About the Position
VHB is seeking a Environmental Scientist to join our growing Wethersfield, CT, office. This position is a combination of work in the field and office, providing excellent growth opportunity within a vibrant team of professionals.
WE ARE VHB! We're an inspired and innovative team of engineers, scientists, planners, and designers who partner with clients in the transportation, real estate, institutional, and energy industries, as well as federal, state, and local governments.
Our work helps improve mobility, enhance communities, and contribute to economic vitality. We do this while balancing development and infrastructure needs with stewardship of our environment.
Our people make us great! VHB provides a differentiating employee experience.
It's not surprising that VHB has consistently been rated one of the top AEC firms to work for across our 30+ offices on the East Coast. We're growing and we hope you'll join us!
- Conduct and be capable of leading a team in the field delineating wetlands and watercourses on various project sites and for a variety of market sectors in accordance with state and federal procedures
- Perform field environmental permit compliance observation and reporting on energy projects, transmission line construction projects and others, focused on implementation and maintenance of soil erosion and sedimentation control measures and practices
- Assist the department Director or a Project Manager with state and federal wetland permitting applications and assists with public involvement activities
- May attend meetings with clients, regulatory agencies, and stakeholders to establish needs and discuss permitting issues
- Work within or lead a team of professionals to conduct a wide array of ecological, wildlife and water resources related studies and analysis for a multitude of environmental, land development and energy (transmission and renewables) projects (e.g., wetland functional assessments, wildlife habitat evaluations, and rare species surveys)
- Data analysis and technical report writing
- Ability to utilize and work with GIS applications for field collection and desktop analysis
- This position may include night/weekend shifts and/or working in challenging weather conditions
Skills and Attributes
- Ability to work confidently and independently on highly active construction sites
- Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills as this position will require coordination with subconsultants and colleagues in other office locations regularly
- Must have experience reading and understanding engineering site plans
- Self-motivated with a demonstrated ability to grow professionally
- Ability to think critically and solve problems
- Strong communication skills between clients, contractors, and state/federal officials
- Experience with establishing and monitoring budgets and assist with proposal writing a plus
- BS in environmental science, natural resources, wetland science, soil science, ecological sciences, or related field required
- 5+ years of professional environmental consulting experience, including experience conducting wetland delineations and state and federal natural resource permitting required
- Qualified Soil Scientist with the standards set by the federal Office of Personnel Management (e.g., Certified Soil Scientist), Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) or on track to obtain strongly preferred
- Certification as a Professional Wetland Scientist or on track to obtain strongly preferred
- Experience on construction sites and with Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control measures and practices preferred
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VHB is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.