Coastal Ecologist/Hydrographer






Job Description

BIO-WEST seeks a full-time coastal ecologist with hydrographic survey experience to expand and grow its Coastal Division office in Rosenberg, Texas. Under the direction of BIO-WEST’s experienced coastal team, the ideal candidate’s duties will involve working with BIO-WEST staff from multiple offices on coastal ecology and mapping projects. Additional responsibilities will include assisting on native aquatic species surveys; waters of the U.S. delineations; threatened and endangered species assessments; instream flow studies; telemetry studies; restoration projects; and wildlife inventories in a variety of bays, estuaries, rivers, lakes, streams, and other environments throughout Texas and the southern U.S.

Job Responsibilities

  • Conduct coastal ecological surveys including vegetation assessments, delineations, threatened and endangered species surveys, and short/long term monitoring,
  • Conduct hydrographic surveys for oyster reefs, seagrass beds, and other special aquatic sites using remote sensing equipment from both boat and aerial platforms,
  • Collect, analyze, manage, and report ecological data, such as plant taxonomy, protected terrestrial and aquatic animal species, soil conditions and hydrology indicators,
  • Perform environmental site investigations, supporting erosion control devices, efforts, and monitoring, including daily reporting subsequent to the field visit,
  • Provide assistance in utilizing GIS devices and data for map production in accordance with standards and industry best practices,
  • Communicate scientific and technical information to the project manager, project team, and sub-contractors (clear and concise), including coordinating project team work and deliverables, monitoring schedule, budget, and business development,
  • Assist managers and clients with project coordination, authorizations, and compliance,
  • Coordinate with federal, state and local agencies for project implementation, protocols and permitting,
  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies,
  • All other duties as assigned,

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in biology, ecology, ecosystems sciences, environmental management, rangeland sciences, wildlife management, or related field,
  • 3+ years relevant work or research experience on the Texas/Louisiana coast,
  • Experience with GIS, familiarity with boats and motors, and the ability to independently operate such vessels along the coast is highly preferred,
  • 2+ years relevant experience with hydrographic surveys, including side-scan sonar, single, dual, and multibeam bathymetry units, subbottom profilers, magnetometer, and scanning/profiling sonar survey equipment,
  • 2+ years relevant experience with industry acquisition and post-processing software, including but not limited to Hypack, HydroPro, HydroMagic, Sonarwiz, and/or Qinsy,
  • Proficiency with ESRI’s ArcGIS suite (ArcMap, ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, etc.), as well as the techniques and technologies used to collect GPS data and interpret aerial imagery and maps preferred,
  • Dependable, self-motivated, detailed oriented, willing to learn and listen, able to assess the situation and make recommendations/adjustments, and works well in a team environment or independent,
  • Ability to learn and adapt quickly to changing environment and maintenance/mechanical issues,
  • Ability to work effectively (e.g., set tasks and schedules, prioritize work, meet deadlines, stay on budget),
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously and work with multiple project managers,
  • Proficient with MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.), Adobe suite, Google Earth technologies, and phone/tablet app utilization,
  • Ability to learn to identify flora, fauna, hydrology, and soils, including qualitative measurements in coastal environments,
  • Boating experience preferred,

Working Conditions:

Must be able to repeatedly conduct field work in remote locations, outdoors for extended periods of time and under extreme conditions and variety of climates, be aware of and able to respond to hazardous wildlife and conditions, lift approximately 50 pounds, complete ATV and safety training, complete boater safety training, and work outside of the normal business hours of 8:00 am–5:00 pm, including some weekends. Candidate should be in good physical condition, have flexible schedules, be able to work in the field approximately 50 percent of the time, and travel overnight.

Licensure/Screenings

Must possess a valid class C Texas driver’s license, have a satisfactory driving record, allow records review for the past 3 years, and comply with company drug and alcohol testing policies.

Compensation:

Pay commensurate with experience. Benefits include 11 paid holidays, paid time off for personal and sick leave, 401k plan, profit sharing program, health insurance, dental reimbursement, vision discount, health savings account options and contributions, short-term disability and life insurance, childcare plan, and discretionary bonuses (twice per year).

Application:

Please send cover letter, resume, and at least three professional references to [email protected]‑west.com. No phone calls please. BIO-WEST is an EOE employer.