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Consultant, Lead Wetland Delineator (Mid - Level)

Portland, Oregon, US
Closing date
Jun 27, 2024

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time
ERM is seeking a motivated Environmental Biologist/Ecologist/Scientist to join our global consulting firm as a Consultant, Lead Wetland Delineator in our growing Environmental Impact Assessment team in Portland, Oregon or Seattle, Washington. The role of a wetland delineator requires technical skills as well as strong organizational and communication skills. Field crews will conduct fieldwork in a safe manner in alignment with ERM and the client's safety expectations.

The ideal candidate will have experience leading field-based wetland delineations and protected species assessments, managing data, and writing technical reports to support land development projects. Experience delineating wetlands in Oregon/Washington with state and federal regulations is highly preferred. In this role, you will work closely with ERM Project Managers and Partners on a variety of environmental permitting, due diligence, and impact assessment projects to support our renewable energy, power, and technology sector clients. This is primarily a field-based role, and an exciting opportunity to build expertise in wetland, species management across the Northwest.

As a consultant at ERM, you will gain a wealth of experience across different sectors, clients, geographies and services. ERM's collaborative culture and nationwide network of experts provides knowledge sharing of best practices and ongoing learning opportunities for our consultants, allowing you to build your own individualized career path in project management or technical disciplines.


* Perform wetland delineations using the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual and Regional Supplements, with a focus on Oregon and Washington states. Documenting OHWM and geophysical characteristics of waterbodies.
* With appropriate guidance and supervision, provide creative and fit-for-purpose technical analyses in your own field of specialization and support additional analyses outside of your area of specialization working collaboratively with subject matter experts in other fields and with other technical backgrounds.
* Perform project delivery activities such as conducting field surveys, collecting and organizing field survey data, performing research/ literature reviews, writing reports, and developing strategies and recommendations for clients.
* Conduct tasks related to environmental assessments that include but are not limited to land use planning/facility siting, pipeline and/or transmission line routing studies, renewable energy desktop and field-based environmental assessments and reporting, and development of permit matrices and risk assessments.
* Assist in preparation of project-specific compliance management plans in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local requirements.
* Work within quality/budget/schedule expectations and scope-specific assignments and develop a basic understanding of project management responsibilities.
* Work as an integral part of the Capital Projects Delivery team and support the goals of the team.


* BS/BA degree in environmental science, biology, natural resources, or related discipline.
* With at least 5 years of relevant environmental experience or professional internships.
* Minimum of three (3) field seasons of wetland delineation experience using the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineations Manual and Regional Supplement(s) and appropriate wetland delineation training or coursework.
* Working knowledge of field techniques for plant identification, soil sampling and hydric soil identification, and hydrology indicators is required.
* Working knowledge of sub-meter accuracy GPS technologies and map interpretation skills (e.g., NWI, USGS, aerial photography).
* Familiarity with Army Corps of Engineers Regional Supplements for the Arid West and Great Plains.
* Strong commitment to safety.
* Ability to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and on challenging terrain.
* Ability to work weekends and over 40 hours per week.
* Detail-oriented with excellent critical thinking and trouble-shooting/problem-solving skills.
* Effective written/verbal communication and organization/analytical skills.
* Experience recording/writing detailed technical data and reports and building tables and spreadsheets (including tabulation and manipulation of data).
* Highly organized with keen eye for detail, but with the ability to maintain the big picture.
* High level proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.
* Valid driver's license and good driving record.

For the Consultant, Lead Wetland Delineator position, we anticipate the annual base pay of $71,764 - $78,278 USD. An employee's pay position within this range will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, performance, shift, travel requirements, sales or revenue-based metrics, and business or organizational needs. We also may have instances where compensation may be outside of the range, based on the factors noted above. This job is also eligible for an annual discretionary based performance bonus.

We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, paid parental leave, medical, dental, vision, life, disability and AD&D insurance, 401(k) or RRSP/DPSP, and any other benefits to eligible employees as applicable.

You can apply for this role through or through the internal careers portal if you are a current employee.

Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, or any other form of compensation that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company's sole discretion, consistent with the law.

Who We Are:

As the largest global pure play sustainability consultancy, we partner with the world's leading organizations, creating innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and unlocking commercial opportunities that meet the needs of today while preserving opportunity for future generations.

At ERM we know that creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment is an essential part of making our company a great place to build a career. We also see our diversity as a strength that helps us create better solutions for our clients. Our diverse team of world-class experts supports clients across the breadth of their organizations to operationalize sustainability, underpinned by our deep technical expertise in addressing their environmental, health, safety, risk and social issues. We call this capability our "boots to boardroom" approach for its comprehensive service model that allows ERM to develop strategic and technical solutions that advance objectives on the ground or at the executive level.

Please submit your resume and brief cover letter. Based on review of these responses, shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews.

ERM does not accept recruiting agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, ERM employees or any other company location. ERM is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

ERM is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Thank you for your interest in ERM!

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