Senior Aquatic Scientist and Project Manager

We have a current opening for a full-time Senior Aquatic Scientist and Project Manager to join our team in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

How to Apply & Timeline

  • If you would like to apply, please submit a resume and cover letter via email to [email protected] and include ‘Senior Aquatic Scientist’ in the subject line. We will be accepting applications until the position is filled.

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 senior scientist to join our team. The ideal candidate will have education and experience in a core discipline relevant to aquatic resources restoration such as a focus on riparian and plant ecology, aquatic ecology, wetland science, fisheries biology, hydrology, or fluvial geomorphology. The candidate must be able to manage projects and assist in various aspects of technical project work including data collection, analysis, design, and implementation of river, estuarine, and wetland restoration projects.

Location: Saint Paul, MN

Expected Salary Range: $85,000 – $115,000

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.)

Required Qualifications  

  • Postgraduate degree in a core water resources science discipline, and 7-15 years of work experience in a position relevant to degree.
  • A postgraduate degree in a related field may count toward work experience.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion.
  • Experience managing multiple small to large-sized projects, including preparation and management of project scopes, schedules, and budgets from proposal submittal through project completion.
  • Experience building and leading teams to deliver projects, including meeting technical, schedule, and financial targets.
  • Excellent delegation skills and ability to communicate clear expectations to project teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and professionally with clients, teaming partners, the general public, and diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Passion for aquatic ecosystem health and restoration.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience completing technical elements of restoration project such as field work, data analysis, design computation, and construction observation.
  • Willingness and ability to travel for up to 7 days at a time. Typical travel is of shorter duration, but longer periods of travel may periodically be required.
  • Ability to effectively self-manage your time to balance multiple deadlines/commitments and to practice self-reflection.

Additional Desired Job Qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding of issues of aquatic restoration from a non-white perspective (for example, Indigenous, Black, and/or Latinx relationships to water and place).
  • Experience leading the business development component of a new area of pursuit, such as a new client group, geographic area of work, or a new type of project.
  • Published work or contributions to the body of knowledge relevant to discipline.

Essential Duties

  • Project management tasks including:
    • Scope, schedule, and budget preparation.
    • Leading project teams and meeting technical, schedule and financial targets.
    • Delegating, and providing clear estimates of hours, deliverables, and timelines expected to be met.
    • Attending internal project management trainings.
  • Senior scientist tasks including:
    • Leading large field data collection efforts
    • Performing advanced science analysis and integrating analyses of the project team
    • Leading design discussions for large and complex projects and making design decisions with significant influence on the project
    • Leading and coordinating the preparation of large and complex reports and design sets.
  • Applies in-depth knowledge and expertise acquired through progressive experience to apply current principles and practices in their field of expertise.
  • Performs internal peer review of documents, analyses, and deliverables for quality assurance.
  • Leads the technical portion of proposal development for pursuits of all sizes.
  • Performs a business development role by representing Inter-Fluve at events (e.g., conferences, client galas) and in direct marketing outreach to potential clients and teaming partners.
  • Responsible for timely completion of administrative tasks such as timesheets, expense reports, and invoice review for projects they manage.
  • Works closely with other project managers and Regional Director to resolve schedule issues and other workload conflicts that may arise.
  • Works closely with Regional Director, Marketing Director, Project Managers, and Principals to stay efficiently engaged in project work and business development pursuits.
  • Participates in performance feedback discussions by giving and receiving feedback.
  • Additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Benefits & 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, paid leave family or medical leave when eligible, and more.

Inter-Fluve cannot support international work visas.

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.