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Restoration Senior Scientist

Herrera Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Seattle, Washington, US
Closing date
Oct 16, 2022

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Job Description
We are Herrera:

Envision yourself at a growing company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best while supporting your evolving career.

We are Herrera Environmental Consultants, a science and engineering consulting firm dedicated to working with clients to develop holistic solutions that provide social and environmental benefit. We protect the environment every day simply by doing what we do best.

For over 40 years Herrera has cultivated a collaborative, respectful culture that empowers our staff to achieve excellence, and we have fun along the way. Each of us has the unique ability to make a difference in the world, one person at a time and one project at a time. We provide our staff with the autonomy to pursue their professional interests and encourage professional growth - resulting in a high staff retention and repeat clients.

As our company grows, we are expanding our services in Washington, Oregon, California, the Mountain West and Western Canada.

Your opportunity:

Are you interested in using your expertise in environmental science and project management to help promote safer, cleaner, more resilient communities and ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest? Are you passionate about collaboration with multidisciplinary project teams working in rivers, streams, wetlands, and floodplains? Then this role is for you.

Herrera seeks a Scientist with 10 or more years of professional experience and expertise in project management, field study and design of projects in rivers, streams, wetlands and floodplains. The geographic base location of this position can be in one of our Washington or Oregon offices. The candidate will support a variety of ecological restoration, flood risk reduction, and infrastructure development projects for public, tribal and private clients throughout the Pacific Northwest in collaboration with multidisciplinary internal and client project teams. As an Environmental Scientist, you will step into a new role on our Natural Resources Team within the Restoration Practice Area. This position is open to location in Seattle, WA, Bellingham, WA or Portland, OR.

You will be responsible for:
  • Providing field work, data collection, and reporting to support wetland, riparian, instream, and floodplain habitat restoration and enhancement planning, design, and monitoring projects
  • Lead wetland and critical area delineations
  • Lead vegetation and habitat surveys
  • Support creation of federal, state, and local permitting application packages
  • Support the design of fish passage improvement projects
  • Lead Best Available Science documentation
  • Support for ESA Section 7 consultations
  • Lead and support development of Habitat Conservation Plans
  • Support for other engineering and water resource protection projects

Required education and qualifications:
  • A bachelor's degree in environmental studies, ecology, biology or other natural science, or a master's degree in a natural science field if undergraduate degree was not in environmental studies, biology or a natural science.
  • Experience as project manager of natural resource restoration or planning projects
  • Familiarity with coastal and inland Pacific Northwest ecosystems with a core strength in native and invasive vegetation identification, fisheries biology, hydrology, geomorphology, or other applicable technical discipline.
  • Permit application experience (e.g., Washington State HPA, federal Clean Water Act Section 404, and local agency permits for grading, erosion control, etc.)
  • A current driver's license

We are a strengths-based organization. The strengths you will need to succeed in this role include:
  • Adaptability - Ability to multi-task daily, and work with a fast-paced team of interdisciplinary staff working on several concurrent projects
  • Explainer - Ability to accurately develop and communicate scopes of work and budgets for delineation, monitoring and habitat assessment work
  • Innovation - Experience with innovative ecological and restoration design projects or invasive species management plans.
  • Detail oriented when dealing with data - Experience with field data collection and related equipment, including GPS equipment
  • Writer and Communicator - Ability to convey scientific information for a variety of audiences
  • Drive - Experience with business development or growing a natural resource-based group

Desired experience-based skills or licensure:
  • Professional Wetland Scientist certification or ability to obtain certification through the Society of Wetland Scientists within 1 year
  • Professional Hydrologist certification
  • Experience with Endangered Species Act consultations
  • Education and training in Pacific Northwest fishery sciences
  • Other specific trainings and professional organization affiliations should be noted in the applicant's résumé and/or cover letter

Application Deadline: Open until filled

We support our staff by offering:
  • (ESOP) Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • Flexible Hybrid Work Environment
  • Comprehensive Medical/Dental/Vison Insurance
  • Retirement 401K
  • (EAP) Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid Vacation & Sick Time
  • Paid Holidays (9)
  • Employee-Owned Benefit Advantages

We are a values-based organization.
  • Insist on integrity, objectivity, and social and environmental ethics in our work.
  • Treat everyone with respect and dignity, always.
  • Act as stewards of the environment upon which we depend
  • Research and outreach, learn and teach.

We Are Committed to Equal Opportunity, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. Employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Herrera does not discriminate based on race, color, gender, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status in accordance with all applicable local, state and federal laws. We encourage women, minorities, veterans, disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for this position. Herrera is an equal opportunity employer.

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