Senior NEPA Specialist

Employer
Johnson, Mirmiran, and Thompson Inc.
Location
El Dorado/Oates Prairie, Texas, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jul 29, 2021
Closes
Sep 09, 2021
Ref
2345776433
Discipline
Wetlands
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson is a dynamic, 100% employee-owned consulting firm of more than 1,600 professionals that provides a full range of multi-disciplined engineering, architecture, information technology, and related services to public agencies and private clients throughout the United States. JMT, currently ranked #51 on Engineering News-Record's list of the Top 500 Design Firms.

Position summary: Manages and prepares documentation under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). Manages, directs, and oversees work of NEPA Specialists or Environmental Scientists.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities
  • Oversees and manages the preparation of NEPA documents including Categorical Exclusions (CE), Environmental Assessments (EA), and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and/or sections of EAs and EISs
  • Supports and leads preparation of natural environmental technical reports
  • Recommends data sources and directs research and data collection of designated environmental resources including wetlands and waterways, forests, soils, plants, air, noise, socioeconomic, land use, wildlife, etc. in support of the preparation of NEPA studies
  • Reviews, interprets, and integrates various technical studies into NEPA documentation
  • Oversees and manages preparation of administrative records for NEPA documents as required and in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act
  • Prepares NEPA schedules and milestones in accordance with client requirements and meets deadlines for schedule
  • Manages and develops public involvement strategies and materials, and manages and leads stakeholder engagement activities
  • Assists with or manages consultation requirements common to the NEPA process (e.g., Section 7 & 10 of the Endangered Species Act, or Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act)
  • Oversees NEPA Specialists, Planners, and Environmental Scientists' work in NEPA documentation preparation and other assigned duties
  • Monitors schedules, budgets and manpower requirements
  • Hires, trains, develops, mentors, and conducts performance reviews for staff
  • Leads preparation of scopes of work, fee proposals, and responses to RFP's, including teaming arrangements and attending and presenting at project/contract interviews
  • Participates in and assists Section Heads with strategic planning and Business Development efforts, including leading initiatives


Nonessential Functions and Responsibilities
  • Supports and/or participates in permitting processes, field investigations, including wetland delineations, forest stand delineations, threatened and endangered species surveys, and environmental compliance surveys (e.g., stormwater management facilities, erosion and sediment control procedures, etc.).
  • Performs other related duties as assigned


Required Skills

Required Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in natural or resource management, environmental or natural science, planning, or a related field, plus 10+ years of experience with essential functions and responsibilities as outlined above
  • Expertise with NEPA regulations and requirements including, at minimum, 40 CFR 1500-1508
  • Experience in planning, preparation and analysis/review of NEPA documents for roadway and transit clients
  • TxDOT NEPA documentation experience, including leading and managing the preparation of CEs and EAs. Experience with TxDOT EISs is not necessary, but preferred.
  • High competency with TxDOT ECOS and TxDOT Environmental Toolkit.
  • Experience with multiple TxDOT districts across Texas.
  • Demonstrated experience with managing complex and unique NEPA projects for various federal, state, and local municipality clients.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
  • Project management experience is desired, including developing and managing budgets, schedules, and quality of products.


Qualifications Preferred
  • Master's degree in natural resource management, environmental or natural science, planning, or a related field, or a law degree
  • Professional certification or license such as American Institute of Certified Planners, Certified Environmental Professional, or Project Management Professional
  • Proficiency or familiarity in GIS, AutoCADD and/or Microstation


Working Conditions

Work is performed within a general office environment approximately 90% of the time. Office work is generally sedentary in nature but may require occasional standing and walking. Office work is performed with adequate lighting and temperature, with no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by noise, dust, etc.

Field work is required approximately 10% of the time and is conducted outdoors in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions. Field work will require walking and carrying field equipment over typical outdoor terrain. Some lifting (up to 25 lbs) may be required as needed.

Job Competencies
  • Communication
  • Client Focus
  • Decision Making
  • Business Acumen
  • Job Proficiency
  • Quality Service
  • Results Oriented
  • Safety


If Managing Others
  • Coaching
  • Delegation
  • Managing Performance


Job Location

Candidates will be considered in any one of the six Texas offices including Houston, Round Rock, McKinney, San Antonio, Shiner, or Longview.

JMT is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity, and we are proud to be building an inclusive and diverse workforce.

  • Bachelor's degree in natural or resource management, environmental or natural science, planning, or a related field, plus 10+ years of experience with essential functions and responsibilities as outlined above
  • Expertise with NEPA regulations and requirements including, at minimum, 40 CFR 1500-1508
  • Experience in planning, preparation and analysis/review of NEPA documents for roadway and transit clients
  • TxDOT NEPA documentation experience, including leading and managing the preparation of CEs and EAs. Experience with TxDOT EISs is not necessary, but preferred.
  • High competency with TxDOT ECOS and TxDOT Environmental Toolkit.
  • Experience with multiple TxDOT districts across Texas.
  • Demonstrated experience with managing complex and unique NEPA projects for various federal, state, and local municipality clients.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
  • Project management experience is desired, including developing and managing budgets, schedules, and quality of products.


Qualifications Preferred
  • Master's degree in natural resource management, environmental or natural science, planning, or a related field, or a law degree
  • Professional certification or license such as American Institute of Certified Planners, Certified Environmental Professional, or Project Management Professional
  • Proficiency or familiarity in GIS, AutoCADD and/or Microstation


Working Conditions

Work is performed within a general office environment approximately 90% of the time. Office work is generally sedentary in nature but may require occasional standing and walking. Office work is performed with adequate lighting and temperature, with no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by noise, dust, etc.

Field work is required approximately 10% of the time and is conducted outdoors in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions. Field work will require walking and carrying field equipment over typical outdoor terrain. Some lifting (up to 25 lbs) may be required as needed.

Job Competencies
  • Communication
  • Client Focus
  • Decision Making
  • Business Acumen
  • Job Proficiency
  • Quality Service
  • Results Oriented
  • Safety


If Managing Others
  • Coaching
  • Delegation
  • Managing Performance


Job Location

Candidates will be considered in any one of the six Texas offices including Houston, Round Rock, McKinney, San Antonio, Shiner, or Longview.

JMT is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity, and we are proud to be building an inclusive and diverse workforce.