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Senior Environmental Scientist

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin
Tampa, Florida, US
Closing date
Nov 27, 2021

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Academic / Research
Informatics / GIS
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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.

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