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Senior Aquatic Biologist
Senior Aquatic Biologist
We are the Environment & Planning Division. We are passionate about doing what’s right for our clients, our people, the communities where we live and work, and the environment. We are planners, scientists, program managers, communicators, economists, technologists, and strategists. We are collaborative, curious, and committed to excellence—these are qualities we value that make us who we are and inspire us to grow.
ICF is a hiring seasoned and technically accomplished Senior Aquatic Biologist to join our Natural Resources Team. You will be able to apply a wide range of experience and demonstrated capabilities for complex projects involving multiple aquatic biological disciplines, including habitat restoration, fisheries, macroinvertebrates, freshwater mussels, and water quality. You will manage and grow a Team of accomplished aquatic scientists. You will oversee, prepare, and support the technical documents for T/E survey reports, Biological Assessments, management plans, and resource inventories for Habitat Conservation Plans and NEPA documents. You will support the growth and development of our team as a technical leader, mentor to junior staff, and contributor to business development activities. You will work with clients, technical experts, stakeholders, and regulatory agencies to successfully deliver projects on-time and under budget. You will work with ICF Natural Resource team members across the country, maintaining working relationships with infrequent face-to-face contact and be willing to undertake periodic short-term travel to sometimes relatively remote locations.
This position is available in the Louisville, KY, office, however remote and hybrid arrangements will be considered.
What You Will Do
Leading aquatic biological project teams and staff, including subconsultants, on project tasks, including field surveys, and report and deliverable preparation.
Managing all aspects of a project including client contact, agency coordination, budget control, invoicing, schedule, personnel allocation/planning, technical approach, and subcontractor involvement.
Leading regulatory and natural resource agency coordination and consultation efforts as required under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Writing technical reports and public environmental documents.
Performing QA/QC review of project documents, reports, presentations, technical memorandums, and other work products with a focus on technical adequacy, regulatory compliance, and client-specific requirements.
Participating in business development. Build relationships with clients and substantially contribute to business development in natural resource planning throughout the eastern United States. Support business development activities including proposal preparation, interview participation, and strategic business planning.
Providing mentoring and training to staff in all aspects of the position, including but not limited to technical expertise, project, and client management skills, writing, business development and other consulting-specific skills.
Be a positive, fun, curious, organized, innovative, committed, self-motivated and supportive addition to our local office environment.
What You Must Have
BS in biology, ecology, conservation biology, environmental science or related discipline.
Minimum of 12 years of experience in the field completing aquatic species surveys, site analysis, biomonitoring, habitat assessments, and similar technical qualifications that demonstrates a strong knowledge and technical competence of regional aquatic biological resources.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Section 10(a)(1)(A) Recovery Permit for small and large river aquatic T/E species within the Ohio River and Cumberland River drainages, or the qualifications to be added to existing permits.
Minimum of 5 years of experience managing or leading staff in ecological or regulatory projects.
Minimum of 5 years of project or task order management for ecological or regulatory projects.
Detailed knowledge and demonstrated experience with ESA Section 10/7, conservation planning, Biological Assessment preparation, agency coordination, and scientifically sound assessment of project effects.
Competitive proposal writing.
A developed industry network with private/public sector clients and regulatory agencies.
Ability to travel to project locations throughout the region with reasonable regularity.
Must have valid driver’s license and successfully pass a Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) check.
What We’d Like You to Have
MS/PhD in biology, ecology, conservation biology, environmental science or related discipline.
Demonstrated experience with specialty natural resource requirements applicable to inland marine, transportation, renewable energy, and/or federal markets.
The ability to contribute across disciplines that may include, but is not limited to, NEPA, restoration ecology, and climate resiliency planning.
Experience with Waters and Wetlands Jurisdictional Determinations.
This is an outstanding opportunity to work with talented and passionate individuals and to grow with a firm that believes in nurturing talent and developing long-term career success. ICF is a purpose driven company with a strong culture and underlying values that prize diversity, opportunity, equality, and respect. Our core values include Embracing Differences, and we seek candidates who are passionate about building a culture that encourages, embraces and hires dimensions of differences.
Working at ICF
Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.
We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.
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Louisville, KY (KY02)