Wetland Scientist

Portland, United States of America

Job location: Portland, OR (1) Bellingham/Seattle/Tacoma WA (1) Candidates must be located in the North West (OR, ID, WA state)

Work week: Salaried – Monday through Friday, 100% in office to 100% remote (totally open to candidate preference, they’ll have an office if they’d like one)

Travel: Collection of data for wetland delineation, wildlife species, habitat/species assessment, endangered species act (habitat or surveys) Field work a few times a month, in the NW (typically in OR, WA, ID), document writing, assessment preparation, permit application preparation office 

Benefits: Medical, Vision, Dental, Fitness Reimbursement, PTO401k with match, College Savings Plan, Company Paid Life & AD&D, Short-Long Term Disability, FSA, Commuter Reimbursement

Education / Certifications:  B.S. in environmental science, ecology, botany, fish or wildlife biology, natural resources management, or a related discipline preferred (experience trumps education)

Required Experience: 5+ years’ experience, will need to have wetland delineation experience and do the field work, and previous reporting/permitting experience. Previous experience working in the NW.

Preferred Experience: Critical area assessments, NEPA/SEPA experience. Master’s Degree. Wetland design experience. Wildlife background. Ability to pursue certification or complete training as a Washington State Department of Transportation Biological Assessment author.

Who Are We? 

We are an environmental science and engineering consulting firm that is focused on improving the environment and our communities by solving challenging problems. We employ more than 350 people in offices around the United States. Our vision is for a growing company that is our clients’ first choice for solving their most challenging problems and our employees’ first choice as a company where they want to work. We believe engaged staff lead to great client service and to a financially strong company—in that order. Our work environment fosters personal and professional growth for employees by providing autonomy, a clear vision, and the ability to master their skill set.  


What’s the Opportunity?

We are seeking a full-time  Wetland Scientist or Natural Resources Biologist for one of our offices in Oregon (Portland) or Washington (Seattle or Tacoma). The successful candidate will have 5 to 8 years of demonstrated experience conducting natural resources field work (e.g., wetland delineations, wetland functional assessments and ratings, vegetation surveys, habitat surveys); conducting ecological, regulatory, or similar analyses in support of State and National Environmental Policy Acts (SEPA/NEPA); preparing permit applications and other technical documents in support of federal, state, and local environmental regulations; developing and reviewing documents, status reports, and deliverables; and completing quality control review of documents. An understanding of and experience with wetland ecosystems is required. The position may require some travel to participate in client meetings, public meetings, fieldwork, or site visits. We are interested in a candidate who is a quick learner, detail-orientated, and a committed team player.


Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

  • Support senior staff on a wide range of projects, including preparation of environmental assessments and environmental impact statements under SEPA/NEPA
  • Lead and conduct interdisciplinary desktop and field surveys, including wetland delineations and habitat assessments (plants, wildlife, and/or fish); collect, organize, and analyze field survey data, and summarize results
  • Supervise junior staff in completing these field assessments
  • Prepare wetland delineation, functions and values, ratings, and critical areas reports, Endangered Species Act compliance documents, and other documents related permitting and environmental compliance
  • Lead the preparation of federal and state joint wetland permit applications and response to agency, tribal, and public comments and questions on the permit applications, along with natural resources documentation
  • Evaluate environmental impacts and mitigation measures to offset impacts
  • Prepare wetland mitigation plans and designs
  • Assist in developing scopes and budgets for natural resource, permitting, and planning projects
  • Work within quality/budget/schedule expectations and scope-specific assignments


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Wetland Scientist

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