Aquatic Restoration Staff Scientist/Engineer

We have a current opening for a full-time staff scientist, engineer, or engineer-in-training. The position will be based out of one of our New England offices: Cambridge or Williamstown, MA; Damariscotta, ME.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply, please submit a Resume & Cover Letter via email to [email protected].

Firm Description

Since 1984, Inter-Fluve has been a leading water resources science and engineering firm specializing in aquatic ecosystem restoration. We have worked across the United States and internationally on projects that focus on all phases and applications of aquatic habitat restoration, including watershed analysis; stream and wetland assessment; dam removal and fish passage restoration; river, wetland, and floodplain restoration; restoration of estuarine habitats; and other water-related projects.

Our dedicated team of professionals share their passion for nature through their service to our clients. We apply a broad range of science and engineering skills to investigate and design restoration, enhancement, and recovery solutions for degraded riverine, wetland, estuarine and lake environments. Throughout our history, our company’s focus has always been to collaborate, explore, question, and advance our craft.

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Position Description

We are seeking a staff scientist, engineer, or engineer-in-training to join our team. The ideal candidate will have education and experience in a core discipline relevant to aquatic resources restoration such as stream ecology, aquatic habitat biology, coastal wetland ecology, watershed hydrology, fluvial or coastal geomorphology, or hydraulic, coastal or water resources engineering.  The candidate should have a firm understanding and demonstrated experience with river and wetland ecosystem processes, and be able to assist in all aspects of data collection, analysis, design, and implementation of river and wetland restoration projects in freshwater, estuary and coastal environments.

Location: Damariscotta, ME; Cambridge or Williamstown, MA

Work Schedule

We currently operate on a hybrid schedule where employees are expected to be in the office at least 3 days a week, Monday – Friday. Employees may elect to work from home for up to 2 days a week, if and when job duties allow (e.g. field work and in person meetings take precedence.)

Essential Duties

  • Conducts technical analyses.
  • Prepares or collaborates on development of aquatic restoration designs.
  • Attends site visits and conducts field work.
  • Prepares reports or sections of reports.
  • Responsible for planning and execution of field investigations and technical work tasks such as numerical modeling and/or design calculations.
  • Lead, or contribute to, internal technical discussions with project teams.
  • Responsible for timely completion of timesheets and expense reports, and completion of assigned work tasks within budgets.
  • Manages short- and long-term workload to meet deadlines. Seeks out work, or shifts work, to effectively manage level of commitment.
  • Participates in performance feedback discussions, gives and receives feedback.

Required Qualifications   

  • Postgraduate degree, or comparable work experience, in a core water resources science or engineering discipline, and two to seven years of work experience in a position relevant to degree.
  • Passion for aquatic ecosystem health and restoration.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience in one or more software programs used for analysis, communication, and design, including Autodesk Civil 3D, ArcGIS, HEC-RAS, other numerical modeling software.
  • Excellent written skills.
  • Ability to travel for projects.
  • Ability to practice self-reflection and to advance communication skills.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion.

Additional Desired Qualifications

  • Professional experience with restoration projects in rivers, streams and floodplains, estuaries, coastal and freshwater wetlands and/or lakes.
  • Experience with topographic and/or bathymetric surveying, including RTK-DGPS, Total Station, sonar/echo sounder, or UAV-based methods.
  • Wetlands delineation training or certification.
  • Knowledge and experience in fluvial or coastal geomorphology, coastal or freshwater wetland science, fish biology.
  • Knowledge and experience in fish passage engineering and hydraulic engineering.
  • Experience with hydraulic analysis and hydraulic/hydrodynamic modeling, including one-dimensional and multi-dimensional approaches, in freshwater, estuarine and coastal applications.
  • Construction oversight or management experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of aquatic resources from a non-white perspective as relates to restoration activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients, the public, and diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Willingness to travel for up to 7 days at a time for projects.
  • UAV pilot license

How to Apply

If you would like to apply, please submit a Resume & Cover Letter via email to [email protected].

Additional Information

Inter-Fluve, Inc. offers a competitive compensation package that includes paid time off, 100% employer paid health plan, 401k with employer contribution after waiting period, and more.

Inter-Fluve is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, neurodiversity, disability, age, veteran status, or any other aspect which makes them unique. All inquiries will be handled confidentially.

This position will remain open until filled. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.