[MARMAM] Marine Scientist Position Shell Upstream Americas

louis.brzuzy at shell.com louis.brzuzy at shell.com
Fri Nov 1 08:11:50 PDT 2013

Shell Upstream Americas is seeking an individual for a one to two year contract assignment who can provide marine science expertise, with an emphasis on the environmental effects of marine sound on aquatic life, to the Shell companies in Upstream Americas.

In this capacity, the individual will be responsible for the review and interpretation of scientific information, and the design and coordination of scientific studies within Shell and with our industry partners.   The individual may be asked represent Shell on industry, government, and other public committees.

Because of the diverse nature of this position, it is important that the individual have a broad educational and applied background in the marine sciences


*             Support Shell's strategy to address critical science and policy issues related to sound in the marine environment and the impacts of industry-generated sound on marine mammals, fish, turtles, and invertebrates.   This includes scientific review of potential environmental impacts and development of technical comments in support of potential new regulations in these areas.
*             Coordinate, advise, and provide other inputs to advance the work of Shell's Sound and Marine Life Project Team.
*             Maintain awareness of advances in marine science, design and coordinate scientific studies within Shell and with our industry partners, and otherwise employ a scholarly approach to the review, interpretation, and use of scientific information.
*             Develop strong scientific foundation to inform Shell's efforts and engagements with key stakeholders to promote balanced discourse on ocean resources use and protection, environmental issues (with an emphasis on protected species and habitats), and energy policy.
*             Engage in outreach efforts with regulatory agencies, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations on principal marine science issues.
*             In conjunction with Upstream Americas Regulatory Policy Team, identify emerging environmental science issues that may affect business objectives, and provide scientific review and critique as warranted.


*             Advanced degree in the marine sciences with broad experience.  PhD preferred.
*             Oceanography or marine acoustics expertise with emphasis on the impacts of anthropogenic sound on marine life.
*             Understanding of and experience in conducting deep sea ecological studies, including practical aspects for conducting marine research.   Support the establishment of  baseline marine science requirements for ongoing operations and future developments
*             Familiarity with ecosystem based management, valuation of ecosystem services, and management of protected species and biologically sensitive areas
*             Good verbal and written communication skills for engaging with audiences ranging from internal employees to industry colleagues, members of the public, and government.
*             Self-starter, ability to work well in teams, and under pressure.
*             Organizational and project delivery skills.
*             Flexible and able to adapt to changing job demands and priorities
*             Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a fulltime basis for anyone other than current employer

Additional preferred knowledge, skills, and experience:

*             Three to five years of work experience post graduation and demonstrable credentials.   Alternative combinations of education and work experience will be considered
*             Familiarity with policies affecting the offshore oil and gas industry,  particularly understanding of regulatory processes, is preferred
*             Familiarity with major environmental laws in the U.S. including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Ocean Dumping Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, and others.

Work Location: Shell prefers that the individual work at a Shell location, either in Houston, TX or New Orleans, LA.  Alternative arrangement will be considered based on ability to meet demands of the position.  Flexible work schedules are available including a 9/80 work plan.

Travel:  Moderate travel is required, mostly in the U.S.

Responses:  Please include the following in your response to this request.

1.            Resume/CV of individual(s) from your company proposed for this position
2.            Hourly rate for individual (s)
3.            Rates for any other associated expenses.

All correspondence and inquiries regarding this request should be sent to:

Mr. Kent Satterlee III
Manager Regulatory Policy - Offshore
Upstream Americas
Shell Exploration & Production Company
One Shell Square, P. O. Box 61933, New Orleans, LA 70161-1933, United States of America
Tel: +1 504 728-4143 (Office)
        +1 713 992-9634 (Mobile
Email: kent.satterlee at shell.com

Electronic submission of the proposal to the e-mail address above is the preferred submission option.

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