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Regulatory Specialist (Ecology)

RES is accepting applications for an Ecological Regulatory Specialist to provide broad environmental support to a team of environmental restoration and mitigation professionals in our Midwest Region, with special emphasis on permitting experience with the US Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis, Kansas City District, and/or Rock Island Districts (i.e. Illinois and Missouri). This position will coordination with the land team, project managers, and ecologists to produce regulatory and permitting deliverables.

What your day-to-day might look like?

  • Coordinate with federal, state, and local agencies to obtain project permits and approvals, including wetlands, streams, rare, threatened, and endangered species, and cultural clearances.
  • Coordinate with ecology team to incorporate scientific field data into regulatory documents
  • Prepare reports, maps, permit applications, mitigation site plans and designs, comment response documents, and other regulatory deliverables
  • Compile field data into word documents and excel spreadsheets, provide basic QA/QC, and write technical reports.
  • Lead or support meetings with regulatory agencies
  • Support field ecology efforts (i.e. mitigation site monitoring, site assessments, wetland/stream delineations, bat surveys).
  • Provide occasional sales support and assistance with proposal preparation


  • BA/BS in Biology, Environmental Science, Geology, Hydrology, Botany or similar science and at least three years of experience
  • Knowledge of environmental regulations (i.e. CWA, 404/401, NWP/IP, NPDES, ESA)
  • Direct work experience in developing prospectus and wetland Mitigation Banking Instruments and Work Plans, Permittee-Responsible Mitigation Plans, Nation-Wide Permits, habitat mitigation plans, which includes, but is not limited to site assessments (desktop and field), impact analysis, credit yield determination, and project design.
  • Basic wetland knowledge and plant identification skills
  • Understanding of ecological restoration design principles
  • Experience in supporting a team of environmental restoration and mitigation professionals
  • Superior writing, communication, data analysis and computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Ability to coordinate with multiple parties internally/externally and produce/package regulatory documents
  • Superior attention to detail and handle multiple deadlines
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills in a dynamic environment
  • Strong organizational, time management, attention to detail, and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment; offer constructive feedback and direction to support project goals
  • Ability to travel as needed for meetings and field visits
  • Positive attitude and team-centered approach to problem solving
  • Experience complying with state specific mitigation requirements (e.g. Missouri Wetland Mitigation Method).
  • 5+ years of wetland permitting experience in the Midwest, especially Illinois and Missouri
  • Strong wetland ecology knowledge and plant identification skills
  • Experience with wetland/stream delineations and jurisdictional determinations
  • Arc GIS proficiency to support mapping deliverables
  • Strong understanding of ecological restoration design principles
  • Basic understanding stream assessment methods and Natural Stream Channel Design restoration principles
  • Strong record of communicating with/developing relationships with regulatory agency personnel