Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals

Ecologist, Tetra Tech (Portland, Oregon)

  • Monday, March 08, 2021 3:53 PM
    Message # 10177521
    Becky Dobbins (Administrator)

    Tetra Tech (Portland, Oregon)

    View job listing on the Tetra Tech website.
    Posted until March 30, 2021.

    Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Do you want to do meaningful work that improves quality of life? At Tetra Tech, you will work with high-performing teams who are passionate about using their expertise to find solutions to complex problems in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. 

    We are a leader in consulting, engineering, environmental science and technical services worldwide have an immediate opportunity for a highly motivated professional Ecologist to support our established and growing business areas which includes a significant renewable energy practice.

    We are a diverse company, embracing talented individuals with expertise in science, research, engineering, construction, and information technology. Our strength lies in collectively teaming together to provide integrated services delivering the best solutions to meet our clients' needs. The preferred location for the position is Portland, OR, although working out of one of our many other offices across the country would be an option for the right candidate.

    • Provide high level support and strategic thinking to on-going projects addressing environmental concerns of renewable energy (wind power, solar power, storage), traditional energy, linear infrastructure (i.e., transmission lines), and other types of projects throughout North America.
    • Performing due diligence and permitting services for energy projects.
    • Developing permitting documents including National Environmental Policy Act Environmental Assessments or Environmental Impact Statements, mitigation plans, habitat conservation plans (HCP), eagle conservation plans (ECP), biological assessments (BA), and other documents required under the Endangered Species Act and other environmental rules, regulations, and associated permitting approvals.
    • Support identifying a project strategy for compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and guidance.
    • Support project development services (i.e., work scopes, proposals and costs),
    • Represent our clients in negotiations with regulatory agencies and promote a high level of technical competence in our work products.
    • The position also provides the opportunity to manage projects.
    • Attend and present at conferences and other networking events to promote exposure of the company within the industry.


    • BS, MS, or PhD degree in applicable field (i.e., environmental science/policy, natural resources planning, biology, ecology or geography, or a closely related discipline).
    • Types of studies typically required for these projects include avian and/or bat surveys, habitat delineations, specialized studies for federal and state listed threatened and endangered species, and post-construction mortality studies.
    • Project management experience.
    • Minimum of 5 years of experience in working with public and/or commercial clients.
    • Strong technical leader with established stakeholder relationships.
    • Excellent interpersonal communication, oral presentation, and verbal and written communication skills.
    • Strategic thinker and problem-solver.
    • Strong technical report writer/editor.
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
    • Experience with environmental permitting related to wildlife, bats and/or avifauna.

    Other Desirable Knowledge and Experience:
    Please highlight any of the following skill sets in your resume and accompanying cover letter:

    • Applied knowledge of ecological assessment, environmental impact analysis, environmental due diligence studies, natural/biological resources management, and habitat conservation planning.
    • Knowledge of permitting processes at the federal and state levels.
    • Experience with statistical tools for fatality estimation and risk assessment.
    • Technical skills related to the assessment of wildlife, sensitive/protected habitat, or wetlands.
    • Experience in providing effective peer review of technical and client-oriented work products.
    • Demonstrated success in regulatory negotiations at the federal and state levels.
    • Ability to review, synthesize, and interpret biological resources information.
    • Experience with NEPA-compliant documentation.
    • Experience with ESA Sections 7 and 10 requirements, developing HCPs and BAs, and USFWS consultation process.
    • Experience with Clean Water Act (Sections 401 and 404) requirements and permit process, and other state-specific environmental regulations.
    • Experience with eagle take permitting under Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, including the development of Eagle Conservation Plans and eagle take permit applications and negotiation of permit conditions.
    • Demonstrated success in technical scope development, budgeting, and pricing projects.
    • Project management experience (specifying the client sector, the scale of the project and personal roles).
    • Examples of commitment to quality management, continuous improvement, and client satisfaction.
    • Demonstrated success in team leadership, staff mentoring, project management, and client/business development.

    About Tetra Tech:
    Tetra Tech is a leading provider of high-end consulting and engineering services for projects worldwide. We combine the resources of a global, multibillion-dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in more than 400 locations around the world. We are Leading with ScienceĀ® to provide sustainable and resilient solutions for our clients.
    At Tetra Tech, we provide a collaborative environment that supports individual performance, innovation, and creativity. We are proud to offer competitive compensation and benefits. Learn more by visiting
    For more information on our company, please visit our website at, follow us on Twitter (@TetraTech) or like us on Facebook. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter on the Careers portion of our website at
    We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Tetra Tech is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We invite resumes from all interested parties including women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.
    Tetra Tech is a VEVRAA federal contractor and we request priority referral of veterans for available positions.
    EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability - No calls or agencies

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