Landscape Ecologist

  • Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.
  • Iowa City, IA, USA
  • 29 May, 2019
Full time Environmental Jobs

Job Description

Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT) is interested in hiring a full time, senior-level,  Landscape Ecologist to join our Natural Resources Service Line in our Iowa City location.  Experience with threatened and endangered species, wetland, and ecological restoration in the Mid-west is required.

 Key Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Perform environmental field work and office-based studies as directed by supervisor, in support of corporate, nonprofit, municipal, and institutional clients
  • Execute flora and fauna surveys, wetland delineations and determinations, ecological restorations, and wildlife habitat creation design and construction
  • Oversee the development of construction documents and specifications, rare species protective measures, and wetland impact minimization measures
  • Conduct natural features baseline and preconstruction studies, construction/restoration oversight, installation, and monitoring/maintenance activities, including mechanical and chemical invasive species treatment, weeding, planting, seeding, and watering
  • Lead and conduct natural features assessments via desktop and field review, threatened & endangered species surveys and permitting, wetland delineation and permitting, ecological monitoring, environmental education (classroom and field-based), and community outreach activities and prepare graphics, data, written reports/documentation, presentations, and educational documents
  • Perform identification of Midwest native and invasive plants, with an emphasis on Iowa and Minnesota ecosystems

Education & Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree in natural resources, terrestrial or aquatic ecology, or related environmental field
  • 5-10 years’ experience related to threatened and endangered species surveys; wetland delineation; native vegetation identification and restoration, design, and management; invasive species control; and wildlife habitat enhancement
  • Familiarity with Iowa and Minnesota natural resource regulations and previous experience with environmental consulting and project and budget management desired
  • Advanced knowledge of Iowa and Minnesota native and invasive plant identification and intermediate knowledge of Midwest wildlife species, including pollinators

Capabilities & Credentials:

  • Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner, Certified Ecologist, Certified Arborist, Professional Wetland Scientist and/or Minnesota Certified Wetland Delineator, Professional Wildlife Biologist, or Professional Landscape Architect strongly desired
  • Knowledge and skills related to GPS and ArcGIS software preferred
  • Reliable transportation and the ability and willingness to undertake considerable travel (day and multi-night) during the field season
  • Valid driver’s license with clean driving record required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, technical writing skills, and attention to detail
  • Excellent field, writing, and oral communication skills and ability to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team
  • Able to juggle multiple projects and changing priorities without missing deadlines or losing sight of overall project goals
  • Able to lift heavy objects, traverse rough terrain, and experience inclement weather with exposure to sun and insects
  • Work independently with little direct supervision; self-motivated with sound professional judgement

Please email resume to and reference “Landscape Ecologist – Iowa City” in the subject line.

 ECT is an employee-owned, multidisciplinary natural resources and environmental engineering consulting firm serving private and public sector clients by integrating science, engineering, technology, planning, and management systems to provide practical solutions to complex challenges. ECT’s business philosophy emphasizes professional development within a participatory management structure, providing a progressive flexible work environment to build an employee's career path. ECT maintains a drug-free environment and is an affirmative action (AA) and equal employment opportunity (EEO) employer.