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Regulatory Manager

At RES, we believe that human progress and the restoration of nature’s resources can go hand in hand. Our belief made us what we are today - the nation’s leading ecological restoration company, with over 300 stream miles restored and conserved, 20,000,000 trees planted, and 15,000 acres of special-status species habitat established. We restore our land and waters with integrity and innovation, one community at a time.
Do you want to be part of a team whose talent and dedication are unmatched in the industry? 
RES is currently accepting applications for the role of Louisiana Regulatory Manager, who will be responsible for managing the ecological and regulatory personnel in Louisiana and overseeing the overall program and activities of the team to design, gain regulatory approval, build, monitor, and maintain ecological restoration projects. You will be participating in conferences, trade groups, etc., coordinating activities of your team with other operational teams within RES, hiring sub-contractors, and directly communicating with federal, state, and local agencies.

What your day-to-day might look like?

What your day-to-day might look like?
50% of your time will be spent on reporting and permitting activities. You will attend project meetings, write proposals, design stream, wetland, and endangered species habitat restoration projects, review restoration plans and mitigation documents prepared by your team, and submit restoration plans to regulatory agencies or to clients, ensuring all regulatory requirements are met, including those mandated by Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and various other state and federal regulations. You will advocate for RES projects with agencies, obtain regulatory agency approvals, coordinate with operations staff on construction permit compliance, manage monitoring and reporting, and support project close-out with agencies and RES project management. You will establish and maintain a system for documents submittals to organizing all revisions to submitted documents. You will also plan and lead agency field site visits.
20% of your time will be spent managing projects and personnel. You will track upcoming project performance standards and milestones to meet, update staffing schedules, hold regular meetings, and communicate with staff about weekly schedules. You will have the freedom to mentor your staff, teach them to be leaders, help them set career goals, and celebrate wins with them. You will recruit and hire ecologists and regulatory specialists and build the team you need to be successful.
20% of your time will be spent in the field. You will evaluate land for restoration potential. You will be present during construction and planting activities to ensure restoration is implemented as planned. You will visit your teams working in the field to train your staff on monitoring activities and learn about your sites.
10% of your time will be spent on other activities, such as strategizing expansion into new markets, attending conferences, safety training, staying updated on changes to existing and new regulations, and advising people inside and outside of RES on policy and regulatory issues and initiatives. You will give consultations to the land team and landowners on the buying and selling of properties, explaining the nuances of owning/maintaining a mitigation site. You will also help the sales team win new projects, including presenting solutions to clients and agencies, and interviewing after being short-listed. 


We would love to talk to you if you have many of the following:
  • BA/BS Biology, Environmental Science, Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Agricultural Science or similar Science
  • 10 or more years of Regulatory, Water Resources or Environmental consulting experience
  • At least 10-years of experience with relevant environmental regulations and permits/approvals (e.g. CWA 404/401/402, NWP/IP, NPDES, ESA).
  • Advanced understanding of restoration design principles, approaches and supporting technical information such as engineering design plans, functional calculations, and ecological data and strong ability to communicate this information through written project deliverables with support from the project team.
  • Advanced experience reading and interpreting project maps and design plans and extracting information from these documents to support permitting/regulatory deliverables. Strong familiarity with GIS capabilities and functions.