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Seattle, Washington, United States of America
JOB #R1900312

Senior Restoration Practitioner

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Senior Restoration Practitioner

California, Oregon, Washington

Job Description

The ICF Restoration Team is currently seeking a Senior Restoration Practitioner to join our west coast based Design and Implementation Restoration Team. We are targeting candidates that live near and can report to one of the following offices; Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, Sacramento, CA, San Francisco, CA, San Jose, CA, and Los Angeles, CA, San Diego, CA. The ICF Restoration Team includes over 20 individuals that collaborate to deliver rewarding projects, carrying designs from conception through construction and multi-year monitoring. We are currently expanding our team working on riverine and estuary restoration designs and construction oversight for projects underway in Puget Sound, Washington, the Columbia River Basin, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the Upper Santa Ana River near Los Angeles, and the Otay River in San Diego.

As a Senior Restoration Practitioner with ICF, you will have a first-hand role in the pursuit and development of new project work, as well as the design and implementation of high-quality river, estuary, wetland, and upland focused projects that are part of the expanding ICF project portfolio. Our restoration team targets projects that are intended to conserve, mitigate, restore or preserve critical habitats. These efforts are most often required to satisfy permitting requirements associated with infrastructure operation, improvement, and development projects. The Senior Restoration Practitioner will apply their career experience, network, and industry expertise in the oversight and mentorship of the larger sub-teams that are assigned to a particular project. Typical project work requires familiarity with watersheds, estuaries and river systems. Technical analyses include evaluation of basin hydrology, channel and floodplain hydraulics, soil characteristic, large woody material structures, bank stabilization measures, channel geometry, and roadway crossing structures that restore stream, estuary, wetland habitat, and upland habitat. The ICF restoration team has always included a diverse range of expertise and is offering this position to find a candidate that knows the restoration market, and who is ready to add their energy to our team of engineers, hydrologists, landscape architects, geomorphologist, biologists, wetland scientists, permit specialists, and environmental project managers.

The Senior Restoration Practitioner will provide technical analyses and design project elements as a member of a multi-disciplinary team providing habitat preservation and restoration planning, design, mitigation and permitting services to a variety of clients. Our clients primarily include federal agencies, state, and local governments, Tribes, and non-profit organizations. Project roles may include all or some of the full suite of restoration services that ICF offers (e.g., planning, conceptual design, detailed design, permitting document preparation, construction assistance, and performance monitoring). 

Interested candidates should desire to be a member of ICF’s multidisciplinary team with a proven track record of effective communication to efficiently deliver planning and engineering details for habitat restoration projects. ICF’s Restoration Practice is built around multidisciplinary teams, with contributions from a variety of specialist knowledgeable and experienced in the subject matter required for each project. As no team member is an expert in all facets of a project, ICF’s Senior Restoration Practitioners promote collaborative dialog between team members to develop the best possible project.

The person in this role must be able to work with team members in offices throughout Washington, Oregon, and California.  You will be responsible for maintaining working relationships with other ICF staff typically through phone calls and computer link meetings, but also including occasional meetings at other west coast offices. You must be willing to undertake periodic short-term travel (typically 1 to 3 days) to client offices and project sites throughout the western US.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as primary point of contact in the development of new project work.
  • Remain client facing throughout the project.
  • Maintain a multi-project and multi-client portfolio.
  • Direct team members to ensure they effectively perform required analysis and complete tasks for each project, keeping deliverables on time and on budget.
  • Provide reviews to ensure team is maintaining standards of high quality.
  • Review and understand, designs related to bank protection, bridge scour countermeasures, instream grade control structures, fish passage structures at roadway crossings, side channels, tidal channel networks, setback levees, dike breaches, and large woody material habitat structures
  • Author technical reports and memoranda, and basis of deign reports.
  • Support obtaining environmental permits for project construction, working with permit specialists to provide necessary design project data and reports.
  • Provide oversight during project construction.
  • Attend project meetings and effectively communicate engineering technical details in project correspondence with non-engineer team members, and in some cases members of the public.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in one of the following fields: Civil Environmental or Engineering, Ecology/Biology, Geology, Geomorphology, Hydrology or Landscape Architecture.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience leading projects or programs that delivered the following one of or some combination of the following services for the benefit of ecological uplift in the environment: Conservation, Mitigation, Enhancement, Restoration or Preservation.

Desirable Skills/Experience

  • In addition to education listed in Basic Qualifications, Bachelor or Master's Degree in any field of study related to natural processes and/or fish and wildlife ecology, biology, or botany.
  • Experience designing habitat restoration projects in Washington, Oregon, or California.
  • Experience performing hydrologic and hydraulic analyses using numerical models.
  • Experience performing target species predictive response or life cycle modeling.
  • Experience in conducting construction oversight/monitoring.
  • Experience with habitat vegetation plan design, layout, monitoring, establishment techniques and success criteria.
  • Understanding of environmental regulatory processes in Washington, Oregon, or California.
  • Proficient in use of AutoCAD Civil 3D, Microstation/In-Roads, and/or ArcGIS.
  • Experience surveying sites with traditional ground survey equipment and/or RTK GPS.

ICF offers an excellent benefits package, an award winning talent development program, and fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce. 

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity)

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination: EEO is the law and Pay Transparency Statement.

Seattle, WA (WA25)

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