Environmental Scientist / Ecologist II

Job Locations US-FL-West Palm Beach
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Are you interested in a career that truly makes an impact? Do you want your job to help make nature and communities better with each project you touch?


At RES, we believe that human progress and the restoration of nature’s resources can go hand in hand. Our belief made us what we are today - the nation’s leading ecological restoration company, with over 300 stream miles restored and conserved, 20,000,000 trees planted, and 15,000 acres of special-status species habitat established. We restore our land and waters with integrity and innovation, one community at a time. 


Currently, we are accepting applications for the position of Ecologist II based out of our West Palm Beach location in Florida.


The Ecologist is charged with executing advanced ecological projects with mastery and efficacy. This position must exhibit a strong foundational understanding of ecology along with leadership skills and business acumen. The Ecologist will have broad knowledge and subject matter depth in a wide range of ecologically related disciplines such as soils, water, plants, and animals. This position will help win new projects, maintain client relationships, manage project schedules, task budgets and deliverables.


  • Manage multiple ecological projects and successfully execute instructions of the program manager or project manager for specific project tasks. Demonstrates project management proficiency with ability to leverage resources for operational optimization.
  • Direct experience with state (FDEP and WMD) and federal (USACE) environmental regulations and permitting processes, specifically, experience with 404/401/CZC regulations and permitting/certification processes. Knowledge of state and federal endangered species programs and compensatory mitigation.
  • Advanced knowledge/expertise in local and regional flora and fauna and ecological systems. Highly skilled at plant ID, invasives and exotics and/or may specialize in a more specific facet of ecology such as T&E species soils and wetlands.
  • Applies strategies for sampling and surveying, including use of GIS, GPS, aerial photography, records, and mapping.
  • Advanced experience with wetland delineations and jurisdictional wetland determination process.
  • Prepares or directs preparation and modification of reports, specifications, restoration plans, natural resources assessments and management plans and designs for project, including UMAM analysis. Demonstrates advanced technical expertise and has ability to transfer knowledge and guidance on ecologically related projects throughout the company.
  • Directs, contributes to, and performs field work, data entry and analysis, reports, and other aspects of projects.
  • Participates in company-wide business development activities which may include soliciting and preparing proposals for new work by calling on prospective clients, coordinating proposal presentation with other company personnel, preparing proposals and bids for publicly advertised projects, reviewing, and preparing contracts, and approving billings for work completed.
  • Establishes and promotes excellent working relationships with clients and customers, outside services, landowners, and with outside public and governmental bodies.
  • Coordinates, advises, and collaborates with others in the field, including company personnel, site managers, planners, members of the public, and others as needed or directed.
  • Participates in creative problem solving for projects and improves processes for data gathering, assessments, analysis, reporting, team coordination, and project management.
  • Maintains accurate records of time and expenses in the company’s information management system, prepares accurate and timely invoices, adheres to company SOPs, and performs other administrative requirements as required.
  • Represents the company in a professional manner.
  • Meets or exceeds billable goal expectations.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in ecology or related field and 6-8 years of experience in ecological profession with leadership responsibility (required)
  • Master’s Degree in ecology or related field and 4-6 years of professional experience with leadership responsibility (preferred) 
  • Demonstrated experience with wetland impact assessment (UMAM) plant identification, ecosystem identification and mapping and mitigation monitoring.
  • Ability to execute field data collection procedures including the operation of GIS and GPS equipment.
  • Thorough understanding of restoration Florida ecology theory, principles and practices and ability to apply to projects.
  • Experience in native landscape design and land management principles for Florida plant communities and habitat types, including invasive and exotic plant control, prescribed burning, mechanical vegetation control and wetland restoration.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform professional ecological work, such as independent studies, complex data analyses, and formulation and testing of hypotheses.
  • FWC Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent (preferred)
  • Experience with wetland mitigation banking administration and oversight (preferred)
  • Must be located in Florida
  • Valid driver’s license required for medium travel
  • Must be able to work remotely and be self-initiative with tasks and deadlines.
  • Able and interested to work outside and in the field.


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RES is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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