Senior Bat Ecologist - Remote (Eastern and Mid-West)

at Jacobs in Springfield, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Our People & Places Solutions business – reinforces our drive to improve the lives of people everywhere and epitomizes the “why” of what we do – the tremendous positive impact and value our solutions bring to our communities and society as a whole. From facilities delivering life-saving therapies and ensuring clean water to enabling the connection of people through all modes of transportation and providing access to technology – we’re integrating a multitude of these solution elements to build the smart environments of tomorrow.

Start your Jacobs career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow.

Your Impact:

When it comes to environmental consulting, we’re focused on advancing our clients’ environmental stewardship and sustainability initiatives. We’re seeking a Career to Senior Bat Ecologist to lead and participate on federal and commercial projects to help support our clients to adapt and thrive – both today and into tomorrow as the world changes and we face other unprecedented challenges. You’ll apply your technical experience in field biology and permitting to review projects, create a plan, consult with regulatory agencies, and execute biological surveys and permitting strategies. Your leadership will be key to realizing safer infrastructure operations, healthier communities, and protection of our world’s natural resources.

Aligned to any of our eastern or mid-western U.S. offices, you’ll have the opportunity to perform both field and office work and engage with our team’s recognized experts in characterizing, evaluating, and minimizing proposed projects’ effects on natural resources. Your work would be focused on surveys and permitting related to imperiled bat species (e.g., Indiana bat, northern long-eared bat, and tricolored bat). Additionally, your work could include baseline rare plant surveys, wetland delineations, habitat characterization, or protocol wildlife species surveys as appropriate to your background and interests. As a mid- or senior level biologist/ecologist, you’ll lead and participate in biological surveys, environmental permitting, and related efforts to support project development and be responsible for meeting client objectives and project-specific internal financial goals. Your analytical and writing skills will be called upon as you lead development of quality client deliverables. Your task leadership opportunities will include development of permit strategies and impact avoidance and minimization, permit applications, client communication, technical memos, biological survey reports, and environmental compliance documents. You’ll provide motivation and direction to project teams while you in turn are partnered with experienced project delivery and technical leaders and mentors to facilitate your project and career priorities.?

The ideal candidate has an interest in a balance between office and field work. Your growth and increase in responsibility will be recognized and rewarded with commensurate changes in level and compensation. You will create a work environment where our differences are accepted, celebrated, and harnessed to bring innovative solutions our clients demand from us.

Our global team provides you with the tools to keep your career growing as well as those around you. At Jacobs, we’re partnering across the globe to create the best project outcomes by maximizing the design, digital technology, and support capabilities of our Global Integrated Delivery (GID) teammates. By joining Jacobs, you’ll commit to supporting and engaging with these teams, as we work to build a company like no other.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

- Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Planning, Ecology, or similar discipline with biological emphasis

- Currently hold or have the ability to readily obtain a USFWS Section 10 (a) (1) (A) permit for listed bat species including at a minimum northern long-eared bat, Indiana bat, and gray bat.

- Experience performing habitat and species-specific bat surveys (e.g., habitat assessments, roost emergence counts, acoustic surveys, roost surveys, hibernacula surveys, mist netting, capture, radio telemetry, and experience with decontamination techniques related to bat surveys)

- Professional biological, technical writing, and permitting experience

- Familiarity with federal environmental regulations and established relationships and consultation experience with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regions 3, 4, and 5; knowledge of environmental regulatory processes (e.g., National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and Endangered Species Act Section 7 and Section 10 consultation)

- Familiarity with state environmental regulations and established relationships and coordination experience with state fish and wildlife agencies in the Eastern and Midwest regions of the U.S.

- Experience with leading a project or task team with a focus on client service and internal delivery goals

- Ability to travel or be in the field and occasional work in rough terrain and challenging weather conditions

Ideally, You’ll Also Have:

- Master’s degree or other graduate degree is preferred

- Experience with wetland/surface waters delineation and permitting, habitat assessment and ecological surveys, field data collection including familiarity with electronic data collection and mapping software such as ARC GIS Survey 123 and Arc GIS Pro

- Professional Certification or pathway started for certification such as Certified Wildlife Biologist, Certified Environmental Professional, or Professional Wetland Scientist certification is preferred

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), age, medical condition, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression and transgender status, mental disability or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, citizenship, low-income status or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws ( and supplemental language (\files/employers/eeoc\_gina\supplement.pdf) .

At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $13 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.

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Job Posting: JC234314765

Posted On: Feb 13, 2023

Updated On: Jul 10, 2023

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