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Senior Ecologist

  • Job reference: NA-002449
  • Sector: Education, Environment, Support Services
  • Location: Baton Rouge
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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 3rd largest global design firm by ENR in 2018 with nearly 55,000 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.

SNC-Lavalin Atkins business seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our Baton Rouge, Louisiana office as a Senior Ecologist.


Atkins is seeking an energetic, self-starting, and collaborative Senior Ecologist to join our EcoSciences team in Baton Rouge, LA. This role will exercise technical expertise and provide project oversight over coastal restoration type projects associated with Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) in the field of coastal environmental science, planning 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 NEPA documents and other 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.

  • Prepares technical reports in support of the NEPA process; supports preparation of permits, and provides peer reviews of reports prepared by others. Will be expected to contribute to the preparation of Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements.
  • Conducts natural resource field investigations, including but not limited to identification of waters of the United States, including wetland delineations; threatened and endangered species coordination; habitat evaluations; presence/absence surveys, specimen collection and handling; construction monitoring; stormwater and erosion control monitoring and compliance; soil/water sampling; data entry, processing, and interpretation.
  • 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 communicates the results of studies performed to supervisory and project management staff.
  • Supports proposal efforts, including scope, technical approaches, and cost 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 when deemed necessary.

  • B.A./B.S. or M.S. in a field of Science to commensurate with hiring discipline. This level may be achieved by Scientists with minimum five years experience since Bachelor's degree or four years experience with Master's degree; typical incumbent has six to seven years' experience.

  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail, self-motivating, technical writing, computer and communication skills including public speaking. 
  • Direct experience and knowledge in the ecosystems of the Gulf Coast and Mississippi Alluvial Plain. 
  • GIS skills and GPS equipment familiarity are considered a plus. 
  • Prior experience with Galveston, Fort Worth, Mobile and New Orleans Districts of the USACE and Louisiana and Texas DOT projects preferred. 
  • Prior absence and presence survey experience as well as USFWS scientific permits or ability to obtain permits also preferred. 
  • Prior environmental impact assessment and/or NEPA experience also preferred.

  • Professional certification/registration may be required, depending on discipline.

  • Periodic travel is to be expected. 
  • Must be confident working in harsh and inhospitable outdoor climates in the Gulf Coast region of the 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.

Please view Atkins Equal Opportunity Statement here:

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