Westervelt Ecological Services (WES) creates mitigation and conservation banks and provides environmental mitigation and habitat planning services to landowners, businesses, government agencies, and land trusts. Our established industry leaders excel in the field of wetland and endangered species mitigation services, to create a nationwide habitat mitigation company.
We are looking for an experienced Conservation Planner-Rocky Mountain Region to join our team in our Colorado office. The purpose of the Conservation Planner position is to oversee and develop mitigation banking projects in the Rocky Mountain Region. The Conservation Planner will be responsible for the planning, execution, and tracking of new wetlands/conservation mitigation project approvals and will assist with regional compliance tracking of approved mitigation projects.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Prepare and secure approval of Mitigation/Conservation Banking documents, including Prospectus, Banking Instrument and all technical documents, conservation easement, endowment, and credit releases.
- Participate in internal project teams and manage external consultants, with the ability to maintain clear communication, working relationships, and facilitate product development.
- Assist in project budget development, and manage and track financial expenditures to the approved budget.
- Develop and maintain detailed project and task schedules and management of the project to the approved timelines.
- Engage with regulatory agency staff, either independently or as part of the project management team, to solve complex project development issues.
- Participate in discussions with non-profits, community members and other stakeholders to assist in local relationships and project development.
- Identify areas of entitlement process improvement and engage in developing process solutions.
- Track and maintain project compliance.
- Assist in business and brand development through participation in client meetings, conferences and speaking engagements at technical venues.
- Bachelor's Degree in Natural Science related field
- 8 or more years experience
- Strong project management experience
- Recent experience working in team environment
- History of managing contractors/consultants
- Solid understanding of 404 permitting processes and ESA issues
- Direct experience with Colorado's biological habitats, species, and general conservation biology/ecology
- Experience with project management software such as MS project, etc.
- Experience working with non-profits and other State and federal agencies
- Wetland/ESA survey experience
- General understanding of project impacts and commonly requested mitigation of potential clients (e.g. impacts from transmission lines, oil and gas, mining operations)
Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation
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