Environmental Scientist (Wetlands, Natural Resources, and Permitting)

Date: March 13, 2024

Title: Environmental Scientist (Wetlands, Natural Resources, and Permitting)

Status: Full-time

Reports to: Environmental Permitting Manager

Location: NJ Based (Flanders, New Jersey)

Brief Description:

The qualified candidate shall have general experience in performing field and desk data collection, scientific data interpretation, and technical report writing to support the preparation of NJDEP and USACE permit applications, as well as Environmental Impact Statements. The ideal candidate should have field experience in wetland delineations, threatened and endangered species evaluations, soil profile and botanical analyses.

General knowledge and experience in Federal and NJ land use regulatory programs, including Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act (FWW), Flood Hazard Area Control Act (FHA), Waterfront Development, Coastal Wetlands, and CAFRA. Employee will support interdisciplinary project teams with required field work and preparation of permit applications and supporting materials for obtaining permits.

Examples of work/duties:

  • Under supervision, plans and performs wetland delineations, letters of interpretation (LOI), and jurisdictional determinations (JD).
  • Responsible for due diligence, and scoping permitting strategies for applicable land use permitting, including NJDEP/EPA wetlands, flood hazard area, coastal & riparian regulations.
  • Prepares supporting NJDEP FWW General (GP), transition area waivers (TAW), and Individual Permits (IP).
  • Prepare CAFRA, Coastal, Dredging, and Waterfront development permitting and compliance plans.
  • Performs habitat evaluations for threatened and endangered species and habitat.
  • Assists with or develops project schedules / budgets.
  • Supports project progression by ensuring compliance with scope of work, project budget, quality objectives, and health and safety requirements.
  • Assists in performing Baseline Ecological Evaluations, Ecological Risk Assessments, and Phase I Environmental Site Assessments.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Assist in other type office and field work as assigned.

*Note: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.

Minimum Qualifications (education, licensing, certifications, etc.):

  • Must have NJDEP FWW permitting experience, including GP’s, TAW’s, and preferably IP’s.
  • Experience with NJDEP Land Use Regulations and communicating with federal, state, and local governmental agencies.
  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher in Wetland Ecology, Ecology, Environmental Science, or a related discipline. Wetland delineation training (40-hour) certification is desirable.
  • Three to five years of relevant experience providing consulting support with wetland delineations, ecological fieldwork, and scientific. Applicant must have experience preparing and submitting administratively complete land use permit applications to the state of New Jersey.
  • Experience working with interdisciplinary teams to develop comprehensive reports / permit applications.
  • 40-hour OSHA Certification.
  • Must have the demonstrated ability to conduct field work and write quality reports with minimal-to-moderate supervision.
  • Must possess excellent communication, teamwork, analytical, judgement, organizational, technical writing, and client service skills.
  • Ideal candidate should have an interest in Career Development, be motivated, and be highly responsive and communicative.
  • A valid driver’s license.

This is a full-time position based out of either our Flanders, New Jersey office. We are open to a hybrid work arrangement. SCE offers excellent compensation and benefits packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) plan, and paid holidays for this position.

 

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