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Ecologist - Wetlands/Natural Resources

South Burlington VT

VHB, a nationally recognized leader in design, is seeking an Ecologist to join our growing South Burlington, VT office. Our diverse and challenging professional portfolio includes projects for utilities, renewable energy development, ski resorts, transportation infrastructure, municipalities, and real estate development.

VHB’s passionate professionals include engineers, scientists, planners, and designers who partner with public and private clients in the transportation, real estate, institutional, and energy industries, as well as federal, state, and local governments.

Together, we work to improve mobility, enhance communities and economic vitality, and balance development and infrastructure needs with environmental stewardship.



Project and task management

Technical and scientific reporting

Regulatory product development

Staff mentoring

Work scope development

Client and regulator coordination

Preparation of various federal and Vermont environmental permit applications, including natural resource assessments for projects under federal requirements (NEPA, CWA, etc.) and Vermont Act 250/Section 248 review

Field task management/coordination

Field work, which will include federal/state wetland and waters delineations, wetland function and value assessments, stream assessments, natural community inventory/mapping, floristic surveys, wildlife habitat assessments, ecological monitoring, and GPS data collection tasks


Skills and Abilities

Field application of wetland delineation methods, including: federal wetland delineation parameters and jurisdictional determination guidelines, various wetland function and value assessment methods

Natural community and wildlife habitat assessments, vernal pool identification, stream habitat and flow assessment, floristic inventory, and RTE plant surveys

Familiarity with federal/state environmental impact permit application development and coordination

Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and collaboratively in a team-focused group

Excellent verbal, technical writing, and interpersonal skills

Self-motivated and enthusiastic about natural ecology with a demonstrated ability to grow professionally

This position may involve working in remote field locations, temporary assignments in other regions where VHB operates, and may include extended hours and/or weekend/overnight travel shifts and will require the ability to navigate and physically work in challenging mountainous terrain and weather conditions

Strong communication skills between team members, clients, and state/federal officials



BS in Environmental Science, Natural Resources, Ecology, Wetland Science, or related field

5+ years of experience as a professional consultant or federal/state environmental program regulator, including 3 years as a practicing wetland scientist/field ecologist in New England, with Vermont experience preferred

Demonstrated experience in the independent conduct of wetland delineations, surveys of New England regional vascular flora, and regulatory permit application development

Experience with ArcGIS, ArcPAD, GPS/other mobile data collection, and the suite of Microsoft Office platforms

PWS, CE, CWB, and/or certified/professional wetland delineator certifications preferred, or demonstrated track to certification


Please submit applications online.

Posted October 3, 2018

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