Black & Veatch Natural Resources Biologist 3 in Orlando, Florida
Natural Resources Biologist 3
The Natural Resources Biologist position is an experienced-level role with our Environmental Services team for a qualified professional to be based in Florida with a desire to work in the field of environmental services for a global infrastructure consulting and engineering company.
Our Environmental Services team is a multidisciplinary team of ecologists, engineers, scientists, and attorneys working together to identify optimum environmental solutions for our clients. Black & Veatch has provided environmental consulting services in support of industrial projects for over 40 years including a diverse and growing mix of facilities such as power generation and transmission, oil & gas pipelines and ocean terminals, water and wastewater treatment facilities, and all forms of renewable energy including solar, wind, wave, geothermal, hydroelectric, and battery storage. As a full service environmental consulting practice, services include impact assessment and planning, permitting and regulatory compliance, wetland and floodplain analysis, waterbody and water quality assessment, air quality permitting and management, environmental noise assessment, pollution prevention planning, National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) documentation, and International Financing Act documentation. The Natural Resources Biologist position provides an exciting opportunity to join B&V’s Environmental Services team.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Our Natural Resources Biologists are heavily involved in supporting permitting associated with facility construction and operations. They operate both independently and as part of a team in providing critical support to our clients in interpreting and providing necessary information pursuant to project permits and other environmental-related clearances. They organize, plan, and conduct aquatic and terrestrial biological desktop and field studies such as protected species surveys, wetland surveys and delineations, habitat assessments, and fish population analyses. The Natural Resources Biologists prepare reports with all necessary supporting materials as well as author biological resource portions of environmental impact analyses (e.g., NEPA) and Environmental Resource Permit applications by analyzing biological data, describing existing environmental conditions and potential project impacts, and developing measures to mitigate impacts. They periodically consult with regulatory agencies including the US Army Corps of Engineers, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and regional water management districts to negotiate biological study plan requirements and negotiate permit and environmental mitigation conditions. They also supervise and review work performed by ecological subconsultants. Although the home office location would be in Florida, our clients and projects are located throughout the United States and across the globe so this position requires travel as needed to conduct field studies and meet with agencies and clients.
The Natural Resources Biologist is a member of a client-focused team that delivers solutions to meet each client’s needs. As a client-facing role, responsibilities include managing client meetings and reporting as well as maintaining and growing client relationships.
A minimum total of 3 years of related work experience is typically necessary to move into this level. Graduate work may count as related work experience if directly applicable to job function. All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.
Preferred Job Qualifications:
Positive, team-first attitude. Bachelor’s degree in engineering or sciences preferred or any other degree, specialized training, or experience that uniquely qualifies the individual to perform the job responsibilities. Professional written and verbal communication skills. Background in identifying and interpreting local, state and federal regulations regarding wetlands, water bodies, and protected species. Experience conducting biological and wetland studies, navigating environmental impact analyses, implementing permitting strategies, and coordinating with regulatory agencies. Basic knowledge of scientific principles with a proactive interest in continued learning. Ability to learn on the fly and use scientific judgment to innovatively solve complex and interesting problems. Desire to develop and execute industry leading solutions. Basic knowledge of power industry technology and trends.
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