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Wetland Ecologist

Wetland Ecologist

Talasaea Consultants is a natural resource consulting, environmental planning, and design firm that provides services to the private sector, including renowned and long-term clients.  We are deeply committed to the protection of our environment, and we take pride in developing creative solutions for development projects that also benefit the natural world.

Through our decades of service in the Puget Sound region, we have developed an authentic reputation for our creative work and solutions, resulting in a steady flow of challenging and interesting projects.  We strongly value our team who are specialists in wetland and stream ecology, fish and wildlife habitat, site planning and landscape architecture in ecological and people-oriented settings, mitigation designs, regulatory analysis, and project permitting.

Talasaea is seeking a Wetland Ecologist to join our alliance of spirited ecologists and landscape designers. Our private development projects range in size and complexity from multi-family and single-family residential communities, to retail, commercial, and industrial developments.  Projects involve wetland and stream ecological studies; critical areas delineations, ratings, typings, and impact assessments; and mitigation designs that include habitat creation, enhancement, restoration; and post-construction performance monitoring.  Landscape designs that integrate ecological components within the built environment require team collaboration that leads to consistent professional growth and dynamic team bonding.

We are located in a unique rural setting that offers diverse outdoor opportunities.   The office abuts the Tolt Pipeline Recreational Corridor, and the Cottage Lake Creek runs through the property.  We also offer an employee pea patch and ample outdoor spaces to enjoy sun-filled break times.  We are five minutes from Woodinville Wine Country and downtown Redmond.

The ideal candidate will perform and manage projects from site reconnaissance through environmental permitting. This person thrives coordinating with both internal and external team members across several disciplines, as well as with clients, governmental agencies, and contractors as part of the environmental assessment, regulatory review, site planning, and project permitting processes. 

Our small office offers the opportunity to broadly experience all aspects of the business from proposal writing and budget tracking, to building relationships with various agencies and other consultants; additionally, Talasaea strongly encourages and supports individualized professional growth. 

In-office work at Talasaea is highly encouraged to foster collaboration, and we are currently considering a hybrid model of in-office and remote work.

Responsibilities include:

  • Performing field work using state-of-the-art data collection/analysis tools and software.
  • Conducting field studies and ecological assessments.
  • Working with creative in-house landscape architects and environmental planners to prepare mitigation plans.
  • Preparation and management of applications for environmental permits, including COE/DOE IPs/NWPs, with NMFS/USF&WS for ESA, and NHPA Section 106; WDFW HPAs; DNR FPAs; DOE SMPs; local agency permits; and NEPA/SEPA.
  • Report and proposal writing, and technical editing.
  • Coordinating with our multi-disciplinary team of ecologists and designers, as well clients, governmental agencies, and contractors.
  • Responsible for schedules, production, and coordination of multiple projects concurrently.
  • Maintaining client relations and managing project performance to meet client expectations.
  • Managing the day-to-day communication with clients, contractors, and consultants.
  • Developing and managing project schedules and budgets.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Ecology with a focus in wetland science, or closely related field.
  • 3 years’ experience in wetland and stream assessments, delineations, ratings/typings, report preparation, and project permitting.
  • Professional experience with a private sector consulting firm, preferably located in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Familiarity with jurisdictional ordinances (Federal, State, local) related the critical areas in permitting for development projects.
  • Working knowledge of local ecosystems, including soils, habitats, native plants and plant communities, and invasive plant species; with the ability to identify native and invasive plants.
  • Experience in personally performing wetland determinations/delineations, stream delineations and typing; wetland ratings; functional assessments (e.g., credit-debit analysis); fish and wildlife habitat assessments and management plans; biological evaluations; performance monitoring, and mitigation planning, design, and permitting.
  • Possess a Certificate in Wetland Science & Management from the University of Washington or equivalent certificate is highly desired.              
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suites, ACAD and GPS, and Bluebeam or Adobe.
  • GIS experience a plus.
  • PWS certification a plus.
  • Work authorization (Required)

This position involves field and in-person work at our office in Woodinville.  Fieldwork vehicle is provided from the office location.

This is a full-time position (M-F, 8am-5pm) with an excellent salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Talasaea offers benefits, including medical/dental/vision insurance, paid vacations and holidays, bonus pay, 401(k), and potential future partnership for the right individuals. Equal Opportunity Employer.

 $72,800-$81,120 per year

TO APPLY please submit a resume and cover letter to that highlights consulting experience in resource and environmental studies, and project planning and permitting.

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Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level, Entry Level

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