Wetland Biologist

Location
Chicago, Illinois
Posted
May 22, 2018
Closes
Jun 22, 2018
Discipline
Biology
Job Level
Mid level
Employment Type
Permanent
Salary Type
Salary

Ecology and Environment, Inc. is seeking an experienced Wetland Biologist in our Chicago, IL office.  This position will perform, lead and manage environmental field studies including wetland delineations, threatened and endangered plant surveys, and habitat assessments.   Our successful candidate must have a strong understanding of the federal, state, and local permitting and environmental review processes for energy projects including pipelines, transmission facilities, and renewable energy projects and demonstrated abilities at project management, project-related research, and technical writing.

Responsibilities:

  • Wetland field team lead and project management
  • Coordinate and lead field teams in performing biological surveys for wetlands and waterbodies
  • Manage environmental impact assessments and habitat mitigation tasks / projects
  • Ensure that project teams work together to achieve results; set performance targets for staff, provide inspiring leadership and direction, and actively identify and resolve issues
  • Understand and account for project contract requirements, assuring that commitments are met in accordance with deliverables, schedules, and with the appropriate level of quality
  • Prepare NEPA documents and obtain the necessary environmental and other required local, state, and federal permits including Clean Water Act 401/404 permits and jurisdictional determinations
  • Provide expertise current regulatory and scientific standards
  • Lead federal and state agency coordination and negotiation
  • Understand and stay current with appropriate regulatory requirements and scientific standards
  • Provide advice and guidance to E & E staff on regulatory requirements and scientific standards
  • Business development
  • Seek out and identify potential project opportunities and develop client relationships
  • Assist in preparing proposals, work plans and cost estimates

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Biology  or a related discipline
  • 5+ years of wetland delineation/evaluation/classification; environmental consulting experience preferred
  • Experience in project management and performing, managing and leading  field surveys, and  teams
  • Experience in delineating and permitting impacts to wetlands pursuant to federal, state, and local regulations
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the USACE Wetland Delineation Manual and Regional Supplements
  • Experience with tablet-based field data collection and Trimble hand-held GPS units
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and strategic planning skills with attention to detail and a high quality of work in a pressure environment
  • Strong project management and technical writing skills
  • Ability to elicit cooperation from a wide variety of, disciplines, and experts including senior management and clients
  • Ability to travel to support business needs, walk for several miles, work in extreme temperatures, rough terrain and work independently in remote areas

Desired Qualifications:

  • Possession of a Professional Wetland Scientist Certification
  • Strong botanical skills
  • Experience in agency (State Lands) consultation in the Midwest
  • Knowledge of major federal statutes and implementing regulations (NEPA, CWA, CAA, etc.)
  • Experience developing client relationships and identifying business opportunities

We are a global network of innovators and problem solvers, dedicated professionals and industry leaders in scientific, engineering, and planning disciplines working together with our clients to develop technically sound, science-based solutions to the leading environmental challenges of our time.  E & E offers opportunities for growth in a team-oriented environment. Candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S.; Visa sponsorship will not be provided.  Please view our website at www.ene.com to apply on-line.  Local candidates preferred.

Ecology and Environment, Inc. is an EO and AA employer – M/F/Vets/Disabled/and other protected categories.