Job Opening: Coastal Scientist, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
January 6, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Job openings

LPBF-logo-new-smallPosition Open Immediately – Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
Position in Coastal Restoration – Coastal Scientist / GIS
New Orleans, Louisiana
Deadline: COB January 27, 2014

About Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation:
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is a not-for-profit environmental organization and is an equal opportunity employer. LPBF has an immediate opening for a coastal scientist at our offices at Pontchartrain Beach Office (2045 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA.).

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation was established in response to environmental concerns voiced throughout the Basin. As the public's independent voice, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) is dedicated to restoring and preserving the water quality, coast, and habitats of the entire Pontchartrain Basin. Through coordination of restoration activities, education, advocacy, monitoring of the regulatory process, applied scientific research, and citizen action, LPBF works in partnership with all segments of the community to reclaim the Basin for this and future generations. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin is a 10,000 square mile watershed encompassing 16 Louisiana parishes. Go to to learn more.

About the position:
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is seeking to immediately hire or contract a qualified scientist to assistant with the execution of the Coastal Sustainability Program. The contractual position is expected to require 20 to 40 hours a week and includes some local travel. The position may be contractual or staff. The term of the position is expected to be at least for twelve months, but could be extended pending performance and available funding.

Applicants should have at least a Masters degree in physical sciences (coastal processes, geomorphology) with strong GIS training, and have good technical writing and verbal skills. Professional experience in coastal wetlands restoration is preferred. Typical work is expected include GIS mapping, land surveys (Trimble), technical report writing, coastal data analysis, sedimentological studies, participation in coastal planning meetings, and project management (Visit the Website to learn more of the Coastal Sustainability Program). Boating skills are desirable. A successful applicant would be reporting to the Director of the Coastal Sustainability Program of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. Candidates should have an ability to handle diverse situations and field work in a highly professional and effective manner.

Applications should include:

  • A letter of introduction
  • Resume
  • Example of past technical writing (just a few pages please)


  • Salary – $40,000 – $50,000 annually pro-rated to actual part time work, rate depending on qualifications
  • Benefit package – vacation and sick leave, and health insurance

To Apply:

Please email (preferred) application materials to John Lopez at with subject line Coastal application. May be mailed to LPBF Attn: John PO Box 6965, Metairie, LA 70009-6965.

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