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Coastal Resources Scientist 1-3

Louisiana State Government

Baton Rouge ,  Louisiana

Duties include: Performs as a staff advisor to provide specialized and technical scientific assistance by serving as the designated LDNR/OCM representative for Regional Restoration Plan development. Evaluates environmental, meteorological, and physical data during oil spell events. Performs routine oil spill coordination-related duties at headquarters and field offices. Reviews the quality assurance audits and data records.

The State of Louisiana only accepts online applications. Paper applications will not be accepted. Computer access is available at your local library, at local Louisiana Workforce Commission Business Career Solutions Centers (Download PDF reader), and at our Baton Rouge Information and Testing Office at 5825 Florida Boulevard, Room 1070, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. If you require an ADA accommodation, please contact our office at (225) 925-1911 or Toll Free: (866) 783-5462 during business hours for additional assistance.

The Department of Natural Resources is a participant in the E-Verify system for identification and employment eligibility purposes.

A baccalaureate degree in one of the following fields: agronomy; atmospheric sciences; biological sciences; chemistry; coastal resource management; ecology; engineering; environmental sciences; forestry; geosciences; landscape architecture; marine science; natural resource management or studies; oceanography; physical geography; planning; statistics; wetland management; or wildlife and/or fisheries science.

The transcript must state that the applicant's major is in one of the specified fields. Baccalaureate degrees with majors in a field not listed above which included a heavy concentration in qualifying courses will not be considered qualifying.

Some specific fields which are not qualifying are agriculture, anthropology, architecture, computer science, food science, mathematics, science education, and nuclear science.

Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Function of Work:

To utilize regulatory and/or non-regulatory measures to create, restore, enhance, protect, and preserve the state's coastal wetlands, marshes, flood plains, and other natural resources vital to the state's economy and/or the safety of its citizens (private, public, institutional, industrial, and governmental), and to protect the citizens of Louisiana with hurricane flood protection measures.


Usually direct from a Coastal Resources Scientist Supervisor, but may receive supervision from higher level personnel.


State agencies involved in coastal science activities.

Differs from Coastal Resources Scientist 2 by the presence of entry level work.

Examples of Work

  • Assists in making verbal presentations to higher level Coastal Resource Scientists and/or preparing written technical reports documenting field investigations, permit reviews, consistency reviews, enforcement reviews, or compliance reviews.
  • Assists in performing scientific searches, compiling and cataloging data, collecting field samples, analyzing data, and preparing reports and maps.
  • Assists with on-site scientific/technical ecosystem information gathering and analysis of data for the preparation of various position papers to be used in determining the best coastal restoration or hurricane protection projects for implementation. 
  • Provides general information through written correspondence, arranging and preparing information for public meetings, hearings, workshops, symposiums, and etc., or by assisting in public awareness and education activities.
  • Conducts basic analyses of environmental data using computerized data base(s) or GIS.
  • Assists in the preparation of Coastal Use Permits, consistency authorizations, or enforcement actions; may draft permits for projects under close supervision.
  • Assists in reviews of local coastal programs and in providing pertinent information and technical assistance to the coastal parishes.
  • May be assigned scientific studies of very limited size and complexity, or assist in studies or programs of larger scope and complexity.
  • Assists in inventorying land uses, solid and hydrological and meteorological regimes, and obtaining and analyzing biological samples and data to determine which conditions may cause or be causing adverse impacts to coastal wetlands, marshes, flood plains, ecosystems, and other natural resources within these areas.
  • Assists in preparing technical reports, publications, and pamphlets relative to the protection, conservation and enhancement of coastal wetlands, marshes, and flood plain areas in Louisiana, and hurricane flood protection for the citizens of the state.

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