Natural Resources Director - Arizona

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About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking a Natural Resources Director – Arizona to ensure that the natural resources team of wildlife biologists, botanists, and natural resources specialists within our Arizona offices provides best-in-class environmental consulting services to our clients. This position requires excellent leadership skills and behaviors to develop and implement the strategic direction of the program, successfully manage the execution of project work and program financial performance, cultivate our business development processes, deliver for our clients, and continue to build an exceptional team. The Arizona Natural Resources Director will report to the Southern Arizona Senior Director. This is a regular, full-time, salaried position with compensation based on individual qualifications and experience. The position is open to highly qualified candidates willing to work out of one of our Arizona offices (Flagstaff, Phoenix or Tucson) regularly. Monthly travel to other AZ offices would be expected.  


When it comes to SWCA’s natural resources practice, Arizona is an area of excellence renowned for the quality of our work, commitment to our clients, and unparalleled team of professionals. We continuously strive to be the premier environmental consultancy in this market by offering a work environment that promotes employee engagement and development. The successful candidate will coordinate closely with peers across the company. This position offers a great opportunity for team leadership as well as business and professional development in this expanding market. 


Candidates must submit a brief letter of interest with their application.



SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing, 1,650+ staff, 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.


What you will accomplish


  • Promote a culture of leadership, teamwork, engagement, high-quality service, and client satisfaction.
  • Develop and implement strategies to attract and retain talent within Arizona. Lead strategic hiring efforts and focused retention efforts.
  • Lead organizational development and succession planning by creating and modifying team structure to support team growth and diversification.
  • Drive engagement of the team by recognizing high performance and implementing approaches that build and sustain high levels of motivation.
  • Support career mobility and growth within SWCA through active coaching and mentorship of team members.
  • Direct all performance-related activities, including performance reviews and any disciplinary recommendations.
  • Work with leadership to determine compensation and bonus allocation.
  • Connect with staff, peers, and senior management by leading regular staff meetings and contributing to regular regional and national leadership meetings.


People Leadership

  • Lead SWCA’s Arizona Natural Resources team collaboratively, as an integral member of the leadership team.
  • Facilitate collaboration, with other Natural Resources teams across the company, and among the planning and cultural resource teams.
  • Ensure that the team’s work is well-coordinated across the business.
  • Participate in setting business goals for the office.
  • Cascade objectives through the organization to align local efforts and regional/national goals.
  • Manage resource allocation and coordinate across SWCA to enable successful project delivery.

Technical Leadership

  • Support the execution of work by overseeing management of projects and contracts, as well as providing senior-level technical support.
  • Leverage experts effectively, engaging the right talent to meet client needs.
  • Implement and refine SWCA Quality Control Procedures.
  • Ensure company safety program is effectively implemented for your area of responsibility.
  • Coordinate with peers and project managers to efficiently allocate company resources, including personnel, vehicles, supplies, and equipment.


Client and Market Leadership

  • Contribute to the growth and maintenance of client relationships, both locally and regionally.
  • Maintain awareness of market and industry trends that impact the business through news sources, event attendance, and using your professional network.
  • Identify new opportunities to diversify the business and lead teams in their pursuit. 
  • Lead go/no-go analyses and provide senior review of proposals.
  • Collaborate with business development specialists across SWCA to align operational abilities and needs with the pursuit of opportunities.


Financial Leadership

  • Contribute to the development and management of the operational budget and ensure that budget objectives are achieved throughout the year through tracking and sound financial decision making, ensuring the ultimate profitability of your group.
  • Ensure appropriate level of review and approval of proposals, contracts, budgets, and expenditures through mastery of and adherence to the SWCA approvals matrix.
  • Monitor financial KPIs and redirect efforts as needed (e.g., productivity/utilization, multipliers, overruns, sales, etc.).
  • Conduct regular audits of projects within area of responsibility to ensure that projects are on track, risks are mitigated, and issues are escalated and resolved.
  • Facilitate communication between project managers, project controls, and accounts receivable.

Experience and qualifications for success

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Watershed Management, Environmental Studies, Environmental Management, or a field related to SWCA’s services. Graduate degree or commensurate work experience is preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in natural resources management, planning, and science. Experience should include overseeing fieldwork, office work, and report completion, as well as scheduling and budgeting of projects.
  • Deep working knowledge of the Arizona market and deep familiarity with its resources is preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in increasing levels of responsibility in management, including supervising and mentoring of professional staff.
  • Working knowledge of the Arizona market and deep familiarity with its natural resources.


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 480-581-5378. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response. 


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 Phoenix, Tucson or Flagstaff, AZ based position can expect an annual salary of $116,480.00/year to $151,840.00/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.


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



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