• Scientist II/Ecologist II

    Job Location US-GA-Atlanta
    Job ID 0718-19033
    HNTB Job Title
    Scientist II
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Environmental Planning
  • Why Choose HNTB?

    For more than a century, HNTB has helped deliver infrastructure solutions that best meet the unique needs of our clients. With client relationships spanning decades, we understand infrastructure life cycles and have the perspective to solve technical challenges with clarity and imagination. We are far more than a design firm. We see and help address far-reaching issues of financing, legislation, design, construction, community outreach and ongoing operations. As employee-owners committed to the highest levels of performance, we enable clients to achieve their goals and inspiring visions.

    At HNTB, we’re encouraged to go beyond discovering mere solutions that will impact our very landscape. We are encouraged to ask, “What if?” Our HNTB family fosters an inventive and resourceful commitment to finding unique answers to complex problems. We believe that the act of wondering sparks creativity. We will work to foster your creativity, career and personal growth. Come join HNTB and unleash your spark of imagination.

    For you, “together” can mean the chance to put together an exciting career. At HNTB “together” also means collaborating across geographies and disciplines within the firm. And “together” means that we are partners with our clients. Our goals are linked, and their success is our success. “Together” means that we are engaged in the communities we serve — we live there — and are committed to their growth and development.


    The time is right to join HNTB Corporation!  HNTB is currently seeking a Scientist II/Ecologist II in our Atlanta, GA. office.

    Job Summary

    Applies a sound knowledge of the principles and theories of geology, hydrology, chemistry, biology or other related sciences to analyze the potential effects a project may have on the environment and/or the potential effects the environment may have on the design and construction of a project. Participates in moderate to complex projects or all level of project/program difficulty and/or may be responsible for an assigned phase of project or program.

    Essential Responsibility

    • Prepares environmental documentation, permits or mitigation plans for public and private clients with respect to acquisition and compliance for wetland impacts, bridge construction, threatened/endangered species.
    • Reviews and evaluates technical reports and plans of scientific aspects of proposed projects such as environmental clearance of projects, permitting, and mitigation plans.
    • Collects, analyzes and reports on geological, hydrological, biological or other scientific conditions at the proposed project site to identify the impact on the environment in the construction of highways, bridges or other structures.
    • Performs field investigations and research to determines the suitability of the project site for proposed use.
    • Provides technical advice and assistance to project engineers on specific geologic, hydrologic, biologic or other scientific aspects and their impact on the specific phase of construction.
    • Reviews and evaluates the potential impact of Federal, state and local environmental legislation.
    • Develops and maintains liaisons and effective working relations with groups and individuals, agencies, and the public to encourage cooperative management strategies or to develop information and interpret findings.
    • Prepares and participates in public information meetings and hearings.
    • Keeps current with trends, literature and new developments in ecology and environmental science.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Additional Responsibilities

    - Ability to conduct ecological studies and prepare documentation for inclusion in environmental documents; including Categorical Exclusions, Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements and other technical reports as needed to assess impacts.
    - Organization of work plans and leading field crews for specialized field assessments including but not limited to wetland and stream delineations, endangered species/habitat assessments and surveys, plant identification/tree surveys, and land use studies throughout the state of Georgia.
    - Management of data collection, including entering and analyzing field data.
    - Preparation of Section 404 permits under the Clean Water Act.  Permits may include Individual, Nationwide, or Regional. 
    - Preparation of Georgia EPD Stream Buffer Variance applications.
    - Strong analytical and technical report writing skills.
    - Ability to conduct thorough internal and external technical report reviews with a focus on attention to detail.
    - Ability to formulate and conduct technical planning studies in a timely and efficient manner and present results in concise, well-written documents.
    - Computer skills with windows based programs such as Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, Outlook as well as ArcGIS.  Experience with Trimble GPS units and data processing software is preferred.
    - Organizational/time management skills.
    - Understanding of detailed ecology/biology concepts.
    - Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well with others from an array of different fields.

    Basic Qualification

    Bachelor's degree in Geology, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science or related field
    5 years related experience
    3 years related experience (with Master's degree in Natural Sciences)

    Preferred Qualification/Skills

    - Bachelors degree in an environmental field of study (Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, Fisheries, Wildlife or related field plus 5-10 years of related experience, and preferably experience related to ecological field studies and the preparation of environmental documents including Ecology and NEPA. 
    - The ideal candidate would have knowledge of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Environmental Procedures Manual for conducting and completing quality environmental documents.  Should be dependable and detail oriented, and able to identify, assess and solve problems in the field and work place. 
    - Advanced degrees and certifications preferred.

    General Work Conditions

    Office Environment: Work is generally performed in an office environment in which there is only minimal exposure to potentially unpleasant working conditions. Incumbent must have the ability to stand and sit frequently, and reach horizontally as well as vertically for overhead use.

    HNTB Corporation is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran. 

    The HNTB Companies are an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, citizenship status, or other status protected by law.  In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, we will hire only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States (if the position is or will be one which is subject to U.S. law). We will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individual with a disability where appropriate.


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