Senior Project Manager

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Natural Resources/Biology/Ecology
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About the opportunity

SWCA is seeking a Senior Project Manager in our Portland, Oregon office, to support office goals to pursue project opportunities, managing projects and clients, directing permitting activities, and supervising and mentoring staff. SWCA’s Portland office supports Land Development, State & Local, Water, Generation, Transmission, and Federal industries. This position will support our Pacific Northwest sub region which includes Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. This position is available for remote work but will be associated with our Portland, Oregon office.


SWCA offers an enthusiastic, supportive, and casual work environment. We have flexible work schedules including hybrid and distributed models. We offer a competitive total compensation and benefits package, including a stock ownership program. If you share in the passion in delivering the highest-quality project work to your customers, then this could be an excellent fit for you!


This is a regular, full time, salaried position that is eligible for a hybrid work schedule. We are asking that all applicants provide a cover letter to be fully considered.

What you will accomplish

  • Manage client relationships and conduct business development with new and existing clients.
  • Network within agencies and industry organizations to establish and expand our state and regional client base and revenue in the areas of environmental planning, permitting, and broad-based natural resources services.
  • Identify and qualify sales opportunities (prospects and proposals), manage opportunities and make recommendations to the Portland Office Director.
  • Serve as a project manager for a variety of natural resource projects.
  • Productively monitor team utilization and manage staff under/over utilization to maintain productivity. 
  • Lead, oversee, and execute the management of permitting efforts for environmental permitting projects of all sizes and levels of complexity.
  • Work closely with SWCA’s other leads in both natural and cultural resources
  • Manage the technical execution and financial performance of individual natural resources projects and effectively coordinate with and manage clients and agencies.
  • Proactively manage projects (personal and within the team) to avoid overruns.
  • Manage projects that include land use planning studies, NEPA compliance, biological resource assessments and constraints analyses, state and federal Endangered Species Act consultations, Clean Water Act Section 404 and Section 401 permitting, and state-level siting permits.
  • Prepare protocols and supervise surveys for sensitive habitats and species; including general surveys for report writing, focused or protocol-level surveys, and pre-construction surveys.
  • Develop recommendations for mitigation measures, monitoring, and permitting specific to biological resources.

Experience and qualifications for success

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management, Biology, Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife Science, Ecology, or related field.
  • Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible experience in business development, managing projects, QA/QC, developing and implementing budgets, schedules, and scopes of work from pre-field tasks to final report preparation.
  • Strong working knowledge of NEPA and state siting and permitting processes such as Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC), and State of Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC).
  • Previous environmental consulting experience. 
  • Previous experience with environmental surveys, permitting, and field implementation on a variety of projects.
  • Strong business development skills as a “seller/doer” to develop productive business relationships with agency, client, and industry contacts.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal communication (oral and written), as the position requires frequent and effective interaction with clients, regulatory agencies, other team members and the public.
  • Ability to plan and organize in a fast paced, dynamic client driven working environment. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Existing client base of established clients.
  • Prior related work experience in the state of Oregon, Washington, or Alaska. 

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 1-480-581-5378. 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.


SWCA is committed to salary equity and salary transparency for all its employees.  In alignment with this commitment, SWCA posts good faith pay ranges in all its advertised job postings to promote pay equity and transparency.


An employee in this Portland,Oregon-based position can expect a salary of $95,004.00/year - $126,672.00/year. Actual pay within this range may depend on experience, qualifications, geographic location, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law.  Regular-status employees are also eligible for performance bonuses. Candidates are also encouraged to consider SWCA’s Total Rewards package, which includes a competitive Benefits package, forward-thinking workplace flexibility, outstanding corporate culture, award-winning career development, and more.





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