Project Manager Regulatory Specialist Biologist
A Regulatory Biologist will manage client projects relative to regulatory requirements of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Regional Water Quality Control Board, and other state and federal agencies. This position will have to obtain or manage staff/specialists in obtaining information needed to determine agency jurisdiction, complete permit applications, define mitigation options, and respond to agency concerns/comments. Prepare and/or manage the preparation of development constraints, analyses, jurisdictional reports, develops Conceptual Mitigation Plans, endangered species biological assessments, environmental assessments, 404(b)(1) alternatives analyses, environmental impact statements, and permit applications (especially for Section 404 permits and Section 1601/1603 agreements). They will act as liaison between resource agencies and clients as well as keeping clients informed of, and involved in the regulatory process. The Biologist will need to strive to maintain/increase their personal knowledge of changing state and federal regulations and assist in passing along this information to other FCS staff.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Performs and directs performance of Section 404 wetland delineation – both simple vegetation examinations and full three-parameter testing – in accordance with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) regulations and the USACE Wetland Delineation Manual.
- Determines jurisdictional limits of various laws and regulations including Section 404 and 401 of the Clean Water Act; Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act; Section 103 of the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act; and Section 1601/1603 of the California Fish and Game code. Advises client regarding legal approaches to reducing and/or avoiding agency jurisdiction, and the advisability of so doing.
- Educates client in permit processes; advises client as to project design approaches that will minimize regulatory burden, and recommends course of action.
- Develops scopes of work for regulatory related projects, calculates project budgets and fees, and develops project schedules.
- Writes and supervises writing of environmental assessments and environmental impact statements in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and USACE regulations.
- Coordinates with USACE, RWQCB, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), National Marine Fisheries Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prior to and throughout the permitting process via meetings, telephone calls, and letters.
- Assesses and directs assessment of impacts related to project implementation and manages project team in development of appropriate mitigation in accordance with agency regulations and policy, and in accordance with client objectives, including development of Conceptual Mitigation Plan.
- Coordinates consideration of endangered species issues with FWS and writes, or manages writing of biological assessments used to initiate formal consultation between USACE and FWS in accordance with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.
- Prepares 404(b)(1) evaluations (including alternatives analyses) in accordance with EPA regulations and USACE policy.
- Develops and implements Conceptual Mitigation Plans and monitoring requirements.
- Assists in marketing of FCS’ regulatory services through interaction with potential clients, active participation in appropriate organizations, preparation or review of news releases and articles, presentations at professional meetings, and other promotional activities.
- Prepares and oversees preparation of contract proposals for review and signatures or Principal-In-Charge and Section Manager.
- Comprehensive knowledge of, and practical experience in application of USACE regulations (33 CFR Parts 320-330) and policy dealing with the USACE regulatory program.
- Thorough familiarity with EPA regulations (40 CFR Part 230) and USACE policy addressing compliance with Section 404(b)(1) of the Clean Water Act.
- Thorough familiarity with the National Environmental Policy Act, USACE regulations promulgated therefrom (33 CFR parts 230 and 325), and USACE policy dealing with environmental documentation.
- Thorough familiarity with USACE Regulatory Guidance Letters currently in effect.
- Thorough familiarity with RWQCB
- Regulations related to implementation of Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act.
- Regional Best Management Practices (construction and post – construction /operation requirements).
- Thorough familiarity with CDFW regulations (Section 1600 of the California Fish and Game Code) and policy regarding streamcourse modification and wildlife habitat preservation.
- Thorough familiarity with the Endangered Species Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, and National Historic Preservation Act.
- Minimum of 3 years’ experience with a regulatory or permitting arm of the USACE, at a GS-9 level or higher, OR minimum of 3 years experience obtaining regulatory clearance through USACE for both public and private applicants.
- Bachelor’s in one of the environmental sciences, preferably biology.
- Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office software applications, especially Word and Excel; as well as Internet usage.
Quality of life is important at FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS). We offer many employer-paid or -subsidized benefits to our full-time employees, including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance programs, as well as 401k retirement options and other Section 125 cafeteria plan benefits in addition to Paid Time Off and up to 8 paid holidays during the year.