Environmental Scientist

  • Unique Places, LLC
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Apr 10, 2019
Full time Conservation/ Natural Resources

Job Description

Environmental Science 

Serves as lead environmental scientist on a wide variety of stream and wetland projects as directed by Land & Resource Associate and CEO. The candidate should have a firm understanding of wetland regulations and have experience managing and performing large-scale wetland delineations and other natural resource services. Applicant is expected to successfully coordinate and complete work to company expectations. Types of work may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Lead or manage mitigation bank and restoration project development including proposals, prospectus, permitting, and design. 
  • Complete stream, wetland, soil, and natural community assessments. 
  • Perform wetland delineations and stream determinations. 
  • Complete Section 404/401 permitting for various types of projects. 
  • Monitor stream and wetland mitigation sites. 
  • Manage a diverse portfolio of natural resource projects. 
  • Construction management of mitigation sites. 
  • Threatened and Endangered species investigations. 
  • Write and review technical reports and proposals. 
  • Analyze and manipulate GIS data. 
  • Perform site visits. 
  • Landowner communication and coordination. 

Business Development and Client Cultivation 

  • Work with UP team to develop strategies and activities related to increasing and diversifying client base. 
  • Attend meetings, workshops and networking events in an effort to cultivate new clients. 
  • Lead and assist with proposal development for various projects. 
  • Assist with contract development for various projects/clients. 

Administrative Tasks 

  • Track potential clients and other business development efforts. 
  • Keep and maintain basic financial information related to activities as necessary. 
  • Keep and maintain a descriptive timesheet including hours and activities/tasks. 
  • Ensure all professional licensures are kept current. 
  • Maintain all project related, business development and other files in an organized fashion that comply with UP recordkeeping standards. 

Requirements for the Position: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering, or relevant scientific discipline. 
  • At least three years of directly applicable wetland experience. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in wetland and stream delineations, preferably within North Carolina. 
  • Thorough knowledge of wetland permitting as pertains to NCDEQ and USACE. 
  • Ability and willingness to interact with, and present technical data regarding mitigation to landowners of potential mitigation sites. 
  • Proficiency in Excel, MS Word, GIS and GPS applications. 
  • Willingness to utilize select computer software programs to track projects, clients and other business-related activities. 
  • Ability and willingness to work a minimum of 40 hours per week and be available on occasional evenings and weekends. 
  • Ability to traverse difficult terrain for long periods of time 
  • Ability to work in conditions that may include high heat indices, flowing water, saturated soils and interaction with wildlife. 
    • Ability to travel (stay overnight), commonly on short notice, for potentially several days at a time. • Must possess excellent written, verbal, networking, research and other communication skills. 
    • Must be a self-starter, independent and organized. 
    • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment to meet established goals and deadlines. 
    • Must be committed to UP’s business goals and strategies and be able to maintain strong, positive, collegial working relationships with outside professional advisors, consultants and potential clients. • UP does not provide office space or access to the internet. This is a remote position. Periodic in-person visits for meetings and status updates is required (Durham-Raleigh area). 
    • Must be willing to contribute to maintaining an ethical, smooth and efficient work environment. A sense of humor is appreciated, even if it is not that good. 
    • A valid NC Driver’s License. 


Preferred Requirements: 

  • Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences or a related discipline. 
  • Five plus years of experience in the natural resources field with an emphasis on wetland and stream delineations. 
  • Ability to perform protected species surveys for compliance with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. 
  • Natural Channel Design is a plus 
  • Certifications in NC Wetland Assessment Method (NCWAM), NC Stream Assessment Method (NCSAM), and/or NC Surface Water Identification Training (SWIT) a plus. 
  • Working knowledge of permitting and agency coordination under the Clean Water Act, (CWA), National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). 
    • Must be a Licensed Soil Scientist (LSS) and have either or both of the following licensures/designations: ▪ Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) 
    • Professional Wetland Delineator (PWD) 


Licensures for the Position: 

Must be a licensed Soil Scientist (LSS) and have either or both of the following licensures/designations:

  • Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS)
  • Professtional Wetland Delineator (PWD)

Other Terms and Benefits of the Position: 

  • Salary DOE 
  • Four weeks Paid Time Off (PTO), this includes vacation and sick leave. 
  • Nine (9) paid holidays per year 
  • Life insurance policy included 
  • 401K plan included after one year of employment 
  • Option to participate in the QSEHRA health cost reimbursement program 
  • Cellular phone stipend included 
  • Possibility of performance-based awards and bonuses 
  • Must provide own transportation. UP will reimburse at federal rate for all business-related travel. 

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