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Project Manager

Summit West Environmental Consulting
Job Field:
Water and Soil Resources
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Job Description:

SummitWest Environmental is seeking an organized, self-motivated, adaptable, and experienced Project Manager to design and manage SummitWest projects, client relationships, and deliverables. The Project Manager will work under the guidance of the Senior Project Manager to manage the full lifecycle of projects from bid writing to close-out. They will be instrumental in implementing projects and will be involved in writing operation guides, developing and testing data collection protocols, and organizing field logistics. The Project Manager will assist, direct, and mentor SummitWest staff to ensure field protocols are followed and data is being collected appropriately. The Project Manager will QC or delegate and oversee the QC, of data by Field Leads or Biologists. The Project Manager will collaborate with SummitWest subcontractors and subject matter experts (SME). The Project Manager will communicate with clients, foster relationships, and ensure projects are running on schedule and within budget. The Project Manager will collaborate with the Bid Management Team to assist in writing project proposals and scoping project budgets. The Project Manager will oversee project deliverables such as reports and affiliated spatial data files.

This position supports numerous natural resource projects in California, Oregon, Washington, other areas of the USA, and possibly international locations. Projects often focus on wildlife biology, botany, permitting, GIS services, and/or wetlands but SummitWest is a dynamic firm and looking to expand into new arenas. It is critical that the Project Manager is comfortable and effective within a fast-paced and innovative environment.


● Assist Senior Project Manager in overseeing SummitWest projects, assignments and teams, including interaction with clients, data and information management, and coordination and scheduling of staff

● Supervise, schedule, and train SummitWest staff

● Ensure tasks stay on schedule and within budget

● Occasional travel to project locations to meet with clients and/or oversee field staff

● Utilize electronic data collection software including ESRI applications (e.g. FieldMaps, Survey123) to organize the collection of data

● Manage and QC data, often through ArcGIS Online

● Write reports including technical reports, memorandums, mitigation summaries, progress reports, formalized biological constraints analyses, and others

● Work remotely at times, be self-sufficient, trustworthy, and uphold SummitWest standards

● Assist with marketing, proposals, bid documents, budget estimates

● Attend bid interviews and client meetings

● Work with Safety Officer to ensure each project has a safety program and is being tracked; check in periodically with the Safety Officer to ensure all insurance, liability, and safety measures are accounted for

● If applicable and feasible, field work may include:

○ Conducting biological survey fieldwork (wildlife and botanical surveys) as part of a team and alone in coastal, inland, and desert environments, which can include rugged terrain and hiking long distances, and driving into remote areas, on and off road

○ Endangered species surveys and habitat assessments

○ Environmental compliance monitoring, including coordinating with Project Managers, engineers, and construction contractors; conducting worker environmental awareness programs, working on-site with construction crews and performing post-construction analysis



● Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Studies or related field, and a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in environmental consulting, natural resources and/or project management

● Master’s Degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Studies or related field, and a minimum of 2 years of professional experience in environmental consulting, natural resources and/or project management

● 2 years+ in supervisory role, coordinating schedules, contractors and resources

● Strongly proficient in computer software including GIS software (QGIS, ArcGIS, AGOL) and ESRI data collection applications (FieldMaps, Survey123)

● Must be able to use hand-held, electronic devices for data collection and reporting

● Writing proficiency as demonstrated by a thesis, peer-reviewed publication, comprehensive project report, technical memorandum, or similar

● Solid time management and follow-through skills, with the ability to simultaneously manage multiple tasks/projects with tight deadlines.

● Self-motivated; strong initiative, and ability to work remotely occasionally

● Ability to work at the computer and/or phone for up to 8 hours per day

● Willingness to perform occasional field and site visits

● Travel and overnight stays will sometimes be required

● Must have a valid driver’s license

● Must be authorized to work in the U.S. without company sponsorship

● Must obtain clearance through SummitWest background check (upon employment)

● Residence in Bend, OR (strongly preferred)

● 2 years+ of compliance monitoring experience (preferred)

● 2 years+ working with endangered species or in endangered species habitats (preferred)

● 1 year+ of experience working with Waters of the US, wetland delineations, or wetland-related work (preferred)

● Experience with bid and/or grant submission (preferred)

Working Conditions 

● Must be able to be on the phone/communicate with staff throughout the day

● Must be able to work remotely or in a collaborative environment and report to the office

● Willingness to travel for work as-needed; travel and overnight stays may be required

● Must be able to work in an outdoor environment, including coastal, inland, and desert environments

● Willingness to travel and work in a variety of field conditions for multiple weeks at a time

● Travel and overnight stays will be required

● Ability and willingness to conduct field work in rugged terrain and under variable weather conditions, including extended trips, in the night and sometimes under primitive conditions

● Must be comfortable traveling and hiking in remote areas alone

● Must be accepting of the fact that you may encounter bees, rattlesnakes, scorpions, mountain lions, bears and other potentially dangerous wildlife during your work

● Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions, including heat, cold, rain, wind, or snow



The Project Manager should understand SummitWest’s company culture and lead-by-example, promoting SummitWest’s policy of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and encouraging the “SummitWest 5 Behaviors”.

1. Being solutions-oriented

2. Being proactive

3. Being self-sufficient

4. Being helpful and collaborative

5. Communicating clearly and frequently

The Project Manager’s attitude and personality are integral to the function of the SummitWest team, and the role will be met with professionalism, punctuality, and enthusiasm. The Project Manager will be a pro-active, self-directed team player who uplifts others through support and who thrives in a dynamic and challenging work environment.

Salary Range is $70,000-$85,000, dependent on skills and experience.

● Paid Vacation

● 401(k) with Matching Contribution

● Health Insurance (Medical, Dental, and Vision)

● Flexible Schedules

● Opportunities for Remote and Office Work

● Career Development and Promotion Opportunities

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a resume and brief cover letter detailing your interest, qualifications, and any special considerations or compensation expectations. All submissions should go to Deadline for submission is Friday, December 2, 2022 at 5pm PST.

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