Terracon’s Environmental Planning practice (which focuses on scientific studies including ecological services, cultural resource management services, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) checklists/documentation) is seeking an experienced professional to lead a group of practitioners. Understanding of state and federal regulatory frameworks for ecological services (including biological studies, Section 7/10 consultations with the U.S. fish and Wildlife Service [USFWS], and Section 10/404 permitting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers [USACE]) and for cultural resources (including archeological and historic structure evaluations for Section 106 compliance) as well as familiarity with the NEPA process is strongly preferred. The position requires the individual to be capable of leading an interdisciplinary group of practitioners to deliver scientific studies and NEPA documentation. The position requires consultations with federal agencies, state agencies, tribal groups, municipalities and other stakeholders. The individual will be expected to substantially contribute to business development and growth of the practice through external engagement including presentations to clients, active participation in networking activities (including occasional evening events and travel to events within the region), active involvement in professional organizations, and preparation of proposals and statements of qualifications. This position requires an individual with a growth mindset and an ability to mentor employees with a focus on responsiveness and accountability.
Essential Role and Responsibilities:
- Follow safety rules, guidelines and standards for projects. Comply with state and local regulations, including contacting “One Call” prior to digging on job sites, as applicable. Participate in pre-task planning. Report safety challenges or concerns to management.
- Be responsible for maintaining quality standards, budgets and meet deadlines on projects. This includes adherence to Terracon’s quality processes and requirements for document quality control reviews.
- Advise clients on approaches to permitting for projects.
- Prepare reports, permit applications, and other technical documents.
- Oversee fieldwork, data collection, analysis, and report production.
- Be responsible for managing and delivering your own projects in addition to managing the team.
- Remain current with agency protocol for conducting environmental planning work, particularly in the states of LA & MS.
- Maintain good working relationships with state and federal agency contacts and clients.
- Develop budgets and proposals. Also prepare statements of qualification.
- Oversee work performed by lower level scientists, technicians, and subconsultants.
- Develop professional relationships with existing and prospective clients.
- Substantially contribute to business development and growth of the practice through external engagement including presentations to clients, active participation in networking activities (including occasional evening events and travel to events within the region), active involvement in professional organizations, and preparation of proposals and statements of qualifications.
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Rangeland Ecology, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Geology, Engineering, Planning, Archaeology, Anthropology, or related field.
- Business skills (including strategic thinking/planning for growth, contract negotiation, efficient project delivery, & financial awareness) and an ability to lead a multidisciplinary team.
- Certification as an AICP, ISA, PG, PE, PWS, RPA or similar professional certification (or an ability to obtain within 6 months of hire date) is strongly preferred.
- Minimum of ten (10) years of experience demonstrating a progression from fieldwork to project management and team management is preferred. A minimum of one (1) year of experience in LA and/or MS is preferred.
- Experience with sub-meter GPS and GIS is preferred.
- Ability to traverse sites with uneven terrain and potentially brushy/woody vegetation while carrying a shovel, notebook, water, GPS, and other personal protective equipment, as required by the job and task.
- Ability to travel within LA and MS to network with clients and conduct project related work.
- Valid driver’s license with acceptable violation history (including ability to drive a crew cab pickup truck).
Terracon is a 100 percent employee-owned consulting engineering firm providing quality services to clients. Since 1965, Terracon has evolved into a successful multi-discipline firm specializing in environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services. Terracon currently has more than 4,000 employees in over 140 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon’s growth is due to valued employees exceeding expectations in client service and growing their careers with new and exciting opportunities in the marketplace.
Terracon offers an excellent compensation and benefits package including: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) plan, and paid holidays.
Terracon is an EEO employer. We encourage qualified minority, female, veteran and disabled candidates to apply and be considered for open positions. We do not discriminate against any applicant for employment, or any employee because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, disability, age, or military status.
Location/Region: Baton Rouge, LA