Principal Marine Scientist – Offshore Energy - Boston, MA
at Tetra Tech

Date Posted: 5/11/2019

Job Description

Tetra Tech Inc. is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services worldwide. Our reputation rests on the technical expertise and dedication of our employees—17,000 people working together across disciplines and time zones to provide smart, sustainable solutions for challenging projects. We are proud to be home to leading technical experts in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. Tetra Tech combines the resources of a global, multibillion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in 400 locations around the world. We offer competitive compensation and benefits and are searching for innovative people to join our teams.   Tetra Tech, Inc. is currently seeking a Principal Marine Scientist in New England to support offshore development projects as well as to provide broad support and technical expertise in offshore project permitting, design, and development activities. Projects may be more frequent on the East Coast but may also be West Coast or international. This position will be filled as soon as the proper candidate is identified, and the scientist will start work as soon as is practical.   ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Serve as a subject matter expert in discussions and negotiations with regulators, for written documents in support of authorizations and for client deliverables, contribute to all matters and tasks related to marine biology, benthic characterization and fisheries as they pertain to Tetra Tech’s offshore development project portfolio
  • Work with and manage current scientific staff in the support of a variety of offshore development projects for power transmission, pipelines, offshore renewables, and telecommunications cable clients
  • Research, compile, and interpret published literature, publicly available GIS datasets, and project-specific data to inform project-specific Critical Issues Analyses, Desktop Study documentation efforts, NEPA documents and client deliverables
  • Technical writing for reports, drafting or designing supporting figures and illustrations required
  • Scope, staff and manage field work associated with these scopes as required, either from the office or, if required, in the field 
  • Assist with research and interpretation of international, federal, state and local regulations on a project-specific basis to assess project permitting feasibility and requirements for scientific scopes, as well as prepare environmental reports and permit applications
  • Analyze environmental data to highlight potential offshore construction risks
  • Have a working comprehension of GIS (e.g., ArcMap)
  • Have familiarity with the world of offshore stakeholders and be willing to accept some amount of liaison work with them (e.g., commercial mariners including and especially commercial fishermen)
  • Work alongside other technical leads among existing staff and participate in the preparation of proposals, budgets, and plans of work

Job Requirements

  • B.S. in Marine Science, Marine Fisheries or related degree required
  • M.S. or Ph. D. preferred
  • 5 years’ experience working on offshore projects strongly preferred (commercial, regulatory or academic)
  • Prior experience in marine or coastal planning and design, marine project permitting, and/or offshore development required
  • Must have outstanding written, verbal, and in-person communication skills to be used among internal technical experts, regulatory agencies, clients and others to facilitate achieving project goals
  • Willing to travel as required and likely work in the field as needed
  • Travel will be 5 - 15%
  • Strong understanding of geospatial analysis, integration, and data management required
  • Project management experience preferred
  • Must possess solid, practical skills in office applications     

  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and we do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or age.   If you are interested in joining our dynamic team, for immediate consideration please submit your resume to Tetra Tech, Inc., at  Please mention the position you are applying for in your cover letter and include salary requirements. A Pre-employment drug screen is required.   Tetra Tech, Inc. 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. Please visit our website at to see the array of diverse services and exciting projects we are currently working on.   If you are disabled and need assistance with your job application process, please fax the position you are applying for to: (973) 630-8111.

Tetra Tech is an EOE AA/M/F/Vets/Disability employer.  Tetra Tech is a VEVRAA federal contractor and we request priority referral of veterans for available positions.

Job Snapshot

About Us

As a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services worldwide, Tetra Tech seeks clear sustainable solutions that improve the quality of life. In a complex world with competing demands for limited resources, we offer clear solutions made possible by our sound science, understanding, innovation, and industry-leading approaches. To achieve and sustain our goals, we need your talent and energy!

As a member of our team, you will be encouraged to think outside the box and explore new technologies, ideas, and business trends that contribute to your personal and professional development as well as company success.

A career with Tetra Tech means a diverse, collaborative work environment, opportunities to involve yourself in self-directed project efforts, work/life balance, and a wide range of benefits. With offices and project opportunities in locations around the world, you can find an opportunity that matches your career goals and geographic preference.

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