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Scientist II

Job Type: full-time permanent position

Location: Georgia

Posting Date: 14 Jul 14

Closing Date: 13 Oct 14

Atkins has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years. Globally, Atkins is the largest UK-based engineering and design consultancy and the world's 11th largest design firm with nearly 18,000 employees worldwide. We have the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a lowcarbon economy.

At Atkins, we offer our employees more than just a job; we offer an opportunity to shape the world for generations to come through innovative and sound design. As the official engineer of the 2012 London Olympics, few companies can rival the size and diversity of our projects. Whether it’s the concept for a new skyscraper, the upgrade of a rail network, the modeling of a flood defense system or the improvement of a management process, we plan, design, and enable solutions.

Atkins is currently seeking a Scientist II to join our rapidly expanding Environmental Sciences group, in the Atlanta, Georgia office. The ideal candidate for this position will apply their ecological and environmental knowledge toward the assessment of project sites, along with preparation of environment documents and regulatory applications.

Typical duties and responsibilities of this position will include:

•Evaluation of impacts from transportation and other civil engineering projects on the natural environment;
•Coordinate with design professionals and overall project team for accurate depiction of natural resources on construction plans and to identify opportunities for avoiding and minimizing potential impacts;
•Perform field investigations of projects sites including wetland and stream delineations with functional assessments according to applicable methodologies
•Perform GPS field mapping, post processing, and distribution of GPS-mapped resources in multiple formats;
•Document, analyze, and interpret quantitative and qualitative data on projects of varying complexity and size within Georgia and the southeast;
•Evaluate, map, and describe on-site habitats while identifying those potentially suitable to support protected species;
•Prepare documentation and technical reports detailing the findings of ecological surveys and coordinate with state and federal agencies;
•Prepare special provisions and permit applications for various regulatory agencies, including the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD);
•Conduct site reviews with the USACE and/or Georgia EPD and participate in project meetings.

The appropriately qualified candidate for this position will have the following core competencies and required experience:

•Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, or a similar field of Natural Sciences, a Masters degree is preferred;
•3-5 years of experience in this field (including a minimum 1 year as a field technical lead) with ecological evaluations and wetland delineation, threatened species investigation and reporting, and associated regulatory consultation;
•Aptitude for maintaining a professional attitude and attention to detail while working alone and within a team environment;
•Excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills with clients and colleagues;
•Strong organizational, task and time management, deductive reasoning, and analytical skills;
•Proficiency with the MS Office suite of software, ArcGIS, Trimble GPS, and Pathfinder Office.

Preference will be given to candidates that have the following skills and/or experience:

•Similar environmental consultation experience related to GDOT and/or other linear projects (including projects with federal funding) and regulatory consultation experience with USACE and/or Ga EPD;
•Strong botanical identification skills within the southeast, specifically within the ecoregions comprising Georgia;
•Experience with review and interpretation of construction plans; and
•Completion of training courses required for GDOT pre-qualification in the area of Ecology.

Local candidates are preferred for this position, although there may be minimal relocation funding available for the preferred candidate. Eligible candidates must have a valid driver’s license and current US work authorization to work for any US employer without sponsorship now or in the future.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace.


Contact Information:

Please e-mail your qualified resume to Elaina Acebal, Sr. Corporate Recruiter at Add Scientist II to subject line.

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