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Stantec Field Ecologist/Environmental Scientist in SARASOTA, Florida

Field Ecologist/Environmental Scientist - ( 230003EY )


Grounded in safety, quality, and ethics, our experts lead their fields and guide our work with rigor, a creative spirit, and vision for growth. We draw from more than 20 technical specialties around the globe and are committed to fostering an inclusive community of diverse talents, backgrounds, and expertise. We’re a place to apply your passion and collaborate with top environmental talents on work that’s critical to our clients and the communities they support. Join a team that has the environment down to a science.

Your Opportunity

Stantec is seeking a field ecologist to fill an open position in Sarasota, Florida. Qualified candidates will be expected to contribute technical assistance in one or more of the following areas: field data collection (e.g., wetlands, habitats, wildlife, water quality), assessment, planning, regulatory consultation, environmental permitting, and restoration projects. The successful candidate will also be committed to expanding their expertise in areas where it is currently lacking. Under the supervisor of a Project Manager, this candidate will also support our clients and Florida staff that includes accomplished biologists, ecologists, water resource specialists and engineers. This position includes the opportunity to assist on various projects within the power, oil and gas, land management and real estate, mining, and transportation sectors. Projects may include activities throughout the state and the southeastern U.S.

Our staff include specialists in wetland science, threatened and endangered species surveys, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), cultural resources, hydrogeology, engineering, habitat and ecosystem restoration, environmental remediation, and GIS. We help our clients identify constraints and respond to opportunities within the changing regulatory and corporate environment through active engagement with the public, stakeholder groups, and government regulators. Our team members are involved in a variety of projects that may include Waters of the U.S. (WOUS) delineations and permitting, listed species habitat assessments and surveys, NEPA, siting and routing studies, stream assessments and sampling, habitat restoration, siting and zoning applications, and complex planning and permitting for a variety of industries including renewable energy, transportation, power, government, and development.

Your Key Responsibilities :

  • Focus on health and safety

  • Assist technical specialists and scientists in the field with biological (e.g., wildlife / avian), wetland delineations, aquatic, botanical, and water quality surveys or monitoring efforts

  • Conduct field assessments and compile data and information under direction of project managers and/or technical specialists

  • Enter and manage technical data and prepare graphs and tables as requested

  • Assist with preparation of technical reports, plans, and permit applications

  • Eagerness to learn and follow current data collections methodologies, protocol, and environmental agency regulations


Your Capabilities and Credentials:

  • Experience in native and invasive species plant identification

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software (i.e., Word and Excel required)

  • Basic GPS / digital data collection skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Proficiency in wildlife identification and familiarity with the current U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) listed species regulations and guidelines

  • A commitment to expand or develop expertise in disciplines where skills may be lacking

  • Ability to work independently

  • Detail oriented, resourceful, problem solving skills

  • Ability to traverse wet and/or rugged terrain in diverse, sometimes inclement, weather conditions while carrying up to 50 lbs

  • Experience operating basic hand tools and smaller equipment

  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment

  • Availability and willingness to travel overnight for multiple days per week, occasionally more than a week, and adaptable to schedule changes upon short notice - work related travel expenses are covered by the company

  • Valid Driver's License with the ability to drive a company vehicle and an acceptable motor vehicle record

Desired Capabilities and Credentials:

  • Permitted FWC gopher tortoise authorized agent preferred or ability to obtain

  • First aid and CPR certified

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree related to the Biological / Ecological Sciences or Environmental Studies (e.g, botany, ornithology, herpetology, wetland science)

  • At least Three (3) to Seven (7) years’ experience with applied field work in Florida, e.g., wetland delineations,listed species surveys, or equivalent academic research

Typical office environment working with computers and remaining sedentary for long periods of time. Field work may include exposure to the elements including inclement weather. Ability to lift and move items and equipment up to 50 lbs.

This description is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required of the employee and other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned or may be changed at any time with or without notice.

Stantec is a place where the best and brightest come to build on each other’s talents, do exciting work, and make an impact on the world around us. Join us and redefine your personal best.

Benefits Summary: Regular full-time and part-time employees have access to medical, dental, and vision plans, a wellness program, health saving accounts, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan, employee stock purchase program, life and accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, short-term/long-term disability plans, emergency travel benefits, tuition reimbursement, professional membership fee coverage and paid family leave. Regular full-time and part-time employees will receive ten paid holidays in each calendar year. In addition, employees will be eligible to accrue vacation between 10 and 20 days per year and eligible for paid sick leave (and if more generous, in accordance with state and local law).

Temporary/casual employees have access to 401(k) plans, employee stock purchase program, and paid leave, in accordance with state and local law.

The benefits information listed above may not apply to union positions because benefits for such positions are governed by applicable collective bargaining agreements.

Primary Location : United States-Florida-Sarasota

Work Locations :

Sarasota FL

Organization : BC-1726 EnvSvcs-US Gulf East

Employee Status : Regular

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Travel : Yes, 50 % of the Time

Schedule : Full-time

Job Posting : Aug 23, 2023, 11:02:40 AM

Req ID: 230003EY

Stantec provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for future and current employment and prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We prohibit discrimination in decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, referral, promotion, compensation, fringe benefits, job training, terminations or any other condition of employment. Stantec is in compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations and ensures equitable opportunities in all aspects of employment. EEO including Disability/Protected Veterans