Senior Ecologist/ ESA (Endangered Species Act) Specialist

  • Tetra Tech, Inc.
  • United States
  • Aug 30, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description


 Tetra Tech Inc. is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services worldwide. Our reputation rests on the technical expertise and dedication of our employees—16,000 people working together across disciplines and time zones to provide smart, sustainable solutions for challenging projects. We are proud to be home to leading technical experts in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. Tetra Tech combines the resources of a global, multibillion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in 400 locations around the world. We offer competitive compensation and benefits and are searching for innovative people to join our teams. Tetra Tech, Inc. has an immediate opportunity for a Senior Ecologist/Endangered Species Act (ESA) Specialist to support our established and still growing business areas.  The preferred location for the position is either Honolulu, HI or Portland, OR, although working out of one of our many other offices in the Western U.S. or elsewhere across the country would be an option for the right candidate. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide high-level support and strategic thinking to on-going projects addressing ecological impacts associated with renewable energy (wind power, solar power, geothermal), traditional energy, linear infrastructure (i.e., transmission lines and pipelines), and other types of projects throughout North America
  • Lead development of strategies and coordination to address potential endangered species issues including preparing habitat conservation plans (HCPs) and biological assessments (BAs)
  • Provide demonstrated relevant experience related to impact assessment of federally (and state, as applicable) listed species, ESA compliance, and coordination with agency personnel for Section 7 and 10 permitting processes
  • Provide working knowledge of federally/state listed species
  • Lead a project team for developing HCPs, BAs or ECPs
  • Performing due diligence and permitting for energy projects may also include supporting NEPA documents, including EAs or EISs, mitigation plans, ECPs, and other documents required under the Endangered Species Act and other environmental rules, regulations, and associated permitting
  • Support project development (i.e., work scopes, proposals and costs), compliance strategy development, and represent our clients in negotiations with regulatory agencies and promote a high level of technical competence in our work products. The position also provides the opportunity to manage projects
  • Attend and present at conferences and other networking events to promote exposure of the company within the industry



  • MS or PhD degree in applicable field (i.e., environmental science/policy, natural resources planning, biology, ecology or geography, or a closely related discipline)
  • Types of studies typically required for these projects include avian and/or bat surveys, habitat delineations, specialized studies for federal and state listed threatened and endangered species, and post-construction mortality studies
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in working with public and/or commercial clients
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ESA compliance and Section 7 and 10 permitting processes
  • Be a strong technical leader with established agency and stakeholder relationships
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, oral presentation, and verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong strategic thinker, problem-solver, and technical report writer/editor
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Experience with environmental permitting related to wildlife, bats and/or avifauna Please highlight any of the following skill sets in your resume and accompanying cover letter:
  • Applied knowledge of ecological assessment, environmental impact analysis, environmental due diligence studies, natural/biological resources management, and habitat conservation planning
  • Knowledge of permitting processes at the federal and state levels, especially in the Western and Midwest U.S. for energy projects
  • Experience with statistical tools for fatality estimation and risk assessment
  • Technical skills related to the assessment of wildlife, sensitive/protected habitat, or wetlands, especially in the Western and Midwest U.S. for energy projects
  • Experience in providing effective peer review of technical and client-oriented work products.
  • Demonstrated success in regulatory negotiations at the federal and state levels
  • Ability to review, synthesize, and interpret biological resources information and communicate conclusions verbally and in writing
  • Experience with NEPA-compliant documentation (CATEX, EA and EIS) and CWA (Sections 401 and 404) requirements and permit process, and other state-specific environmental regulations
  • Experience preparing and negotiating ESA HCPs
  • Experience with eagle take permitting under BGEPA, including the development of ECPs and ETP applications and negotiation of permit conditions
  • Demonstrated success in technical scope development, budgeting, and pricing projects
  • Project management experience (specifying the client sector, the scale of the project and personal roles)
  • Examples of commitment to quality management, continuous improvement, and client satisfaction
  • Demonstrated success in team leadership, staff mentoring, project management, and client/business development

 We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and we do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or age.

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