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Environmental Scientist

Chicago IL

Requisition ID: R-00630


Ecology and Environment, Inc., Member of WSP, is seeking an experienced Environmental Scientist in our Chicago, IL office. This position will be responsible for performing, leading and managing environmental field studies including wetland delineations, threatened and endangered plant surveys, and habitat assessments. Our successful candidate must have a strong understanding of the federal, state, and local permitting and environmental review processes for energy and a variety of environmental projects with demonstrated abilities at project management, project-related research, and technical writing.



Wetland field team lead and project management

Coordinate and lead field teams in performing biological surveys for wetlands and waterbodies following the USACE Wetland Delineation Manual and Regional Supplements

Manage environmental impact assessments and habitat mitigation tasks / projects

Ensure that project teams work together to achieve results; set performance targets for staff, provide inspiring leadership and direction, and actively identify and resolve issues

Understand and account for project contract requirements, assuring that commitments are met in accordance with deliverables, schedules, and with the appropriate level of quality

Prepare NEPA documents and obtain the necessary environmental and other required local, state, and federal permits including Clean Water Act 401/404 permits and jurisdictional determinations

Provide expertise on current regulatory and scientific standards

Lead federal and state agency coordination and negotiation

Understand and stay current with appropriate regulatory requirements and scientific standards

Provide advice and guidance to E & E staff on regulatory requirements and scientific standards

Business development including seeking out and identifying potential project opportunities and develop client relationships

Assist in preparing proposals, work plans and cost estimates



Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Biology or a related discipline

5+ years of wetland delineation/evaluation/classification experience; PWS certification and environmental consulting experience preferred

Experience in project management and performing, managing and leading field surveys, and teams

Experience delineating and permitting impacts to wetlands pursuant to federal, state, and local regulations

Demonstrated knowledge of the USACE Wetland Delineation Manual and Regional Supplements

Experience with plant and habitat surveys and /or vegetation characterizations; strong botanical skills preferred

Experience with tablet-based field data collection and Trimble hand-held GPS units

Knowledge of major federal statutes and implementing regulations (NEPA, CWA, CAA, etc.)

Excellent leadership and interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills with the ability to work independently and as part of a team

Experience developing client relationships and identifying business opportunities

Ability to travel to project site(s), walk for several miles, work in extreme temperatures, rough terrain and work independently in remote areas

A valid driver’s license


We are a global network of innovators and problem solvers, dedicated professionals and industry leaders in scientific, engineering, and planning disciplines working together with our clients to develop technically sound, science-based solutions to the leading environmental challenges of our time. E & E offers opportunities for growth in a team-oriented environment. Candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S.; Visa sponsorship will not be provided. Please view our website at www.ene.com to apply on-line. Local candidates preferred.

Posted June 19, 2020

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