Senior Associate / Ecologist
The Division of Health and Environment (DHE) is a trusted advisor to our clients in providing innovative, evidence-driven solutions that contribute to a healthier environment and the health and safety of individuals, families, and communities. We are market leaders in providing policy and regulatory support; advancing public health and clinical epidemiology; providing environmental science, natural resource management, and ecosystem restoration; shaping healthcare policy and health services delivery; responding to mental health and substance use disorders; and studying the criminal justice system. The underpinning of our work is a research-to-practice framework, through which we engage in activities from research to program implementation. DHE provides a dynamic and collaborative work environment to our employees that fosters professional growth and promotes a culture of innovation, thought leadership, technical excellence, and collaboration.
The Division of Health and Environment (DHE) is a trusted advisor to our clients in providing innovative, evidence-driven solutions that contribute to a healthier environment and the health and safety of individuals, families, and communities. We are leaders in providing environmental science, natural resource management, and ecosystem restoration solutions supporting government agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. Abt also addresses pressing global environmental issues, especially in developing nations worldwide. DHE provides a dynamic and collaborative work environment to our employees that fosters professional growth and promotes a culture of innovation, thought leadership, technical excellence, and collaboration.
This position will focus on matters related to ecosystem restoration, with special emphasis on natural resource damage assessments, and the restoration planning activities that result from settlements associated with major environmental disasters, spills, and contamination events.
Key Roles and Responsibilities
- The candidate will provide technical support in the development of restoration planning activities, especially those that follow legal settlements of Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) or similar environmental damages claims brought by government agencies against responsible parties. The work will typically support federal and state agencies responsible for restoring the natural environment impacted by contaminants (oil spills, mining activities, chemical spills, etc).
- The candidate will have responsibility to manage/lead activities, tasks, and projects at various levels; they can lead projects as well as contribute their expertise to projects that others lead; responsible for work quality, client relationships, project/task budgets, and team performance.
- The candidate will participate in development of restoration plans, reports, technical reports, presentations, and briefings. They will often represent Abt at multi-stakeholder meetings.
- The candidate may be asked to facilitate technical discussions with multi-disciplinary topics.
- The candidate will participate in capture of new business and development of proposals, typically in response to government Requests for Proposals.
Preferred Skills / Prerequisites
- Strong technical background in sciences relating to natural resources, either marine, aquatic, or terrestrial. Having experience in multiple ecosystem types is a positive. Also experience in nearshore, offshore, riverine, estuarine, or coastal marine ecosystems is a strong positive.
- Ideal candidate will have some knowledge and/or experience working on NRDA restoration planning projects as well as experience analyzing projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
- As much of our recent work is focused on the Gulf of Mexico (post Deepwater Horizon restoration), an ideal candidate will have experience in the Gulf coastal ecosystems or working with the agencies focused in that range, for example federal agencies like NOAA, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, or state government natural resource agencies.
- Position requires experience and expertise in ecosystem restoration, including the development of detailed restoration plans and working effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. This includes competence in small and large group facilitation.
- They will be responsible for providing strong scientific/technical advice and have strong general knowledge of ecosystem sciences, species interactions, and habitat management.
- Position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills
MA/MS with 7+ years of experience OR PhD with 4+ years of experience OR the equivalent combination of education and experience