Environmental Biologist

  • Full-time

Company Description

We are Olsson, a team-based, purpose-driven engineering and design firm. Our solutions improve communities and our people make it possible.

Our most meaningful asset is our people, and we are dedicated to providing an environment where they can continue to learn, grow, and thrive. Our entrepreneurial spirit is what has allowed us — and will continue to allow us — to grow. The result? Inspired people, amazing designs, and projects with purpose.

Job Description

At Olsson, we help our clients proactively comply with complicated regulatory processes and provide our clients with the best and latest methods to review projects and maintain compliance with the Clean Water Act-Section 404, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and others.

As an Environmental Biologist, you may manage small and/or medium-sized projects, coordinate with state and federal agencies (USACE, USFWS, FHWA) to permit projects, communicate with clients, and collaborate with team members. You may also travel to job sites for field work, including species surveys and habitat assessments.

Work responsibilities will be consistent with experience and expertise and will grow throughout your career at Olsson. Entry-level professionals are encouraged to apply. Applicants with strong writing skills and good communication skills will be strongly considered.

Training and guidance will be provided. Work includes the following elements:

Clean Water Act Section 404 Permitting

Conducting wetland and stream delineations, writing jurisdictional determination reports, and writing Section 404 nationwide and individual permits. Desktop wetland delineations including the use of publicly available resources and aerial imagery to determine potential wetland presence..

Endangered Species Act (ESA) Compliance

Evaluating ESA compliance including threatened and endangered species effects determinations through desktop screenings, habitat assessments, and field surveys. Writing biological assessments and completing informal and formal USFWS consultation.

Field Surveys

In compliance with regulatory requirements, field surveys are often required. Experience and knowledge in the following will be strongly considered:

  • Avian use surveys for all bird species including birds of conservation concern, raptors, and eagles,
  • plant identification and habitat documentation,
  • training in wetland delineations and stream classification,
  • field sampling methods and equipment use - GPS equipment, ArcGIS software, R statistical software, and
  • handling threatened and endangered species.

Desktop Environmental Constraints Analysis

Environmental impacts associated with projects including land development, transportation, renewable energy, water infrastructure, and others require an analysis of potential environmental constraints based on the regulatory environment. Desktop research and knowledge of guidance, laws, and regulations as well as good writing and communication skills is needed to guide clients and projects through the regulatory environment.


You are passionate about:

  • Working collaboratively with others
  • Having ownership in the work you do
  • Using your talents to positively affect communities

You bring to the team:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to contribute and work well on a team
  • Strong technical writing skills – Writing examples may be requested.
  • Comfortable presenting to groups, including regulators.
  • 0-5 years of environmental experience.
  • Strong work ethic, problem solver, and ability to work independently.
  • Business mind-set and understanding client needs.

Skills preferred but not required:

  • NEPA, MBTA, and BGEPA compliance.
  • Bat habitat assessments, acoustic monitoring, or mist netting.
  • Plant identification and taxonomy
  • Field experience, equipment use, scientific methodologies,
  • R statistical software, and ArcGIS.

Please submit college transcripts if available.

Additional Information

Olsson is a nationally recognized, employee-owned firm specializing in planning and design, engineering, field services, environmental, and technology. Founded in 1956 on the very mindset that drives us today, we’re here to improve communities by making them more sustainable, better connected, and more efficient. Simply put, we work to leave the world better than we found it.

As an Olsson employee, you’ll receive our traditional benefits package (health care, vision, dental, paid time off, etc.), plus you’ll:

  • Become an owner in the company after your first year through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
  • Engage in work that has a positive impact in communities
  • Receive an excellent 401(k) match
  • Participate in a wellness program promoting balanced lifestyles
  • Benefit from a bonus system that rewards performance
  • Have the possibility for flexible work arrangements

Olsson is an EEO employer. We encourage qualified minority, female, veteran and disabled candidates to apply and be considered for open positions. We do not discriminate against any applicant for employment, or any employee because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, disability, age, or military status.