Natural Resources Project Manager and Team Lead

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Natural Resources/Biology/Ecology
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About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is actively seeking a Natural Resources Project Manager/Team Lead in Minneapolis, MN. The position will support projects throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota; and clients representing diverse sectors including energy generation and transmission, oil and gas, and local and federal governments. The ideal candidate will possess strong Minnesota Generation and Transmission experience, preferably experience in permitting and NEPA.  SWCA is growing in Minnesota and is looking for the right candidate to take on some existing projects and help build our presence.

What you will accomplish

As a core member of the Natural Resources Program, you will:

  • Take a lead role in pursuing project opportunities.
  • Successfully win and execute contracts, while leading all aspects of project implementation which will include staffing, fieldwork, research, report writing and QA/QC Review.
  • Oversee large projects,
  • Manage and develop project budgets.
  • Lead marketing and proposal efforts
  • Supervise personnel in the field, office, and laboratory.
  • Collaborate with other SWCA offices/managers on both technical and business development efforts throughout the company.
  • Assists in the continuing development of SWCA’s Natural Resource Program and expands SWCA’s professional reputation in natural resources management and research throughout Minnesota and beyond.   

Experience and qualifications for success

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in biology, botany, wildlife management, or a closely related field required; Master’s degree preferred
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of natural resources consulting experience on a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience managing projects, including developing and implementing budgets, schedules, and scopes of work
  • Existing relationships with utility providers and developers in the region, as well as, partnerships with local AE Firms in Minneapolis.
  • Experience with implementing NEPA, ESA, and/or CWA permitting processes Possess advanced skills and knowledge in one or more specialty scientific areas (e.g., keying rare plants, conducting protocol surveys for special-status species, etc.) Has completed all aspects of a project, from pre-field tasks to final report preparation for a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies Prior primary report authorship in a natural resources consulting context for a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies Provides QA/QC review of field documents, site forms, and reports Leads large or multiple crews on a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies
  • Conducts numerous agency consultations in support of project permitting with utility companies and developers.


SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full-spectrum of environmental services.  Our Vision (the North Star) is to make SWCA the best workplace and industry leader in sustainability, bringing sound science and creative solutions to global environmental challenges while maintaining a dedication to employee-ownership. We live our core values: we collaborate as #OneSWCA; we are #AlwaysLearning, we #NeverSettle, and we #GiveBack. We are 100% employee-owned, and we build our success together. 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. We offer a supportive, team-oriented work environment and competitive wages and benefits, including an 100% employee stock ownership plan (retirement).

If you are seeking an opportunity to work in a culture of exceptionally skilled and diverse professionals who embrace sound science and creative solutions, then SWCA will be a great fit for you! 


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SWCA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.




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