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Natural Resources Biologist

Black & Veatch

Houston ,  Texas

Primary Purpose:
Natural resources biologist needed to plan and conduct environmental studies and support permitting for industrial facilities throughout the US.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
• Work as a team member or alone under supervision on environmental projects to obtain, interpret and provide necessary information pursuant to permits and other environmental-related clearances;
• Organize, plan and conduct aquatic and terrestrial biological desktop and field studies (i.e., protected species surveys; fish population analyses; wetland surveys and delineations; habitat assessments; etc.)
• Prepare wetland delineation reports with all necessary supporting materials (tables, delineation data forms, wetland maps, photo logs, etc.).
• Author biological resource portions of environmental impact analyses (e.g., NEPA; aquatic/terrestrial impact analyses; etc.) by obtaining and interpreting biological data; describing existing environmental conditions; describing the type, magnitude and significance of project impacts on biological resources; and recommending measures to mitigate biological impacts
• Support permitting (e.g., wetlands permitting) associated with facility construction and operation
• Assist internal and external clients on approaches to strategically resolve natural resource issues
• Consult with regulatory agencies to obtain existing biological data; negotiate biological study plan requirements and interpret study results; and negotiate permit conditions
• Travel as needed to conduct field studies and meet with agencies and clients
• Track new and pending natural resource regulations and permitting issues, trends and precedents
• Support B&V marketing and proposal efforts as needed
• Actively participate in developing and implementing solutions-oriented permitting strategies and services

Minimum Qualifications:
A minimum total of 3 years of related work experience is typically necessary to move into this level. Graduate work may count as related work experience if directly applicable to job function. All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.

Preferred Job Qualifications:
• BS/BA in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management or related field plus a minimum of 3 years of applicable experience is strongly preferred.
• MS or higher degree preferred.
• Prior experience with a consulting firm preferred.
• Prior experience with federal NEPA (EA, EIS) and similar state or national Environmental and Social Impact Assessment programs, and use of international environmental standards (Equator Principles, World Bank, etc.) desirable.
• Expertise and prior experience in natural resource permitting, including US Army Corps of Engineers Section 10 and Section 404 permitting and Endangered Species Act permitting desirable.
• Appropriate field skills such as plant and animal identification, wetland delineation, etc. Should be able to make basic plant and animal identifications in novel geographic locations and interpret landscape condition based on vegetation.
• GIS/GPS experience is highly advantageous.
• Terrestrial biology background essential; aquatic biology and/or water resource experience desirable
• Demonstrable critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork skills.
• Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to travel approximately 25 percent of the time and work extended hours and weekends when necessary.



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