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Charles River Watershed Association seeks applicants for an Aquatic Scientist-Boston, MA

Organization: Charles River Watershed Association

Position Title: Aquatic Scientist

Location: Boston, MA

Hours and Compensation: Not listed.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2014


Job Description: 

The Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), 2011 winner of the International Riverprize, is an environmental research and advocacy nonprofit based in Weston, MA.

CRWA uses science, advocacy, and the law to protect, preserve and enhance the Charles River and its watershed, while developing approaches that are unique in the U.S. to climate change, river restoration, and the economics of sustainability.CRWA is currently seeking an early career aquatic scientist to join our interdisciplinary and innovative team. This individual will manage our extensive field science program including, scheduling and undertaking field research outings, training others in monitoring protocols, maintaining a comprehensive Access water quality database, preparing data reports, and tracking and adhering to project budgets. The individual will also manage CRWA’s internship training program which involves reviewing and approving applicants, providing training, and managing intern schedules and workloads. The successful candidate will also advocate for CRWA’s positions, meet with environmental regulators and local officials, interact with CRWA’s members and the public, write grants, and assist with volunteer events. CRWA’s dynamic work environment and small staff allow for creative and diverse assignments and the opportunity to work as a core member of a team that is advancing watershed science through its work to protect the Charles River.

The successful candidate will:

 Have a Master’s degree in one of the following areas: biology, chemistry, ecology, environmental

science, water resources management, hydrology, environmental engineering, or a related field.

 Have previous experience working in a related field.

 Have experience conducting environmental field research, including benthic macroinvertebrate

sampling and identification, water quality sampling, stormwater runoff sampling, and streamflow and

depth level monitoring.

 Have experience writing, updating, maintaining and following monitoring protocols or quality assurance

project plans (QAPPs).

 Be highly proficient in ArcGIS.

 Have strong data management and analysis skills, statistical modeling is a plus.

 Have effective oral and written communication skills.

 Have strong computer skills including Excel, Access ArcGIS, and Adobe Design Suite.

 Be able to perform physical tasks in the field under all weather conditions, including lifting at least

twenty pounds without difficulty.

 Be able to work periodic early mornings, evenings and weekends and have flexibility to be on‐call for

water quality sampling during wet weather events.

 Have a valid driver’s license and access to a car for field work.


Additional qualifications:

Candidates must be organized, self‐motivated and demonstrate an ability to work well with others as well as on their own with minimal supervision. Previous experience managing others and in grant writing are plusses.

Candidates will be interviewed and selected based on criteria such as prior experience, recommendations,

academic performance, communication skills, and technical skills. This is a full time position with competitive

salary and benefits.

 How to apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and a resume by email no later than April 30, 2014 to: Julie

Wood, Senior Scientist, For more information about Charles River Watershed Association, visit

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