Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium-size consulting firm with offices across the United States (US), is looking for a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Lead to coordinate and provide oversight for WEST's existing NEPA work, and to develop and grow the NEPA practice group. Location of the position is flexible depending on the qualified applicant; however, preference will be given to an applicant based out of one of WEST's existing western US offices.
Since 1990, WEST has grown to be one of the premier environmental and statistical consulting firms in the United States. WEST has a permanent core of professionals with broad environmental science and statistical backgrounds, with particular expertise in developing practical solutions to natural resource challenges.
WEST, Inc. is a federal contractor and is required under Executive Order 14042 to mandate vaccinations for employment. Effective immediately, all prospective hires will be required to provide documentation that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or as a condition of employment agree to have their final vaccination dose (either their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or single dose of Johnson & Johnson). Per the order, employees may also request a Medical or Religious exemption from the vaccine requirement and the request must be supported by a doctor for a medical exemption or by a statement from the employee for a sincerely held belief for a religious exemption. Benefits:
Join WEST and you will discover and enjoy:
- Competitive salary and bonus structure
- Generous paid leave
- Comprehensive healthcare plans
- Life and long-term disability insurance
- Simplified Employee Pension plan
- Employee owned/shareholder potential
- Family friendly environment
- Diverse workforce/Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion support
- Great work/life balance
- Flexible and casual work culture
- Professional growth opportunity
- Safe and happy working environment
Ideal candidates will have a strong understanding of the NEPA process, and significant experience in preparing both Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) for the Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, Western Area Power Administration, Bonneville Power Administration, and/or US Fish and Wildlife Service. The ideal candidate will also have experience and expertise in environmental consulting, state environmental review (e.g., Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, Montana Environmental Policy Act, etc.), project planning and management, permitting under the Clean Water Act, as well as consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to lead and expand our NEPA services as an integral part of the WEST team and structure. As such, demonstrated historical success in developing new business and managing/leading teams is critical. Although this candidate will focus on NEPA, opportunities to support other WEST service offerings will also be available, based on the candidate's background and areas of interest.
- Provide strategic input and leadership to WEST staff on growing and expanding our NEPA efforts within the US.
- Provide oversight and senior advice to staff working on NEPA projects and develop and lead additional NEPA work.
- Maintain productive and mutually beneficial working relationships with clients and partners and actively promote new business development efforts with an emphasis on NEPA projects.
- Prepare scopes of work, budget estimates, and respond to proposal requests.
- Direct multi-disciplinary teams in completing environmental reviews for small, medium, and large-scale projects.
- Coordinate with local/state/federal agencies, tribes, and the public in support of client-directed project work.
- Both direct and prepare various sections of both EAs and EISs.
- Provide training, mentoring, and coaching to members of the NEPA team.
- Perform quality checks to ensure agency, WEST, and/or client standards are met.
- Develop significant portions of presentations and direct public facilitation.
- Help maintain WEST's position as thought leaders in the energy or water resource planning markets.
flexible but with preference for relocation to one of our existing western US branch office locations (Corvallis, Oregon; Cheyenne or Laramie, Wyoming; Albuquerque, New Mexico, Fort Collins, Colorado; Bismarck, North Dakota; or Bozeman, Montana)
This a general description of the functions for this position and is not inclusive of all the duties which may be associated with this position.
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