Scientists

 

(Posted 12-10-2016)

The position of Environmental Professional requires a formal educational background in the Environmental Sciences, Biology or related discipline and familiarity with ecological studies, endangered species, Clean Water Act compliance, and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The position requires a minimum of 5 years of applicable experience and/or recognizable technical expertise, in addition to a willingness and ability to quickly establish proficiency with internal RKE procedures and protocols for conducting field and reporting components of these projects.

In this capacity, the Environmental Professional's responsibilities encompass supporting a successful business practice in RABA KISTNER'S Environmental Planning and Permitting Program. In this role, the Environmental Professional shall be assigned project duties to include the performance of and reporting related to biological (flora/fauna) studies, waters of the United States evaluations and permit applications, environmental impact assessments (Categorical Exclusions, Environmental Assessments, and Environmental Impact Statements). The position will also involve proactive client-building and opportunity identification through networking, being active in local environmental associations, public speaking opportunities, and providing excellent customer service to internal/external clients and agencies. The Environmental Professional's will communicate and interact regularly with clients, agencies, landowners, and RKE staff to ensure successful project completion.

 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

(1)                 Conducting flora and fauna field investigations to support impact/effect calls related to protected species.

(2)                 Conducting Clean Water Act Section 404 (surface water and wetland) investigations in support of transportation, energy, water, and other infrastructure projects.

(3)                 Prepare ecological and water resource technical reports based on desktop and field assessments.

(4)                 Prepare environmental review documents complying with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for various infrastructure types, project sponsors, and lead                         agencies.

(5)                 Identify potential subcontractors, where needed, and oversee their work.

(6)                 Lead field crews conducting ecological studies.

(7)                 Assist with cost proposal development.

(8)                 Adhere to project scopes and identify potential business opportunities.

(9)                 Understand, adhere and participate in the Raba Kistner Health and Safety and BBS Programs and set a good safety example.

(10)             Other duties as assigned by direct report.

QUALIFICATIONS:

(1)                 A 4-year degree in Biology, Wildlife Ecology, Environmental Science, or a closely related field (Master’s degree is preferred).

(2)                 Valid driver’s license within the applicable jurisdiction and meet firm’s auto insurability requirements.

(3)                 Successful completion of a formal wetland delineation training course.

(4)                 Familiarity with field application of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 1987 Wetland Delineation Manual and Regional Supplements (Great Plains, Atlantic and Gulf                         Coast Plain, and Arid West regions).

(5)                 5 years of experience conducting ecological studies and preparing environmental documents in support of NEPA compliance in the transportation, energy, water,                           and other sectors.

(6)                 5 years of experience conducting rare/protected species habitat evaluations and making impact/effect calls.

(7)                 5 years of experience in field plant identification (general upland plants and wetland)

(8)                 Working knowledge of Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, E.O. 12898 (Environmental Justice), and others.

(9)                 Experience preparing waters of the U.S. Delineation reports and Department of the Army Permit Applications for impacts to surface waters (including wetlands) subject to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

(1)   One or more of the following Individual TxDOT pre-certification work categories: 2.14.1 (Environmental Documentation), 2.3.1 (Wetland Delineation), 2.4.1 (Nationwide Permit), 2.4.2 (Individual Permit), 2.4.3 (US Coast Guard & ACOE Permits), 2.6.1 (Protected Species Determination - Habitat), 2.6.2 (Impact Evaluation Assessment), 2.6.3 (Biological Surveys).

(2) Experience preparing one or more of the following documents: Categorical Exclusions (CE), Environmental Assessments (EA), Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) filings, HUD Environmental Review Records, TWDB Environmental Data Forms, TWDB Environmental Information Documents (EID), Presidential Permit Applications, and others.

(3) Experience conducting plant surveys in support of transportation and other infrastructure projects.

(4) Experience conducting migratory bird nest surveys and preparing reports of findings.

REQUIRED SKILLS:

 (1) The ability to use a hand-held GPS unit for navigation and waypoint collection.

 (2) Ability to use or learn to use survey-grade GPS system for recording environmental features in the field.

 (3) Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Earth, and other software.

 (4) Familiarity with and direct involvement complying with environmental review procedures for the following agencies: TxDOT, FHWA, HUD, FEMA, TWDB, USDCA,                           DOE, and others.

 (5)  Familiarity with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit program and direct experience with the Galveston District staff and procedures, including working knowledge                         of the agency’s Stream Conditional Assessment Procedures.

 PREFERRED COMPETENCIES:

 (1)                 Have strong communication skills.

(2)                 Work well as a team or individually, as project circumstances require.

(3)                 Demonstrate proven leadership ability in his/her current or prior education or employment.

(4)                 Be willing to learn more than the minimum necessary to complete the job.

 WORKING CONDITIONS:

(1)                 Present a professional appearance to best represent the firm.

(2)                 Wear personal protective equipment.

(3)                 Comply with all attendance requirements as noted in most current edition of Corporate Policy Manual.

(4)                 Works outside and is subject to weather conditions.

(5)                 Will require periodic travel out of town to other offices, client offices, and project locations, including overnight stays, as needed.

 Apply:  www.rkci.com

 HR Contact:  Mary Clark 210-694-3625

 Must pass a drug test prior to employment and will be subject to post-accident, random, and reasonable cause testing during employment.

 Raba Kistner supports a diverse workforce and is an Equal Opportunity Employer who does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or other classification protected by law. Drug Free  Workplace.  Females and minorities are encouraged to apply.