Senior Wetland Scientist

Posted: January 22, 2024

Confluence Consulting Inc. is proud to be home to one of the largest and most innovative wetland teams in the Rocky Mountain West — but we’re growing, and are seeking an energetic, ambitious, technically capable, and outdoor fun-loving new team member.

Based in Bozeman, Montana, Confluence is an industry leader in the study, design and management of aquatic and natural resources. For the past 25 years we have provided services to government agencies, private landowners, non-profits, and A&E firms nationwide. Our multidisciplinary team of natural resource professionals develops innovative, effective, and streamlined solutions for any aquatic resource problem.

The Senior Wetland Scientist is a permanent, salaried, full-time position, and supervised by Rich McEldowney, PWS, Confluence’s Wetland Group Lead.

Our office is in Bozeman, Montana, often described as one of the best small cities to live in, especially for those who love the outdoors and appreciate the camaraderie of a vibrant mountain community. Confluence actively encourages a fun and positive work environment, with opportunities for growth, and personal and professional development.

As Sr. Wetland Scientist at Confluence, your capabilities and strengths should include:

  • Wetland science experience in the inter-mountain western U.S.;
  • Independent field work in all types of field conditions, often in remote locations,
    preferably in the northern Rockies;
  • Supervision/mentorship of mid-level wetland scientists and field technicians;
  • Federal, State, and local wetland/stream permitting;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Attention to detail.

What you can expect in this role at Confluence:

  • Hands on restoration of wetland and stream ecosystems; including design, planting plans, and construction oversight;
  • Close collaboration with our team of wetland scientists and engineers to accomplish projects for our clients;
  • Working directly with private landowners, government agencies, and non-profits to help them realize their mitigation, monitoring, and habitat restoration/ enhancement goals;
  • Involvement with various state Departments of Transportation on a variety of wetland and wildlife related projects;
  • Involvement in complex restoration and large scale projects requiring innovation and close coordination with our clients and regulatory agencies;
  • QA/QC of all work products.

You should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • 5-10 years’ field experience with Rocky Mountain wetland flora;
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a natural resources discipline;
  • Project management experience;
  • Wetland delineation experience;
  • Wetland monitoring experience;
  • Experience with ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro software;
  • Good oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently and lead teams under tight deadlines;
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout the Intermountain West and the U.S. and to work under challenging field conditions for 1 (rarely 2) week(s) at a time;
  • Very strong work ethic and an “anything it takes” attitude.

The successful candidate can expect from Confluence:

  • A positive, flexible, dog-friendly work environment in a spacious, well-lighted office;
  • Company profit sharing bonus;
  • Competitive salary ($75k-$85k) and benefits, including 401(k) retirement plan, health insurance, contributions to a health savings account, paid holidays, sick leave, and paid leave;
  • Opportunities for professional trainings to develop your skills and earn or maintain certifications (e.g., Professional Wetland Scientist).


If you think you are the right person for this opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter to