• Marine Scientist or Marine Technician – Dual Onshore/Offshore Santa Cruz
  • Integral Consulting Inc. in Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • jobs
  • 1 month ago

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About You...

You are an experienced marine scientist or marine technician who is enthusiastic about leveraging your education and expertise in a marine-focused discipline such as oceanography, marine geology, marine geophysics, environmental sciences, or a closely related field within the environmental consulting sector.

Familiarity with the offshore environment, along with a track record of supporting projects emphasizing safe operations, data accuracy, and teamwork, drives your professional satisfaction and development. You are adept at navigating complex oceanographic equipment manuals, utilizing spreadsheets, and interpreting GIS outputs.

Your aspirations include contributing to diverse marine science projects, acquiring new skills, and embracing the offshore work environment for extended periods, which you find rewarding. You thrive on collaborative problem-solving with colleagues, possess excellent organizational skills, meticulous attention to detail, and manage your time effectively. You are open to seeking guidance when necessary. If this resonates with you, consider joining us to advance your career in Marine Science and Engineering at Integral.

About Integral

Integral Consulting Inc. is a science and engineering firm delivering sound technical solutions to meet today's challenges in the health, environmental, and natural resource arenas. We are a values-driven collaborative team that is as passionate about company culture as we are about the work we do for our clients. Since our founding in 2002, we have operated with a demonstrated commitment to the well-being, diversity, and professional development of our staff and an equal commitment to strong partnerships with our clients and teaming partners. We are a company where people come to solve today’s toughest environmental challenges through innovative ideas, exceptional teamwork, and dedication to accuracy and technical quality.

About The Job

The position of Marine Scientist/Marine Technician will provide assistance to various internal and external clients and projects. These projects may span across the offshore wind and marine renewable energy sectors, energy transition initiatives, and environmental baseline and monitoring programs. The selected candidate can anticipate spending up to 120 days at sea annually. Offshore assignments can occur globally and may involve working 12-hour shifts around the clock, lasting from a few days to several weeks.

During offshore assignments, you will be responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of Integral's oceanographic equipment, including sophisticated underwater sensors and sampling systems. This role includes leading the deployment of Integral's equipment and supporting partners' equipment operations at sea. Our offshore team represents Integral and contributes to enhancing the company's reputation in the field. Thus, we seek individuals with a mission-driven, collaborative, and curious mindset, capable of working well in teams to support our goals, those of our clients, and overall project success.

While onshore, you will assist in maintaining, organizing, and coordinating logistics for Integral's field equipment. Responsibilities include supporting equipment maintenance and field logistics planning, ensuring it is stocked with necessary consumables and spares for upcoming projects are available, conducting inspections, calibrations, and repairs to equipment as needed, and supporting project mobilization and demobilization, including logistics for both people and equipment movements.

We are looking to recruit two individuals, with one candidate being sought for the East Coast, ideally located between Providence, RI, and New Bedford, MA, and the other for the West Coast, ideally situated between San Francisco, CA, and Santa Cruz, CA.


As a Marine Scientist/Marine Technician, your job functions will include, but not be limited to the following offshore and onshore responsibilities:

• Operate underwater sampling and imaging equipment, including sediment profile imaging and plan-view camera systems (SPI-PV), towed underwater video, remotely operated vehicles, scanning sonar systems, underwater acoustic positioning systems (USBL), conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) systems, acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs), environmental DNA samplers, sediment corers, grab samplers, and water sampling bottles (Niskin or GoFlo).
• Guarantee that data and image collection at sea adheres to Integral's stringent quality control standards and aligns with contractual obligations. This includes conducting data quality assurance and quality control procedures, making in-field focus adjustments and calibrations as necessary, and verifying file names for accuracy.
• Acquire and uphold essential Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) trainings along with relevant certifications to ensure adherence to safety regulations and standards. These certifications may encompass OGUK medical, BOSIET, or GWO safety at sea certifications.

• Assist with both written and electronic project documentation and fulfill reporting requirements as necessary.
• Support in organizing, storing, maintaining, and coordinating logistics for marine equipment, including:
• Monitoring and managing inventory levels of equipment and spare parts.
• Creating and maintaining budgets for equipment maintenance and repairs.
• Establishing and nurturing relationships with vendors and suppliers.
• Assisting with project planning and tasks related to vessel mobilization and demobilization.
• Devising and executing strategies to enhance the efficient and effective coordination and operation of marine equipment.
• Ensure adherence to all safety regulations and standards.
• Provide technical support and guidance to other practice areas within Integral, as qualified.


Applicants should possess an associate's or bachelor's (B.A. or B.S.) degree in Marine Technology, Marine Science, or a closely related field (such as hydrogeology, geology, geophysics, environmental science, environmental or civil engineering, or another technical discipline).

A minimum of three years of relevant experience is required, including extended offshore deployments on vessels for data collection support. This experience requirement can be fulfilled through a combination of education, military service, and/or equivalent professional experience. Proficiency in deploying and operating oceanographic, geophysical, or geotechnical sensors and systems at sea is expected. Training will be provided for well-qualified applicants lacking specific system or sensor experience.
• Candidates with direct experience operating SPI-PV systems preferred, but not required.
• Experience with geospatial mapping programs such as: ArcGIS, ArcPro, Global Mapper, QGIS, or similar tools and data outputs.
• Possess knowledge of fundamental concepts in underwater digital photography, videography, and seafloor mapping methodologies.
• Understanding of industry standards and best practices for inspecting, maintaining, repairing, and storing marine equipment and oceanographic sensors.
• Proficiency in field and laboratory methodologies, including experience in collecting and processing marine data for subsequent laboratory analysis. This encompasses areas such as sedimentology, benthic ecology/taxonomy, chemical/biological oceanography, and more.
• Proficiency with current MS Office products (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Quantitative and problem-solving skills.
• Good organizational abilities and time management skills.
• Ability to work independently and within multidisciplinary teams.
• A desire to grow both intellectually and professionally.

Special Requirements:
• Please note that this position is expected to involve responsibilities both onshore and offshore. The specific requirements outlined below primarily pertain to the distinct conditions encountered offshore.
• Demonstrate proficiency in standard shipboard tasks such as climbing and descending ladders, handling lines, operating watertight doors, wearing life-saving and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as reaching, handling, grasping, and lifting.
• Available and willing to spend extended periods away from home, including potentially spending 30 or more days at sea consecutively.
• Available and willing to work weekends and holidays both at sea and in port as operational demands dictate.
• Possess strong decision-making and interpersonal skills to effectively engage with project and ship crew members, maintaining a positive attitude and fostering teamwork.
• Consent to enrollment in a Department of Transportation (DOT) random drug testing program and successfully pass a pre-employment drug screening.
• Hold a valid Passport for international travel and a state issued driver’s license to operate rental vehicles.

Annual Salary Range: $65,000 – $110,000 (Employees who work extended offshore deployments may be eligible for additional compensation under Integral's exchange time policy. Additional details will be provided during the interview process.)

An employee’s total compensation package includes annual salary, company-subsidized (employee and family) medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401(k) participation with a company-match of 1% to 4% of annual compensation, company-paid life and short- and long-term disability, paid sick leave (80 hours per year), paid vacation (determined by title at hire), paid holidays (9 days per year), and the potential for an annual discretionary bonus based on company performance. Paid time off will be pro-rated to reflect part-time scheduled hours, if applicable.

We are proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer and are committed to a proactive program of affirmative action and diversity development. Integral Consulting Inc. provides equal opportunity in all of our employment practices to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race; color; religion; gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions); national origin; age; sexual orientation; disability; marital status; military, veteran, or Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act protected veteran status; gender identity or gender expression; or any other category protected by federal, state, and local laws.

The application window for this position will remain open until the position is filled.

All offers of employment are contingent on candidates successfully passing an employment history screening, degree verification, and a federal, state, and county criminal background and Watch List screening. Candidates will receive a written notice of this requirement. All screenings will be done in accordance with all local, state, and federal laws.
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