Project Marine Scientist Biologist

Project Marine Scientist/Biologist
(Permanent Position)

Padre’s San Luis Obispo office is currently accepting applications for a Project Marine Biologist to assist with ongoing offshore decommissioning and development projects.  The successful applicant will support senior staff on both small- and large-scale multi-discipline projects that have a range of technical complexity and a significant marine focus.  Projects would include support for offshore wind, offshore oil and gas, and port/harbor and waterfront development. Primary responsibilities include habitat assessments, preparing technical reports for permit applications for federal and State agencies, sections of Initial Studies in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), wildlife contingency plans and other mitigation planning, and desktop analysis for a variety of marine projects. In addition, responsibilities may include intertidal and subtidal biological field surveys either via SCUBA or observation through ROV surveys.

General Description of Position

Under the direct supervision of the San Luis Obispo Senior Project Manager/Marine Biologist, the Project Marine Scientist/Biologist will assist in drafting technical reports, permit applications and CEQA documents that focus on the marine environment.  The position is based out of the San Luis Obispo, CA., office, but Projects are located offshore the length of the California coast.  Work would be predominately office work in the San Luis Obispo Office; however, travel would be required for occasional site visits and/or surveys on a case-by-case basis.

Duties of Position

  • Literature reviews, research, and technical writing
  • Data management and quality assurance
  • Preparing environmental impact assessments and marine species/habitat consultation documents (ESA Section 7 Biological Assessments, Essential Fish Habitat Assessments, Incidental Harassment Authorizations)
  • CEQA analysis for marine resources (Biology, Commercial Fisheries, Recreation, Sea Level Rise)
  • State and Federal permitting support
  • Identification and knowledge of California marine species (algae, invertebrate, fish, turtles and mammals).
  • Using data entry programs and other program tools.
  • Mapping using GPS in field and Google Earth and ArcGIS desktop.
  • Writing survey and habitat assessment reports for dive or ROV surveys.
  • The typical work schedule would range from Monday to Friday, up to 40 hours (overtime hours as available). Occasional weekend work may also be necessary.
  • A company truck will be assigned for field work.

Required Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in one of the biological sciences; experience with California marine wildlife and algae/plants.
  • Experience with federal or California State permitting.
  • Have strong analytical writing, interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills.
  • Able to efficiently work alone or with a team.
  • Able to work in both the office and field.
  • Interested in pursuing professional growth in a growing midsized consulting firm.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and provide a DMV printout of your driving record (online record ok).
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from the San Luis Obispo office.
  • Must be at least 18 years old at the time of employment.
  • Employment is conditional on successfully passing a required drug screening.
  • Position is subject to a background check.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience preparing CEQA Initial Studies, Mitigated Negative Declarations, and/or Environmental Impact Reports.
  • Scientific diving experience with AAUS member organization or equivalent.


  • Ranging from $25.00 to $42.00/hour (depending on experience)

If interested, please send résumé to:

Simon Poulter

Michaela Craighead


Once resumes are reviewed, Padre will reach out to applicants for interviews.

Padre Associates, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer/non- discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, physical handicap, medical condition, age (over 40), political affiliation, religion, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or actual characteristics. Padre makes employment decisions on the basis of qualifications and merit.  Padre provides a competitive salary and benefits package.