Insignia is looking to fill an immediate opening for a Lead Biologist who will embody Insignia’s vision to be our clients’ most trusted partner, always delivering excellence with integrity. Responsibilities include leading and performing biological fieldwork, including pre- and post-construction surveys; conducting biological research; developing impact assessments; assessing biological and waters permitting requirements; coordinating with project teams; and preparing reports. The Lead Biologist also performs environmental and/or biological monitoring to ensure compliance of construction activities with environmental permits and regulations. In addition, the Lead Biologist manages tasks on small projects independently and large projects with oversight. Travel and fieldwork accounts for 40 to 70 percent of this position’s time.
- Monitor for revegetation success on utility rights-of-way post-construction
- Conduct biological field surveys, including biological assessments, special-status species surveys, vegetation mapping, and wetland delineations
- Coordinate with construction contractors, project managers, and resource specialists
- Prepare biological documents, including special-status survey reports, biological resources technical reports, and biological resources sections of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents
- Prepare resource agency permit applications with regulatory agencies for energy infrastructure projects, including Clean Water Act Section 404 and 401 permits and Endangered Species Act consultations
- With guidance from Senior Biologists, direct, oversee, and review others’ work to ensure that deliverables can be submitted to the client
- Ensure work is conducted within the assigned constraints (i.e., budget and schedule) at the project level
- Assist in the preparation of scopes and costs for project proposals
- Bachelor of Science degree or higher in biology, ecology, natural resources, or a related science
- Five years or more of experience in environmental consulting
- Two years or more of experience with construction monitoring in mid-Atlantic states, including West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania
- Minimum of 3 years of experience in conducting botanical surveys in mid-Atlantic states
- One year or more of demonstrated experience with sensitive species in the mid-Atlantic states is preferred
- Two or more years of experience conducting environmental compliance monitoring on major utility infrastructure projects
- Technical expertise in one or more aspects of field biology, such as botany, wildlife biology, or wetland biology; for wildlife biologists, species-handling permits are desired
- Demonstrated experience with mid-Atlantic federal and state species and ecosystems
- Knowledge and experience with federal regulations, including NEPA, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act
- Team-oriented and self-motivated
- Demonstrated ability to complete projects on time and within budget
- Excellent communication and organizational skills, as well as confidence in dealing with clients, regulators, and team members
- Excellent writing and technical editing skills, with advanced experience in Microsoft Office
- Rigorously detail-oriented and committed to accuracy
- Valid driver’s license and good driving record
- Willingness and ability to travel when needed
- Willingness and ability to work fluctuating and/or long hours as necessary
- Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
- While prioritizing health and safety, this position requires an individual who is able to walk and hike through varying degrees of difficult terrain. Individuals may also be required to perform their job responsibilities in inclement weather conditions.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief cover letter or cover email, including compensation expectations. Please include the words “resume” and “Lead Biologist-Martinsburg, WV” in the subject line of your email. We request that applicants refrain from calling our office directly regarding this position.
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