Wildlife Biologist

HDR - Anchorage, AK3.9

Wildlife Biologist - (154124)

About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

Primary Responsibilities

The successful candidate in this position will have a B.S. degree or equivalent in biology, environmental science, marine or wildlife science, or a similar field. The candidate will work as a member of high-performing teams on a variety of natural resource assessments to support development of public and private infrastructure projects throughout Alaska and potentially in other areas in the US.

Primary responsibilities will include research and writing of documents relevant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), and permitting and compliance support.

Duties will involve development of documents that are used in permitting and regulatory processes such as NEPA, Biological Assessments to support Section 7 Consultation under the ESA, Incidental Harassment Applications under the MMPA, wildlife and marine mammal monitoring and mitigation plans, and other federal and local permit applications. Document development may include data analysis; review and research of technical studies and publications; review and research of previous permitting processes for similar projects; critical thinking and problem solving; and creativity. Excellent writing skills, the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines, working well with others, and a willingness to learn are essential for this position.

Technical writing experience is required. A demonstrated commitment to quality and safety is also required. Additional duties may include field studies such as marine mammal and protected species monitoring, wildlife surveys, and other field activities in urban and remote settings. The candidate will work at the direction of HDR project managers. Work will be conducted independently as well as on teams, with appropriate senior technical oversight. This is a full-time regular position.

Keyword(s): Environmental Scientist, Wildlife Biologist, environmental science, wetland, wildlife, planning, permitting, compliance, NEPA, ESA, MMPA.

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Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Wildlife Science, or closely related field.
Knowledge of federal regulatory framework, including NEPA, ESA, and MMPA.
Technical expertise in the design, implementation, interpretation, and presentation of data for environmental studies and investigations.
Excellent technical and analytical writing skills required.
Strong conceptual organization problem solving and research abilities.
Positive attitude and ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Excellent communication skills, adaptability and ability to work with engineers, planners, agencies, and the public are required.
An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must.
MS Office experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Alaska experience

Minimum of 2 years of experience in environmental permitting


At HDR, we know work isn’t only about who you work for; it’s also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other’s contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

Primary Location: United States-Alaska-Anchorage
Industry: Environment/Sciences
Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Regular
BusinessClass: Environmental Sci and Planning
Job Posting: Apr 26, 2019