Environmental Scientist / Natural Resources Specialist

  • Zephyr Environmental Corporation
  • San Antonio, TX, United States
  • Jan 09, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Planning - NEPA Environmental Science - Engineering Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

Position Summary:

Zephyr is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Environmental Scientist /Natural Resources Specialist to join a team of environmental consulting professionals either in Zephyr’s Austin or San Antonio office.   The Environmental Scientist /Natural Resources Specialist will contribute technically as a part of the project team in the areas of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act (CWA) as well as support additional environmental multi-media regulatory initiatives for industrial and public client projects.

The ideal candidate shall have a USFWS Section 10 Scientific Permit(s) for conducting surveys for the Golden-cheeked warbler, Black-capped vireo, Houston toad and/or other Central Texas species.

Primary Responsibilities:

Using your technical skills, you will:

• Perform wetlands determinations/delineations according to USACE protocol and perform field data verification and data entry

• Perform habitat assessments and presence/absence surveys for threatened and endangered species

• Perform preliminary desktop reviews for projects to establish constraints to construction and permitting

• Prepare letter reports, compliance documents, NEPA documents (CE, EA, EIS)

• Perform environmental monitoring and compliance inspections for project construction activities

• Analyze data to determine validity, quality, and scientific significance, and interpret correlations between human activities and environmental effects

• Prepare General and Individual USACE Permit submittals relating to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act

• Communicate effectively and professionally with project staff, clients, resource agencies, sub-consultants, land agents and landowners concerning project purpose

• Utilize computer software such as ESRI, ArcMap 9.3, ArcGIS Server, ArcIMS, Google Earth, Microsoft products to include Word, Excel; Internet Explorer; Access; and Adobe Illustrator

• Operate equipment such as GPS, laser range finders, ATVs, cameras and other field equipment as necessary for the project

• Work in a variety of outdoor settings and weather that may require long periods of standing; walking over rough terrain; working in water; recurring bending, reaching, or similar activities. Work may also include frequent lifting of moderately heavy items, such as equipment that weighs up to 50 pounds

• Follow Zephyr project safety requirements

• Travel in and out of state 30-40% of the time


BS/BA in Biology, Aquatic Science, or related Environmental Science degree with a minimum of 5 years of experience in natural resources services with specific experience in:

• Interpreting and applying Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (Nationwide and Individual) Permitting

• Preparing a Section 10 Permit Application under the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899

• Cultural resources and various environmental regulations

• Assessing and permitting linear projects (pipeline, stream/drainage channels, transmission corridors, transportation)

• Proven communication skills (verbal, written, proposal and presentation)

• Corresponding with clients, USACE, USFWS, TPWD, and TCEQ is a plus

• The oil and gas, municipal, and aggregate sectors is a plus

• Possess a valid Texas Driver’s License and good driving record

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