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Assistant Vice President, Coastal Restoration Specialist

Tallahassee, Florida, US
Closing date
Jun 27, 2024

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Full time
Our Business

We are a global leader in environmental consulting - made stronger with the recent acquisition of Wood's Environment & Infrastructure business and Golder - with world-class expertise in environmental, social and governance (ESG), climate resiliency & sustainability (CRS), and earth sciences. Combined we have over 20,000 multidisciplinary professionals worldwide collaborating daily to protect and conserve natural landscapes, create firm foundations for communities to stand on, and champion sustainable development to combat climate change.

As part of the team, you will have access to an unparalleled network of resources and endless opportunities to collaborate on exciting projects with diverse teammates from across the globe.

This Opportunity

WSP is currently initiating a search for an Assistant Vice President, Coastal Restoration Specialist for our Tallahassee, FL -John Knox Road office. The following other location will also be considered: Pensacola. Be involved in projects with our Earth & Environment Team and be a part of a growing organization that meets our client's objectives and solves their challenges.

Our successful candidate will be an experienced professional with a background in Environmental Science, Biology, Marine Science, Coastal Engineering, or related discipline and a strong selling mindset with the ability to collaborate with a variety of clients, including regulatory personnel, to articulate our service offerings and identify and lead business opportunities. The successful candidate will also have an innovative, creative, and open-minded attitude regarding coastal management and protection methods and strong local, state, and federal permitting experience. Duties may include coastal habitat restoration/monitoring, resiliency planning/policy, stakeholder engagement/facilitation, grant proposals/management, management of project teams/budgets/schedules, and public speaking/presentations.

Your Impact

* Work with WSP Project Directors, Project Managers, and other technical staff to support a variety of environmental projects, including coastal habitat restoration and monitoring projects, resiliency planning projects, permitting for coastal infrastructure, grant management, and other projects, as needed.
* Oversee and monitor (i.e., serve as a Project Manager) cross-functional teams in executing project work, permitting strategies, environmental impact assessments, and regulatory compliance, including tracking project budgets, labor hours and expenses, and subcontractor costs.
* Coordinate/oversee collection, analysis, and reporting of environmental monitoring/survey data including habitat characterization/mapping, water quality parameters, shoreline change, and coastal land use.
* Analyze coastal conditions and assist with planning/design/permitting of various coastal and marine habitat restoration projects, with a focus on coastal protection/resiliency.
* Prepare data summaries and visualizations such as tables, charts, reports, models, cross-sections, and other illustrations for the interpretation or presentation of more complex data, findings, or analyses.
* Prepare comprehensive memorandums, technical reports, and presentations that explain research, methodologies, findings, and recommendations for coastal restoration or similar projects.
* Actively engage in business development, profitable opportunity identification, and proposal writing including the scoping and costing of medium- to large-sized projects, development of presentations, and professional networking.
* Assist in developing and implementing creative solutions for coastal restoration/resiliency projects/programs.
* Tactfully coordinate with diverse interests to generate consensus on coastal issues.
* Utilize sound science and innovative ideas to pioneer best practices in coastal restoration/resiliency.
* Remain current in latest environmental science subject matter and techniques.
* Collaborate with professionals from a variety of disciplines to provide future ready solutions for clients.
* Coordinate with clients, resource/regulatory agencies, and technical staff in a confident and professional manner.
* Coordinate, attend, and lead client and/or environmental regulatory meetings.
* Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources, and conduct, and adhere to WSP's Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures.
* Perform additional responsibilities and support various other projects, as needed, to achieve client goals, address company needs, and achieve company success.
* Self-manage assigned workload.

Who You Are

Required Qualifications

* Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science, Biology, Marine Science, Coastal Engineering, or related discipline.
* 10+ of relevant post-education experience working in coastal habitat restoration and monitoring, resiliency planning, coastal permitting, and/or grant management.
* Experience with underwater data collection, coastal species identification, and statistical analyses.
* Understanding of the wave attenuation capacity of reefs, marshes, and mangrove habitats.
* Ability to collect and process bathymetric data and wave data, including use of innovative, low-cost techniques.
* Ability to perform (or coordinate said analyses) riverine/coastal and hydraulic analyses using numerical modeling software, for hydrodynamics, waves, and sediment transport;
* Experience using ArcGIS.
* Extensive experience with local, state, and federal permitting agencies, and environmental protection regulations, guidelines, and consulting processes pertaining to the specific position.
* Demonstrated experience leading and contributing to technical reports, environmental permit applications, field surveys and reporting, and resource and impact evaluations.
* Project management experience and familiarity with tracking hours and expenses for project work and adhering to project schedules.
* Ability to keep multiple tasks organized and moving forward and work independently and provide guidance and leadership to junior team or project members, with strict adherence to QA/QC.
* Proficiency with technical writing, office automation and communication software (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Excel), technology and tools.
* Well-developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills required to reach conclusions from testing results and data collection and identify the most effective solutions to accomplish objectives of assigned projects.
* Strong interpersonal and communication skills when interacting with others, expressing ideas effectively and professionally to an engineering and non-engineering audience.
* Effective self-leadership with attention to detail, results orientation, and managing multiple priorities in a dynamic work environment.
* Ability to learn new techniques, perform multiple tasks simultaneously, follow instruction, and comply with company policies.
* Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP's health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies.
* Ability to work in remote coastal areas that are accessible only by boat and adhere to schedules conducive to project-specific requirements that may extend beyond the typical workweek.
* Good swimming skills and the ability to pass a snorkeling skills test.
* Ability to drive a full-size pickup or van with attached trailer.
* Valid driver's license and clear driving record with ability to travel to meetings and project site(s).
* Ability to walk for several miles and work in extreme temperatures associated with the southeastern US.
* Ability to travel approximately 10-20% of the time.

Preferred Qualifications:

* Master's degree in Environmental Science, Biology, Marine Science, Coastal Engineering, or related discipline is preferred.
* SCUBA diving certification, experience operating a boat, and FAA Part 107 Unmanned Pilot Certification are all considered plusses.
* 40-Hour OSHA Health & Safety Training (HAZWOPER)
* Basic First Aid and Adult CPR training.


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