Pape-Dawson Engineers

Environmental Practice Leader

Location US-TX-San Antonio
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(3/7/2018 10:26 AM)
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The Environmental Practice Leader is responsible for leading a comprehensive environmental services group with special emphasis on environmental site assessments (Phase I/II ESA studies); hydrogeologic studies; geologic assessments; cultural resources; transportation projects and NEPA permitting; and natural resources including endangered species and jurisdictional waters.  Other responsibilities include managing a growing environmental, biological, and archaeological staff; manage budgets on multiple projects; provide QA/QC for reports as needed.




The Environmental Practice Leader is the point-of-contact for key clients and high profile projects as well as providing staff leadership and development.  Specifically, we are seeking an individual to:



  • Ability to create innovative and effective client solutions that are aligned with both environmental services and company business objectives
  • Grow and assist in leading our Environmental Services Program with a focus on US energy (oil and gas, electric transmission and distribution) and/or transportation (highways, bridges, and railroad) sector clients
  • Provide leadership and management on a wide variety of environmental planning and permitting projects for energy, government, and private sector clients throughout Texas
  • Experience with and ability to hire, train, develop, mentor, and retain junior staff as we grow our client base and workload
  • Experience and ability to manage multiple complex projects and programs, in diverse settings and with changing requirements
  • Desire to thrive in a fast-paced, highly collaborative team atmosphere
  • Proven experience in building rapport and trust with key clients, business leaders, and team members 

Business Development

  • Participate and lead marketing and business development on a local and state level
  • Sustain and grow clients & key accounts, with a focus on environmental services
  • Assist with expanding the entire range of environmental services and champion an integrated services approach
  • Build, grow and develop a team of high performers; recruit & retain specialist staff
  • Develop in-house sector expertise, best practices, and research and development initiatives
  • Actively participate in industry groups

Strategic Thinking

  • Identify trends and develop a long-term view of the industry, market and client base
  • Assist in the growth of Environmental Services by establishing new service areas
  • Anticipate medium and long term client needs and industry dynamics
  • Innovate and enhance Environmental Services’ capabilities, geographic foot print and integrated approach


  • Perform, coordinate and manage site investigations, assessments, environmental contaminant remediation, regulatory compliance and related projects
  • Manage Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, environmental compliance audits, site remediation, soil and groundwater investigations, UST inspections, SPCC plans, and/or other regulatory analysis and reporting
  • Conduct geologic assessments on the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone and karst feature evaluations, as needed
  • Evaluate data, perform analysis, interpretation and report preparation
  • Develop regulatory compliance plans
  • Assist with environmental compliance activities for land development and/or governmental clients
  • Prepare work scopes, proposals, reports and project deliverables




  • Bachelor of Science Degree in geology, biology, environmental science, natural resource management, archeology, planning, or related sciences
  • Minimum 10 years' experience in environmental consulting in geology, environmental science, engineering, natural resources, and/or related experience
  • Project experience working with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act including coordination with regulatory agencies
  • Project experience preparing NEPA documentation, preferably for Texas Department of Transportation and other transportation projects and environmental permits
  • Working knowledge of environmental regulations such as Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, and Environmental Justice requirements of Executive Order 12898
  • Basic knowledge of cultural resources and experience with NPS, DOI, State Historic Preservation Offices, BIA, and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices
  • Demonstrated experience with federal agencies such as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and/or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS
  • Experience with the TCEQ Edwards Aquifer Protection Program and Texas Risk Reduction Program requirements
  • Working knowledge of Texas/Central U.S. energy generation (wind, solar) and transmission markets preferred
  • Individuals certified as Qualified SWPPP Developers and Practitioners and Certified Professionals in Erosion and Sediment Control are desirable
  • Proven team-building and positive influencing skills
  • Must demonstrate strong ethics, influence and negotiation, leadership, the ability to effectively manage stress and engage in continuous learning.
  • Must be able to work in all types of weather and field conditions
  • Must be able to work 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, with occasional overtime





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