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Malacologist

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EnviroScience, Inc.
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Added: April 18, 2024

EnviroScience, Inc. is currently seeking a Malacologist to support our growing marine services division. Responsibilities include conducting and managing field efforts for freshwater mussel surveys, diving, stream assessments, permit preparation, and technical report writing. This position includes regular travel, weekend work, long hours, and some tasks will require strenuous fieldwork and work during inclement weather. Location can be remote with a targeted survey area in the Midwest states. Qualified Candidates may work at one of EnviroScience’s office locations or remotely. This position is planned as a full-time position; however, part-time positions may be considered for well-qualified candidates. Compensation will be based on the applicant and their experience level.


Why work for EnviroScience’s Marine Division?

Working within the Marine Services division of EnviroScience has many benefits and opportunities for professional development. Our experience includes endangered mussel surveys, impact assessments, translocations, mitigation design, biological assessments, expert consultation, and experimental lab and field research on mussels for multitude of clients including industrial, railroads, utilities and developers, as well as with federal, state and local governments, and non-profits. Moreover, many of our ecological staff are certified divers and routinely assist with mussel surveys, allowing all our personnel great familiarity with mussel searching and handling techniques using multiple protocols from around the United States including those in the Midwest, Southeast/Southern Appalachia, Great Lakes, and Atlantic Slope. EnviroScience has offices in the Midwest, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic regions and field offices in Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Wyoming.


Selected candidates would also be exposed to many different diving techniques including SCUBA, hookah systems, and surface supplied diving. EnviroScience is one of the few biological firms in the country that is a general member of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) and offers full-service commercial diving services. Our diving meets the highest standards for safety and efficiency, including those of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) EM385-1-1, OSHA, ADCI, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Our in-house ADCI certified commercial divers are not only highly trained professionals, but they are also highly experienced mussel surveyors and widely respected by state and federal resource agencies as qualified mussel collectors. Additionally, we are an established company recognized for our robust health and safety program and a registered firm in good standing with ISNetworld. Because of our safety record and geographic footprint, the selected candidate will have significant exposure to and opportunities to diversify their career.


EnviroScience also provides professional development opportunities for its employees that include attending professional conferences and additional trainings that promote safety and knowledge expansion. EnviroScience has been rated one of Northeast Ohio’s top-rated places to work and is now an employee-owned company with an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) available to qualified employees.

This position is a great opportunity for a qualified malacologist who enjoys traveling, diversified project types, and possesses a high level of self-motivation and enthusiastic leadership. Other qualifications include:

• Minimum B.S. degree in the Biological Sciences, Environmental Science, or related field

• Hold or previously held or able to obtain State Collection Permits (Example: IA, IL, MN, WI, MO, OH, WV, PA, NY, MI, TN, TX, VA, MD)

• 2+ years of diving experience

• Ability to conduct aquatic surveys independently and manage a team of field biologists and divers

• Ability to read and interpret resource mapping

• Experience with Midwestern, Southeastern, and/or Mid-Atlantic freshwater mussel species

• Experience with technical report writing

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Self-motivated, organized, and able to work independently

• Valid driver license and a clean driving record

• Ability to pass a background check


Additional Beneficial Skills:

• Federal Recovery Permit

• Additional State Scientific Collection Permits

• Additional background in fisheries, endangered species, herpetology, amphibians, or marine macroinvertebrates

• Project or client management

• Experience with Southeastern, Southern Appalachian, and/or Atlantic Slope freshwater mussel species

• Experience with boat driving and trailering

• Familiarity with state and regional mussel collection protocols and agency consultations

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