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Environmental Scientist I

Kinnetic Laboratories, Inc. – Carlsbad, CA

Kinnetic Laboratories, Inc. (KLI) is a well-established Oceanographic and Environmental Science Services firm headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA. Our core mission is to provide scientific, quantitative environmental data and evaluations focused on key issues for applied projects - for design, permitting, monitoring, or compliance purposes. Our research is focused in coastal and estuarine waters and terrestrial watersheds.

Job Overview

Our Carlsbad office is seeking an entry level Environmental Scientist I to help execute innovative water quality and sediment sampling projects for KLIs federal, state, and municipal clients. The selected candidate will work closely with Project Team Members on water quality, stormwater monitoring and planning, environmental management, watershed/water quality, and sediment sampling projects.

The selected candidate will report to Project Managers in our various offices, which provide leading-edge services to a wide range of clients in diverse settings throughout the U.S. The successful candidate will work in a team environment with other professionals both within the Carlsbad office and at other KLI offices, which will make communication skills, teamwork, flexibility, and an ability to adapt to different teams, types of projects, and leadership styles important to the individuals and groups success. This position offers the opportunity to apply creative problem-solving skills to environmental issues and rewards individual initiative, persistence, resourcefulness, and flexibility. This position is anticipated to include 30 - 50% field work, which may either be local or may require the ability to travel.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Environmental Science, Water Resource Engineering, Aquatic Biology/Chemistry, or a related field. An advanced degree is highly preferred.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong skills and proficiency with computer systems and using Microsoft Excel are required.
  • Ability to travel for projects.
  • Must be available to be on call for stormwater sampling from October 1 to April 15, which may occur during nights and weekends.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must have a valid drivers license with an acceptable driving record.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1+ years of directly relevant work experience is preferred.
  • Knowledge of scientific instrumentation and water quality equipment is preferred.
  • An aptitude for troubleshooting mechanical and/or electronic equipment is strongly preferred.
  • An in-depth understanding of pollutant sources and their impacts on water quality, human health effects and risk assessment, and development of water quality criteria is preferred.
  • Familiarity with Southern Californias watersheds and associated water quality challenges a plus.
  • Experience using various statistical programs and techniques (regression analysis, multivariate statistics, box-whisker plots, etc.) to support data analyses a plus.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only resumes accompanied by a cover letter will be accepted. Of the qualified applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Local candidates are preferred. KLI is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Job Type: Full-time


  • CA Drivers (Required)


  • Health insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off

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