The Conservation Biologist serves as a key team member responsible for providing and applying a high level of technical expertise and scientifically accurate information to ensure that WED consistently produces high quality and ecologically sound work products. S/he works closely with Restoration Designers in the development of WED Land Management Plans, Restoration Plans, Project Narratives, and other documents for inclusion with wetland permitting. The Conservation Biologist ensures that project design and reporting are compliant with the regulatory interests of the Wetland Protection Act, Endangered Species Act, and other environmental regulations, as well as WED’s guiding principles and mission statement.
The Conservation Biologist carries out wetland delineations, natural resource inventories, wildlife habitat assessments, rare species reporting, and other environmental services. For projects that involve the habitat of rare wildlife species, the Conservation Biologist is responsible for planning and permitting with the MA Natural Heritage Endangered Species Program as well as carrying out or overseeing habitat management plans, monitoring, and reporting to MA-NHESP. The Conservation Biologist oversees and carries out monitoring and compliance reporting of our three to five year projects as required by the local Conservation Commission office.
S/he assists in preparing consulting proposals for wetland delineations, rare species inventories, and related services. The Conservation Biologist will periodically work with the WED Project Managers in transitioning projects from the consulting phase to the implementation phase. The Conservation Biologist collaborates with Design staff during the design phase of a project and completes the writing of permitting documents, particularly Land Management Plans. The Conservation Biologist supports Design staff at presentations on behalf of clients and in collaboration with the project team at regulatory review agency meetings. This work is conducted in a manner that is based on current scientific findings, scientifically defensible arguments, regulatory compliance and techniques specific to land management and ecological restoration, which form the basis of WED’s recommendations and designs.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Provides scientific and technical support to Restoration Designers in the preparation of land management and restoration project documentation. Develops ecologically sound recommendations for projects;
- Writes and reviews Land Management Plans and other technical documents for scientifically accurate information to ensure that WED consistently produces a high quality work product;
- Conducts wetland resource area identification and delineations. This includes field investigations and documentation of soils, vegetation and hydrology necessary to determine the wetland boundary;
- Acts as the NHESP approved biologist for projects that require review by NHESP. Carries out rare-species surveys and other reporting necessary to permit projects that are mapped as habitat for rare wildlife species;
- Carries out and/or oversees monitoring and reporting of projects, required by local Conservation Commissions, in a timely manner to comply with regulatory requirements;
- Carries out wildlife habitat evaluations and reporting and develops habitat management plans for permitting with NHESP;
- Conducts vernal pool surveys and identification with reporting to document findings;
- Writes Project Narratives to address state and local regulations, policies, and performance standards covered under the Wetland Protection Act and other environmental regulations;
- Provides support to Restoration Designers and other senior staff by attending regulatory review agency meetings (i.e., Conservation Commission Hearings, site visits, etc.), client meetings, and project team meetings for the purpose of discussing the technical aspects, ecological benefits and services, and regulatory compliance of WED-developed projects;
- Assists with consulting proposals for wetland delineations, rare species surveys and compliance, and related services;
- Manages multiple projects as assigned in all phases of design, implementation and monitoring and maintains communications with and between WED Design and WED Implementation departments;
- Conducts informal workshops and presentations for WED staff’s overall development, as needed;
- Represents WED at workshops, conferences, and seminars including developing and delivering presentations;
- Reviews and stays familiar with current ecological restoration, conservation biology, and ecological science-related research;
- Maintains WED's internal library of applicable journal articles and related studies in the fields of ecological restoration, conservation biology and ecological science;
- Develops and maintains professional and collaborative relationships with regulatory review agency representatives.
- Master’s degree in Conservation Biology, Wildlife Biology, Plant Ecology or related field or equivalent experience
- 3+ years of relevant professional experience in a biologist or related role
- Demonstrated expertise in the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act, Regulations, and Policies and experience with regulatory compliance before review boards and seeking project approvals
- Experience with local wetland protection Bylaws and Regulation and local Conservation Commission project review procedures
- Demonstrated experience delineating wetlands, assessing vernal pools, and conducting wildlife habitat assessments pursuant to MA Department of Environmental Protection and MA-NHESP
- Demonstrated experience writing technical and scientifically accurate documents
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience with project compliance monitoring and reporting pursuant to NHESP protocols and/or Conservation Commission requirements
- Knowledge of Cape Cod native plant communities
- Knowledge of Massachusetts invasive plant species and control/management technique
- Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, GPS and Microsoft Office
- Knowledge and understanding of ecological restoration sciences and principles
- Ability to efficiently manage one’s time, work independently, and manage other staff
- Ability to work productively as a team with co-workers and have a demonstrated expertise in managing senior and junior-level staff
- Excellent writing, communication, strategic thinking, and interpersonal skills
- Effective staff oversight abilities
- Ability to present a professional, business-like, image to clients, colleagues and visitors
- Available to work on rigorous and demanding schedules when necessary
- This job will have exposure to occupational hazards such tick-borne illness, biting and stinging insects, poison ivy and sumac, and ability to do physically strenuous work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions all seasons of the year
- Valid Driver’s License
Please submit a resume and cover letter which includes position of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Restoration Designer
The Associate Restoration Designer (ARD) produces documentation for land management programs and restoration projects. The ARD ensures that all documentation is conducted within the parameters of the work orders to meet client needs and regulatory requirements, and is consistent with WED’s mission and guiding principles.
- Conduct research, complete thorough and detailed site analysis evaluations, perform associated fieldwork, including analyze and identify soil and plant samples, and document field investigations in written, verbal and graphic form.
- Accurately draft detailed plans, design documents and drawings in written and graphic form, including Land Management Plans, Restoration Plans, site programming diagrams, illustrative sketches, diagrams, sections, as well as construction sections and details.
- Determine area calculations and material takeoffs for the purposes of drafting land management estimates and proposals as directed by the Restoration Designer, Project Managers and senior staff.
- Research project background and requirements (gather and analyze GIS data, historic land use patterns, deed and regulatory research, and supporting scientific documentation).
- Assist in the preparation of cost estimates.
- Prepare presentation plans and graphics.
- Communicate with clients, co-workers, and design team partners.
- Collaborate with environmental technicians in various types of active land management activities or restoration planting projects.
- Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning or related field preferred coupled with 1+ year of relevant design experience in ecological restoration, landscape design or related field, or Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning or related field coupled with 3+ years of relevant design experience in ecological restoration, landscape design or related field, or equivalent experience
- Knowledge of invasive plant species and control/management techniques and Cape Cod native plant communities
- Required Licenses: Valid Driver’s License; MA Pesticide License/Certification (to be acquired within 60 days of hire)
- Proficiency with AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Office
- Experience with Rhino 3ds, Sketch-up, ArcGIS and GPS
- Familiarity with Sage CRM/CRE a plus
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills
- Proven ability to work respectfully as a team with co-workers
- Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
- Self-directed with demonstrated time management, strategic thinking and planning skills
- Detail oriented with excellent organizational skills
- This job will have exposure to occupational hazards such tick-borne illness, biting and stinging insects, poison ivy and sumac, and will occasionally require performing physically strenuous work in a variety of weather conditions
Please submit a resume, cover letter which includes position of interest, as well as samples of your work (attached as a pdf) to email@example.com