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  • Job reference: NA-003151
  • Sector: Education, Environment, Support Services, Transportation
  • Location: Austin
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Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies.  Atkins has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.


Atkins has the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.


Atkins seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our Austin, Texas office as an Ecologist.


Atkins is seeking an energetic, self-starting, and collaborative Scientist/Ecologist to join our EcoSciences team in Austin, TX. This role will exercise technical expertise and provide project oversight for a diverse range of projects in the field of infrastructure environmental science and consulting. This position will support senior technical staff in the field and in the office, performing natural resource surveys, collecting and analyzing data, preparing reports, supporting cost estimates, and interacting occasionally with clients, subcontractors, private parties, members of the public, and regulatory agencies. You may also participate in business development and marketing efforts over time.

  • Conduct/participate in natural resource field investigations, including but not limited to waters of the US; potential habitat for threatened and endangered species; vegetative community; presence/absence surveys, specimen collection and handling; construction monitoring; and stormwater and erosion control monitoring and compliance.
  • Prepares technical report of findings; supports preparation of permits and NEPA documents, and provides peer reviews of reports prepared by others.
  • Serves and as in-field team leader for junior staff and technicians. 
  • Responsible for planning field work and coordinating with various parties as to when and where field work will occur. 
  • Serves as an in-field team leader for health and safety requirements, including the preparation of safety documents and adherence to company safety protocols and procedures. 
  • Maintains field notes and other collected data in an organized and useful fashion to meet and safeguard project objectives. 
  • Effectively communicate the results of studies performed to supervisory and project management staff.
  • Support proposal scope, technical approaches, and fee estimates.
  • Serves as an in-field point of contact for clients, subcontractors, and various other parties.
  • May assist in the management of projects.
  • Performs such other duties as the Supervisor may from time to time deem necessary.

  • B.S. or B.A. in a field of Science to commensurate with hiring discipline. 
  • Minimal experience is required of incumbents with directly related Bachelor's degree; no experience is required with a Master's degree.

  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail, technical writing, computer and communication skills desired. 
  • The ideal candidate would have experience in identification of waters of the United States (including wetlands); Section 404/401 permitting including Nationwide Permits, related Pre-construction Notifications, Regional General Permits, and possibly Individual Permits. 
  • Wildlife and/or botany surveys and compliance. 
  • Impact analysis including NEPA and related documentation. 
  • Stormwater and erosion compliance experience. 
  • Wetland and stream condition assessment. Wetland and stream mitigation. 
  • Basic stream hydrologic principles. 
  • GIS skills and GPS equipment familiarity. 
  • The successful applicant must have a general understanding of one or more of the following industries: infrastructure, transportation, state and local governments, or water quality. 
  • Prior experience with Fort Worth District of the USACE and TxDOT projects preferred. 
  • Experience with the Galveston, Albuquerque, and Sacramento Districts of the USACE helpful. 
  • Prior absence and presence survey experience as well as USFWS scientific permits or ability to obtain permits also preferred.

  • No professional registration required; however TXDOT precertifications preferred.

  • Routine travel is to be expected. 
  • Must be confident working in harsh and inhospitable outdoor climates in the Southwestern and Midwestern US during all times of the year. 
  • Must maintain a keen awareness of safety protocols in the field and in the office. 
  • Will occasionally operate a company truck or rental vehicle.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.


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