ERM is seeking a motivated Wetlands Scientist to join our growing office in Syracuse, NY. The successful candidate will assist Project Managers on a variety of Environmental Impact Assessment projects to support our oil & gas, power, and mining sector focus. This is an excellent opportunity for an early career professional to join a growing and exciting technical team, as you build a rewarding career path with a global environmental leader.
- Conduct field delineations of federal and state jurisdictional wetlands per the current federal protocol and regional supplement; identification of plants, characterization of soils and hydrologic indicators that identify wetlands; use of Trimble (or similar) sub-meter accurate global positioning systems (GPS); preparation of delineation reports and Approved Jurisdictional Determination requests.
- Conduct wildlife and plant surveys, including characterizing potential habitat for listed species; conducting visual, aural, and capture surveys to determine species presence. Experience with state and federally-listed species desirable, but not required.
- Assist on linear permitting and other large-scale projects; provide construction inspection activities for natural gas pipelines, power transmission lines, utility corridors, petroleum pipelines, and other large scale development projects.
- Perform environmental due diligence for proposed land use changes, including desktop data acquisition and review, agency correspondence, field reconnaissance and environmental survey, preparation of environmental impact assessment/analysis, and agency concurrence requests.
- Perform multi-media permitting and compliance associated with development projects with an emphasis on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, State Fish & Wildlife Agencies, State Environmental Agencies, and State Historical Commissions.
- Assist with developing and executing corporate Impact Assessment & Planning systems and strategies.
- Prepare environmental impact assessment reports, EAFs/EISes under both State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidelines.
- Work within quality/budget/schedule expectations and scope-specific assignments.
- Communicate with subcontractors, regulatory agents, tenants, and clients during field activities.
- BS in natural resources, environmental science, biology, or related discipline; MS preferred. Minimum 3.0 GPA.
- Recent grad to 3 years of consulting experience, including with projects in oil & gas, power/utility or mining sectors.
- Demonstrated experience in conducting federal wetland delineations, including completion of approved jurisdictional determinations. Correct identification of plant species and hydric soil indicators of the Northeast required; other regions desirable.
- Experience assisting clients in obtaining multi-media permits and approvals for new or expanded facilities a plus.
- Familiarity with state and federal natural resources regulations, especially: Clean Water Act Sections 401 and 404; Endangered Species Act; NY State Freshwater Wetlands Act; NY State Stream Protection Act; NY State Endangered Species Act; SEQRA, NEPA
- Effective written/verbal communication and organization/analytical skills; experience recording/writing detailed technical data and reports.
- Ability to multi-task, maintain flexibility, travel, and work independently with minimal supervision.
- Demonstrated attributes to become a strong consultant – team player, eagerness to learn and grow, self-starter who takes initiative, versatile, and service-oriented mentality.
- Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
- Local candidates preferred.
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