Natural Resources Project Manager and Team Lead

SWCA Environmental Consultants
Organization Summary

We are the problem solvers. We are the scientists, the planners, the technical specialists, and the creative thinkers.

Since 1981, SWCA has helped public and private clients overcome environmental challenges and move their projects forward. Our 100% employee-owned firm offers comprehensive environmental planning, regulatory compliance, and natural and cultural resources management services. We work together to understand the full life cycle of any project, from inception to completion. 

In the face of rapid environmental, economic, and societal changes, our purpose is simple: to preserve natural and cultural resources for tomorrow while enabling projects that benefit people today. We do that by offering a suite of environmental consulting services combined with local knowledge, regulatory expertise, and high-quality service. We build long-term, trusting relationships with our clients and guide their projects to successful completion.

With a nationwide presence, we’re able to rapidly pool resources and respond to our clients’ needs.

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About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is actively seeking a Natural Resources Project Manager/Team Lead in Minneapolis, MN. The position will support projects throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota; and clients representing diverse sectors including energy generation and transmission, oil and gas, and local and federal governments. The ideal candidate will possess strong Minnesota Generation and Transmission experience, preferably experience in permitting and NEPA.  SWCA is growing in Minnesota and is looking for the right candidate to take on some existing projects and help build our presence.

What you will accomplish

As a core member of the Natural Resources Program, you will:

  • Take a lead role in pursuing project opportunities.

  • Successfully win and execute contracts, while leading all aspects of project implementation which will include staffing, fieldwork, research, report writing and QA/QC Review.

  • Oversee large projects,

  • Manage and develop project budgets.

  • Lead marketing and proposal efforts

  • Supervise personnel in the field, office, and laboratory.

  • Collaborate with other SWCA offices/managers on both technical and business development efforts throughout the company.

  • Assists in the continuing development of SWCA’s Natural Resource Program and expands SWCA’s professional reputation in natural resources management and research throughout Minnesota and beyond. 

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in biology, botany, wildlife management, or a closely related field required; Master’s degree preferred

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of natural resources consulting experience on a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies

  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience managing projects, including developing and implementing budgets, schedules, and scopes of work

  • Existing relationships with utility providers and developers in the region, as well as, partnerships with local AE Firms in Minneapolis.

  • Experience with implementing NEPA, ESA, and/or CWA permitting processes Possess advanced skills and knowledge in one or more specialty scientific areas (e.g., keying rare plants, conducting protocol surveys for special-status species, etc.) Has completed all aspects of a project, from pre-field tasks to final report preparation for a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies Prior primary report authorship in a natural resources consulting context for a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies Provides QA/QC review of field documents, site forms, and reports Leads large or multiple crews on a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies

  • Conducts numerous agency consultations in support of project permitting with utility companies and developers.

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