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Ecosciences Specialist

  • Job reference: NA-002285
  • Sector: Education, Environment, Support Services
  • Location: Houston
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SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business 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.

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business was ranked as the world’s 11th largest global design firm by ENR in 2016 with nearly 18,000 employees worldwide. We have 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 Houston, Texas office as an EcoSciences Specialist.


Atkins is seeking an energetic, self-starting, and collaborative Scientist to join our EcoSciences team in Houston, TX. This role will exercise technical expertise in the field and office for a diverse range of projects in the industries 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 elements of reports, supporting cost estimates, and interacting occasionally with clients, subcontractors, private parties, members of the public, and regulatory agencies.


Conduct natural resource field investigations, including but not limited to: identification and delineation of waters of the United States and wetlands; protected wildlife species and suitable habitat evaluations; species presence/absence surveys; specimen collection and handling; construction monitoring; stormwater and erosion control monitoring and compliance; soil/water sampling; data entry, processing, and interpretation; and Phase I site assessments.

Prepares technical report of findings; supports preparation of regulatory permits and NEPA documents, and provides peer reviews of report elements prepared by others.

Serves and as field team support. Assists in planning field work; coordinating with various parties as to when and where field work will occur; and collaborates with the field team lead 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 survey observations and results of studies performed to supervisory, technical, and project management staff.

May serves as an in-field point of contact for clients, subcontractors, and various other parties.

May assist in the management of tasks.

Performs such other duties as the Supervisor may from time to time deem necessary.


B.A./B.S. or M.S. in a field of Science, including Natural Resources, Biology, Ecology, Forestry, Environmental Science, or related, commensurate with hiring discipline.


Strong analytical skills and attention to detail, self-motivating, technical writing, computer and communication skills including public speaking. The ideal candidate would have coursework, internship experience or introductory experience in three or more of the following: Texas/Louisiana coastal ecology; identification of waters of the United States (including wetlands); Section 404/401 permitting; wildlife and/or botany surveys and compliance; NEPA studies and documentation; stormwater and erosion compliance experience; wetland and stream condition assessment and mitigation; basic stream hydrologic principles; GIS skills; 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, water quality, regulatory/compliance. Prior absence and presence survey experience as well as USFWS scientific permits or ability to obtain permits would be a plus.


Ability to pursue professional certification/registration is required.


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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