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Power Engineers Staff Ecologist in San Antonio, Texas

Staff Ecologist

Location:San Antonio


Department:Central Biology Group


Staff Ecologist

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 ecological and cultural resources, air quality, water quality and waste, throughout our 45 offices located across the country and internationally.

We are seeking a mid- to senior-level Staff Ecologist working out of the Austin, Houston or San Antonio, Texas offices in support of our Environmental Division. The selected candidate would join a team of more than 250 environmental professionals across the U.S.

Roles and Responsibilities

The candidate must have the ability to perform field surveys, including water of the U.S. delineations, threatened and endangered species assessments, vegetation/habitat mapping as well as other natural resources evaluations. In addition to field survey experience, the candidate should have experience developing quality technical reports and agency permit applications (i.e., USACE, USFWS, state/local agencies) with limited supervision.

As a staff Ecologist you will support and help lead project efforts focused on oil and gas pipelines, transmission lines, renewable energy, environmental surveys, NEPA analyses, and federal, state and local regulatory permitting services. The candidate should have an established and successful work history of executing project safety protocols, providing quality of services and work product, timely delivery of services and deliverables.

The person in this position needs to be detail-oriented, have demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team, effective communication, and technical writing skills. The successful candidate will also support project management, proposal development, and client interaction.

Required Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, or related field

  • Seven (7) plus years’ prior environmental consulting work, ideally with linear corridor projects and/or energy infrastructure related projects e.g., pipelines, electric transmission, power generation facilities, terminals, etc.

  • Demonstrated project experience conducting water of the U.S. assessments, threatened and endangered (T&E) species assessments, and other evaluations related to natural resources

  • Ability to perform data analysis and develop technical reports

  • Demonstrated experience with Section 404/10 permitting, including agency correspondence, Nationwide Permits, Regional Permits and/or Individual Permits

  • Knowledge of Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulations and USFWS coordination experience

  • Strong independent, problem-solving skills

  • Attention to detail and commitment to quality and professionalism

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Willing and able to travel throughout the region with potential travel throughout the U.S.

Preferred Certifications/Experience

  • USFWS permit holder for federally-listed species (e.g., golden-cheek warbler and Houston toad) strongly desired

  • Certification or licensure in field of expertise. CWB, PWS, or other professional designation preferred

  • Experience working with multi-discipline project teams, including cultural resources

  • Experience with client interaction and business development experience preferred

  • Stormwater and/or Section 401 Water Quality consulting experience is a plus

Working at POWER

At POWER you can have a rewarding career on every level. In addition to challenging and meaningful work you will find the support, coaching and training it takes to advance your professional career within our 2,800 + person firm. 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 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 is a unique and fun engineering and environmental 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.”