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Metocean Data Specialist

South Kingstown RI

RPS North America provides engineering, environmental, and scientific advice across the US and Canada. We offer a comprehensive range of consulting services and technology solutions to support our clients in all sectors of the economy. We serve as the North American platform of RPS Group, one of the world's preeminent consultancies.

RPS is a global science and technology solutions company. Through consulting, environmental modeling, and application development, RPS helps a diverse client base to investigate their issues of concern and obtain functional answers. For over four decades, RPS has created tailored solutions to support public and private sectors responsible for marine emergency response and environmental assessment. Combining science and technology, RPS provides modeling tools and environmental data services to assist entities worldwide, to search for and rescue missing people at sea, plan for and respond to spills of contaminants such as oil and chemicals, and assist in other fields associated with environmental analysis.

From its office in Rhode Island, a collaborative group of scientists and engineers serve a vast array of clients worldwide, tackling coastal and marine challenges with applied and practical solutions. Initially developed for the U.S. Coastguard, RPS developed the Environmental Data Server (EDS) to collect a large variety of environmental datasets each day and to distribute them to emergency responders worldwide. The successful candidate would work with the team on tasks such as: data preparation and analysis of metocean datasets for use in modeling, computational modeling of environmental parameters, the preparation of reports, maintenance of environmental data archives, and some project management tasks.

To support its international projects, RPS is seeking an individual with a Master’s of Science (MSc) or equivalent experience in physical oceanography or environmental sciences. The successful candidate must be self-motivated, quick learner and detail-oriented; and demonstrate logical problem-solving approach with an ability to work on highly dynamic and interactive projects both independently and as part of a team. The candidate must have excellent verbal communication skills in English, with proficiency in Spanish.


The successful candidate is required to have experience in the application of quantitative analyses and assessments of met-ocean datasets to solve environmental problems in aquatic and atmospheric ecosystems. The candidate must also have strong technical writing and verbal communication skills with experience in numerical modeling, if possible hydrodynamics, and programming (e.g. Matlab/Python/R/FORTRAN). Proficiency in ArcGIS, the MS Office Suite, and presentation skills of complex scientific concepts are highly desirable.


RPS is an industry leader and we pride ourselves on our ability to attract and retain exceptional talent by treating our employees well. In addition to competitive compensation packages, we offer:

· Medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage for employees and families, with no waiting period and generous contributions to monthly premiums.

· 401(k) Plan, with a dollar-for-dollar Company match of employee contributions, up to 5% of eligible compensation

· Share Purchase Plan, which enables employees to purchase shares via payroll deductions at 85% of market value, with the Company matching employees’ shares 1:1

· Flexible Spending Accounts for health care and dependent care costs.

· Performance-based bonus program.

· Generous vacation and sick leave policies in addition to company-wide paid holidays.



Posted May 6, 2019

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