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Jacobs Senior Wetland Biologist & Permitting Specialist in Portland, Oregon

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Your Impact:

Jacobs’ Bellevue office is seeking a senior-level Wetland Biologist & Permitting Specialist who can provide leadership and support for public and private sector infrastructure projects throughout WA and OR.

At Jacobs, we see our job as more than environmental consulting – we are helping our clients secure our world’s natural resources. We want you to bring your passion and expertise to our dynamic interdisciplinary team of biologists, environmental planners, cultural resources experts, geomorphologists, stream restoration engineers, and beyond. Together, our team helps deliver some of the most exciting and transformative infrastructure projects in the region, from fish passages to wetland and stream mitigation, to sustainability initiatives and more.

This is your opportunity to act as a technical support resource specialist in the field of wetland ecology, mitigation, biology, regulatory compliance, NEPA documentation, and other federal, state, and local permitting. Work will include managing complex projects across the PNW, leading teams of specialists, and performing both office and field work. Duties will include project/task management, field work, interagency/interdisciplinary coordination, business development, and opportunities to build a team and mentor staff. You’ll also have the flexibility afforded to all Jacobs employees to continue growing your career in the direction you choose, even as you deliver critical project work.

Key responsibilities of this position include:

• Collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams of engineers, scientists, planners, and other professionals to assemble regulatory compliant environmental plans, reports, and permits. This includes permitting at the local, state (i.e., JARPA, Oregon Removal/Fill Joint Application, and mitigation plans), and federal (i.e., Clean Water Act Sections 10, 404, and 401, and Coastal Use Permits) level.

• Leading fieldwork efforts (aquatic resource, habitat, and vegetation surveys) in WA and OR (and potentially ID and MT) following state and federal protocols.

• Assisting with preparation of environmental documents for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) including environmental resource reports, Environmental Assessments (EA) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS).

• Supporting proposal preparation, client maintenance, and business development activities.

• Preparing scopes of work and estimating level of effort for task completion.

• Acting as a biology or permitting task lead on projects.

• Maintaining excellent communication with clients, regulatory agencies and local government officials, employees, subcontractors.

• Providing management support and fostering the career growth of junior-level environmental staff.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • BS or MS in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science or related scientific discipline or technical field.

  • 10+ years of environmental consulting or agency experience emphasizing aquatic resource delineation and permitting experience.

  • Knowledge of state (WA and OR) and federal permitting programs such as the Clean Water Act and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) 404/401 wetland permitting process.

  • Ability to lead aquatic resource surveys, requiring strong knowledge of PNW vegetation, soils, wetland community types, and stream characteristics. Experience utilizing handheld GPS equipment and software is highly desired.

  • Experience preparing for and participating in meetings with stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated experience working successfully in a team environment, interest in mentoring junior staff and team building.

  • Ability to succeed in a consulting environment, handling multiple project assignments, meeting strict deadlines, and traveling to client facilities as needed.

Ideally, You'll Also Have:

  • Ability to work outdoors in adverse conditions across the western states; must be available for occasional travel.

  • WSDOT Biological Senior Author Certification

  • Certification as a Professional Wetland Scientist from the Society of Wetland Scientists

  • Project management experience

  • Demonstrated stakeholder (i.e., client, regulatory official, community, and subcontractor) relationship skills

  • Ability to travel as needed for project assignments and pursuits

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