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Senior Scientist-Ecology/Environmental

  • Job reference: NA-001257
  • Sector: Environment
  • Location: Atlanta
To preserve and protect.

How do you balance the needs of a client while preserving or restoring precious natural resources?

Resilience is key.

If you're looking for an opportunity to help clients balance human concerns (cost, health, comfort) with energy and environmental concerns (resource use, ecological degradation)

We want to talk to you!
We’re helping our clients manage the challenges of complex environmental change and increasing development. It's about providing inventive solutions that, at their core, address natural infrastructure. Our team offers holistic solutions to help our clients improve their environmental performance, manage their risk and liability and take advantage of the opportunities that are emerging within the growing environmental industry.

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.

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.

Making a positive impact on the built and natural environment takes more than just skill - it takes heart. If you put your heart into everything you do, come join our team.

Atkins is currently seeking a Senior Scientist 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 practice but may include a variety of complex features such as conflicting requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials or procedures, or difficult coordination requirements.

Evaluation of impacts from transportation and other civil engineering 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.

Participate in mentoring and training of junior staff in each of the areas described above, and perform quality assurance reviews of work prepared by others.


B.S. or M.S. in a field of Science.

Scientists with minimum seven (7) years’ experience since Bachelor's degree or six (6) years’ experience with Master's degree.

Good analytical skills and attention to detail, technical writing, computer and communication skills.

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.

Professional certification/registration is preferred.

Experience with review and interpretation of construction plans.

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

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.

Please view Atkins Equal Opportunity Statement.

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