Environmental Protection Specialist

Company: Flux Resources

General Information
US-OR-Portland, OR
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Full-Time
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Job Description

Flux is currently seeking an Environmental Protection Specialist to join our project team onsite with our client in Portland, OR. Under the guidance of a manager or project lead, this position will develop, propose, and assist management with implementing the appropriate environmental review and compliance for organizational projects. This includes identification and development of appropriate National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses and documentation, as well as verifying compliance with other applicable federal and state environmental laws, regulations, and policies, such as the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Clean Water Act, and cultural resource protection laws such as the National Historic Preservation Act.  This position requires the capability to undertake environmental analyses, consultations, and documentation for multiple projects simultaneously, and under the guidance of appropriate manager / personnel to serve as the environmental point of contact internally within the organization, across the organization, and externally with other agencies, Native American tribes, and the public.  Specifically, this position will be a technical specialist working on NEPA and ESA for hatchery projects.  

 

Position Responsibilities include:

  • Under the guidance and with assistance of manager / personnel:
  • Reviews proposed complex project information and coordinates with the project lead and cultural resource staff to identify the information/data needed for appropriate environmental analysis, consultation, and documentation;
  • Completes analysis and verifies analysis and documentation are completed in accordance with applicable laws (particularly NEPA and ESA) and other related regulations, policies and procedures and guidelines.
  • Develops / drafts schedules that will allow for completion of project environmental and cultural resource compliance requirements in a timely and efficient manner. Participates in project site visits to collect and gather information and identify the documentation requirements, based on established criteria, and potential environmental issues and/or concerns.  Informs appropriate manager / project lead / personnel of anticipated informational / documentation requirements and/or alerts of any perceived potential environmental / cultural issues.  Obtain appropriate concurrence for planned information / documentation actions.
  • Reviews resource reports produced by others to determine adequacy of environmental analysis, based on established criteria, for an organization-proposed action.  Reports findings and presents recommendations for review, consideration and approval by appropriate manager / project lead / personnel.
  • Based on established guidelines and criteria, identifies and documents potential natural and social resources issues, analyzes impacts, and makes recommendations to the appropriate manager / project lead for avoidance and/or mitigation of impacts.
  • Under the guidance of appropriate manager / project lead / personnel, coordinates and facilitates public involvement processes for assigned projects, including public meetings and workshops in coordination and collaboration with Communications/Regional Relations.
  • Drafts, and/or reviews and edits drafts of environmental documents to validate compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies for review, finalization and approval by appropriate manager / personnel. Documents will include NEPA documents such as:
  • Categorical Exclusions
  • Environmental Assessments
  • Environmental Impact Statements
  • Associated documents such as findings of no significant impact and/or records of decision
  • ESA documents such as biological assessments.
  • Under the guidance of appropriate manager / project lead / personnel, coordinates with multiple state, federal and tribal agencies on environmental assessments; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with same.
  • Drafts correspondence for compliance and permit consultations in accordance with internal procedures.
  • Drafts briefings on the status of environmental reviews and issues for review, finalization and approval by appropriate manager / personnel; presents manager-approved briefing materials to management, executives, stakeholders and others, internally and externally.
  • Drafts environmental documents in accordance with agency policies and procedures.
  • Maintains project environmental records in accordance with agency record management requirements.
  • Monitors environmental compliance measures after a project is implemented, including post-construction site visits to evaluate effectiveness of recommended measures; reports findings, recommends further corrective actions and/or escalates concerns and questions to appropriate manager / personnel.
  • Recommends improvements to systems, procedures or practices, to enhance effectiveness and efficiency, for review, consideration and acceptance by manager / personnel.
  • Proposes recommendations for Endangered Species Act and NEPA strategies related to hatchery projects under consideration. All recommendations must be submitted for review, consideration and acceptance by appropriate manager / project lead / personnel.
  • Job Requirements

    Position Requirements:

    Education/Experience:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology/Fisheries/Wildlife/Environmental Planning or directly-related natural science or planning field is required.
    • Masters Degree in one or more of the biological/physical sciences, particularly for Northwest species, plants, soils, or geology/geomorphology is highly preferred.
    • 10+ years work experience in an environmental analysis, planning, and/or review capacity is required.
    • 5+ years experience working with the NEPA process is required. 
    • 5+ years experience applying the ESA is required.
    • 3+ years of experience working with fish hatchery programs and/or facilities is preferred.
    • Geographic Information System (GIS) expertise is preferred.
    • Direct experience implementing other federal environmental or cultural compliance statutes and regulations, such as the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and/or the National Historic Preservation Act is preferred.
    • Specialized environmental certification, such as for wetlands investigations is desirable.
    • Experience working with Native American tribes is highly desirable.
    • Training or certification in conflict resolution, public involvement techniques, facilitation and/or meeting management is desirable.
    • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite Software (MS Word, Access, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook); (MS Office 2010 proficiency required)

     

    Additional Information:

    Approximately 30% travel to field locations.

     

    Flux Resources, LLC is proud to be an AA/EEO employer and all qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to characteristics protected by applicable local, state or federal law, such as race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, marital status, veteran or military status, genetic information or sexual orientation.