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POSTED: 05-04-2021

Ecological Engineer

MAD Scientist Associates (MAD) is seeking a motivated, caring, team-oriented full-time Ecological Engineer who wants to Make A Difference for our growing ecological restoration practice. Our Ecological Engineer will assist with site analysis and design, develop plan drawings and bid sets, and complete basic modeling and analysis tasks for wetland and stream restoration projects. As our Ecological Engineer, you will work closely with our multi-disciplinary ecological restoration staff (Professional Wetland Scientists, Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioners, Ecologists, Biologists, Botanists, and Landscape Architect/Graphic Designer) to get our team-developed site concepts into high quality formal plans. Our ideal candidate will have experience with wetland and/or stream restoration (natural channel) design, water budgets and fluvial processes/stream hydraulics, stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPPs), and related experience in cost estimating, bidding, and construction oversight.

Candidate should:
• Be familiar with AutoCAD, HydroCAD and GIS
• Be able to contribute to the inter-disciplinary planning process for ecological restoration projects and capture the details of these restoration plans in detailed drawings and bid sets
• Be comfortable with field work and site analysis and working on a multi-disciplinary team to develop ecological restoration plans that are optimized for the site and local ecology
• Have the confidence to stamp restoration plans developed through our collaborative, interdisciplinary planning process conducted under your engineering oversight
• Be familiar with grading plans, cut and fill calculations, and wetland and stream hydrology
• Be willing to learn about regulatory compliance and assist with permitting-related tasks
• Have experience with best management practices and development of stormwater pollution prevention plans
• Be self-motivated, positive, and team-oriented
• Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and a keen focus on details
• Demonstrate time management and follow-through skills
• Be willing to travel o

n occasion
• Be flexible regarding work assignments and willing to assist where needed (we’re a small company, and our staff must “wear many hats”)

Minimum Qualifications
• BS or MS in environmental, ecological, civil or related engineering discipline
• P.E. license
• 3 years (minimum) full-time experience (can include years prior to earning P.E. status)
• Valid driver’s license

MAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and woman-owned small business. We encourage qualified minorities, females, and veterans to apply. We offer a competitive salary, a fun and fulfilling company culture, excellent professional development opportunities and, for full-time staff, a comprehensive benefit package including medical and dental, retirement savings plan with matching contributions. To apply send resume and cover letter to:

POSTED: 03-30-2021

Postdoctoral Fellow Position at the Center for Watershed Research & Service

A full-time Postdoctoral Fellow position is available in support of the Center for Watershed Research & Service (CWRS) and Engineering programs at Saint Francis University, in Pennsylvania.  The position will entail:

• Research in support of the faculty and mission of CWRS (  Existing research programs are interdisciplinary and include:
o Co-treatment of municipal wastewater and acid mine drainage
o Limiting nutrient runoff from agricultural practices
o Treatment of contaminants of emerging concern
o Wastewater management and treatment from oil and gas development
o Sustainable passive treatment of acid mine drainage
o Other Ecological Engineering solutions for water quality improvement

• Teaching one course per semester related to environmental engineering with our unique approach of real research and service blended into the classroom.

• Other related activities:
o Extension work in service of regional watershed restoration/protection nonprofit organizations
o Authoring peer-reviewed manuscripts and presenting at national/international conferences
o Mentoring undergraduate interns and researchers
o Grant-writing in support of CWRS

The balance of the aforementioned activities will be tailored to the skill set of the successful applicant.  They will be overseen and closely mentored by Drs. Travis Tasker, Joel Bandstra, and Rachel Wagner to achieve the research, teaching, extension, and grant-writing productivity necessary for maximal professional development.

This opportunity is open to applicants from all relevant engineering and science disciplines. We especially encourage applications from those with backgrounds in ecological, environmental, and biological engineering as well as environmental chemistry/science/microbiology, applied ecology, hydrology, biogeochemistry, and other related fields.

For further information contact Dr. Travis Tasker at

POSTED: 03-25-2021

Research Assistant – Department of Biological Sciences at University of Alabama

We are seeking a Research Assistant to begin in Summer or Fall 2021.  The Research Assistant will be supervised by Dr. Paige Ferguson and Dr. Nate Jones in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama and will collaborate with local and regional restoration practitioners who are involved with mitigation banking.  


The Research Assistant will lead a literature review and manuscript writing focused on evaluating the utility of the performance standards and success criteria that the Army Corps of Engineers uses to evaluate the success of mitigation banking projects.  The Research Assistant will (1) locate and read scientific literature, government reports, and industry white papers; (2) synthesize results about how success criteria have been applied across variable topography, climate, and biological communities and when the different success criteria can suitably assess success of the mitigation bank; and (3) write a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal (the Research Assistant will be first author).   


This is a great opportunity for a Research Assistant to network with both academic and industry professionals, contribute to research that will make a difference in ecosystem restoration, and be the first author on a peer-reviewed publication.  There is also the opportunity to work remotely or from Tuscaloosa.  


Applicants should have a background in many of the following: aquatic ecology, stream and wetland restoration, forest ecology, forest restoration, mitigation banking, natural resource management, environmental law and policy, environmental engineering.  Applicants should have at least a BS degree or be working towards a BS degree related to the disciplines listed above (applicants with advanced degrees will be given attention, and pay will be scaled according to experience).  Applicants should have experience searching for scientific literature, interpreting scientific literature, writing scientific papers, oral presentations, collaborating with scientists and industry staff.  Applicants should be highly motivated, prepared to conduct independent research, experienced in prompt and thorough work, and skilled at working with diverse collaborators in a clear and respectful way.  


To apply, please email Dr. Ferguson ( the following: 

1. a cover letter describing your interest in the project, prior experiences that have prepared you for the Research Assistant position, dates you would be available to start, and whether you would work remotely or from Tuscaloosa 

2. your CV 

3. a sample of your scientific writing  

4. contact information for 3 references 


Application are due April 15. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 


The hourly pay will be scaled in proportion to experience, and health insurance and other benefits are included.  Details can be discussed during interviews with top candidates.  


Additional information is available from the following links: 

Dr. Ferguson’s Research: 

Dr. Jones’ Research:  

UA Department of Biological Sciences: 

University of Alabama: 



POSTED: 02-04-2021

Full Professor of Environmental Engineering and State Director of EPSCoR – The University of Vermont

The University of Vermont (UVM) invites applications for a tenured environmental engineering full professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) to start as early as Fall 2021. The candidate will manage the State of Vermont’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) in the broad area of water and sustainability at the nexus of human and natural systems. As a tenured faculty in CEE, the candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of externally-funded research, contribute to two ABET-accredited (Civil, Environmental) undergraduate and one MS/PhD program, as well as teach courses in their area of expertise.  The University of Vermont is an EO/EA/AA employer. See detailed job description and apply online:  Full consideration deadline: 2/16/2021. Inquiries: Professor Britt A. Holmén,

POSTED: 11-05-2020

Project Manager
Wildlands Engineering

Wildlands Engineering is seeking a dynamic individual to join our growing company in our Charlotte, NC office. We are looking for a Project Manager or Senior Project Manager with a background in stream and wetland design, stormwater management, hydrologic/hydraulic modeling, construction document production, construction management, and project management. This position will involve managing and leading projects with complex ecosystem restoration designs through the assessment, design, permitting, construction, and post-construction monitoring phases. Projects may include design of streams, wetlands, and watershed improvements; hydrologic and hydraulic models; watershed planning; and/or new and retrofit stormwater best management practices (BMPs). This is an important position that will be charged with major client management, leading design philosophy, overseeing large project budgets and schedules, and working with contractors on major project implementation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage technical design, budget, and schedule of complex stream and wetland mitigation projects.

  • Interpret ecological site assessments and set design goals.

  • Oversee successful implementation of ecosystem restoration through design, permitting, construction, and post-construction monitoring.

  • Effectively communicate and coordinate with team members, clients, and stakeholders.

  • Meet multiple deadlines with a willingness to react positively to changes in priorities.


  • 8 to 20 years of progressive experience working with the ecologic and hydrologic processes important to ecosystem restoration in the Southeastern United States.

  • Undergraduate degree in engineering, geology, environmental science, or a related field is required. A graduate degree in engineering, geology, environmental science, or a related field is preferred.

  • Licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) or Engineering Intern (EI) or the ability to obtain NC licensure by reciprocity is preferred.

  • Experience managing large ecosystem restoration projects, storm water projects, or similar projects is preferred.

  • Experience with AutoCAD Civil 3D.

  • Experience with hydraulic, hydrologic, and/or watershed modeling.

  • Experience preparing technical reports, construction plans and technical specifications, construction cost estimates, and construction administration.

  • Must have valid driver’s license.


Physical Demands

  • Ability to frequently walk over rough, uneven surfaces.

  • Ability to sustain periods of strenuous physical exertion.

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

  • Part of the job requirements and the physical demands are performed in outdoor weather conditions with frequent exposure to wet/humid conditions and extreme heat or cold. Other adverse factors may include exposure to ticks and poison ivy.


For more information, please visit:

POSTED: 11-03-2020

Tenure-Track Engineering Position
Elon University

Elon University seeks applicants for a tenure-track position in engineering at the assistant professor level beginning in mid-August 2021. The ideal candidate will support the development of a new environmental engineering concentration within Elon’s existing engineering program, support the establishment of a new environmental engineering laboratory, and pursue an undergraduate environmental engineering/science research program at Elon. Both an undergraduate engineering degree and a PhD in engineering or related discipline are required. Potential for excellence in teaching lower level undergraduate engineering courses is essential, as is integrating undergraduate students into a research agenda, advising and mentoring students, and contributing to the growth of the engineering program. The ideal candidate will be interested in contributing to Elon’s interdisciplinary Core Curriculum program and appropriate interdisciplinary programs and minors; and advance strategic efforts to address inequities and to promote diversity and inclusion in the program.


Review will begin on November 30, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. Send electronically: letter of application, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching philosophy, research plans, diversity statement, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three letters of support to Engineering Search Committee, at  Please include your name in the subject line. For questions about the position, please contact the chair of the search committee at: Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of people, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in their cover letter. Elon is a dynamic private, co-educational, comprehensive institution that is a national model for actively engaging faculty and students in teaching and learning in a liberal arts based residential campus. To learn more about Elon, please visit the University web site at Elon University is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes all applicants.

POSTED: 11-03-2020

Hydrology of Intermittent Streams (PhD Position)

The Aquatic Intermittency effects on Microbiomes in Streams (AIMS) team is seeking three graduate students to begin Fall 2021 studying the hydrology and hydrogeology of intermittent streams in the Southeastern Forest, Mountain West, and Great Plains ecosystems. The students will generate new understanding of intermittent stream hydrology across the US, and also provide a hydrological basis for understanding biogeochemical and microbial processes. Therefore, an interest in collaborative, interdisciplinary research is essential for all positions. 

University of Alabama
Focus: Hydrologic storage and connectivity of headwater streams
Supervisor: Nate Jones (
More info and to apply:

Idaho State University
Focus: Nested spatiotemporal drying patterns and their drivers
Supervisor: Sarah Godsey (
More info and to apply:

University of Kansas/Kansas Geological Survey
Focus: Groundwater-surface water interactions
Supervisor: Sam Zipper (
More info and to apply: 

These three students will work closely with each other and also with 8 other project graduate students who will be studying biogeochemistry and microbial ecology (full list of AIMS graduate positions here). All students will take a cross-institutional Team Science and Collaboration course in their first year, receive support for data science instructor training through The Carpentries Foundation, have opportunities to mentor undergraduate research projects, and will work with an amazing team of scientists.

POSTED: 11-03-2020

Graduate studentship: University of South Carolina – Floating Treatment Wetlands

Dr. William Strosnider at the University of South Carolina Baruch Marine Field Laboratory is recruiting a PhD student in applied ecology to start in the summer of 2021.


Research will center on advancing the science and engineering of floating treatment wetlands (FTWs). Specific avenues of investigation may include the water quality influences, habitat value, microbial community composition, and plant species suitability of various FTW configurations across nutrient and salinity gradients. The selected candidate will also pioneer the development of a new generation of sustainable FTW designs.


The research will include observational, experimental, and modeling components with flexibility for the student to develop their own program of inquiry along a gradient between ecology and engineering (ecological engineering). Year-round support (including health benefits & tuition) will be provided through a mixture of teaching and research assistantships. Experimental and observational work will be based at Baruch Marine Field Laboratory, with the expectation of substantial periods in residence on-site. Interested individuals should contact Dr. William Strosnider via email ( to discuss their background and research interests.