Marine Staff Scientist

Biodiversity Research Institute

Portland, Maine

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Commensurate/Negotiable
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) seeks a conscientious and detail-oriented Marine Staff Scientist to work on offshore wind and wildlife issues for our non-profit organization located in Portland, Maine. We are a scientific nonprofit group dedicated to environmental research and monitoring that supports the protection of biodiversity and ecological health. BRI’s mission is to assess emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, and to use scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers. Successful candidates must possess a genuine interest in supporting BRI’s mission and a strong desire to be part of a dynamic and purpose-driven work environment.

The Marine Staff Scientist will be part of BRI’s Center for Research on Offshore Wind and the Environment (CROWE; and work on projects related to offshore wind energy development, including such projects as the Offshore Wind Environmental Technical Working Group (https://www.nyetwg.com/) and managing bird- and bat-focused research as part of Project WOW (https://offshorewind.env.duke.edu/).


  • Provide ecological, technical, and decision science support for state and federal agencies, industry representatives, and other stakeholders to address environmental issues relating to offshore wind energy development;
  • Conduct quantitative analyses, modeling, and literature reviews;
  • Organize and develop technical programs for stakeholder workshops and meetings;
  • Develop scientific manuscripts, presentations, and reports;
  • Develop public-facing websites, fact sheets, and other materials;
  • Work collaboratively to manage and coordinate research and stakeholder engagement projects; and
  • All other duties as directed or assigned. Depending upon the applicant’s areas of expertise, this may include conducting fieldwork in support of BRI’s research projects (such as at-sea surveys, seabird tracking, or Motus station deployment) and/or conducting statistical analyses of survey, movement, or other datasets.
    Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required

The successful candidate should be detail-oriented and have a track record of excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Essential qualifications include:

  • Master’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
  • Quantitative programming experience in R, Python, and/or ArcGIS
  • 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 Qualifications:

Other desired characteristics or skills include a strong familiarity with the aquatic taxa of the eastern United States, particularly New England and/or the New York Bight; decision science expertise; experience working with offshore wind energy stakeholders, including environmental nonprofits, offshore wind developers, state and federal regulators, fishermen, and others; familiarity with the known and potential impacts of offshore wind energy development on wildlife; field experience with surveying birds, bats, and/or marine mammals; and a sense of humor.

Compensation and Employee Benefits:

BRI is committed to salary equity. We strive to meet federal Grade-Step (GS) levels that align with education and experience. BRI offers a fully paid employee health insurance premium, optional dependent coverage, dental, LTD, life insurance, 401k with match, and generous paid PTO and holidays. Costs associated with work travel are reimbursed. Ultimately, BRI’s benefits package, workplace flexibility, international travel options, professional development opportunities, and ability for vertical movement within the organization create an unparalleled workplace culture. BRI is a member of the United Nations Global Compact and as such meets DEI interests in the US.

All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status


Send a CV, writing sample, and cover letter (as a single document) to jobs@briloon.org  with subject “Marine Staff Scientist” or mail to Biodiversity Resource Institute, Attn: Human Resources, 276 Canco Rd., Portland, ME 04103 207.839.7600 www.briwildlife.org

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Category Ecology, Marine Biology
Tags Marine Mammal