The Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) is seeking to fill an Environmental Scientist position. This is a regular full-time position (40 hours weekly) with occasional weekend work. This position functions as a vital part of our small but hard-working team. Initiative is encouraged and enthusiasm and a positive attitude are a must.

Principle responsibilities are to manage and administer long-term monitoring programs including volunteer water quality monitoring, annual stream monitoring, and horseshoe crab monitoring. Management of laboratory contracts and data analysis is included in the suite of responsibilities. The Environmental Scientist would also coordinate the oyster gardening program and be involved in management of restoration properties owned or managed by MCBP. This is a highly collaborative work environment. It is expected that this position will work closely with other MCBP programs as well.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with restoration projects such as stream restoration and dam removal, living shorelines, and wetland creation and enhancement.
  • Monitor colonial nesting birds, fish, shellfish, reptiles, amphibians, tidal wetlands, and submerged aquatic vegetation at locations throughout the Coastal Bays.
  • Produce annual reports on horseshoe crabs and water quality.
  • Manage and supervise seasonal employees and interns as needed.
  • Coordinating community volunteers involved in MCBP programs such as oyster gardening, water quality monitoring, monofilament recycling, community engagement programs, and property maintenance.
  • Assist in other restoration and monitoring efforts as needed.
  • Other duties as required.

Preferred Attributes for Consideration

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental/biological sciences or related discipline.
  • Minimum one year of experience in field data collection and monitoring, and implementing water quality and habitat restoration projects.
  • Strong organizational, detail oriented, and multi-tasking skills.
  • Understanding of estuarine ecology and coastal natural resource issues and processes, particularly those that impact local habitat and water quality.
  • Knowledge of local area, specifically Worcester County, is a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Office software, especially Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Adobe or other similar software. Proficiency with GIS applications and/or R is a plus.
  • Eagerness to continue education through attending workshops, trainings, and annual conferences.
  • Ability to work independently, and with MCBP staff, partner organizations, as well as community volunteers and the public.
  • A positive attitude and enthusiasm to function as a part of a team.
  • Valid driver’s license at time of hiring.

For a full position description, please go to the MCBP website at

For more information, please contact Dr. Roman Jesien, Science Coordinator, at 410-213-2297 ext. 108 or