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Senior Ecologist / Project Manager

Senior Ecologist / Project Manager

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 Senior Ecologist / Project Manager for our Environmental Practice working out of our Portland, OR office .  The selected candidate would join a team of more than 230 environmental professionals across the U.S.

Roles and Responsibilities 

POWER is looking to hire a Senior Ecologist / Project Manager to lead field assessments for biological, wetland and ecological projects located across the country, but with a particular focus in the Pacific Northwest. This position requires expert 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. This position must be a technical expert in their field. Candidates must be capable of understanding and implementing health and safety plans, and interfacing with both internal staff (project managers and other discipline leads) as well as client representatives and team members. The successful candidate will be a technical leader responsible for developing standards and implementing quality assurance measures and will mentor and develop staff to be leaders in their field.

This position will be responsible for coordinating with Project Management and senior leadership; managing project deliverables; mentoring junior staff; serving as a regional natural resource, environmental, permitting and regulatory expert; managing budgets, survey schedules, and staff workloads for multiple projects; supporting business development; interacting with federal and state agencies; and managing biological and spatial data.

Successful candidates will be highly skilled with environmental regulations including NEPA, SEPA, CEQA, CWA, and ESA, experience with federal and state protected species, and discretionary permitting through USACE and USFWS. The Senior Ecologist will be responsible for building and maintaining client relationships through meeting with company executives and federal agency personnel, giving public presentations, knowledge of industry and agencies, as well as utilizing marketing skills.

This position has a mixture of field and office duties. It is likely to require long days outdoors in variable weather and terrain. Projects require frequent travel and often working six days per week. Work locations vary, ranging throughout the Pacific Northwest. 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. The candidate should have an established and successful history of working as part of diverse and dynamic project teams and be looking for opportunities for growth through gaining new skills.

Required Education/Experience

  • Master’s degree in Biology, Environmental Science, or other related field
  • Ten years of experience conducting biological surveys
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Attention to detail and commitment to quality and professionalism
  • Experience mentoring and recruiting staff
  • Experience scoping and estimating costs for ecological survey projects
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Expert knowledge of the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineations Manual and appropriate regional supplements
  • Prepare and/or review permit applications relative to jurisdictional waters, including:
    • US Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 permit
    • OR and WA wetland/water related permitting
    • Regional Water Quality Control Board Section 401 Water Quality Certification
    • California Department of Fish and Wildlife Section1600 Streambed Permit
    • CDFG 2081 Incidental Take Permit
  • USFWS section 10 and 7 consultation
  • Conduct habitat (vegetation) assessment & mapping using CDFW approved Vegetation Classification and Mapping Protocols.
  • Expert in Clean Water Act (CWA), SEPA, CEQA, and Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulations
  • Expert in writing and managing the preparation of technical reports or permit applications
  • Experience organizing and managing complex field survey efforts for transmission line, pipeline, or renewable energy projects.
  • 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.

At POWER Engineers, you can have a rewarding career on every level. Our philosophy is simple: Do Good Work. Have Fun. Make Money.

You’ll work on fun and challenging projects and initiatives. You’ll have the chance to make a positive impact on society and the environment. And you’ll find the support, coaching and training it takes to advance your career.

Since we’re employee-owned, we get to make POWER a great place to work. That includes providing competitive compensation, professional development and a full benefit package:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision
  • Maternity Leave
  • Parental Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Vacation/Paid Sick Leave
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • 401K       

POWER is a fun engineering firm. That might seem contradictory to some, but it works for us!

Salary Range: DOE

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Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Masters

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level

Job Function : ""

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