Ecologist - Wetlands/ Natural Resources

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin   •  

South Burlington, VT

Industry: Professional, Scientific & Technical Services


5 - 7 years

Posted 117 days ago

This job is no longer available.


  • Project and task management
  • Technical and scientific reporting
  • Regulatory product development
  • Staff mentoring
  • Work scope development
  • Client and regulator coordination
  • Preparation of various federal and Vermont environmental permit applications, including natural resource assessments for projects under federal requirements (NEPA, CWA, etc.) and Vermont Act 250/Section 248 review
  • Field task management/coordination
  • Field work, which will include federal/state wetland and waters delineations, wetland function and value assessments, stream assessments, natural community inventory/mapping, floristic surveys, wildlife habitat assessments, ecological monitoring, and GPS data collection tasks 

Skills and Abilities 

  • Field application of wetland delineation methods, including: federal wetland delineation parameters and jurisdictional determination guidelines, various wetland function and value assessment methods
  • Natural community and wildlife habitat assessments, vernal pool identification, stream habitat and flow assessment, floristic inventory, and RTE plant surveys
  • Familiarity with federal/state environmental impact permit application development and coordination
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and collaboratively in a team-focused group
  • Excellent verbal, technical writing, and interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic about natural ecology with a demonstrated ability to grow professionally
  • This position may involve working in remote field locations, temporary assignments in other regions where VHB operates, and may include extended hours and/or weekend/overnight travel shifts and will require the ability to navigate and physically work in challenging mountainous terrain and weather conditions
  • Strong communication skills between team members, clients, and state/federal officials 


  • BS in Environmental Science, Natural Resources, Ecology, Wetland Science, or related field
  • 5+ years of experience as a professional consultant or federal/state environmental program regulator, including 3 years as a practicing wetland scientist/field ecologist in New England, with Vermont experiencepreferred
  • Demonstrated experience in the independent conduct of wetland delineations, surveys of New England regional vascular flora, and regulatory permit application development  
  • Experience with ArcGIS, ArcPAD, GPS/other mobile data collection, and the suite of Microsoft Office platforms
  • PWS, CE, CWB, and/or certified/professional wetland delineator certifications preferred, or demonstrated track to certification