Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Virginia (CBNERRVA) is one of 30 sites in the National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) system, and has a mandate to conduct research, stewardship, education, and coastal training. CBNERRVA operates from VIMS, and is the steward of 4 unique reserves along the York River that protect a variety of estuarine habitats.

The Research Specialist I will support reserve staff focused on habitat-based projects and planning and implementing coastal ecosystem monitoring programs, specifically supporting field and laboratory operations for seagrass, marsh and natural resource monitoring and projects

Reporting to the Program Leads in the Coastal Habitat Team, the responsibilities will include (but not be limited to) the following:

● Support field and laboratory operations for seagrass, marsh and natural resource monitoring and projects.
● Collect multi-media (geospatial, water, soil, biological) samples and related processing.
● Data entry, analysis, and reporting.
Required Qualifications:
  • Associate degree in scientific discipline; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Demonstrated knowledge of laboratory and field safety.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of field research and lab testing procedures and techniques.
  • Ability to prepare samples and perform standard or routine lab testing.
  • Demonstrated skills/ability to carry, operate, and maintain tools and equipment in outdoor environments.
  • Ability to follow defined procedures and guidelines or under minimal supervision.
  • Attention to detail in collection and entry of data.
  • Ability to maintain records and record test results to a high degree of accuracy.
  • Proficiency in a variety of software applications to include MS office with the ability to record data.
  • Ability to successfully complete tasks in outdoor environment, including underwater and wetland habitats at all times of the year.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Environmental Science, GIS or related field.
  • Basic knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct a variety of research techniques and procedures, operate laboratory equipment GPS/survey equipment, and collect and report basic findings
  • Ability to independently carry out structured research projects and provide assistance in developing research procedures
  • Ability to independently carry out defined procedures and guidelines
  • Ability to communicate data and research findings
  • Demonstrated comfort using snorkeling equipment.
  • Working knowledge of small vessels / boats, or ability to obtain small vessel certification.
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