Natural Resources Project Manager / Wetland Scientist

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US-CA-Pasadena | US-CA-San Diego
Natural Resources/Biology/Ecology
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About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking a Senior Wetland Scientist with experience in permitting, natural resource management, biological studies, and mentoring for our southern California Natural Resources Program.


The ideal candidate will be interested in developing a long-term consulting career that combines high-level technical expertise with commercial acumen and leadership. Responsibilities may include leading a wetland and waters team, leading delineation fieldwork, preparing jurisdictional delineation reports, preparing wetland/waters permits, leading natural resource technical assessment efforts, reviewing technical reports and wetland/waters permit applications, consulting with regulatory agencies, and project management.


The Senior Wetland Scientist has the option to participate in SWCA’s Scientific Leadership Program, which allows top subject experts to be recognized and rewarded for distinguished productivity and intellectual acumen, to make regular contributions to corporate strategies, and provide input to all levels of the company.


Our Natural Resources program works on diverse natural resources related projects across many business lines, including renewable energies, utilities, infrastructure, transportation, habitat restoration, and mitigation banking. In addition, the Pasadena office offers a unique work environment and specializes in natural resources, cultural resources, and permitting.


This is a regular, full-time, salaried position. Pay rate will be based on individual qualifications and experience. SWCA offers a team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, and a competitive benefits package, including an employee stock ownership retirement plan (ESOP).





What you will accomplish

  • Lead and mentor wetland team
  • Provide quality assurance of our wetland and natural resource studies
  • Conduct all aspects of wetland projects including: wetland and waters jurisdictional determination, delineation, permitting, mitigation planning and design, and monitoring
  • Prepare and review technical documents, including wetland and waters delineation reports; complete wetland resource area delineations and functional assessments
  • Prepare and review permit applications for wetlands and waters impacts in accordance with State, local, and Federal guidelines
  • Prepare project budgets and managing projects
  • Supervise, mentor, and provide project technical support to field personnel
  • Collect field data and write reports for natural resource assessments
  • Serve as project manager or technical lead on a variety of resource management projects
  • Manage small and large projects, including maintaining budgets, schedules, and quality of service
  • Work with Corporate accounting department to review invoices, expenditures and project audits for projects/tasks
  • Work closely with SWCA’s resource scientists and environmental planners, managers and directors in both natural and cultural resources throughout the company to promote SWCA’s business interests in adherence to its mission, vision, and values.

Experience and qualifications for success

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a biological science or closely related field
  • At least five (7) years of progressively responsible experience in natural resource management
  • Minimum of three (5) years of experience in environmental consulting or within agencies
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to produce high quality written reports and verbal presentations at hearings
  • Demonstrated experience preparing, and obtaining waters permits for Clean Water Act Section 404/401, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Section 1602, and Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • Working knowledge of the Army Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual (Environmental Laboratory, 1987)
  • Field experience describing soils, California flora, and wetland and waters hydrology indicators; especially with conducting delineations in arid environments
  • Demonstrated successful client relationships and regulatory agencies
  • Supplementary experience in other areas of natural resources consulting such as wildlife surveys, botanical surveys, and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) or National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document preparation is beneficial
  • Ability to travel as needed for projects throughout Southern and central California including overnight travel
  • California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) training in one or more areas is a plus


SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full-spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms.


If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the online application process due to a disability, please email or call 800-828-8517. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response. 


EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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