Entry Level Environmental Scientist (Full-Time) – Orlando, FL

Job Brief

Applied Ecology, Inc., a small environmental consulting business with a rapidly expanding footprint, is seeking a highly motivated and energetic Entry Level Environmental Scientist to join our growing team. AEI has three offices located in Florida and is a regional leader in geospatial services, water resources, ecological and natural resources, and environmental remediation and contamination services.  This position is a hybrid field/office position based out of our Orlando office location.

As a small business, we are involved in a diverse, fast-paced environment serving private, municipal, and federal clients.  This position provides a unique opportunity for a motivated individual to learn from a highly qualified team of scientists and engineers, while making a clear impact in our environment.  This position is ideal for someone who enjoys a mixture of office and field work and enjoys a diversity of project types, ranging from freshwater to coastal applications.

Candidates should have a minimum of 4 years of completed college education in a relevant field, able and willing to do fieldwork in a variety of upland, wetland, and in-water conditions. The ideal candidate is a highly energetic and motivated team player, problem solver, willing to follow detailed protocols and learn quickly and efficiently.

Interested applicants, please submit a cover letter and resume via the posting on our website (Positions | Applied Ecology Inc) or by email address (abishop@appliedecologyinc.com) to Ms. Andrea Bishop, Senior Environmental Compliance Manager.

Minimum Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge in water resources, ecology, biology, or other environmental sciences
  • Knowledge of biologic, ecologic and other environmental issues in Florida
  • One year of fieldwork experience
  • Ability and willingness to learn and follow precise protocols for field data collection
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office products
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, ability to prepare reports and setup spreadsheets
  • Attention to detail
  • Works well in a team environment
  • Must be able to travel locally and out of area when necessary
  • Knowledge of ArcGIS or/and AutoCAD
  • A valid Florida Driver’s license is required, and a clean driving record must be maintained
  • Must be able to pass drug testing and a background check
  • Willing to work occasional weekend and/or evening hours in addition to regular work hours.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or legally eligible to work in the United States under the Immigration Reform and Control Act

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with groundwater sampling
  • Experience with water quality sampling techniques, data entry, chain of custody, and standard operating procedures is highly desirable.
  • Wetland delineation or assessment experience
  • Experience with soil and/or sediment sampling
  • Exposure to listed species surveys, such as gopher tortoise surveys
  • Experience with advanced water quality instrumentation, troubleshooting with technical equipment is also a plus.
  • Scuba certified and comfortable with snorkeling
  • Benthic or coral assessment experience
  • Florida Boater Safety Certified and/or experience with handling small watercraft
  • Experience with soil and/or sediment sampling
  • Fluency in a foreign language

Position Summary

This position will support primarily both the water resources and natural resources service lines, with the ability to cross-over and support both the environmental compliance and remediation programs as well. This scientist position will work with the Applied Ecology team, under the guidance of a lead Field Scientist, with emphasis on the technical operations, including deploying, operating, and maintaining surface water, stormwater, seepage, and groundwater monitoring sites and sampling equipment, according to Florida Department of Environmental Protection SOPs. In addition, driving to and from field sampling locations and laboratories to deliver samples within appropriate hold times is part of this position.  This position will also support benthic surveys, sediment surveys, wetland delineations, threatened and endangered species assessments throughout the state. Some environmental compliance work, such as assisting with potable water surveys, oil/water separators (OWS) and above-ground storage tanks (AST) inspections, could also be take place on occasion, some outside of the state (southeastern US). In addition, depending on interest and skillset, this position will be able to support data entry and reporting for environmental sampling, remediation, and compliance projects. GIS data entry, mapping, and GPS data collection will also be skillsets that can be promoted.

Applied Ecology, Inc. is committed to continually striving towards a safe and healthy working environment, including taking all reasonably practicable steps required to protect staff and others from the risk of COVID-19. Since our organization works as a Federal contractor, a COVID-19 vaccination is required as a stipulation of employment. If you have not received the vaccine upon hire, you will be required to be fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021.

Applied Ecology, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our firm is committed through responsible management policies to recruit, hire, promote, train, transfer, compensate, and administer all other personnel actions without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, status as a protected veteran and any other factor prohibited under applicable federal, state, and local civil rights laws, rules, and regulations.

For additional information, please review the complete position description here.

Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Orlando

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