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Wetland Ecologist - Environmental

Employer
LJA Engineering
Location
Corpus Christi, Texas, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Aug 12, 2022

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Sector
Consultancy/Private Sector
Field
Informatics / GIS
Discipline
Permitting
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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Title:Wetland Ecologist

Division: Environmental

LJA is an employee-owned company, and our people carry pride into their projects and their workplaces. We have talented employees across the nation and are always looking for exceptional individuals to join the LJA team. With 47 office locations, LJA is growing and ready for talented people to help us build our future. This position provides a great opportunity to be a part of an expanding environmental team that is involved with many exciting high-profile projects. We offer great benefits and are 100% employee-owned.

Summary:

LJA Environmental. is interviewing for a full-time Wetland Ecologist to support and manage various field and office-based assignments throughout the Greater Dallas/Ft. Worth and surrounding areas. The qualified candidate will have experience conducting wetland delineations according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)1987 Wetland Delineation Manualand habitat functional assessments as well as an overall knowledge of the Clean Water Act permitting process. The candidate must be enthusiastic, energetic, team-oriented, able to multi-task, and have a technical wetland, aquatic, and/or marine ecological skills. The candidate must also have excellent field skills, preferably with plant and soil identification abilities, as well as excellent oral communication and computer skills, preferably with ArcGIS. The following are the minimum qualifications and a brief description of duties and responsibilities.

General Responsibilities:

  • Assist in wetland assessment and delineation field efforts; collect appropriate field data relative to wetland vegetation, soils, and hydrology, and complete Corps routine data sheets.

Prepare wetland delineation reports and functional assessment reports for regulatory agency review.
Assist in preparing other environmental regulatory compliance documents such as Biological Assessments, Water Quality Plans, and conduct monitoring and maintenance of wetland mitigation sites and wetland banks.
Prepare wetland permit applications and compensatory wetland mitigation plans for submittal to Corps.

Required Education:

  • Minimum of a BS Degree in wetland science, aquatic biology, environmental science, natural resource management, wildlife and fish science, soil science, rangeland ecology, botany, or related field.


Required Experience:

  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience conducting wetland delineations according to the Corps1987 Wetland Delineation Manualand Regional Supplements (or similar environmental-related fieldwork)

The applicant will possess technical knowledge of plant identification, soils, and hydrology and how they relate to understanding wetland functions.
The applicant will employ an understanding of the functional roles of wetlands and aquatic resources to assess potential project impacts and mitigation solutions.
The desired applicant will have knowledge of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and how it relates to wetland permitting and other environmental regulations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with and ability to work in AutoCAD, ArcGIS, and GPS equipment

Experience preparing USACE permit applications and coordinating with USACE staff
Familiarity with other environmental regulations such as those concerning threatened/endangered species, cultural resources, and general NEPA compliance.
Recent experience working on Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and understanding of ASTM Standard E1527-13, CERCLA landowner liability, and "All Appropriate Inquiries"
Completion of Wetland Delineation Training Course or equivalent

Physical Requirements:

  • Biological fieldwork (for extended periods, sometimes in inclement weather, in rough terrain)

Driving to and from various job sites (mostly Texas but potentially surrounding areas)
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