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Associate Biologist - NEPA Specialist

Company: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST)
Location: Cheyenne
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Job Title

Associate Biologist - NEPA Specialist


Flexible, US (Primary)

Job Type

Regular Full-Time

# of Hires Needed


Job Description

Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST) is a dynamic, medium-size consulting firm with offices across the United States and Canada. We are looking for a full-time Associate Biologist - National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Specialist . The position will provide mentorship and growth opportunity for early-career or mid-level biologists. All WEST biologists are supported by a team of technical and non-technical staff, which sets new team members up for success. Beyond science, we encourage and support participation in conservation actions at the local and national level and have developed a company-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) program. We are seeking a qualified NEPA Specialist to help WEST take the next step in our growth as a full-service environmental consulting firm.

WEST has a permanent core of professionals with broad experience in basic and applied ecological studies and the sophisticated analysis of natural resource data. Since its founding in 1990, the WEST team has shaped the foundation of what we do, and what we believe in through our core values and key principles. Our work matters to our clients, communities, and the environment. Join WEST and discover a company of passionate, committed, and highly motivated individuals.

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Location is flexible but with a preference for joining an existing branch officelocation (see

The minimum base salary for this position is $52,000, plus benefits and annual bonus. Salary may vary based on education, knowledge, and experience.

Job Summary:

The successful candidate will be an independent, self-motivated individual with relevant experience and knowledge in natural resources, as well as writing for both technical and non-technical audiences. The successful candidate will have strong writing skills and be responsible for supporting our NEPA and solar practice areas. Specific experience with NEPA writing and analysis, general environmental planning and consulting, leading or working on large scale projects, and collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams of biologists, resource specialists, and other technical and non-technical staff is of particular interest. This position will be primarily office-based, but may also include periodic field work and require travel and overnight stays for fieldwork or in-person client and/or agency meetings.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Support WEST's NEPA project managers to help develop legally sound NEPA documents (i.e., Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, and Categorical Exclusions).
Support development of a variety of other reports, including pre- and post-construction survey work, Critical Issues Analyses, or other state or federal permitting documents and regulatory compliance strategies.
Assist with habitat assessments and natural resources field surveys.
Help maintain WEST's position as thought leaders in the environmental consulting market.

This is a general description of the functions for this position and is not inclusive of all the duties thatmay be associated with this position.

Job Requirements


Minimum of a bachelor's degree in environmental planning, biological sciences, natural resources, ecology, or similar field. Preference will be given to candidates with 1-2 years of previous consulting experience or a master's degree.
Previous NEPA analysis training or experience is preferred but not required.
Strong writing skills with the ability to pay close attention to detail and accurately reportscientific methods, results of field studies, and other scientific concepts to a broad range of audiences.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Good time management and organizational skills, with the ability to workwell under time constraints and meet deliverable targets and deadlines.
Able to work independently and interact professionally and respectfully with project managers and other project staff, clients, landowners, and agency personnel.
Available for occasional travel and overnight stays.

After an offer of employment is made, the candidate must successfully pass a pre- employment background check, drug screening, and a DMV records check that meets WEST's minimum criteria to operate a motor vehicle on behalf of the company. A valid driver's license will be required.

WEST provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, genetics, and any protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Further, WEST takes affirmative action to ensure that all individuals are treated fairly, and without discrimination, for recruitment, selection, advancement and every other term and privilege associated with employment.


Bachelor's Degree

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