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Professional Wetland Scientist

Professional Wetland Scientist


The Professional Wetland Scientist leads environmental field surveys, reporting, and permitting support for our clients’ projects.  This position works with a multi-disciplinary team both internally and externally serving a wide variety of clients including non-profit organizations, governmental entities, land developers and energy and utility companies.


  • Conducts and coordinates ecological team members to perform wetland surveys in accordance with current United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) manual and procedures
  • Develops and publishes wetland, natural feature inventory, and threatened and endangered species reports
  • Reviews and coordinates permit drawings internally and/or externally
  • Completes joint permit applications and other submittals required by federal, state, or local agencies on behalf of clients
  • Evaluates and prepares the new Michigan Stream Quantification Tool forms (MiSQT)
  • Trains Wetland Professional In-Training ecological staff in wetland related services
  • Monitors and provides updates on project status to the Ecological Project Manager
  • Monitors wetland mitigation projects
  • Prepares written reports, and maps for client and regulatory agency review as needed
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Formal Education, Licenses and Certifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Ecology, Biology, Natural Resource Management or other environment or science related field
  • Certified Professional Wetland Scientist required, and Certified Arborist preferred
  • Stream evaluation and restoration knowledge preferred


Knowledge and Experience

  • 5+ years’ experience with wetland delineation and regulatory compliance in the State of Michigan
  • Knowledge and experience with wetland plant identification, hydric soils identification, Michigan native plants, invasive species identification
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Trimble hand-held GPS units or other similar GPS based survey equipment
  • AutoCAD and ArcGIS knowledge preferred


Competencies and Personal Attributes

  • Quality technical writing skills
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and on a team
  • Ability to manage a variety of tasks on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Fieldwork involves working outdoors in all types of weather, walking long distances, navigate natural landscapes, dig small holes and standing for extended periods. While performing these duties, an employee is frequently required to sit; talk; hear; stand; walk; use hands and fingers to feel, handle, or operate objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift or move up to 10 pounds.


This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



As a part of performing this position’s duties, travel will be required to respective job sites in the Southeast Michigan area and throughout the United States.

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. PEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. 

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Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level

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