Senior Marine Scientist - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee


Bahrain - Al Manamah, Manama

Job Summary

AECOM’s Middle East and Africa (MEA) environment team deliver marine projects throughout the region, including the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea. Our projects involve environmental assessment and permitting across numerous sectors, including tourism; oil and gas; ports and harbours; coastal utilities and manufacturing; and major land reclamation and dredging.

The role of the Senior Marine Scientist will be varied, involving a number of duties, both office and field-based.

Office-based responsibilities will include the management and delivery of both marine and multi-disciplinary EIA/ESIA/ESHIA projects, including environmental permitting. The candidate will have the ability to accurately analyse and report environmental data and produce concise technical reports (as an expert marine ecologist). Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required since the role will include frequent client, contractor, subcontractor and stakeholder liaison, and the delivery of presentations to a wide audience.

Field-based and related activities will encompass planning, coordinating and leading multi-tier marine environmental surveys, ranging from high-level walkover surveys to more detailed, quantitative habitat and species surveys.

Duties and Responsibilities

Essential :

  • Excellent project management and communication skills. The management of multi-disciplinary projects will be required and will involve frequent consultation with clients, contractors, subcontractors and stakeholders, including national regulatory bodies.

  • The ability to manage projects in a timely manner is essential, in relation to both the management of the project schedule and finances, and the production of key deliverables on time and within budget.

  • Must be competent in leading the planning, coordination and undertaking of marine environmental surveys including remote drop-down video surveys; water and sediment sample collection; infaunal and plankton sampling and processing; and SCUBA diver-based surveys (transects/quadrat methods incorporating photography and videography, sediment coring etc.).

  • Must have knowledge and practical experience in undertaking EIAs and preparing EMPs, particularly for coastal and marine-based projects. Also required is experience in the design and implementation of environmental monitoring programmes, particularly for water quality and marine ecological interests.

  • Excellent analytical and reporting skills. Will be expected to handle and analyse environmental data and report findings in a technical and concise manner.

  • Confident and competent in the preparation and delivery of presentations to both technical specialists and non-technical audiences.

  • Assumed high-level of competency in the use of Microsoft Office.

  • Projects will be based throughout the region, so the candidate must be prepared and willing to travel throughout the region, when required.

Highly Desirable:

  • Previous experience of working in the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf and excellent knowledge of the regional marine fauna and flora, particularly coral identification.

  • Proven track record in the technical reporting and delivery of IFC-compliant environmental assessments, specifically IFC Performance Standard 6 (Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable. Management of Living Natural Resources) and associated deliverables (CHA, BAP, BMP etc.).

  • Experienced in the use and application of specialist statistical software (e.g. PRIMER).

  • Experience in the application of marine habitat enhancement/restoration techniques (e.g. artificial reef construction and deployment, seagrass and mangrove restoration).

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in a relevant marine science-based consultancy role.

Preferred Qualifications

  • B.Sc. (Hons.) in biological or environmental science, preferably marine-orientated.

  • PADI Rescue Diver certification or above. Equivalent or more advanced certification obtained through another suitably accredited organisation (e.g. BSAC, HSE (UK), CMAS etc.) is acceptable.

Highly Desirable:

  • M.Sc. in a marine scientific discipline.

  • Membership of a Professional Environmental Organisation (e.g. MCIEEM, MIEMA) and/or Chartership (e.g. CEnv., CEcol.)

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Engineering - Environmental

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country Bahrain

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 236573BR

Clearance Required No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.