About the Position
We are seeking Senior Scientist/Ecologist to join our growing Environmental Services team in Atlanta, GA. The ideal candidate possesses 5+ years of experience serving as an environmental consultant and/ or environmental regulatory agent, preferably with experience in renewable energy, oil & gas, GDOT, or federal projects. The successful candidate would lead environmental field studies (e.g. wetland delineations and functional assessments, threatened and endangered species surveys, NPDES inspections, Phase I/II ESAs, etc.) and document production (e.g. technical reports, NEPA documents, permit applications, etc.). The successful candidate would also interface with clients and support proposal development, as requested.
Pond is an award-winning, full-service environmental, architecture, engineering, planning, and construction firm providing professional solutions to clients throughout the U.S. and globally for over 54 years. Pond’s staff of 550+ professionals provides a deep bench of experience and the capabilities to offer customized solutions that help clients manage projects from concept to completion – and everything in between – with confidence and clarity. Pond is ranked as the 78th largest engineering and design firm by ENR, Atlanta’s #2 engineering firm by Atlanta Business Chronicle, and the 2019 Employer of the Year by Georgia ACEC.
About Our Team
Our team of environmental professionals includes biologists, ecologists, regulatory specialists, engineers, planners, GIS analysts, and community engagement specialists. Our environmental team is engaged in projects throughout the southeast, the nation, and the world. Our existing environmental client base includes transportation, oil and gas, renewables, government (local, state, and federal), Department of Defense, private development, and water resources and restoration. The successful candidate would be an integral part of our growing team and would engage across markets and geographies.
· Independently manages all aspects of multiple concurrent technical tasks across multiple projects to include technical approach/design and execution, as well as associated budgets, staffing, schedules, and client interactions.
· Leads field and office tasks (e.g., waters delineations, habitat assessments, protected species surveys, Phase 1/2 ESAs, ESPCP design & field inspections, etc.) and prepares associated work products (e.g., technical reports, figures, databases, permit applications, etc.), without supervision.
· Independently prepares complex documents (e.g., technical reports, figures, databases, permit applications, NEPA documents, agency coordination, etc.).
· Expertise in (and ability to accurately interpret) permit triggers, thresholds, and compliance requirements of various environmental regulations (e.g., Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Georgia Erosion and Sediment Control Act, NPDES, local land development codes, etc.).
· Maintains sufficient expertise with ArcGIS software and GPS units to efficiently create/collect, manage/process, and analyze data and create project related figures and maps.
· Works under the general supervision of senior staff but is able to independently complete all but the most complex tasks.
· Routinely manages junior staff in the completion of technical tasks by providing guidance on study design & methods, regulatory requirements, budgets, schedule, etc., and serves as Quality Assurance technical reviewer for work products (e.g., technical reports, figures, databases, permit applications, etc.) developed by junior staff.
· Routinely interacts with clients, senior company leaders, and regulating agencies and is able to effectively and clearly represent corporate interests and communicate environmental challenges, implications, and solutions.
Independently develops proposal, scope of work, and fee estimate documentation for moderate complexity environmental tasks and projects. Supports senior staff with development of similar for complex projects.
Knowledge and Experience:
· Project/Task management
· Lead and oversee jurisdictional wetland/ water delineations
· Lead and oversee protected species habitat assessments and surveys
· Lead and oversee federal/ state/ local permitting & mitigation support
· Manage schedules and environmental special studies
· Coordination with interdisciplinary teams of designers and environmental SMEs for various infrastructure projects
· Ideal candidates would show specific experience with GDOT, Energy, Renewables, or Federal projects
· BS in relevant environmental discipline
· Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience with demonstrated experience leading ecology field tasks (e.g., water/wetland delineations, protected species surveys, erosion compliance inspections, etc.) and preparing associated technical documentation
· Must have a working knowledge of wetland science, flora/fauna and ecosystems of the Southeastern US
· Physically able to travel and conduct field work on various project sites with challenging field conditions such as steep terrain, thick vegetation, and inclement weather
· Excellent technical writing and communication skills with ability to deliver complete and clean documents
· Willingness to travel as projects require to include occasional overnight travel
· Relevant certifications such as Professional Wetland Scientist, Professional Wildlife Biologist, or Certified Ecologist would be viewed favorably