Wetland Scientist II

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 Wetland Scientist II 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 a Wetland Scientist II at Confluence, your capabilities and strengths should include:

  • Wetland delineations and monitoring;
  • Vegetation surveys, including monitoring transects, habitat typing and mapping, special
    status plant surveys, and noxious weed mapping;
  • Assisting with wetland design and planting plans;
  • Writing reports and technical memorandums;
  • Utilizing collected data and online data to generate maps using ArcGIS Pro;
  • Assisting with environmental permitting, including but not limited to obtaining Clean Water Act Section 404 permits, 310 permits from Conservation Districts, 318 turbidity waivers and 401 certifications from the Montana DEQ, City development permits, among others;
  • Performing tasks assigned by senior engineers, scientists and project managers;

You should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • 3-5 years’ field experience with Rocky Mountain wetland flora;
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a natural resources discipline;
  • Self-starter with a sincere interest in plant identification;
  • Good oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience or willingness to learn ArcGIS Pro software;
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member 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; and
  • 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 ($62k-$72k) 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, we look forward to hearing from you. Please submit your resume and cover letter to Rmceldowney@confluenceinc.com