Wetlands Scientist

  • ERM
  • Syracuse, NY, USA
  • Apr 03, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Environmental Planning - NEPA Environmental Science - Engineering Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description


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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