Power Engineers Wetland Ecologist - Field Lead in Richmond, Virginia
Wetland Ecologist - Field Lead
Department:Eastern Biology Group
Wetland Ecologist – Field Lead
POWER Engineers’ Environmental Division provides planning, permitting, engineering, site assessment and corrective action services to clients worldwide. Across multiple industries, our diverse staff specialize in the areas of air, water, waste, ecological and cultural resources throughout our 45 offices located across the country and internationally.
We are seeking a self-directed, solutions-oriented Wetland Ecologist – Field Lead for our Eastern Biology Group working out of the Richmond, VA office in support of our Environmental Division. The selected candidate would join a team of more than 230 environmental professionals across the U.S.
Roles and responsibilities
This Wetland Ecologist – Field Lead supports the Environmental Division, Biology Business Unit, and Project Managers with biological inventories/studies, report writing, construction monitoring, and environmental permitting. Leading field teams, coordinating projects, interacting with clients, communicating with agencies, and supporting business development by providing field information for proposals and cost estimates to senior biologists and project managers to assist in meeting client goals are essential functions of this role.
Responsibilities include but may not be limited to:
Conducting and leading field assessments for wetland and ecological projects, wetland studies, wetland delineations and other biological field surveys as needed, such as waters of the U.S.; threatened/endangered species studies and habitat assessments; resource-level investigations; stormwater field assessments; SWPPP inspections; and biological inventories/studies
Preparing/writing/contributing to reports; technical sections of environmental documents; permit applications; ER/EA and EIS documents; mitigation feasibility studies; and environmental field reviews
Providing leadership in completing wetland and waterbody delineations, identifying protected plant species, conducting habitat assessments or rare wildlife species surveys, as well as organizing and summarizing field-collected data, and compiling survey reports
Coordinating and overseeing field teams – daily field operations including staff mentoring, safety oversight, and quality assurance of services and work product for the field team, and ensuring adherence to company policies and procedures
Monitoring project areas during construction
Working in multi-resource groups and project teams
Operating in an environment of tight schedules and limited budgets
This position primarily works in the field. An established and successful history of performing or leading wetland delineations, working as part of diverse and dynamic project teams and a desire to seek out opportunities for growth through gaining new skills are keys to success in this position. You must be detail-oriented, able to work independently, and have effective personnel/project management, communication, and technical writing skills.
Additionally, this position is likely to require long days outdoors in variable weather and terrain. Projects require frequent travel and often working six days per week. At times, projects may require field assignments of two to three (2-3) weeks in length, working long hours. Work locations vary, ranging throughout the Northeastern U.S. Candidates must have positive attitudes, be physically prepared to work in difficult conditions, and be eager to become a critical part of the POWER team.
Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Environmental Science, or related field
Five (5) + years’ relevant experience
Experience with flora and fauna of the Northeastern U.S.
Experience conducting wetland delineations
Knowledge and basic understanding of environmental regulations including NEPA, CWA, and ESA
Knowledge and basic understanding of the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineations Manual and appropriate regional supplements
Experience with the use of hand-held GPS technology and mapping
Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong technical writing capabilities
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills; self-motivated and solutions-oriented
Attention to detail and commitment to quality and professionalism
Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
Must be willing and able to travel throughout the region with potential travel throughout the U.S.
Master’s degree in Biology, Environmental Science, or related field
Experience mentoring staff
Field survey experience in energy/utilities consulting work, ideally with linear corridor projects such as pipelines, utility scale power generation, electric transmission, or renewable energy projects
Hands-on experience with CWA permitting and ESA consultations in the Northeastern U.S.
Certification or licensure in field of expertise, such as CWB, PWS, PMP or other professional designation
At Power Engineers, Inc. you can have a rewarding career on every level. In addition to challenging and meaningful work you will have a positive impact on the environment, participate in a range of diverse and unique initiatives and find the support, coaching and training it takes to advance your career. We encourage new ideas and fresh approaches and most importantly, we strive to be our client’s first choice. These traits—and deep technical skill—account for our success.
As an employee-owned company, we strive to make Power Engineers an appealing place to work, where we perform projects that we find challenging and in which we excel. We provide competitive compensation, a full benefit package, professional development and an appealing work environment. Power Engineers is a unique and fun engineering firm, which may be contradictory to some, but it works well for us, and we operate with the philosophy of “have fun, do good work, and make money.”