Senior Environmental Biologist

  • Terracon Consultants
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Sep 09, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Planning - NEPA Environmental Science - Engineering Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

Job Description

General Responsibilities:
Conduct environmental site investigations, assessments and surveys to sample, measure and analyze air, water, material and soil. Identify, evaluate and recommend risk and mitigation strategies/designs to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations. Prepare applicable permit applications, risk assessments and technical documents including proposals, reports and regulatory agency correspondence. Design systems and environmental protection plans. Manage projects, participate in client development, business development, and environmental services growth initiatives. Projects may include documentation related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), aquatic resources surveys, habitat assessments, mitigation planning, natural resource master planning, ecological and natural resource field surveys, site planning and permitting, constraints analysis and GIS database management.

Environmental biologists at this level work under general direction with limited to moderate supervision and are expected to apply experience and increase proficiency in the application of scientific principles, theories, practices and company standards. You will be expected to work autonomously and meet the required scope, schedule and budget of any given project as well as consult with other technical professionals and/or your supervisor on routine and moderately complex projects. Proficiency in basic computer software, with occasional overnight travel, is required.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the collection and analysis of social, economic, and environmental data for inclusion in technical reports evaluating project alternatives and assessing impacts of proposed actions.
  • Collecting and analyzing transportation data for corridor routing studies and long-term infrastructure planning.
  • Preparation of NEPA documentation including Categorical Exclusions (CEs), Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs).
  • Organizing and managing GIS databases.
  • Utilizing GIS data to evaluate project environmental constraints.
  • Participate and lead field data collection including delineation of aquatic features, habitat assessments, cultural resource surveys, functional assessments, mitigation monitoring and post-construction monitoring.
  • Participate in client development/client experience activities, professional organizations and continuing education seminars.
  • Follow safety rules, guidelines and standards for all aspects of work. Participate in pre-task planning. Report safety issues or concerns to management.
  • Be responsible for maintaining quality standards on all projects.
  • Participate with more senior scientists/engineers on large, complex projects.
  • Perform site visits, field observations and field data collection or assignments.
  • Implement technical requirements to complete client projects by directing and supervising field staff to sample, test and collect data and/or document site activities.
  • Develop written proposals to clients for both small and large projects including quality control review of proposals written by others.
  • Serve as a lead in meetings and communications with clients pertaining to specific projects/tasks.
  • Oversee work performed by lower level scientists, engineers and technicians.
  • Assist in the collection and analysis of data from sampling, reports, maps, drawings, tests and aerial photographs to evaluate, plan and permit projects. Typical projects may include permitting or agency coordination under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Rivers and Harbors Act, NEPA, Migratory Bird Treaty Act or Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
  • Identify and analyze threatened and endangered species habitat in the field.
  • Maintain relationships with various regulatory agencies (federal, state and local). Houston area experience is preferred.
  • Coordinate with accounting for financial management of business intelligence, invoicing and collections.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Wildlife & Fisheries Science, Natural Resource Management, Biology, Range Management, Geology, Geography, Planning or related science field.
  • Master’s degree or PhD preferred.
  • Certification in field of experience preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable violation history.
  • Minimum 9 years’ experience in the following:
    • Preparation of NEPA documentation
    • Wetland & Stream delineation / preliminary jurisdictional determinations
    • Section 404 permitting
    • GPS & GIS mapping
    • GIS database management
    • Wildlife surveys and habitat assessments
    • Vegetation identification

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