About the opportunity
SWCA is seeking an Environmental Specialist position in our Pittsburgh, PA office. This position will primarily focus on wetland delineation, stream identification, botanical surveys, habitat assessments, Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, and technical report writing to assist Project Managers with pre-construction, regulatory, and/or permitting requirements associated with the energy sector – particularly natural gas and oil developments within the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays.
This position is a full time, hourly position. Pay will be based on individual qualifications and experience. Hours may vary depending on project workload. Travel, including overnight stays, will be required for the position. Depending on projects, overtime and per diem may also be possible in addition to base pay.
What you will accomplish
The position will be a mixture of field and office work depending on project type. However, it is expected that up to 75% of time will be related to fieldwork, with fieldwork primarily in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. This position includes hiking in rugged conditions. Experience with flora and fauna native to the Northeast and Midwest is preferred. The ability to travel to work sites regionally, and accommodate multiple overnight stays to complete fieldwork efforts is required. A successful candidate should have the flexibility and willingness to learn company procedures as well as the ability to try new, improved techniques; make independent decisions when appropriate to the situation; and make adjustments as a member of a team in order to complete tasks in the most efficient and accurate manner possible.
Primary duties are:
To conduct environmental surveys including wetland and stream assessments, botanical and wildlife presence/absence surveys, habitat assessments, and Phase I Environmental Site Assessments in accordance with appropriate regulatory guidelines.
Implement and interpret topographic maps, aerial imagery, GPS units, and other scientific tools and equipment under arduous field conditions.
Collect observational and spatial data in the field, and prepare technical/survey reports for natural resources studies.
Assist Project Managers with Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Nationwide permitting efforts.
Take initiative, resolve problems, and create improved procedural processes for natural resource studies.
Experience and qualifications for success
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Botany, Ecology, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, or a related field
A minimum of two (2) years of environmental fieldwork experience performing wetland delineations, floral and/or fauna species surveys, and/or Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
Ability to conduct field work for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather, while carrying equipment and supplies weighing greater than 20 pounds across rugged terrain
Technical report writing skills, and flexibility to work in both group and one-on-one environments
Knowledge of Federal and State environmental regulations and guidance – particularly Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania regulations – is preferred
Previous botanical experience is preferred
Wetland Certification is preferred
Previous experience in wetland delineation following the USACE 1987 Wetland Delineation Manual, the Eastern Mountains & Piedmont Regional Supplement, and the Northcentral & Northeast Regional Supplement is preferred
SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full-spectrum of environmental services. With 31 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 an informal, team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, and a competitive benefits package, including a stock ownership retirement plan.
Resumes must be received through our online application system to receive consideration.
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In support of our value of integrity, SWCA promotes a safe and drug free workplace. We participate in e-verify and pre-employment background screening services. SWCA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans to apply.
Visit SWCA’s web site, www.swca.com, and discover why SWCA is a great place to work for environmental professionals interested in sound science and creative solutions.