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CDM Smith Environmental Scientist 5 in Carlsbad, California


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Job Description:

We are seeking a biologist, ecologist, or environmental scientist to support natural-based solutions projects. This candidate will primarily assist with regulatory compliance efforts for federal, state, and local environmental projects in CDM Smith’s portfolio, with focus on fisheries science, protected species, floodplains and wetlands, stream and habitat assessments, and associated permitting tasks.

Job Description

• Work with a dynamic team supporting federal agencies, states, local communities, tribes, and territories as they undertake projects to become more resilient in the face of disasters, natural hazards, and a changing world.

• Assess potential impacts of projects on species and habitats, prepare No Effect memos and biological assessments, and conduct surveys and desktop evaluations to determine the existence of, and potential impact on, threatened and endangered species.

• Conduct surveys, assessments, and reviews of water quality, wetlands, and other ecologically significant or geographically unique areas. Design field surveys and lead field teams.

• Perform analyses to ensure all reasonable alternatives have been evaluated in accordance with criteria and document in written reports.

• Conduct site inspections and ensure that any proposed project actions comply with environmental, floodplain, and wetland laws, regulations, and executive orders.

• Contribute to the production of environmental assessments and environmental impact statements.

• Provide technical expertise to assist with evaluation of effects on floodplains and wetlands to support documentation needed for compliance with Executive Order 11988 and Executive Order 11990.

• Mentor junior staff to help them expand their technical skills and capabilities.

• Collaborate on the preparation of proposals and provide expertise on technical approaches.

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Environmental Scientist 5



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Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Science or related discipline with professional scientist registration/certification OR Master's degree in Science or related discipline. 7 years of related experience. Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands. Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Expertise in fisheries science and wetlands preferred.

• 7 to 15 years of related experience

• Bachelor’s or Master's degree in Fisheries, Ecology, Wildlife and Fisheries Science or Management, or related discipline.

• Demonstrated technical writing skills (reports), ability to analyze technical information and synthesize results into a report, effective written and oral communication skills.

• Wetland delineation certification or training.

• Field experience with special-status species surveys, habitat assessments, and wetland delineation, especially in the western U.S.

• Regulatory experience in permitting, due diligence, and compliance monitoring.

• Knowledge and experience with CERCLA projects.

• Experience working with federal and state regulations and codes. Experience analyzing compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and other applicable laws, implementing regulations, and Executive Orders, as well as preparing necessary documents to demonstrate compliance.

• Experience writing Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, and/or Biological Assessments.

EEO Statement:

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Why CDM Smith?:

Check out this video and find out why our team loves to work here! (https://www.cdmsmith.com/en/Video/Meet-CDM-Smith)

Join Us! CDM Smith – where amazing career journeys unfold.

Imagine a place committed to offering an unmatched employee experience. Where you work on projects that are meaningful to you. Where you play an active part in shaping your career journey. Where your co-workers are invested in you and your success. Where you are encouraged and supported to do your very best and given the tools and resources to do so. Where it’s a priority that the company takes good care of you and your family.

Our employees are the heart of our company. As an employer of choice, our goal is to provide a challenging, progressive and inclusive work environment which fosters personal leadership, career growth and development for every employee. We value passionate individuals who challenge the norm, deliver world-class solutions and bring diverse perspectives. Join our team, and together we will make a difference and change the world.

Job Site Location:

California - Carlsbad

Agency Disclaimer:

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

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Visa Sponsorship Available:

No - We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position

Skills and Abilities:

• Must be a U.S. Citizen and be able to obtain a FEMA Badge, which includes a background investigation for a Public Trust position.

• Strong attention to detail.

• Strong technical writing and communication skills.

• Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.

• Ability to adapt to change quickly and remain flexible.

• Ability to interact effectively with consultants and governmental agencies.

• Ability to work independently and with teams.

Background Check and Drug Testing Information:

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) reserves the right to require background checks including criminal, employment, education, licensure, etc. as well as credit and motor vehicle when applicable for certain positions. In addition, CDM Smith may conduct drug testing for designated positions. Background checks are conducted after an offer of employment has been made in the United States. The timing of when background checks will be conducted on candidates for positions outside the United States will vary based on country statutory law but in no case, will the background check precede an interview. CDM Smith will conduct interviews of qualified individuals prior to requesting a criminal background check, and no job application submitted prior to such interview shall inquire into an applicant's criminal history. If this position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate. In addition, during employment individuals may be required by CDM Smith or a CDM Smith client to successfully complete additional background checks, including motor vehicle record as well as drug testing.

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Additional Compensation:

All bonuses at CDM Smith are discretionary and may or may not apply to this position.

Work Location Options:

Hybrid Work Options may be considered for successful candidate.

Driver's License Requirements:

An appropriate and valid driver's license is required.

Additional Pay Range Information:

The pay range for this position is listed above. This pay range is a good faith estimate representative of all experience levels for this position based on the geographic location assigned to the position. Please note that pay ranges vary based on geographic location. In addition to geographic location, the company considers several other factors when extending an offer including but not limited to the role, function and associated responsibilities, the candidate’s work experience, education/training and key skills.