• NEPA/Natural Resources Senior Project Manager (SPM)

    Location US-TX-Houston
    Posted Date 3 months ago(12/29/2017 12:19 PM)
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Experience (Years)
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    The position of NEPA/Natural Resources Senior Project Manager (SPM) requires a formal educational background in the Environmental Sciences, Biology or related discipline and familiarity with ecological studies, endangered species, Clean Water Act compliance, and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The position requires a minimum of 10 years of applicable experience and/or recognizable technical expertise, in addition to a willingness and ability to quickly establish proficiency with internal Raba Kistner procedures and protocols.  


    In this capacity, the SPM’s will serve in a seller/doer role with primary responsibility to work with Houston Region Marketplace business development staff and the Director, Environmental Planning and Permitting (EPP) to grow the backlog of profitable NEPA/Natural Resources projects within the Houston Marketplace and profitably manage execution of NEPA/Natural Resources projects.


    From a technical perspective, the SPM will lead and/or participate in biological (flora/fauna) studies, waters of the United States evaluations and permit applications, environmental impact assessments (Categorical Exclusions, Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, etc.).


    The position will also involve proactive client-building and opportunity identification through networking, being active in local environmental associations, public speaking opportunities, and providing excellent customer service to internal/external clients and agencies. The SPM will communicate and actively engage with internal staff, clients, agencies, and other stakeholders during project pursuit and execution phases.



    • Foster a positive atmosphere for continual growth of Houston Marketplace environmental services staff
    • Supervise Houston based EPP technical Staff
    • Participate and contribute to Houston Marketplace Annual Strategic and Business Planning processes
    • Manage Houston EPP projects to meet client and margin expectations
    • Lead, prepare or assist in preparation of proposal and/or qualification statements for EPP opportunities
    • Stay abreast of sector-specific, federal, state and local market and regulatory conditions in order to help build a consistent and reliable backlog of EPP
    • Understand, adhere and participate in the Raba Kistner Health and Safety and Behavior Based Safety Programs and set a good safety example
    • Other duties as assigned by Direct Report


    • Assist Marketplace business development staff and the Director, Environmental Planning and Permitting with sales and marketing pursuits as needed. Assistance may include, but is not limited to, proposal preparation, preparation of SOQs, presentations, meetings and client-retention activities
    • Participate as needed in targeted project pursuits
    • Actively identify and develop strategic clients and/or partnerships to facilitate growth of Marketplace EPP services
    • Maintain a high level of visibility with clients and actively participate as a member in approved civic organizations and professional societies that are beneficial to business success
    • Serve as liaison between technical staff and clients to help resolve client issues as needed
    • Participate in trade shows and other business development events


    • A 4-year degree in Biology, Wildlife Ecology, Environmental Science, or a closely related field (Master’s degree is preferred)
    • 5-10 Years of experience managing TxDOT environmental projects, with strong preference for experience in Houston, Beaumont, and other Districts in the region

    Five to ten years of experience selling, conducting, and/or managing:


               -Clean Water Act Section 404 (surface water and wetland)

                 investigations in  support of transportation, energy,

                 water, and other infrastructure projects.  Requires

                 successful completion of a formal wetland delineation

                 training course

                -Rare/protected species habitat evaluations and making

                 impact/effect determinations

                -Ecological and water resource technical studies

                -Environmental impact assessments pursuant to the

                 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for various

                 infrastructure types, project sponsors, and lead agencies

                -Ecological studies and preparing environmental documents

                  in support of NEPA compliance in the transportation,

                  energy, water, and other sectors

    • Demonstrated leadership directing field crews conducting ecological studies, and directly participating in field activities
    • Three to five years of experience serving in a Seller/Doer role within the Environmental Consulting industry
    • Five to ten years of Project Management Experience. Project Management skills to manage all aspects of large/complex projects (marketing, proposal/fee development, and project initiation/execution/closure)
    • Three to five years supervisory experience including supervision of professional and technical staff
    • Valid driver’s license within the applicable jurisdiction and meet firm’s auto insurability requirements
    • Business Development Experience and excellent reputation in the Houston Marketplace
    • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally in group or individual settings
    • Ability to drive company vehicle, manage and complete all assigned jobs, efficiently and on time


    • One or more of the following Individual TxDOT pre-certification work categories: 2.1.1 (Traffic Noise Analysis), 2.2.1 (Air Quality), 2.3.1 (Wetland Delineation), 2.4.1 (Nationwide Permit), 2.4.2 (Individual Permit), 2.4.3 (US Coast Guard & ACOE Permits), 2.6.1 (Protected Species Determination – Habitat), 2.6.2 (Impact Evaluation Assessment), 2.6.3 (Biological Surveys), 2.14.1 (Environmental Document Preparation) or others
    • Experience managing or substantial role in the preparation of Environmental Assessments (EA) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission filings, HUD Environmental Review Records, TWDB Environmental Information Documents, Presidential Permit Applications, or others
    • Possesses USFWS endangered species Section 10 permits for one or more of the following federally-listed species: Red-cockaded woodpecker, Golden-cheeked warbler, Black-capped vireo, Bexar County karst invertebrates, or others
    • Familiarity with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit program and direct experience with one or more regulatory offices in Texas or beyond, including working knowledge of the functional assessments pertinent to the regulatory office


    • The ability to use a hand-held GPS unit for navigation and waypoint collection
    • Ability to use or learn to use survey-grade GPS system for recording environmental features in the field
    • Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Earth, and other software
    • Familiarity with and direct involvement complying with environmental review procedures for the following agencies: TxDOT, FHWA, HUD, FEMA, TWDB, USDA, DOE, and others


    • Strong communication skills
    • Work well as a team or individually, as project circumstances require
    • Demonstrate proven leadership ability in his/her current or prior education or employment


    • Works outside and is subject to weather conditions
    • Will require recurring travel out of town to other offices, client offices, and project locations, including overnight stays

    Must pass a drug test prior to employment and will be subject to post-accident, random, and reasonable cause testing during employment.


    Raba Kistner supports a diverse workforce and is an Equal Opportunity Employer who does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or other classification protected by law. Drug Free Workplace.   Females and minorities are encouraged to apply.


    HR Contact:


    Mary Clark 210-694-3625




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