GEI Consultants, Inc. is a leading consulting engineering and environmental firm ranked #92 in the ENR top 500 (2018). We serve hundreds of government, energy, industry and institutional clients, and have completed 50,000 project engagements throughout the United States, Canada, and more than 20 other countries.

GEI, a privately held employee owned company, was founded nearly 50 years ago by five engineering pioneers. GEI now consists of over 800 employees in multiple offices throughout the U.S. and Canada. Our technical experts are involved in dozens of specialty services emanating from our core solutions in water, energy, buildings, infrastructure and industrial. Our technical experts are some of the most innovative and leading subject matter experts in their respective fields. We continue to grow and expand in our solutions, expertise and geography to ensure we can continue providing valuable solutions to our clients.

Our culture is one where we encourage employees to respectfully and thoughtfully challenge current practices for continual improvement. We believe this constructive engagement helps us evolve in an ever-changing business environment and will strengthen our organization in the future. Our practices reflect our commitment to a collaborative teaming approach, encouraging diverse perspectives which lead to innovation and value added solutions that fuel our success. Our committed employees work hard for our clients and in support of one another. In return we invest in a culture with engaging learning and career development opportunities, a competitive total rewards package, recognition, and the opportunity for some fun along the way.

Job Description

GEI Consultants is seeking a wetland biologist/plant taxonomist in our Traverse City, Michigan, office to conduct project work in the ecological consulting and restoration management fields.  This position requires experience with identifying, delineating, and assessing wetland communities coupled with experience keying out and identifying Midwest flora.  Projects will involve field labor, technical work, report preparation, and/or supervision of field crews.

Essential Responsibilities & Duties

  • Assisting/conducting vegetation monitoring, protected species surveys, and wetland delineations
  • Collecting field data, data analysis, and report preparation
  • Using GPS to map natural resource features and boundaries
  • Interpreting aerial photography
  • Biologists may be required to spend up to 1-4 nights per week or more out of town working at remote locations.
  • A typical work day consists of an 8-12 hour day, includes irregular hours (40-55 hours per week), and irregular starting and quitting times, in accordance with the requirements of the assigned job.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Five years of experience in the Midwest
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences (Ecology, Environmental Science, Botany, Biology, Fisheries, Forestry) or equivalent experience
  • Experience identifying Midwest flora
    • Native and non-native species
  • Experience with wetland delineation methodologies
  • Experience with vegetation monitoring and sampling methodologies
  • Experience with soil characterization and identification of hydric soil field indicators
  • Experience with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, MDEQ, or other regulatory permit applications
  • Experience with report preparation
  • Experienced with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Positive, flexible, team-oriented approach, with the willingness and desire to work as a part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to work well independently and with a diverse, multi-disciplinary team in a fast-paced work environment
  • Effective time management and follow-through, with the ability to simultaneously work on and lead multiple tasks/projects and meet project deadlines
  • Experience working with clients and managing project schedules and finances
  • Willingness to work on a wide array of projects


  • Market-Competitive Compensation
  • Comprehensive Benefits Program, including Medical, Dental, Vision and More
  • Continuing Education Assistance and Tuition Reimbursement
  • Professional Development and Opportunities for Advancement
  • Paid Holidays and Paid Time Off
  • Rewards and Recognition
  • GEI-Funded Profit Sharing and 401(k)
  • And More…

Physical Job Requirements










Activity Level Throughout Workday

Physical Activity Requirements


  (0-35% of            day)


  (33-66% of day)


   (67-100% of             day)

       Not        Applicable



     (4-6 hrs)





      (4-6 hrs)





      (2-6 hrs)





    (0-1 hrs)




Lifting (floor to waist level) (in pounds)

   (0-30 lbs)




Lifting (waist level and above) (in pounds)

  (0-10 lbs)




Carrying objects


        (4-6 hrs)




     (0-1 hrs)    





     (1-2 hrs)     





     (2-3 hrs)




Reaching forward

     (2-3 hrs)




Reaching overhead

     (1-2 hrs)






        (2-4 hrs)




Wrist position deviation

    (0-1 hrs)




Pinching/fine motor skills

    (1-2 hrs) 





Keyboard use/repetitive motion


         (4-6 hrs)




Taste or smell (taste=never)

    (0-1 hrs)




Talk or hear



        (6-8 hrs)



   Accurate           20/40

    Very Accurate             20/20

Not Applicable


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Far Vision









Not Applicable


Color Discrimination


Sensory Requirements




Not Applicable

Depth perception










Environmental Requirements

Occupational Exposure Risk Potential

Reasonably Anticipated

Not Anticipated

Blood borne pathogens




Airborne communicable diseases



Extreme temperatures





Uneven surfaces or elevations


Extreme noise levels


Dust/particular matter




Note that typical ecological staff have highly variable schedules. On average, an ecological staff person may spend around two-thirds of their time in the office and one-third in the field. A typical field day may be 2-8 hours. A typical work week may have 1-2 field days.


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Other work hours


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