Cardno GS, Inc. has an opportunity for a full-time or part -time Marine Biologist/Ecologist to play an integral part in helping support our nationwide federal environmental planning programs, with a focus in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. This position will be based in our Honolulu office. Working in a team environment, the successful candidate will be responsible for contributing to environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, and associated studies and environmental permitting for a variety of projects in the marine environment. Projects may include or involve interpretation of fish and fish habitat surveys, environmental effects monitoring programs, sea bird surveys, marine mammal surveys, benthic habitat surveys, botanical and wildlife surveys, species at risk surveys, assessing impacts to marine species from in-water acoustic sources, and potential impact to multiple taxa in different habitats among others, as they relate to development in the marine environment.

Job Description:

This position will provide important support to environmental planning documentation evaluating potential effects from U.S. military training programs. The successful candidate must have the legal right to work in United States. Certain assignments may require ability to obtain a security clearance.

  • Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marine biology or closely related field;
  • 5+ years of professional experience applying learned skills in biology with particular emphasis in the Pacific Region;
  • Knowledge of and experience with applicable federal environmental regulations as they relate to the marine environment including by not limited to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Sykes Act, the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Clean Water Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and others;
  • Experience preparing or contributing to environmental assessments/impact statements pursuant to the NEPA;
  • Experience executing marine species surveys
  • Experience in the regulatory review process for the marine component of NEPA projects;
  • Experience with regulatory agency consultation, biological assessments, integrated natural resource management plans, habitat conservation plans, essential fish habitat assessments, and development of mitigation measures;
  • Demonstrated experience and strong desire for multi-disciplinary internal collaboration, and proposal development;
  • Demonstrated technical writing skills and strong verbal communication;
  • Strong interpersonal and social skills and ability to interact across a broad range of audiences/technical backgrounds including internal and external clients and regulatory agencies;
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Willingness and ability to travel for project work.
  • Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Masters degree in marine biology or closely related field;
  • Experience in the Pacific Ocean, Western US and/or Eastern US waters as well
  • Experience producing orthomosaic imagery and quantitative analysis of the data
  • Knowledge of and experience with GIS/GPS, resource mapping, and spatial analysis
  • Active American Academy of Underwater Sciences Scientific Diver Status
  • Taxonomic expertise for identifying Pacific Marine Species
  • Advanced data analysis and interpretation skills;
  • Experience with database management
  • Training and experience in spatial statistics
  • Experience evaluating/assessing:
    • Benthic Communities – corals
    • Marine Mammals          
    • Sea Turtles
    • Other ESA-listed Species
    • Invasive Species
    • Fishes
    • Marine Birds
    • Marine deep water ecosystems (water column and sea floor)
    • Marine / Oceanic Habitats
    • Taxa, Assemblages, Ecological Regimes
    • Phytoplankton and Primary Production
    • Sensitive and Special Areas:
  • Marine Fisheries
  • Tourism and Recreation (sport fishing, whale watching and others

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