Wetlands Scientist

  • CDM Smith
  • Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Jun 25, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Environmental Planning - NEPA Environmental Science - Engineering Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains

Job Description

Job Description

- Perform routine tasks appropriate for a mid-level environmental scientist, including using Microsoft Office software to record and analyze data and produce technical memoranda and reports.

- Lead or participate as an active member in conducting biological assessments for fish species in the West (i.e., salmonids).

- Lead or participate as an active member of field teams in performing jurisdictional surveys for wetlands and waterbodies, stream and lake assessments, threatened and endangered species and common wildlife surveys, and water quality and sediment sampling. 

- Conduct environmental (i.e., Section 404) permitting and wetland restoration/mitigation tasks.

- Prepare NEPA and state equivalent (e.g., CEQA) documents and obtain the necessary environmental and other required Local, State, and Federal permits, including wetlands/404 permits and jurisdictional requirements.

- Understand and stay current with appropriate regulatory requirements and scientific standards.

- Be cognizant of project budgets and schedules.

- Assist Marketing staff with preparing proposals, work plans, and cost estimates.

Minimum Qualifications

• 7-10 minimum years of experience since B.S. 

• Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries Biology, Plant/Soil Science, Ecology, or other related Environmental Science field.

• Certification and/or Master's degree in specialty field desired for scientist positions (where one exists). 

• Registration as a licensed Professional Engineer is desired for engineering positions. 

• Registration as a licensed Professional Geologist within the resident state (if available, or by a recognized professional society if not) is desired for 
geologist positions. 

• Work requires a broad knowledge of precedents in specific areas and a good knowledge of principles/practices in related specialties.

Preferred Qualifications

• Demonstrated ability to complete mid-level professional work and shows continued professional development, both in knowledge and abilities.

• Demonstrated experience in environmental permitting, environmental impact assessments, biological assessments of fish species in the Western U.S., wetland delineation/mitigation, stream assessment, and wildlife field surveys.

•Demonstrated experience with Local, State (CA, OR, WA) and Federal wetland regulations and permitting programs.

• Experience using prescribed methods, performs specific and limited portions of a broader assignment independently or under the supervision of an experienced scientist. 

• Strong written communication skills, including the ability to produce high quality written reports. 

• Willingness to travel, potentially on short notice, to distant field sites within the U.S. Most field trips are one week or less in duration.

•Comfortable conducting field assignments in challenging conditions – must be able to handle the physical demands (e.g. lifting 50 pounds) of field assignments in difficult terrain and poor weather conditions.

• Works well in both field and office environments.

• Demonstrated successful workplace relationships and experience working with subcontractors and regulatory agencies.

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