MSA, ESA, and CZMA. Experience developing an Essential Fish Habitat Assessment a plus.
Working knowledge of offshore energy policies/regulations and familiarity with one or more U.S. East Coast state regulations a plus
Experience conducting marine benthic field surveys.
Knowledge of benthic species’ ecology and habitats along the U.S. along the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and/or Northeast coasts.
Knowledge of relevant research, laboratory analysis, and statistical evaluation methods.
Excellent written and verbal interpersonal communication skills. Experience with expressing ideas effectively and professionally to a scientific and non-scientific audience a plus.
Effective self-leadership with attention to detail and ability to manage multiple priorities in a dynamic work environment.
Ability to learn and apply new techniques, follow instruction, and work both independently and in a team.
Critical thinking and problem-solving skills required to reach conclusions from testing results, data collation, and identify the most effective manner to accomplish objectives of assigned projects.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
Proficiency in the application of statistical software (e.g., R, MATLAB, PRIMER, SAS) is highly preferred.
Occasional travel may be required depending on project-specific requirements.


Problem solving
Open mindedness
Strong work ethic

Others Requirements:

4 years of relevant professional experience




On going position