WETLAND SCIENTIST (Mid-Senior Level) – Seattle Location
You are a qualified and self-motivated talented scientist that desires to collaborate with a team of like-minded and hard-working scientists and planners. You have several years of experience with dozens of critical area delineations (wetlands, streams, shorelines). You can demonstrate your excellent written communication through providing a well-prepared cover letter revealing the reasons for applying for this position. Your information is well-organized, with a professional display, and shows your proven diligent work history.
This position is a combination of field work and in-office responsibilities covering the greater Puget Sound area. Candidates must be able to provide project experience and examples of scientific writing performed.
- Knowledgeably conduct wetland delineations, ordinary high water (OHW) delineations, monitoring studies, and wetland, shoreline, and fish and wildlife habitat assessments in accordance with current protocols (i.e. soil, hydrology, vegetation inventory, and plant identifications)
- Experience in accurately completing field reconnaissance and investigations/assessments, including data element collection, photo documentation, and determination with understanding of the project goal and technical expertise
- Assess and categorize wetland functions using both the 2004 and 2014 Washington State Wetland Rating Systems
- Classify wetlands with the hydrogeomorphic and Cowardin classification systems
- Show forethought in mobilization efforts for site visits and site meetings indicating team-work and regulatory relationship respect
- Review background information for projects with critical thinking and understanding of the bigger picture (i.e. Topo maps, Google Earth maps; National Wetland Inventory maps; Salmonscape maps: etc.)
- Prepare maps using GIS and related technology showing experience and skills using technology
- Prove orientation skills when on large job sites showing skills and ability to complete work based on measurements and cardinal direction
- Draft wetland assessment reporting and other reporting elements showing excellent scientific writing and consistency
- Researching code and background information and sharing findings demonstrating analysis abilities
- Maintain collaborative and positive relationships
- Ability to work independently
Skills and Experience:
- Minimum BS degree in Wetland Science, Plant/Soil Science, and/or related scientific disciplines
- Minimum of 3 years of experience in wetland delineations and related fish and wildlife habitat assessments
- Prior consulting employment experience preferred
- PWS certification optional and preferred
- Valid WA State Driver’s License
- Insured and dependable personal transportation for a variety of road surfaces and with field supply storage
- Ability to navigate through rough terrain and dense vegetation
- Demonstrated experience performing routine and atypical wetland delineations using the USACE Manual and Regional Supplement(s) and identifying wetlands
- Experience with appropriate supplementary wetland training, ordinary high-water determinations, biological assessments, regional assessment methods
- Possess ability to organize multi-project information and responsibilities
- Identification knowledge of Washington plant species
- Experience making hydric soil determinations
- Competency with Microsoft Office software is required including document preparation
- Proficiency using GIS and GPS preferred
- Required to keep a professional manner in all aspects and with all clients, regulatory personnel, and other professionals
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Aptitude to perform with fast paced demands and high challenges
- Additional skills and experience that are useful but not required are: site planning, SEPA/NEPA process and policy, ESA assessments and policy, SMA and GMA policy, freshwater and/or marine ecology, wetland and stream restoration as well as mitigation design, groundwater monitoring, in-water permitting, diving and benthic surveys, etc.
About Soundview Consultants (SVC):
SVC is a well-respected environmental consulting firm focused primarily on natural resources assessments, environmental planning and permitting, and compliance services for projects with an aquatic regulatory nexus. SVC specializes in both marine and land use issues; site planning and project design; project coordination; permitting and management; marine, wetland, and stream ecology; habitat restoration; wetland, stream, and eelgrass delineations and assessments; benthic surveys; underwater and terrestrial monitoring programs as well as mitigation planning.
Our scientists work with many of the PNW’s leading companies, public entities, and regulatory agencies with a notably high level of success in achieving client goals and project entitlements. SVC has achieved this success while maintaining an exciting and positive workplace environment in a unique and historic waterfront setting in Gig Harbor, Washington.
Our Benefits Package and What we Offer:
- Health Insurance;
- Dental Insurance;
- Vision Insurance;
- Group Life Insurance;
- Long-Term Disability;
- Workers’ Compensation;
- Simple IRA with annual Company match up to 3%;
- PTO (Paid Time Off);
- Eight paid company holidays;
- EAP (Employee Assistance Program);
- ERP (Employee Referral Program), and
- Career Development Courses.
Soundview Consultants is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.