Marine Mammal Specialist

Employer
WSP
Location
Morristown, New Jersey, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Apr 29, 2021
Closes
Jun 03, 2021
Ref
2147204719
Discipline
Marine
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
WSP is seeking a Marine Mammal Specialist for our NJ AND Metro NY offices to support project managers with a variety of offshore, energy, restoration, infrastructure, and other environmental projects. This position will be responsible for coordinating environmental and permitting documents, interacting with client and regulatory agencies, and coordinating staff work assignments. Our successful candidate must have strong technical research and writing skills with educational emphasis and experience in marine species biology and policy. Responsibilities:
  • Support project managers on a broad range of environmental projects including infrastructure (e.g., transit, fiber optic and transmission lines) and offshore energy projects primarily within the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico regions
  • Prepare environmental documentation/analyses and permit requests required under the ESA, MMPA, and NEPA
  • Ensure permitting compliance under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, specifically in securing Letters of Authorizations and/or Incidental Harassment Authorizations
  • Analyze potential impacts on marine species from proposed Navy and other offshore activities, including acoustical impacts to protected marine species (i.e. marine mammals, sea turtles, and fish species) and create appropriate mitigation and monitoring plans
  • Assess anthropogenic impacts on marine mammal populations including acoustic effects, vessel interactions, harassment, and cumulative impacts
  • Prepare environmental planning documents and outreach materials for federal and private clients.
  • Interact with regulatory, consulting, and industry organizations on marine mammal issues
  • Coordinate project work within a multi-disciplinary team
Requirements Requirements:
  • 10+ years of experience and a MS in Biology, Marine Biology, Marine Science, or related discipline.
  • Experience supporting offshore environmental projects; environmental consulting experience preferred
  • Experience with environmental permitting in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico regions
  • Working knowledge of offshore energy policies/regulations a plus, NOAA Fisheries acoustic criteria for protected marine species, and the principles of underwater acoustics
  • Knowledge of major federal statutes and implementing regulations, including NEPA, MMPA, ESA, CZMA
  • Experience preparing environmental documents for submission to NOAA Fisheries, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, or Bureau of Ocean Energy Management a plus
  • Experience leading or conducting marine species surveys or as a Protected Species Observer a plus
  • Experience with project management, client relationship management, and interaction with regulatory agencies
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent verbal communication, technical writing and research skills
  • Ability to travel to support business needs
WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the transportation, buildings, energy, water and environment sectors. With nearly 9,500 people in 150 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper. www.wsp.com/usa WSP provides a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on a providing health and financial stability throughout the employee's career.

At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be a key piece in our meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started? WSP USA (and all of its US companies) is an Equal Opportunity Employer Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status. The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States. Relocation assistance is not available for this position.