Marine Environmental Scientist


Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Reference: R0010164

Sectors: ecology, marine conservation

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

About us

Fugro is the world’s leading Geo-data specialist, collecting and analysing comprehensive information about the Earth and the structures built upon it. Adopting an integrated approach that incorporates acquisition and analysis of Geo-data and related advice, Fugro provides solutions. With expertise in site characterisation and asset integrity, clients are supported in the safe, sustainable and efficient design, construction and operation of their assets throughout the full life cycle.

Employing approximately 9000 talented people in 61 countries, Fugro serves clients around the globe, predominantly in the energy and infrastructure industries, both offshore and onshore. In 2020, revenue amounted to EUR 1.4 billion. Fugro is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.

The role

The Fugro Marine Environmental team within the Marine Site Characterisation business line is now looking for an enthusiastic Marine Environmental Scientist to join the team based in our offices within Edinburgh’s Heriot Watt University campus.

Working as a pivotal part of the team you will primarily be responsible for supporting survey work on a variety of vessels world-wide and contributing to high quality technical reports.

The Marine Environmental team specialises in environmental site characterisation and environmental monitoring. The data we collect enables our clients and regulatory organisations to fully understand the effects of developments and activities in the coastal and marine environment.

Your key responsibilities will include being involved in all aspects of surveys from the mobilisation, calibration and deployment of survey equipment and monitoring the data acquired to processing samples, accurate log keeping and demobilisation administration.

When in the office your key responsibilities will include collecting, arranging, interpreting and presenting survey data and results within various styles of technical report.

You will ensure all activities are carried out to company specific standards and are in line with our QHSSE policies.

This job is for you if:

  • You are someone who can adapt in a rapidly changing environment and remain positive;
  • You can build sound working relationships with a variety of people from different backgrounds and communicate well when faced with challenges;
  • You actively participate in learning experiences and use new skills to practical use;
  • You are accountable for your own actions and have a high degree of safety awareness in yourself, others and your environment;
  • You are able to prioritise workload, use available resources efficiently and track progress of goals.

Who you’ll be working with:

You will report directly to a Senior Marine Environmental Scientist and indirectly to the Principal Marine Environmental Scientist. Due to the varying nature of your role you will have the opportunity to work with colleagues across the globe. You will often be working as part of a team comprising staff from different survey disciplines. As you gain more experience you will be expected to mentor and train junior staff.

Here’s what a typical day would be like:

  • Video analysis of photographic data taken offshore;
  • Undertaking sensitive habitat assessments, including cold-water corals, sponges, Sabellaria reefs, stony reef and sea pens and burrowing megafaunal communities;
  • Statistical analysis of data for reports;
  • Biotope mapping;
  • Technical report writing;
  • Survey activities including marine mammal observation, survey strategy, intertidal surveys, collecting seabed samples and collecting seabed photographic data.

Who we’re looking for:


  • BSc in Marine Science or Environmental Science or relevant equivalent;
  • Previous relevant practical experience;
  • Experience of intertidal/nearshore/offshore environmental survey techniques (grab sampling, box core, drop-down video and water samplers/profilers);
  • Experience of marine macrofauna identification and/or physical and chemical analysis;
  • Experience of scientific/technical report writing;
  • Experience of statistical analysis;
  • Good Microsoft Office capabilities;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Proven ability to work to deadlines.


  • MSc in Marine Science or Environmental Science or relevant equivalent;
  • Experience of geographic information system (GIS) software;
  • Experience of interpreting geophysical data;
  • Clean driving licence;
  • Experience of sensitive habitat assessments and protected habitats within the UK.

What we’ll offer you:

  • Benefits for this role include a competitive salary accompanied by an attractive package including contributory pension scheme, life assurance, private medical insurance and 24 days annual leave;
  • Competitive offshore day rate allowance for time spent on survey;
  • A comprehensive training package that includes survey techniques and equipment, GIS and offshore survival.

Disclaimer for recruitment agencies:

Fugro does not accept any unsolicited applications from recruitment agencies. Acquisition to Fugro Recruitment or any Fugro employee is not appreciated.

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