Hinton Human Capital, an emerging leader in Green, Environmental and Infrastructure search is seeking an experienced Fisheries Biologist / Project Manager for a prominent international environmental consulting firm. The ideal candidates must have 10 or more years of consulting experience doing fisheries related projects and have the following experience and skills:
Demonstrated experience as a Project Manager managing project teams and tasks is required especially during field work.
Demonstrated experience with FERC hydropower licensing and environmental permitting
Demonstrated experience identifying and classifying species of freshwater fish and aquatic invertebrates
Knowledge of Clean Water Act (CWA) sections 401, 404, 316 a & b regarding power plants is strong plus
Knowledge of water quality, TMDLs and modeling is a plus
MS in Aquatic Biology, Ecology, fisheries or Natural Sciences is required
One of the recurring themes, in all of my "critical job skills" articles is growing your specialized knowledge in certain areas such as government regulations. This year, the EPA updated section 316 b of the Clean Water Act which regulates the construction of cooling water intake structures at power plants and manufacturing facilities.These regulatory changes don't mean much to the average job seeker but for biological science majors it means new science jobs. Under the updated regulations, manufacturers and energy companies who have cooling systems which draw water from a lake or river will have to make sure they have the "best available technology" to reduce the numbers of fish and invertebrates killed during draws.Companies will have to hire teams of biologists to do extensive aquatic wildlife surveys to assess the damage by intake systems to the underwater ecosystems.Once these assessments are done, scientists will have to work with engineers and company environmental representatives to determine the best technology needed to comply with new EPA standards. .
What Does This Mean For Science Jobs?
The costs and benefits of environmental regulations are always hotly debated but some do create some specialized and well paid jobs. In this case, over 1,260 manufacturing and power plant facilities are affected by the rule update and some of these facilities have not had an aquatic assessment done in a number of years. Scientists should start new jobs opening right now and continuously over the next 12 months.
Environmental Jobs Are A Knowledge and Relationship Driven Market
Have you heard the saying "It's not what you know but who you know." In this "new normal" economy, knowledge and relationships as well as strong skills are the keys to acquiring high level environmental jobs. If you are a environmental engineering or science graduate or experienced environmental professional seeking a new position, here are some important knowledge areas and skills you need to showcase in your resume in 2013 .
Knowledge of Environmental Regulations: New and updated environmental regulations will force companies to find ways to stay in compliance. Environmental professionals will have to translate these changes into solutions that meet compliance and lessen financial liabilities. Environmental regulations are a key driver for the creation of environmental jobs.
Knowledge of Sustainability Principles: It is important to understand that Sustainability has different definitions and levels of acceptance in different industries. If you are seeking corporate environmental jobs, learning these definitions and how to develop profit streams from them will lead stronger opportunities.
Business Development/Sales : Relationships are a key component of environmental jobs. Environmental professionals must have "relationship capital" ( ie. trust and expertise) with qualified clients, regulators and stakeholders to sell their services and bring in profits over the long term
Technical Skills & Knowledge of New Environmental Technologies: Professionals who can execute the basic technical tasks of their profession using the latest environmental technologies will find it somewhat easier to protect their careers because they can pursue opportunities in consulting, corporate and entrepreneurship.
Financial Management & Project Funding: Many new environmental projects will require private investment, alternate funding sources like crowd funding and a higher level of financial accountability. There will many clients who will be dependent on these resources to pay for their projects. Strong environmental consultants will know how to pull these funds together.
Project Management: Environmental professionals will have to be more adept at project management; coaching, motivating and recruiting people as well as interpreting the new domestic and international environmental regulations. All of these areas will have a significant impact on the profitability and delivery of projects.
Knowledge of Cyber Security: Why would an environmental professional need to know about this? Good question. Certain parts of our country's infrastructure are vulnerable to cyber attacks and could be used create massive disasters, if breached. Many new environmental jobs in the information technology space will focus on infrastructure cyber security, disaster prevention and recovery.
Political & Legal Savvy: Environmental and infrastructure projects are often politically charged because of the fight between environmental concerns and the need to create jobs. Environmental professionals will have to navigate these issues without losing sight of their client's objectives. Further, they will have to learn how to engage the public on complex environmental topics.
Environmental Jobs Will Be Hot For Years to Come. Are You Ready?
In a past articles, we have discussed how much the environmental industry has grown and some of the sectors that growing faster than average. I will continue this trend but I want to hear from our readers. Here is what I like to know
What areas of the environmental sectors interest you?
Hinton Human Capital, an emerging leader in executive search in Green, Environmental and Infrastructure industries is now searching for a General Manager for a national environmental consulting firm in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Ideal candidate will have at least 15 years of demonstrated experience in working on environmental services industry plus the following skills and abilities:
Must have demonstrated track record of overseeing the growth of a operation including managing P&L, personnel management, project delivery and business development in the environmental services sector.
Experience working with upper managers and Project Managers on business plans, proposals and pursuits
Strong knowledge of remediation, environmental compliance, emergency response in the Florida market particularly for government, private and industrial sectors
Ability to manage a large and diverse group of professionals and hourly employees
BS in Engineering, geology or environmental sciences is required
Hinton Human Capital, an emerging leader in executive search in Green, Environmental and Infrastructure industries is now searching for NEPA Project Manager/Scientist for a national environmental consulting firm. Ideal candidate will have at least 10-15 years of demonstrated experience in environmental consulting plus the following skills and abilities:
A proven track record of managing and growing a practice focusing on NEPA, FERC, Wetlands and other types of permitting projects for transportation, energy, mining and water clients
Proven project and financial management experience with history of overseeing and supervising a group of employees
Must have experience putting proposals and presentations for clients
BS in Engineering or Sciences required
Master’s degree in environmental or physical sciences is a plus