Freese & Nichols, Inc. is currently seeking to add an environmental scientist our Austin, TX office with expertise in coastal ecology and restoration. Upcoming project opportunities include coastal restoration and sediment management projects for a variety of federal, state, and local government clients as well as non-governmental organizations that are active along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
Freese and Nichols holds numerous contracts with clients including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Galveston and Jacksonville Districts as well as state agencies such as the Texas General Land Office and the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. Preferred candidates should have combinations of knowledge related to coastal restoration, beach nourishment, shoreline protection, dredging, endangered and threatened species management, coastal vegetation management, etc.
Field studies and surveys requiring ecological, biological, water quality, and sediment sampling.
Familiarity and understanding of a range of coastal resource issues, particularly along the Gulf Coast.
Familiarity with major state and federal regulatory requirements of projects along the coast, including Clean Water Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Rivers and Harbors Act, for example.
Preparation of various types of reports including NEPA documentation.
Interaction with federal, state, and local government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), other consulting firms, and academic institutions.
Preparation of grant applications on behalf of clients.
Sales responsibilities including meeting with current/potential clients and teaming partners, preparation of qualification-based proposals, participation in short-list interviews with potential clients, and preparation of scopes of services and budgets for professional services.
Required Qualifications & Skills:
Bachelor’s degree in marine biology, coastal resource management, or similar biological, ecological, or natural resource management field is required; Master’s degree preferred
6+ years of experience involving coastal restoration, biological studies and surveys, and/or monitoring.
Prefer certification in a recognized specialty area (e.g., Certified Ecologist, Certified Hazardous Materials Manager).
Project management skills preferred with experience in managing project delivery teams and coordinating with clients and regulatory agencies.
Experience in preparation of grant applications is preferred.
Ability to utilize software including Microsoft Office products. Ability to utilize ArcGIS is preferred.
Must have experience with technical writing and professional writing, and the ability to conduct presentations at public and client meetings.
Freese and Nichols is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.