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Senior Ecologist

  1. Atlanta
  1. Transportation

Senior Ecologist

Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. Atkins has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.

Atkins was ranked as the world’s 3rd largest global design firm by ENR in 2018 with nearly 55,000 employees worldwide. We have the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

Atkins  seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our Atlanta, Georgia Southeast Ecology group as a Senior Ecologist

The selected candidate for this position will apply their ecological and environmental knowledge and experience toward the assessment of project sites, along with preparation of reports and regulatory applications. This position will support projects and manage tasks in the field and in the office, performing and leading natural resource surveys collecting and analyzing data, preparing and reviewing reports, and interacting with clients, subcontractors, and regulatory agencies.

  • Lead and conduct natural resource field investigations, including but not limited to: identification and delineation of waters of the United States and wetlands; functional assessments; habitat assessments; and protected species presence/absence surveys.
  • Plan field work and serve as safety lead while in the field, including the preparation of safety documents and adherence to company safety protocols and procedures.
  • Utilize GPS equipment, post-process data, and utilize GIS to analyze data and produce figures for reports.
  • Performs work which involves conventional methods and requires the use of analysis, interpretation, and deductive reasoning to achieve and meet project expectations.
  • Coordinate with design professionals and overall project team for accurate depiction of natural resources on construction plans and to identify opportunities for avoiding and minimizing potential impacts.
  • Prepare technical reports and provide quality reviews of reports prepared by others.
  • Prepare special provisions and permit applications for various regulatory agencies, including the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD).

  • B.A./B.S. or M.S. in a field of Science to commensurate with hiring discipline. This level may be achieved by Scientists with minimum five years experience since Bachelor's degree or four years experience with Master's degree; typical incumbent has six to seven years' experience.
  • A minimum of five years of experience is desired, and 1 or more years of GDOT related experience is highly desired. 
  • A minimum of 2 years of field lead experience is preferred.
  • None required; however, ability to pursue professional certification/registration is preferred.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail, self-motivating, technical writing, computer and communication skills including public speaking.
  • Proficiency with the MS Office suite of software, ArcGIS, Trimble GPS, and Pathfinder
  • Office/TerraSync. 
  • The ideal candidate would have experience in the following: Piedmont and/or coastal plain.
  • ecology; identification of waters of the United States (including wetlands); Section 404/401 permitting; wildlife and/or botany surveys; wetland and stream condition assessment and mitigation; GIS skills; and GPS equipment proficiency. 
  • The successful applicant must have a general understanding of the following industries: infrastructure, transportation (GDOT), state and local governments, water quality, and/or regulatory/compliance.
  • Experience with review and interpretation of construction plans is preferred.
  • Prior GDOT experience and prequalification training is highly desired. 
  • USFWS scientific permits or ability to obtain permits would be a plus.
  • Routine travel for field work is a requirement of the position. 
  • The candidate must be confident working in harsh and inhospitable outdoor climates in the southeast US during all times of the year.
  • The role requires a keen awareness to safety protocols in the field and in the office. 
  • The candidate must have a valid driver’s license. 
  • The role will require operating a company truck or rental vehicle for field work.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.


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