Senior Staff Scientist (NEPA/Natural Resource Project Manager)

Terracon   •  

Dallas, TX

Industry: Professional, Scientific & Technical Services


5 - 7 years

Posted 241 days ago

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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 remediation 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.
Essential Role 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 GISdatabases
  • Utilizing GIS data to evaluate project environmental constraints
  • Participate in field data collection including, but not limited to, delineation of aquatic features, habitat assessments, cultural resource surveys, functional assessments, mitigation monitoring, post-construction monitoring, etc.
  • Participate in client development activities, professional organizations, and continuing education seminars
  • Follow safety rules, guidelines and standards for all projects.  Participate in pre-task planning.  Report any safety issues or concerns to management.
  • Be responsible for maintaining quality standards on all projects.
  • Mid-level, experienced scientific professional responsible for conducting site testing and making recommendations for systems design on medium sized projects with a variety of complexity. 
  • Participates with more senior scientists/engineers on large, more complex projects.
  • Performs site visits, field observations and field data collection or assignments.
  • Implements technical requirements to complete client projects by directing and supervising field staff to sample, test and collect data and/or document site activities.
  • Responsible for developing written proposals to clients for both small and large projects including quality control review of proposals written by others.
  • Evaluates complex laboratory and field data and assembles in written reports.
  • May serve as team member or lead in meetings and communications with client pertaining to specific projects/tasks.
  • May oversee work performed by lower level scientists/engineers and Technicians.Developing level scientific professional responsible for conducting analyses of component portions of projects (e.g.  collection of field data using GPS, preparation of exhibits in ArcGIS, soil sampling, vegetation sampling, etc.). Assignments are designed to develop knowledge and abilities
  • 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, National Environmental Policy Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, or Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, and data collection/analyses will be centered around resources related to these Acts (i.e. wetlands and streams, wildlife, cultural resources, socio-economic environment, etc.).
  • Outlines requiredinvestigative program(s) by selecting the proper alternative techniques to conduct site studies in field of expertise


  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Wildlife & Fisheries Science, Natural Resource Management, Biology, Range Management, Geology, Geography, Planning, Public Policy, or related science field and a minimum of 5 years’ related experience. 
  • Master’s degreepreferred.
  • Certification in field of expertise required.
  • Valid driver’s license with acceptable violation history.
  • Minimum five-yearsexperiencein the following:
      • Preparation of NEPA documentation
      • Wetland & stream delineation/preliminary jurisdictional determinations
      • Section 404 permitting
      • GPS Mapping
      • GIS Mapping
      • GIS Database Management
      • Wildlife surveys and habitat assessments
      • Vegetation identification