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Ecologist II

Ecologist II

Plymouth, MI - Full Time, Mid to Senior Level

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Ecologist II

Position Description

The Ecologist II is responsible for completing scientific tasks for the Ecological Services Department, including wetland delineation and other field work, writing reports, assisting with state, Federal and local permitting, and client/agency coordination. Projects are highly technical with multiple layers of regulatory approvals. An Ecologist II will have extensive knowledge of field data collection, sampling methods and be able to complete assigned tasks with minimal oversight.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conduct wetland delineations using State and Federal delineation methodologies.
  • Conduct wetland inventories and functional assessments.
  • Conduct ecological and/or rare species studies.
  • Complete additional field work to support wetland assessments/delineations, stream assessments, ecological/vegetation surveys, tree surveys, and monitoring reports.
  • Prepare wetland mitigation and/or wetland restoration plans.
  • Responsible for compliance/construction monitoring and reporting.
  • Maintain accurate and thorough field notes and maps documenting site conditions, project files, work logs, etc.
  • Prepare technical reports, including wetland assessments/delineation, stream assessments, ecological surveys, habitat assessments, and communicate the results to clients and governmental agencies.
  • Prepare accurate and detailed U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers (USACE) Wetland Data Forms
  • Taxonomically identify flora and fauna common to the United States, specifically Midwest.
  • Prepare Biological Assessments and develop best management practices (BMP’s) to avoid, minimize, or mitigate conflicts with sensitive species and regulated habitats (e.g., wetlands)
  • Assist with field mobilization preparation and implementation
  • Prepare or assist with permit application documents, such as applications, narratives, and site documentation for submittal to local, state, and Federal agencies
  • Provide technical oversite to entry level staff to improve and expand the project team skillset
  • Develop and maintain liaisons and effective working relations with internal/external clients and agencies to encourage cooperative management strategies or to develop information and interpret findings
  • Conduct and lead compliance inspections for permitted construction projects
  • Provide ecological and technical training to contractors and Ecological staff.
  • Assistance preparing Ecological proposals and participation in business development when applicable
  • Assist with creating and maintaining project schedules, assist with creating, and maintaining project budgets, provide detail required for invoicing
  • Ability to work collaboratively in diverse teams including technical and non-technical personnel
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively under tight deadlines as well as balance multiple projects by prioritizing effectively
  • All other duties as assigned to support the Senior Ecologist


  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, biology, ecology or related field and/or equivalent combination of education & professional experience
  • Minimum seven to ten (7-10) years applicable experience
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to travel to the corporate office as well as local clients and project sites
  • Strong working knowledge of the USACE wetland 1987 delineation methodology, and the applicable Regional Supplements
  • Familiar with stream assessment procedures
  • Understand and be familiar with the USACE and Midwest state regulations relating to Section 404 and 401 permitting under the Clean Water Act
  • Intermediate knowledge, conceptual understanding and implementation of various field methods, ecological survey techniques and scientific data collection
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel

Desired Candidate Attributes

  • Excellent concentration and proofreading skills with strong attention to detail
  • Exceptional written, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Resourceful, action-oriented, creative, and analytical thinker
  • Strong planning, organization, preparation, and execution capabilities
  • Certification as a Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS), Professional Wetland Scientist in Training, or seasoned wetland delineator preferred
  • Open to new ideas, innovation, and comfortable working in a dynamic working environment
  • Strong problem solving/analytical skills
  • Experience working with GIS data
  • Experience working with GPS units and related software (ESRI, Pathfinder Office, etc.)

Work Environment and Physical Demands

  • A mixture of field work and office work which is dependent on project needs; must be able to work in extreme heat and cold
  • Ability to travel overnight and/or work in the field up to 100% of the time
  • Regularly required to walk long distances, on uneven terrain, or navigate through vegetated areas
  • Frequently lifts or moves objects up to 35 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus
  • Employee may be required to travel as necessary

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the associate for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $27.00 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Referral program
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Ecological: 7 years (Preferred)


  • Driver's License (Required)

Willingness to travel:

  • 75% (Preferred)

Work Location: On the road

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Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level

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