Ecologist (Buffalo, NY; Syracuse, NY)

  • GZA
  • Buffalo, NY, USA
  • May 23, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description

We are seeking a motivated, self-starting Mid-Level Ecologist to join our growing team in our Buffalo and Syracuse, NY offices.  The selected candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team working on a wide variety of projects including but not limited to: wetland delineation and stream evaluation; writing environmental analysis documents; preparing maps using GIS; preparing and presenting wetland and natural resource permit applications; conducting desktop and field studies, participating in meetings and agency consultation, client interaction, site compliance inspections, and other related regulatory documents. 
Key Duties:
The successful candidate will have the following responsibilities in assisting with technical execution of projects under the supervision of project managers:

  • Perform routine and specialty field tasks potentially including wetland delineation and stream evaluation, botanical investigations, soils investigation, wildlife and aquatic habitat evaluations, faunal surveys, site reconnaissance and explorations, and construction observation.
  • Prepare reports and recommendations based upon field studies.
  • Develop permit applications.
  • Present permit applications to regulatory authorities.
  • Manage assigned tasks as part of larger projects.
  • Field and office QA/QC responsibilities.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources, Biology, Ecology, or related discipline required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • 3+ years’ experience in wetland delineation, natural resource evaluation, GPS data collection and ecological permitting. Experience with processing of GPS field data and preparation of GIS mapping exhibits is preferred.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to prepare clear and concise letters, memoranda, technical reports, proposals, and figures.
  • Experience with erosion and sedimentation control applications is desired. Completion of the NYSDEC 4-Hour Erosion and Sediment Control Training preferred.
  • Knowledge of USACE, EPA, and various state and local regulations pertaining to the permitting of new projects is preferred.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member a team.
  • Strong time management, coordination, problem solving, and interpersonal skills.
  • Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel locally and regionally for this position. Field work can occur year-round and in all weather conditions.

GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. is an Affirmative/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, marital or veteran status, age or other protected status.

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