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.