Field Biologist

ESI is hiring seasonal Field Biologists to assist with summer bat surveys across the (primarily eastern) United States. The time frame for employment is typically from mid-May to mid-August; however, some work may be available before and after that 3-month period. ESI is looking for individuals with a variety of experience, from skilled Biologists to entry-level Field Assistants. Current and former field staff range from students (undergraduate to doctorate) to recent graduates to individuals with 10+ years of experience. Pay is commensurate with experience, but generally ranges from $9 to $12 per hour for field assistants and goes up from there for those with proven bat identification skills. While working, all lodging and meal expenses are reimbursed.

Qualified candidates must be able to endure harsh summer field conditions (hot days, cold nights, rain, insects, poison ivy, etc.). Field Biologists sometimes work long hours, and are required to work at night on bat projects.  Although not required for the Field Assistant positions, previous bat experience (especially mist netting) is a plus, as is experience with radio-telemetry.  Skilled Bat Biologists should have this experience, and must be able to demonstrate their ability to handle and identify bats (or provide credible references).

We typically have between 5 and 10 new positions available each year; however, we usually receive a tremendous number of applications for these positions, so we recommend submitting a cover letter and resume to us ASAP.

ESI Field Biologists
Basic Requirements For All Field Biologists Include:

  • • Self-motivated, enthusiastic, team player
  • • Basic map reading/interpretation and compass use (orienteering)
  • • Valid driver’s license
  • • Willingness and ability to travel extensively
  • • Willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule (consecutive days/weeks and/or hours of the day)
  • • Willingness to work in a variety of outdoor environments and weather conditions

ESI works in a variety of locations throughout the United States, typically in the East and Midwest.
Since 2000, ESI employees have worked in areas of OH, KY, IN, IL, MI, MN, MO, NH, VT, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV, NC, AL, KS and OR, including a number of State and National Forests.


GIS Analyst

ESI currently has exciting full-time job opportunities for self-driven GIS Analysts. Ideally, we are looking for at least one individual to join us in our company headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, but well qualified candidates will also be considered for our satellite offices in:

  • • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • • Akron, Ohio
  • • Syracuse, New York
  • • Maitland, Florida
GIS Analyst
    GIS database software is at the core of everything ESI does. Most projects rely on this technology from start to finish. We utilize GIS information in:
  • • Project analysis for proposal generation and project scoping
  • • Evaluate potential environmental impacts during routing analysis
  • • Field data collection
  • • Real-time project results and data presentation to our Clients over the web
  • • Basic mapping and cartography
  • • Landscape level habitat analysis and modelling

  • Minimum responsibilities associated with an entry level position:
  • • Perform basic analysis (metrics, location) of spatial data
  • • Maintain/edit existing GIS shape files or feature classes in a file geodatabase
  • • Input and correct data, perform data conversions, and ensure data integrity at all times
  • • Create new features by accurately georeferencing and digitizing images
  • • Provide mapping/graphics using firm-established cartographic standards in support of technical reports submitted to clients and governing agencies
Successful candidate(s) must be self-motivated and detail oriented. The specific job duties the individual undertakes will depend on his or her experience level and how that fits into the gestalt of ESI’s existing GIS Team, including their demonstrated success to produce high quality products (both data analysis and cartographically), follow a defined set of GIS standards, find, evaluate and utilize GIS data from various sources, perform analysis within GIS, understand use and theory of geodatabases, and understand server based technology. Candidate(s) must be willing to learn, think outside of the box and be interested in being part of a collaborative team, accepting and participating in constructive feedback designed to improve the company’s GIS processes and utilization.
Required Qualifications
  • • BS in Geography, GIS, CS or related field.
  • Software:
  • • ESRI-based software suites
  • • Standard or Advanced Desktop License
  • • ArcGIS Pro
  • • ESRI tools and extensions including ArcMap, Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, XTools
  • • Microsoft Office Suite (including Excel, Access and OneNote)
  • • Google Earth (creating, editing, and sharing KML files)
Additional/Optional Qualifications
  • • Knowledge/use of AutoCAD
  • • Adobe products
  • • Python scripting
  • • ESRI Model builder
  • • Trimble GPS products, including building data dictionaries, creating GPS background files, use of Pathfinder Office and TerraSync
  • • Background in Wildlife Biology or related field
  • • Prior experience working in environmental consulting
ESI is a growing firm with genuine career advancement opportunities for motivated individuals. We offer competitive salaries (commensurate with experience), opportunities for overtime pay and/or bonus, above average paid time off allowances, company paid health insurance, and 401(k) with generous match.


Indiana Office Manager

Due to our expanding project load and client base, we are opening an office in Indianapolis, Indiana and we are looking for an Office Manager for that location. The successful candidate must be self-motivated and detail oriented, willing and able to think outside the box, and interested in being an integral part of collaborative management team, facilitating company growth and creating their own future within ESI.

The successful candidate will work closely with company owners to establish and maintain an office in Indianapolis, Indiana and will be responsible for: Staff Management:

  • • Recruit, hire, and fire office staff
  • • Conduct annual performance reviews for office staff
  • • Collaborate with Operations Manager in Cincinnati office for efficient utilization of labor and other resources among offices
  • • Technical leadership
  • • Regulatory leadership
  • • Agency coordination leadership
  • • Provide oversight for document generation
  • • Project management
Office Management:
  • • Office profitability
  • • Attend professional development and public-relations events
  • • Identify and implement project and company process improvement
  • • Provide insight and feedback to generating effective changes as appropriate
  • • Marketing
  • • Project scoping, study design and proposal writing
  • • Client management
  • • Represent ESI at industry meetings and conventions
Corporate Leadership:
  • • Collaborate with company owners and other Group Managers
  • • Participate in strategic planning
  • • Identify potential clients, markets and service opportunities
  • • Define staff roles, responsibilities and accountability criteria
  • • Participate in policy development for company-wide administration
Required Qualifications
  • • BS in Wildlife Sciences, Ecology, Environmental Science or related field
  • • 5+ years of experience working in environmental consulting
  • • Regulatory and technical document authorship and editing
  • • Project and personnel Management experience
Additional/Optional Qualifications
  • • Masters or Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Science or related field
  • • Specific, specialized experience with a federally threatened or endangered species
  • • Endangered Species Act (ESA) experience
  • • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) project experience
  • • Experienced with 404 Clean Water Act and/or 401 Water Quality Certification
  • • Experience with projects overseen by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) (and/or state public utility commissions), or other lead federal agencies
We offer competitive salaries (commensurate with experience), opportunities bonus, above average paid time off allowances, company-paid health insurance, and 401(k) with generous match. How to apply:


Wetland Scientist

Environmental Solutions & Innovations, Inc. (ESI) is a growing environmental consulting firm comprised of scientists with expertise ranging from animal ecology to stream and wetland science, to management plans, landscape analysis and habitat modeling.
We currently have exciting full-time job opportunities for self-driven Wetland Scientists in both our Cincinnati and Syracuse offices. Part time, contract-labor and/or remote work locations may be considered for the right candidate.
As a small firm, our staff have the opportunity to work on everything from routine reports to exciting scientific studies and fieldwork. As much of our work revolves around the energy industry, we are regularly working with well-known companies at the forefront of energy development. Projects range from pipelines and well pads to electrical transmission lines, hydroelectric development, and government contracts.

ESI Wetland Scientist
  • • Conduct aquatic resource delineations throughout the eastern US, but especially in OH, PA, WV, and NY
  • • Prepare delineation reports and aquatic resource permit applications/registrations
  • • Conduct general habitat assessments for rare species
  • • Keen safety mindset
  • Required Qualifications:
  • • BS degree in biology, ecology or similar
  • • Must have 2+ years of experience conducting wetland delineations
  • • Botanical identification skills for species throughout the northeast and midwest
  • • Experience with Corps NWPs (& PCNs), and State Section 401 requirements
  • • GPS experience
  • • Willing to travel (routinely overnight) and work long hours in the field or office to meet client demands
  • Desired Qualifications:
  • • MS Degree
  • • ORAM, HHEI & QHEI experience
  • • PADEP General Permit experience
  • • Oil & gas experience (pipelines, well pads, impoundments, etc.)
  • • Pipeline routing
  • • General knowledge of NHPA Section 106 as it relates to federal aquatic resource permitting
  • • Rare species surveys and knowledge of state and federal RTE species coordination requirements, especially in OH and PA
  • • GIS experience
  • • Project Management experience
  • • Marketing


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