Ocean Career: Woods Hole Group Coastal Engineer/Modeler

Project-oriented member of Coastal Engineering & Modeling Team, focused on climate change planning, wetland restoration, and shore protection projects. Analysis of coastal, oceanographic, and environmental processes, including numerical modeling for project applications and development of engineering design alternatives.

Prepare reports of completed work and contributes to new proposal efforts. Ability to work independently, support project management, and provide technical leadership.

The Coastal Engineer/Modeler will have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Coastal, oceanographic, and environmental processes and data analyses
  • Numerical model applications
    • Ocean-scale wave, circulation, and storm surge
    • Estuary & wetland hydrodynamics
    • Waves, sediment transport and shoreline/beach profile change
    • Contaminant transport and fate
    • Water quality
  • Support for field data collection and analysis
  • Engineering design and evaluation of shore protection structures, beach nourishment, habitat restoration and climate change adaptations
  • Report writing
  • Write proposals and estimate costs for potential projects
  • Work successfully with other motivated team members to achieve project goals
  • Assure proper archiving and documentation of program data
  • Personal task management, adherence to project deadlines & scope
  • Attend client meetings and gather feedback


  • 0-2 years of related experience.
  • Degree in Ocean/Coastal Sciences/Engineering or closely related field is required, Master’s preferred.
  • Demonstrated capabilities in numerical modeling, data analysis and courses in quantitative coastal processes are highly desirable.
  • Proficiency in programming in Python, Matlab, working with numerical model source codes, high-performance computing, as well as business software including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent English oral communication, technical writing, interpersonal, and teamwork skills are required.


  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at a time

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