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Senior Project Manager / Team Leader - Ecology

  • Job reference: NA-001321
  • Sector: Environment
  • Location: Denver
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Natural resource.

We're committed to:

Managing the challenges of complex environmental change
Addressing increasing development
Moving toward a low-carbon economy
If you’re passionate about creating responsible, sustainable environments, talk to us!

Environmental Science
Wetland Ecology
Prairie and Desert Biology
Natural Resources
Regulatory Process

“Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.” Earl Nightingale

By maximizing the value and responsible use of land, using leading-edge tools and planning expertise to integrate with surrounding communities and protecting neighboring natural habitats and resources, we're helping create enjoyable spaces in which we can live, work, and play, Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. We build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas.

Public and private clients face myriad challenges – aging infrastructure, smart growth, lack of funding and limited staff. As a leader in sustainable design and construction, we take an integrated, innovative approach to help tackle those challenges.

We work together across an international network of offices. This means that wherever in the world a project is being delivered, our clients benefit from industry-leading expertise, as well as a dedicated local contact. We understand the importance of having deep roots in the community; knowing and understanding local requirements, practices and culture. This allows us to be true collaborative partners with our clients, so that together, we can tackle complex projects and enhance communities throughout the U.S. and around the world.

If you've set your heart on working for a company who values passion, doing the right thing, putting clients first and working collaboratively to provide excellence in all they do, then you've come to the right place.

Atkins is currently seeking a Senior Project Manager / Team Leader-Ecology to join our team in Denver, Colorado. This candidate will ultimately be a local manager of eight to ten technical staff (ecologists and technicians). Assisting the team to excel in the areas of safety, quality, efficiency, utilization, and technical excellence. Will be responsible for staffing actions and career development. Will be looked to as a senior technical resource in your field of expertise, which must generally pertain to environmental (natural resources) compliance, permitting, consulting, and/or studies. Will perform duties as a senior project manager, and senior technical reviewer on complex, multidisciplinary projects. As a natural course of business, will participate in business development activities (direct and indirect sales), and must take opportunities to market your team to internal and external clients.

Job Details:

The ideal candidate will have significant experience with clients, and project experience in one or more of the following service lines is preferred:

CWA 404 permitting with specific experience interacting with the US Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Service (ESA Section 7 and 10 consulting/permitting).

Bureau of Land Management Land Use or beneficial use studies and permitting; montane/prairie/desert ecology studies and restoration.

NEPA studies, documentation, and reviews; environmental studies and permitting for the transportation industry (e.g.: ports, rail, highway /interstate, toll roads, & aviation).

State/local agencies, such as Department of Transportation, water resources departments, flood control districts, or environmental departments.

Federal agencies (e.g.: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Defense, or the Bureau of Reclamation).

Must be comfortable working and coordinating with a multidisciplinary team that may include at any one time ecologists, geologists, design engineers, right of way agents, surveyors, archaeologists, historians, and planners, among others.

The local team provides the following general services to a broad listing of private and public clients: threatened and endangered species surveys, wetland delineation and jurisdictional determinations, stream restoration and wetland mitigation design and permitting, wildlife habitat evaluations and management services, aquatic resource mapping and monitoring, water quality data collection and data analysis, NEPA studies, and natural resources permitting and compliance.

Project Production and Management: Ensure appropriate staff allocation to projects in consideration of project schedules, budgets, key milestone dates and work products. Monitors and enforces compliance with established quality control and safety standards, ensuring that appropriate quality assurance and safety activities are being performed throughout the operating unit. Reviews project QC plans and periodic QA compliance audits on current or recently completed projects. Assists staff in resolving problems concerning work with the various business units.

Staff Administration: With Technical Manager, Business Managers and Project Managers, identifies current and future staffing availability based on technical and budgetary requirements of future workload and manpower projections. Helps staff identify and pursue technical and professional development activities consistent with their career development goals and work unit objectives/company needs. Recommends salary levels for new hires and initiates salary and position adjustment actions for staff, subject to senior management review and approval. Conducts semi-annual performance reviews and annual career planning sessions with direct reports. Provides staff with ongoing performance feedback and counsel to promote improved performance and career development. Ensures staff compliance with company policies and procedures.

Technical Excellence: Maintains visibility and professional currency by actively participating in professional and civic organizations and encourages staff to do the same. Works with Practice and Technical Directors to design and implement development tracks for technical staff, with a focus on building technical excellence at all levels of the organization.

Marketing and Client Maintenance: Will participate in pursuing new project opportunities by maintaining contacts with current and prospective clients with history of capturing work desired.

Contracts and Financial: Will assist sales leads and project managers to staff new pursuits and contract negotiations. Approves purchase requests for capital items as specified in the internal authorization approval matrix.

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


Waters of the US (404/10) permitting, USFWS Threatened/Endangered species Permitting and NEPA experience required.

Proven ability to manage clients, individuals and teams, provide leadership, and manage project production.

Excellent technical interpersonal skills, and problem solving skills.

Must have business vision, excellent communication skills, and be able to represent the firm effectively to clients, key public officials, and the community in general.
Professional registration in field of practice is preferred, e.g., P.E., A.I.C.P., R.A., P.W.S., or R.L.A.


Bachelor's degree in field(s) of practice. Graduate degree preferred. Management coursework and/or MBA a plus. This level may be achieved with ten years of experience in project production and technical professional activities, four of these working as a project manager.

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.

Please view Atkins Equal Opportunity Statement.

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