Sr. Environmental Scientist
Sr. Environmental Scientist
Why join us?
We are hiring! Atkins is seeking an energetic, self-starting, and collaborative Environmental Scientist to join our EcoSciences team in Miami. This role will exercise technical expertise and provide project oversight for projects mostly focused in the southeast Florida area. This position will include guiding and/or supervising junior staff and manage environmental projects, performing natural resource surveys, collecting and analyzing data, preparing reports, preparing regulatory permit applications, and interacting with clients, subcontractors, members of the public, and regulatory agencies. You may also participate in business development and marketing efforts over time. Though this position is currently remote due to COVID, it will eventually be based out of our Miami Office and reports to the Project Manager.
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 has 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.
How will you contribute to the team?
- Under direction, provides the expertise of a seasoned scientist to all conventional aspects of functional area and applies advanced concepts and techniques to unconventional problems.
- May function as individual researcher or technical specialist. Carries out complex or novel assignments requiring the development of new or improved techniques and procedures.
- Under direction, applies technical expertise and project management experience to manage project teams on conventional and unconventional projects.
- Performs the basic project functions of production coordination, planning, organizing, directing, controlling, financial management and marketing assistance.
- Functions as a mentor to junior scientists to assist in their training and development. You may also participate in business development and marketing efforts over time.
- Prepares technical reports and permit applications in support of projects and provides peer reviews of reports prepared by others. Will be expected to contribute to the preparation of local, state, and federal environmental permits and compliance monitoring requirements.
- Oversees or conducts natural resource field investigations, including but not limited to identification of waters of the United States, including wetland delineations; threatened and endangered species coordination; habitat evaluations; mitigation monitoring; presence/absence surveys, specimen collection and handling; data entry, processing, and interpretation.
- Develops and evaluates plans and criteria in terms of quality assurance or environmental impact.
- Analyzes technical problems.
- Assembles technical data and writes reports and permit applications.
- Monitors, coordinates and/or provides direction on quality control efforts within area of responsibility.
- May fiscally and technically manage minor projects and direct field teams and junior staff.
- Prepares project work plan, scope, schedule and budget, and communicates these to project team members; monitors/manages project production for compliance with schedule, budget and quality objectives. Monitors reports and schedules to ensure appropriate charging of manhours, costs and expenses to projects, and to communicate project progress/status to senior management.
- Complexity - Work involves scientific evaluation and solution of considerably complex problems or scientific support to complex projects. Work also requires the use of advanced techniques and the modification and extension of theories, precepts and practices.
- Decision-making - Consistently exercises own judgment, with supervision and guidance relating largely to overall objectives, critical issues, new concepts and policy matters. Consults with supervisor and/or other authority in the field concerning unusual problems and developments.
- Performs such other duties as the supervisor may from time to time deem necessary.
What will you contribute?
- B.S./B.A. or M.S. in a field of natural resources science; M.S. or graduate level coursework preferred but not required. This level may be achieved by Scientists with minimum four years' experience since Bachelor's degree, or two years' experience with Master's degree; typical incumbent has four to six years' experience.
- Proven analytical skills, technical writing, computer and communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills; good public speaking ability; willingness to manage projects financially; knowledge of production support systems such as geographic information systems (GIS). The ideal candidate would have direct experience and knowledge in the ecosystems in the south Florida area (i.e., vegetation identification), seagrass and corals, and be willing to work independently and often remotely from the office. General knowledge of Florida seagrass communities and Caribbean basin coral is a plus.
- General Competencies - Client Service, Commitment, Communication, Innovation & Continuous Improvement, Professionalism, Quality, and Teamwork.
- Ability to process paper/electronic documents and utilize computer equipment; ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
- Job also requires ability to plan, prioritize and review technical studies and reports, evaluate alternatives, and devise appropriate solutions.
- Familiarity with local, state and federal regulatory agencies and permit preparations.
- Professional registrations – Professional Wetland Scientist or FWC gopher tortoise agent certification would be a plus, but not required.
- Ability to work under the pressure of multiple projects.
- Snorkeling skills and/or scuba certification is a plus.
- Position requires driving company vehicle; incumbent must have valid driver's license and a driving record that meets company policy.
- Demonstrated potential to conduct intensive, field-based activities as part of an interdisciplinary team, which may include multi-day travel, long field days, and challenging conditions (e.g., heat, insects, strenuous physical conditions).
What we offer at Atkins?
At Atkins, you will enjoy a robust rewards package which includes:
- Opportunity to work on various projects of various sizes.
- Competitive salary.
- Flexible work schedules.
- Paid Time Off (PTO).
- Group Insurance.
- Retirement Savings Plan with employer match.
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
- Learning and development programs, training, career opportunities and a highly regarded tuition reimbursement program.
If this sounds like you and you would like to expand your career with us, apply today!
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