About the opportunity
SWCA Environmental Consultants has an immediate need for an Endangered Species Specialist/Assistant Project Manager to report to our Houston office. This position will assist with project management and will conduct surveys for wildlife including bats. Surveys may include acoustic studies, mist-netting and Radio Telemetry studies, and mortality monitoring for a variety of projects in the central and eastern U.S. Extensive travel and nighttime work may be required. Lodging and travel expenses will be covered during extended out-of-town field work.
What you will accomplish
- Manage projects and milestones within schedule and budget expectations
- Manage the financial performance of individual projects and effectively coordinate with clients and agencies
- Manage client relationships and conduct business development with new and existing clients
- Supervise, mentor and instruct technical staff and field personnel
- Prepare protocols and supervise surveys for sensitive habitats and species, including general surveys and report writing, focused or protocol-level surveys, and pre-construction surveys
- Prepare reports related to Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, technical documents, proposals, and other written deliverables related to various permitting and compliance projects
- Prepare permit applications and work with agencies during the permitting process
- QA/QC oversight of field data and reports
- Take initiative, resolve problems, and create improved procedures to assure tasks are completed in the most effective manner
- Assist other SWCA offices with their business development goals and objectives, and help ensure the financial success of the natural resources program as a whole
- Maintain a collaborative work environment and positive morale between SWCA staff, subcontractors, and clients
- Conduct surveys and collection of field data concerning bats and other species
- Record data on field site forms or other forms
- Use topographic maps, aerial photographs, GPS units, and other maps and tools to determine exact locations of project areas, habitat types, and associated landforms
- Photograph appropriate habitat, species, and landforms
- Conduct habitat assessments and site characterization studies
Experience and qualifications for success
- Minimum of B.A. or B.S. in Biology, Ecology, Natural Resource Management, or a related field Project or client management experience is preferred
- Previous experience with bat survey techniques required
- Must have demonstrated field experience with bat species of the eastern and central U.S.
- Previous experience with Indiana bats required; experience with other endangered species is a plus
- Candidates who currently hold, or have recently held, a Federal Fish and Wildlife Section 10(a)(1)(A) permit for listed bat species (e.g., Indiana bat, gray bat, big-eared bats, etc.) highly preferred
- Must have current rabies vaccination, or be willing to receive pre-exposure rabies vaccinations
- Must have superb observation skills and the ability to record accurate field notes
- Must have ability to conduct fieldwork for long hours in inclement weather conditions; ability to walk up to 10 miles per day, often in rugged terrain; and ability to work at night.
- Persons in this position may have to carry equipment and/or supplies, weighing up to 40 pounds.
SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms.
SWCA is committed to salary equity and salary transparency for all its employees. In alignment with this commitment, SWCA posts good faith pay ranges in all its advertised job postings to promote pay equity and transparency.
An employee in this Houston_, TX-based_ position can expect an hourly pay rate of $28.99 - $36.75/hour_. Actual pay within this range may depend on experience, qualifications, geographic location, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law. Regular-status employees are also eligible for performance bonuses. Candidates are also encouraged to consider SWCA’s Total Rewards package, which includes a competitive_ Benefits package, forward-thinking workplace flexibility, outstanding corporate culture, award-winning career development, and more.
EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply
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