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Senior Ecologist

Tetra Tech

Boston ,  Massachusetts

Tetra Tech Inc. is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services worldwide. Our reputation rests on the technical expertise and dedication of our employees—16,000 people working together across disciplines and time zones to provide smart, sustainable solutions for challenging projects. We are proud to be home to leading technical experts in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. Tetra Tech combines the resources of a global, multibillion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in 400 locations around the world. We offer competitive compensation and benefits and are searching for innovative people to join our teams.

Tetra Tech Inc. has an immediate opportunity for a Senior Ecologist/Project Manager to support our established and still growing business areas. The preferred location for the position is either Boston, MA, Langhorne, PA, Parsippany, NJ, or Portland, ME, although working out of one of our many other offices in the Eastern U.S. or elsewhere across the country would be an option for the right candidate.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide high level support and strategic thinking to on-going projects addressing environmental concerns of renewable energy (wind power, solar power, geothermal), traditional energy, linear infrastructure (i.e., transmission lines and pipelines), and other types of projects throughout North America
  • Performing due diligence and permitting for energy projects may also include writing NEPA documents, including EAs or EISs, mitigation plans, HCPs, ECPs, and other documents required under the Endangered Species Act and other environmental rules, regulations, and associated permitting
  • Support project development (i.e., work scopes, proposals and costs), compliance strategy development, and represent our clients in negotiations with regulatory agencies and promote a high level of technical competence in our work products. The position also provides the opportunity to manage projects
  • Attend and present at conferences and other networking events to promote exposure

Qualifications

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATION:

  • MS or PhD degree in applicable field (i.e., environmental science/policy, natural resources planning, biology, ecology or geography, or a closely related discipline)
  • Types of studies typically required for these projects include avian and/or bat surveys, habitat delineations, specialized studies for federal and state listed threatened and endangered species, and post-construction mortality studies
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in working with public and/or commercial clients
  • Be a strong technical leader with established stakeholder relationships
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, oral presentation, and verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong strategic thinker, problem-solver, and technical report writer/editor
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Experience with environmental permitting related to wildlife, bats and/or avifauna

Please highlight any of the following skill sets in your resume and accompanying cover letter:

  • Applied knowledge of ecological assessment, environmental impact analysis, environmental due diligence studies, natural/biological resources management, and habitat conservation planning
  • Knowledge of permitting processes at the federal and state levels, especially in the Eastern U.S.
  • Experience with statistical tools for fatality estimation and risk assessment
  • Technical skills related to the assessment of wildlife, sensitive/protected habitat, or wetlands, especially in the Eastern U.S.
  • Experience in providing effective peer review of technical and client-oriented work products
  • Demonstrated success in regulatory negotiations at the federal and state levels
  • Ability to review, synthesize, and interpret biological resources information
  • Experience with NEPA-compliant documentation (BA, CATEX, EA and EIS).Experience with ESA (Sections 7 and 10) requirements and USFWS consultation process, CWA (Sections 401 and 404) requirements and permit process, and other state-specific environmental regulations (e.g., SEQRA and Article 10 in NY, NRPA/SLODA in ME)
  • Experience preparing and negotiating ESA HCPs
  • Experience with eagle take permitting under BGEPA, including the development of ECPs and ETP applications and negotiation of permit conditions
  • Demonstrated success in technical scope development, budgeting, and pricing projects
  • Project management experience (specifying the client sector, the scale of the project and personal roles)
  • Examples of commitment to quality management, continuous improvement, and client satisfaction
  • Demonstrated success in team leadership, staff mentoring, project management, and client/business development


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