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Scientist – Ecology

  • Job reference: NA-003403
  • Sector: Environment
  • Location: Atlanta

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 a Scientist  – Ecology to join our rapidly expanding Environmental Sciences group, in Atlanta, Georgia. This position would require the candidate to serve as an extension of staff to a major client and the candidate would be embedded at the client office in Midtown Atlanta. The ideal candidate for this position will apply their ecological and environmental knowledge toward the assessment of project sites, along with preparation and review of environment documents and regulatory applications.




  • Provide project task schedules for assigned projects which includes a list of all required ecology documentation and permits, prioritized by project baseline schedules; 
  • Provide project status updates at meetings and via tracking database; 
  • Evaluation of impacts from transportation projects on the natural environment; 
  • 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; 
  • Perform field investigations of projects sites including wetland and stream delineations with functional assessments according to applicable methodologies
  • Perform GPS field mapping, post processing, and distribution of GPS-mapped resources in multiple formats; 
  • Document, analyze, and interpret quantitative and qualitative data on projects of varying complexity and size within Georgia and the southeast; 
  • Evaluate, map, and describe on-site habitats while identifying those potentially suitable to support protected species; 
  • Prepare documentation and technical reports detailing the findings of ecological surveys and coordinate with state and federal agencies; 
  • Prepare special provisions and permit applications for various regulatory agencies, including the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD); Conduct site reviews with the USACE and/or Georgia EPD and participate in project meetings.




  • B.A./B.S. or M.S. in a field of Science to commensurate with hiring discipline.



  • Scientists with minimum three (3) years’ experience since Bachelor's degree or two (2) years’ experience with Master's degree.
  • Aptitude for maintaining a professional attitude and attention to detail while working alone and within a team environment; 
  • Excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills with clients and colleagues; 
  • Strong organizational, task and time management, deductive reasoning, and analytical skills; 
  • Proficiency with the MS Office suite of software, ArcGIS, Trimble GPS, and Pathfinder Office. 
  • Preference will be given to candidates that have the following skills and/or experience:
  • Similar environmental consultation experience related to GDOT and/or other linear projects (including projects with federal funding) and regulatory consultation experience with USACE and/or Ga EPD; 
  • Strong botanical identification skills within the southeast, specifically within the ecoregions comprising Georgia; 
  • Experience with review and interpretation of construction plans;  
  • Completion of training courses required for GDOT pre-qualification in the area of Ecology.


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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