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Marine Biologist

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Company Name BioDiversity Research Institute (BRI)
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IMPORTANT:  This Advertiser has requested that applicants MUST be National Residents / Valid Work Permit-holders.  Other applicants need not apply.


Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) seeks a conscientious and detail-oriented marine biologist to work on offshore wind and wildlife issues for our nonprofit organization located in Portland, ME. Dedicated to assessing emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, BRI uses scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers. The successful candidate must possess a genuine interest in supporting BRI’s mission and a strong desire to be part of a nonprofit work environment.

The biologist will report to BRI’s Wildlife and Renewable Energy Program Director and work on projects related to offshore wind energy development. The candidate will support such activities as organizing and developing technical programs for stakeholder workshops and meetings, conducting literature reviews and making scientific recommendations based on the available literature, coordinating stakeholder working groups on environmental issues relating to offshore wind energy development, and developing reports, manuscripts, presentations, and other materials. The position also includes other duties as assigned by the Program Director; some limited fieldwork may be required in support of BRI’s many research projects, depending upon need and the applicant’s areas of expertise.

Required Qualifications:
Successful candidates should be detail oriented and demonstrate a track record of excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Essential qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field, with substantial experience in marine systems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including scientific and technical writing as well as an ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Excellent organizational and logistics skills, including ability to plan meetings and workshops for 20-150 people
  • Strong work ethic and ability to effectively prioritize and address needs as they arise
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team, and willingness to work collaboratively with a wide range of colleagues and stakeholders
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including occasional weekend work or overnight travel

Other desired characteristics or skills include:
an advanced degree in marine biology; a strong familiarity with the aquatic taxa of the eastern United States, particularly the New York Bight; experience working with offshore wind energy stakeholders, including fishermen, environmental nonprofits, offshore wind developers, state and federal regulators, and others; familiarity with the known and potential impacts of offshore wind energy development on wildlife; communications and outreach experience, including website design and management; quantitative and analytical expertise, including use of R and ArcGIS; and a sense of humor.

Work schedule and location: This is a full-time, 40-hour-per-week position for a one-year term, with possibility of extension. Position is based at BRI offices in Portland, Maine. 

Compensation: Salary is dependent on experience. BRI offers a fully paid employee health insurance premium, plus optional dependent coverage, dental, STD, LTD and life insurance, 401k with match, and generous paid PTO and holidays. Costs associated with work travel are reimbursed.

To apply: Applications should be submitted by August 24 to kate.williams@briloon.org with the email subject line “offshore wind position.”

Please submit a single PDF file including: (1) letter of interest; (2) CV; (3) contact information for three references; and (4) a recent writing sample for which the applicant was the sole or primary author. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Biodiversity Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.

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