Senior Environmental Scientist

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin
Tampa, Florida, US
Jul 30, 2021
Sep 09, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
About Us

WE ARE VHB-a passionate team of engineers, scientists, planners, and designers tackling exciting challenges in the transportation, real estate, institutional, local government, and energy industries-serving a range of public- and private-sector clients. At VHB, we are dedicated to improving mobility, enhancing communities, and balancing development and infrastructure needs with environmental stewardship.
  • We are creative problem-solvers
  • We work hard, and we give back
  • We like our colleagues, and we love Mondays (really)
  • We are diverse, caring, welcoming, and fun!

It's not surprising that VHB has consistently been rated one of the top AEC firms to work for across our 30+ offices on the East Coast. We're growing, and we hope you'll join us!

About the Position

VHB's growing Southeast Environmental Services team has an immediate need for a Senior Environmental Scientist to join our growing practice in Tampa, Florida. The successful candidate will have a least 12 years of professional experience, including environmental consulting experience in the energy, transportation, real estate, and/or local government markets.

Applicants should be experienced in designing studies, analyzing data, and with the preparation of reports and local, state, and federal environmental permit applications. In addition to participating in high-profile transportation, private development, and environmental/natural resource projects, the Senior Environmental Scientist will also be responsible for business development efforts and the management and mentoring of environmental staff.

Responsibilities - specific responsibilities will vary by the specific natural resource or water resource discipline of the applicant.
  • Design of environmental and natural resource studies and projects
  • Prepare and process federal, state, and local environmental/regulatory permit applications
  • Ecological study design and data evaluations
  • Oversee rare, threatened and endangered species surveys and conduct ESA Section 7 consultation and Section 10 permitting
  • Conduct environmental analyses
  • Delineation of Wetlands and Wetland Functional Analyses
  • Identification of plants and vegetation inventories
  • Facilitation of GPS, mobile technology, and data management
  • Utilization of GIS and geodatabases
  • Perform Research and Analysis and prepare written technical reports
  • Coordinate and communicate with internal and external project team members, clients and regulators
  • Lead business development efforts and prepare proposals
  • Manage staff, projects and budgets
  • Act as a mentor to environmental staff

Skills & Abilities
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication and presentation skills
  • Must demonstrate an ability in collaborative problem solving with stakeholders, clients, and teammates
  • Thorough understanding of regulatory permitting
  • Ability to identify project leads and develop new business
  • Ability to delineate wetlands and complete wetland functional analysis
  • Ability to work independently and as part of team in an office setting, remote field locations, and/or in challenging weather conditions
  • Ability to travel on short notice, at night, and/or on weekend shifts, and potentially for extended periods of time
  • Ability to think critically in the field and office
  • Excellent attention to detail, team oriented, and flexible

  • Minimum 12 years of experience in natural resources
  • Transportation (FDOT/Airports), Energy, and/or Local Government support experience a plus
  • B.S. or B.A. in Environmental Science, Biology, Fisheries and Wildlife, Ecology, or Natural Resources (Masters preferred)
  • Extensive professional experience working in Florida and particularly West Central Florida
  • Extensive Permitting Experience (Federal/State)
  • Experience in leading business development opportunities and growing a practice

New employees will be onboarded virtually and begin their employment from home. We are in the process of planning for a safe return to the workplace in alignment with government and CDC guidelines.


VHB is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.