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Wetland/Fisheries Scientist and Project Manager

Wetland/Fisheries Scientist and Project Manager

Wetland/Fisheries Scientist and Project Manager – Bellingham/Mount Vernon, Washington


Hamer Environmental, a Washington based environmental consulting firm, is looking to hire a Wetland/Fisheries Scientist and Project Manager. Preferred candidates will be able to successfully manage multiple tasks and personnel, exhibit scientific writing skills, have experience and background in fisheries, wetland science, botany and/or soils and hydrology. Previous Wetland Delineation experience in Washington State is required. Hamer Environmental encourages its employees to work independently, create their own initiatives, and proactively search for work opportunities that most interest them.

Company History:

Hamer Environmental is a multi-disciplinary environmental consulting firm, headquartered in Mt. Vernon, Washington with offices in Seattle, WA, Portland, Oregon, Bellingham, WA, and Kurtistown, Hawaii. Our mission is to provide quality natural resource consulting to private firms and government natural resource management agencies. Established in 1992, Hamer Environmental offers a full range of biological services throughout the U.S. Our company expertise includes environmental research, threatened and endangered species issues, project impact assessments, mitigation plans, monitoring studies, wildlife management issues, and wetland analyses and permitting. We service a wide variety of state and federal agencies, universities, energy companies, private industry, engineering/architectural firms, other consulting firms, public utilities, tribal corporations and conservation organizations. To learn more about our company, please visit our web site at


Perform wetland-related work including:

  • Wetland   delineations    according   to   USACE   Manual and          Regional Supplements
  • Wetland ratings and function assessments
  • Mitigation monitoring,
  • Mitigation and wetland restoration planning
  • Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) determinations
  • Conduct project-specific fisheries work, including identifying and assessing ESA- listed fishes and their habitats, fish exclusion, electro-shocking, or removal, fisheries studies, and developing/contributing to project reports and documents
  • Demonstrate knowledge of state and federal environmental laws and regulations including Section 7 consultations;
  • Manage and oversee junior-level wetlands staff;
  • Design, plan, direct and conduct research projects;
  • Independently prepare technical reports, permit documents, and maintain excellent communication with clients, employees and subcontractors;
  • Develop and submit project, research and grant proposals to various agencies and entities, including budget and schedule development;
  • Conduct work year-round, sometimes in adverse weather and rough terrain;
  • Provide presentations to groups or organizations based on project/study results;
  • Develop and maintain client relationships;
  • Maintain and potentially expand Hamer Environmental’s Wetland and Fisheries Division with C-suite support and strategize about new business development and meet with potential clients.

Education and Experience:

  • A minimum 2 years of full-time wetland delineation work in Washington State is required.
  • A minimum of 2 years of fisheries work in the Pacific Northwest is required.
  • B.S. degree or higher in an environmental discipline required
  • Demonstrated experience with fisheries, plant, soil and wetland identification and characterization in the PNW and at least 5 years of professional experience strongly desired.
  • Electro-shocking certification (ie Smith Root) and experience desired

Preferred Skills:

The ideal candidate will have 5 years or more of field experience delineating and characterizing wetlands in Washington State, multiple years of fisheries experience, and strong project management skills. PWS certification is preferred but not required, with a background in fisheries, wetlands, botany and/or soil science. Botanical skills to conduct vascular plant inventories is also desired. Working knowledge of the Washington State Department of Ecology Wetland and Shoreline rules and regulations desired. Must be comfortable working both in remote field settings as well as an office environment and must have working knowledge of Trimble GPS units and Microsoft Office Suite. Knowledge of ARC GIS and fisheries biology would be ideal.

The ideal candidate must be able to communicate effectively and function as part of a team. The position requires strong organizational and planning skills, ability to manage multiple projects concurrently, and proactive problem solving. Ability to initiate, plan and design independent research studies, assess and implement new study technologies, develop methods of data collection and interpret data, prepare written reports and make oral presentations, write and speak clearly and effectively, train and supervise staff, interpret environmental regulations and related law are also essential.

This position is a great opportunity for qualified wetland professionals who like diversified project types, possess a high level of self-motivation, and enthusiastic leadership. The potential for frequent day travel, including some extended overnight travel, is expected for this position.


Industry competitive and commensurate with experience.


  • Medical and Dental covered at 100%
  • A company with a history of outstanding work life balance
  • Vacation/Sick/Holiday Pay
  • Self-Care Days
  • Retirement Plan
  • Flexible telework when not in the field

Please note this position has a COVID vaccine requirement, as allowable under the law.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Anticipated start: March 2022.


If you are interested in this position, please send your cover letter and resume to our team at or via the website. We look forward to hearing from you.

Hamer Environmental is an equal opportunity employer. Just like in our own environment, a healthy ecosystem is a diverse one and we think success looks like an abundance of perspectives, backgrounds, geographies, and experiences. We look forward to your ideas being part of our next great solution. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, people of all races, people of all genders, people of all national origins, people of all religions and creeds, people with disabilities, people of all gender identities, people of all sexual orientations, LGBTQ individuals, people of all marital statuses, veterans, and people of all ages.

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level

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