Ecologist or Integrated Design Specialist

Denver, Colorado (we are open to most U.S. Western locations)
Based on Experience
Jul 26, 2022
Sep 24, 2022
Job Type
Organization Type

Biohabitats is a leading ecological restoration, conservation planning, regenerative design and construction firm. We work nationally and internationally on projects as a multi-disciplinary team with the shared passion to restore the earth and inspire ecological stewardship. We approach challenges in a collaborative, questioning, and creative manner that is always rooted in providing the highest value to our clients.

We are seeking a Restoration Ecologist/ Ecological Design Specialist to join our Western Team. The ideal candidate will have the training and experience in core disciplines relevant to the assessment and restoration of wetlands, riparian areas, grasslands, forests within the diverse western U.S. ecosystems and rural to urban settings. This candidate should have a strong understanding of the biological and physical processes that drive ecosystem functions and that establish the foundation of conservation planning and ecological design principles. At the same time, this candidate should bring expertise in wetland science, forestry/fire science, biophilia and nature-based design, green infrastructure and climate adaptations.

Role & Responsibilities

Primary roles include managing/leading and participating in all aspects of project delivery including planning, assessments, design, permitting, construction administration and monitoring. Experience in community engagement is a plus, along with business development.

Candidate will work with our multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, landscape architects and GIS technicians to support biodiversity restoration, climate change adaptation, environmental justice and green infrastructure work for government, private and non-governmental organizations.  We are looking for someone with strong communication, problem-solving and negotiation skills that can work well under pressure. This position requires someone to be able to work both independently as well as in a highly collaborative design environment with engineers, landscape architects and other science-based disciplines. 

Required Skills

  • A love of wild nature and the outdoors, as well as an eagerness to advance Biohabitats mission and to honor our values.
  • Experience managing/leading and participating in all aspects of project delivery including planning, assessments, design, permitting, construction administration and monitoring is a must.
  • Demonstrated academic and professional experience in wetland delineation, western flora and fauna identification, ecological assessments, desktop analysis (GIS), and soil characterization.
  • Experience with prescribed burn and forest management, agrihoods, coastal and stream restoration, and stormwater management preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Helpful Skills

  • Experience in biomimicry/biophilia/living building challenge or other similar ecological design approaches
  • Experience with engagement and support of indigenous communities and environmental justice
  • Proficiency in ArcGIS.
  • Certification as a Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) and/or Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP).
  • Experience in plant installation and oversight and design-build restoration projects
  • Experience in preparation of construction specifications and cost estimates

Master’s Degree in biology, ecology, botany, environmental engineering, or equivalent

Years of Experience
8-10 years of applied experience in conservation, ecological restoration, nature-based design and/or green infrastructure.

Contingent upon experience

Denver or Santa Fe preferred, Portland or other locations in Western U.S. may be considered.

To Apply
Provide 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume in PDFs not to exceed 5MD. Applications without these components will not be considered.

Biohabitats is a purpose-driven, performance oriented, and values led organization. We are a certified B-Corp™, meeting the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance. To ensure that you will thrive at Biohabitats, we highly encourage you to review our Mission, Values, and Approach before applying.

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