Job Overview

Summary

An innovative, fee-for service organization, the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center), part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (U.S. DOT's) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is an internationally recognized Federal center of transportation innovation with a world-class, multidisciplinary technical team with expertise across all modes of transportation.

The Research and Innovative Technology Administration coordinates the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) research programs and is charged with advancing the deployment of crosscutting technologies to improve our Nation's transportation system.

We are seeking to fill multiple permanent fulltime Biologists or Ecologists. As a Biologist/Ecologist in the Environmental Science and Engineering Division, you will be a part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who are engaged in a broad range of environmental compliance studies.  The work is primarily focused on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental compliance regulations and Executive Orders (e.g., Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, 404 Wetland Permitting, etc.) and requires using environmental analysis to identify and mitigate the potential impacts of transportation projects.    The Biologist/Ecologist must exercise discretion and judgment in modifying standard methods, practices, and techniques to address evolving environmental issues or problems.  You will have responsibility for planning, designing, scheduling, and carrying out programs, projects, studies, associated with environmental regulatory and compliance evaluations; risk assessments; assessments of past environmental practices; remediation planning associated with hazardous materials and waste projects; and pollution prevention evaluation and planning.  

Because this is an interdisciplinary position, a person with the education and experience in either biology or ecology maybe considered equally well qualified for the job.

If you have superb analytical skills, and enjoy working in a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment, then this job is for you!   

When you work at the Volpe Center, you work with people like you –talented professionals who enjoy applying their expertise in the service of others and resolving real-world transportation problems.  We are located in the culturally diverse and academically rich city of Cambridge, MA (Kendall Square), and offer competitive benefits and a flexible and family-friendly work environment including on-site child-care services.

Please carefully read and follow the instructions described in the “How to Apply” tab in this announcement.

Duties

  • Responsible for planning, designing, scheduling, and carrying out programs, projects, and studies pertaining to endangered species, wildlife and other biological/ecological issues and uses judgment in modifying standard methods, practices and techniques to address evolving environmental issues such as environmental compliance, hazardous materials, risk assessments, pollution prevention, water quality, etc.
  • Uses environmental analysis to identify and mitigate the potential impact of transportation projects that focus on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental compliance regulations and Executive Orders (Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammals Protection Act, 404 Wetland Permits, etc.)
  • Conducts and coordinates plans, studies, investigations, reports, biological/ecological assessments, environmental assessments and environmental impact statements involving wildlife, endangered species, wetland field permits and other ecological considerations.
  • Performs project management duties for assigned projects, including: developing project plans; plans project/task resources including labor, materials, and contractor support; completes progress reports, manages project closeouts; and prepares final project documentation.    
  • Makes presentations at formal public meetings and hearings, responds to public comments, makes information presentations at project status meetings and prepares technical documents including NEPA documents.