Scientist II - Transportation Biologist

HNTB in Bellevue, WA

  • Industry: Scientific Research - Biology/Bioengineering
  • Type: Full Time
  • Compensation: $90,775.00 - 168,590.00 / Year*
position filled

What We're Looking For

Applies a sound knowledge of the principles and theories of geology, hydrology, chemistry, biology or other related sciences to analyze the potential effects a project may have on the environment and/or the potential effects the environment may have on the design and construction of a project. Participates in moderate to complex projects or all level of project/program difficulty and/or may be responsible for an assigned phase of project or program.


The initial project assignment will be co-located in the WSDOT Shoreline, WA project office. Candidates must be flexible to work out of this office as well as the primary HNTB office located in Bellevue, WA.

Primary Focus Will Include:

  • Conducting scientific and technical studies of aquatic systems, plants and animal communities, and wetlands.

  • Evaluating resource effects of highway transportation projects, construction, and highway operations.

  • Preparing biological technical reports containing resource site assessments and analysis of effects.

  • Collaborating and coordinating with team members, stakeholders, tribes, and regulatory agencies.

  • May include place-based work at client offices.

  • Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • 3+ years transportation related experience

  • Successful completion of an approved Wetland Delineation Training Course by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and certification by the Washington State Department of Ecology in the WA State Wetland Rating System for Western Washington

  • Comfortable working directly with a variety of resource agency experts (e.g., staff from NPS, WDFW, and Tribes).

  • Experience collecting field data and using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) (e.g. Trimble Geo XT).

  • Experience preparing environmental assessments, mitigation plans, reports, etc according to WSDOT?s templates and regulatory requirements.

  • Experience delineating wetlands and the Ordinary High Water Mark of water bodies including streams, creeks, and jurisdictional ditches.

  • Experience preforming fish exclusion work per WSDOT?s Fish Exclusion Protocols and Standards.

  • What You'll Need

    Essential Responsibilities:

  • Prepares environmental documentation, permits or mitigation plans for public and private clients with respect to acquisition and compliance for wetland impacts, bridge construction, threatened/endangered species.

  • Reviews and evaluates technical reports and plans of scientific aspects of proposed projects such as environmental clearance of projects, permitting, and mitigation plans.

  • Collects, analyzes and reports on geological, hydrological, biological or other scientific conditions at the proposed project site to identify the impact on the environment in the construction of highways, bridges or other structures.

  • Performs field investigations and research to determines the suitability of the project site for proposed use.

  • Provides technical advice and assistance to project engineers on specific geologic, hydrologic, biologic or other scientific aspects and their impact on the specific phase of construction.

  • Reviews and evaluates the potential impact of Federal, state and local environmental legislation.

  • Develops and maintains liaisons and effective working relations with groups and individuals, agencies, and the public to encourage cooperative management strategies or to develop information and interpret findings.

  • Prepares and participates in public information meetings and hearings.

  • Keeps current with trends, literature and new developments in ecology and environmental science.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Geology, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Archeology, Anthropology or related field

  • 5 years related experience

  • 3 years related experience (with Master's degree in Natural Sciences)

  • Associated topics: aseptic, bioinformatics, biology, biotechnology, genome, life science, microbiology, neurobiology, protein, toxicologist

    * Estimated salary

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