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Entry Level Scientist I (Ecology/Environmental)

  • Job reference: NA-001669
  • Sector: Environment, Transportation, Urban Development, Water
  • Location: Atlanta
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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.

Globally, Atkins is the largest UK-based engineering and design consultancy and one of the world's largest design firms 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 is currently seeking an Entry Level Scientist I (Ecology/Environmental) to join our rapidly expanding Environmental Sciences group, in the Atlanta, GA office. The ideal candidate for this position will apply their ecological and environmental knowledge toward the assessment of project sites, along with preparation of environment documents and regulatory applications.


Performs work which involves conventional methods and requires the use of analysis, interpretation, and deductive reasoning to carry out diversified projects or phases of a single project. Typical duties and responsibilities of this position will include:

Evaluation of impacts from transportation and other civil engineering projects on the natural environment;

Conduct field investigations of projects sites including wetland and stream delineations with functional assessments according to applicable methodologies, and evaluate, map, and describe on-site habitats while identifying those potentially suitable to support protected species

Perform GPS field mapping, post process and distribute GPS-mapped resources in multiple formats;

Coordinate with design professionals and overall project team for accurate depiction of natural resources on construction plans and to identify opportunities for avoiding and minimizing potential impacts;

Prepare GIS maps and conduct GIS analyses

Prepare technical documentation under supervision, detailing the findings of ecological surveys and research


B.S. or B.A. degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, or a similar field of Natural Sciences. Minimal experience is required of incumbents with directly related Bachelor's degree; no experience is required with a Master's degree.


Good analytical skills and attention to detail, technical writing proficiency, computer skills, and communication skills are required for the position. Core competencies through education or work must include:

Ecological evaluations and wetland/stream delineations, threatened species investigation and reporting;

Proficiency with the MS Office suite of software, ArcGIS (specifically ArcMap), Trimble GPS, and Pathfinder Office/TerraSync;

Aptitude for maintaining a professional attitude, able to effectively communicate with clients and colleagues, both verbally and in writing; and

Strong organizational and time management skills.

Local candidates are preferred for this position, although there may be minimal relocation funding available for the preferred candidate.


Preference will be given to candidates that have the following skills and/or experience:

Similar environmental consultation experience and regulatory consultation experience with USACE and/or GA EPD;

Strong plant identification skills applicable within the southeast, specifically within the ecoregions comprising Georgia;

Experience with review and interpretation of construction plans; and

Completion of training courses required for GDOT pre-qualification in the area of Ecology

Eligible candidates must have a valid driver’s license and current US work authorization to work for any US employer without sponsorship now or in the future

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 EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Atkins is a drug free workplace.

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