Sr. Scientist- Natural Resources

Job Locations US-WI-Madison
Full-Time Regular - 40 hours
Posted Date
1 month ago(1/22/2024 2:01 PM)


KCI is hiring a mid-level environmental scientist to help lead our land management and monitoring activities at multiple ecological restoration sites throughout Wisconsin. The position will be based in Madison, WI.  Position duties include ecological land management, stream and wetland survey, monitoring and delineation, vegetation restoration, invasive species management, data collection, report writing and permit applications.


Join us as we Rise to the Challenge


At KCI, we’re building an enduring community that provides unparalleled value to our employee-owners. We make our mark designing and delivering our world-class solutions, so we invest deeply in supporting and developing our team. We reward integrity and commitment, and when we do well, you do well. Our employees have the freedom to innovate, unlimited growth, a voice that matters, a lifestyle that works, and skin in the game. Achievements are shared and celebrated. As a team, we are motivated to better ourselves, each other, and the world around us. 



KCI Technologies, Inc. is a 100% employee-owned engineering, consulting and construction firm serving clients throughout the United States. KCI is recognized as an industry leader, employing cutting-edge technologies, management practices and strategic growth initiatives. Employee ownership fosters an entrepreneurial spirit, encourages technical expertise, and shapes strategic planning.

KCI is currently ranked #48 on Engineering News-Record’s list of the Top 50 design firms in the nation.



Help us grow and strengthen our natural resources work in Wisconsin and the upper Midwest.  KCI Technologies is actively restoring wetlands and streams throughout Wisconsin and working with conservation partners to manage conservation lands. Your position will play a critical role to successfully establish the first stream mitigation bank approved in the state of Wisconsin and help to build the foundation for a new stream and wetland restoration complex in the Driftless region.  You will play a key role help us to grow our restoration work with conservation partners throughout the region.



We offer a competitive compensation package, family friendly benefits, a collaborative working environment, and the training, mentoring and resources you need to advance in your career.

We understand that you have choices, and we know that together we will make a great team!


KCI is committed to building a diverse and inclusive staff, and we encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and individuals with disabilities to apply.


Duties, Responsibilities & Other


  • 4+ years of professional consulting experience in natural resources or restoration ecology preferred.
  • Applicant should possess demonstrated experience in the field of wetland or stream restoration and natural resource mitigation, assessment, and monitoring methodologies.
  • Applicant should possess an understanding of watershed hydrology and ecological restoration design. Prior experience with stream restoration design is a plus.
  • Applicant should possess knowledge of invasive species management and familiarity/ability to operate chainsaws, brush cutters, ATVs, and tractors.
  • Applicant will be expected to safely mix and apply herbicides
  • Applicant should possess experience using ESRI suite of products including ArcMap 10.x, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and Field Maps. Experience with other GIS systems is a plus.
  • This position will include a significant amount of travel for field work. 
  • Performance of duties will, at times, be physically strenuous and involve exposure beautiful Wisconsin landscapes and varying weather conditions.
  • This position requires a motor vehicle record check and a valid driver’s license.
  • Travel throughout the state with multiple overnights is required for this position
  • Current Wisconsin DATCP herbicide applicator license or ability to obtain license.
  • Must be able to lift weights up to 50lbs, wear personal protective equipment and be familiar with field equipment operation.
  • FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate is a plus.


  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Natural Resources, or related field.  
  • Minimum of 4- 8 years of experience.
  • Pre-employment drug screening is a condition of employment. Background and motor vehicle checks may be required based upon position.

Performance Expectations

  • Complete Annual Individual Training Program
  • Train adequate backup personnel to support your role in your absence
  • Attend meetings with clients as required
  • Comply with all KCI policies and procedures
  • Ensure projects fulfill ISO compliance requirements
  • Complete other duties as required/assigned
  • Assist with preparation of proposals and qualifications in repsonse to RFPs and RFQs
  • Achieve or exceed budgeted individual utilization target(85% typical)
  • Attend bi-weekly(or more frequently as necessary) meetings with project team on all projects/tasks
  • Complete all tasks on time and within budget while fully meeting the scope
  • Operate within specified (corporate or project) budget parameters
  • Assess and document potential project impacts
  • Collect required field data using proper protocols and techniques
  • Lead field surveys
  • Lead the development of and assemble organized, clear, and cohesive technical reports
  • Prepare avoidance or minimization recommendations
  • Prepare mitigation strategy and plan as required
  • Process field data for inclusion in reports and deliverables
  • Review and interpret lab results



KCI Technologies, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


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