Environmental Scientist

  • Environmental Science Associates (ESA)
  • Tampa, FL, USA
  • Aug 26, 2021
Full time Biology - Ecology Environmental Science - Engineering Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

Who We Are 

ESA is a 100% employee-owned environmental consulting firm delivering work that matters. 

We plan, design, permit, mitigate, and restore—for projects across our communities, infrastructure systems, open spaces, and wildlands.  

Our scientists, planners, historians, archaeologists, engineers, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking, in-depth analyses, and committed follow-through to guide successful policy development and project planning and deliver enduring multi-objective solutions. 

At ESA, we believe every employee has a unique combination of knowledge, skills, and experience that contributes to our success. 

We value diversity and inclusion and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique. Our culture is built on mutual respect, recognizing that the collective sum of our individual differences and life experiences fosters our continued success and achievement for our employee-owners and our clients. 

Who You Are 

You hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biology or a related environmental or ecological field and are a mid-to senior-level Environmental Scientist with a minimum of 8–10 years of professional experience. This includes project management, proposal development, biological resource surveys and monitoring and report compilation. Experience leading wetland delineations, wildlife surveys, and permitting efforts within Florida is also required. 

You have served as the primary author on a variety of environmental documents such as biological assessments, evaluations, and reports, and sections of NEPA documents, utilizing your excellent writing and editing skills. 

You are known for preparing documents that are clear, concise, well-written and supported and for your ability to present information understandably and speak persuasively about complex topics to clients, agency staff, teaming partners, other project stakeholders and the general public. 

You are an effective team member and communicator who contributes constructively and cooperatively to solve project or team issues. 

You work collaboratively with clients and interdisciplinary teams to deliver your projects on time and within budget and have developed and tracked scope, schedules, and budgets. 

You enjoy field work and are able to walk long distances carrying a backpack, safely operate, load and transport equipment and gear, and cross fences, creeks and other obstacles.     

What You Will Do for ESA 

Using judgment and critical thinking to select, you will apply and adapt standard techniques, methods and procedures for a wide range of lower to moderately complex biological studies. You will serve as a technical specialist, peer review the work of others and provide supervision to more junior team members.  Detailed responsibilities may include: 

  • Performing and sometimes leading biological field studies such as native flora and fauna surveys including rare plant surveys, protected species surveys and relocations, vegetation classification and habitat mapping, and wetland delineations.
  • Designs larger mitigation and habitat restoration sites, including final construction plans, specifications, and monitoring plans.
  • Serving as a primary author of environmental documents potentially including technical memoranda, biological assessments/evaluations, scientific discipline reports, sections of NEPA documents, and resource-related permit applications.
  • Serving as Deputy Project Manager or Project Manager. Overseeing the completion of specific project tasks including coordinating the project delivery schedule, handling project logistics, disseminating and maintaining project related information, serving as the point person for team member or client questions and delivering project assignments on time and within budget.
  • Developing proposals including writing, fee estimation, and presentations to the client.
  • Participating in technical presentations to clients and team members, or at conferences.  

What ESA Will Do for You 

Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of environmental professionals who contribute to outstanding projects, improve environmental stewardship, and advance a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and wild places. 

At ESA, we spend our days helping to keep the environment in balance, and we want to help keep your life in balance too—by providing benefits such as medical, dental, and vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), a 401(k) plan with company match, an employee stock ownership program, and paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays, to name a few. 

No matter what stage you are at in your career, we provide opportunities for continued growth, development, and recognition. Whether you want to further your technical expertise, sharpen your business acumen, or help lead the next generation of employee-owners, we want to support you in reaching your career goals, and we believe these efforts will not only benefit you, but will also benefit all ESA colleagues and clients. Specific programs we offer include tuition reimbursement, professional development bonuses, and attendance at conferences. 

What’s Special About the Transportation Team in Florida 

Our Transportation Team includes biologists, environmental scientists, water quality specialists, air quality & acoustic analysts, landscape managers and GIS professionals that provide expertise for many clients throughout Florida. Our work matters because it helps communities shape a positive future for their citizens. We value creative thinking, teamwork, and cross-disciplinary engagement; although part of the transportation team, this position will be involved in a wide variety of projects in Florida. 

We encourage you to read about some of the exciting projects we have recently completed.  

ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. (EOE M/V/F/D)

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