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ECOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS GROUP LLC

Background

Ecological Solutions Group LLC (ESG) helps the owners of large-scale lands, including the United States (U.S.) federal government, understand and manage their wetlands, rangelands, forests and streams. We analyze the condition of vegetation, soils, water and wildlife on client holdings. We then develop protocols to guide site-appropriate management activities, and work with clients to apply these techniques for the benefit of their properties. Our consulting practice currently covers 13 states and 2 provinces in the western United States and Canada. Our clients include government agencies, corporations, tribal entities and private landowners. We are therefore pleased to offer our environmental planning services (SINs 899-1 and 8991 RC) through the GSA Schedule for Environmental Services under contract GS-10F-0002V.

ESG’s partners are Dr. Paul Hansen, Mr. Bill Thompson, Mr. Tom Keith, Mr. Max Thompson, and Mr. Russell Fox. The partners first began their association at The University of Montana’s Riparian and Wetlands Research Program (RWRP), where Dr. Hansen served as Director from 1986 to 2001, from which Mr. Bill Thompson earned his advanced degrees, and Mr. Keith served as Information Systems Specialist. At the RWRP, the team developed its expertise in environmental inventories of large land areas, and in ecological data management. In 2001, the team moved out of academia and into the private sector, associating with an environmental restoration firm in Montana, Bitterroot Restoration, Inc. (BRI). In spring 2006, the scientists decided to establish their own firm, concentrating on ecological assessment, environmental planning, and natural resource consulting. Together, the 5 partners bring to bear over 125 years experience of on-the-ground environmental consulting experience in botany, soils, hydrology, environmental sampling, ecology, wildlife biology, range science, planning, and data management. As shown in Map 1, ESG has worked throughout the Western United States and Canada.


Map 1. Areas of ESG’s Environmental Planning Work

Key:
Areas for which ESG has developed regional vegetation classification systems and management documents (wetlands, forests, shrublands and rangelands), as well as performed site-specific environmental assessment and planning work;
Areas in which ESG has performed large-scale environmental surveys, as well as site-specific environmental assessment and planning work; and,
Areas in which ESG has performed site-specific environmental assessment and planning work.

APPLICATIONS

ESG’s services are utilized by individuals and organizations that require a technical insight into the environmental status of the resources that they own or manage, as well as assistance in the practices by which that resource is managed. The heart of ESG’s technical offerings involves site assessment, a process in which a trained scientist visits a site and compiles a report of an area’s environmental condition, including:

  • Vegetation composition and status;
  • Hydrologic patterns;
  • Soil characterization and mapping;
  • Wildlife presence/use;
  • Management practices, and (where necessary),
  • Nature, magnitude and extent of environmental hazards of the site (i.e., Phase 1 and 2 Environmental Assessments).

The collection of this data allows a manager to understand the environmental condition of the resource for which they are responsible. ESG’s scientists then can work with the manager to improve the administration of the resource and/or to plan and develop mitigation, remediation or restoration strategies to either address environmental impacts or to return the resource to its proper functioning condition.

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MAJOR PROJECT AREAS

ESG’s members have worked on project sites ranging from the boreal forests of Canada to the chaparral of southern California, and from the estuaries of the Pacific Coast to the prairies of the Midwest. The wide variety of projects in which ESG’s members have been involved show a clear understanding of plants, soils, water and environmental disturbances, as well as the ability to develop and apply solutions to complex ecological problems. For simplicity, however, ESG’s major project areas have been divided into the five, interrelated categories, which are described below.

Riparian/Wetlands Work

ESG is home to one of the largest sets of riparian and wetland work done by any single research team. The work has involved research on the ecological site classification, inventory and mapping, natural resource management, grazing/livestock management, water quality concerns, and remediation/ restoration of riparian areas, wetlands, and uplands throughout western North America. To support these initiatives, the team has performed extensive fieldwork in Montana, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. In these regions, the members of ESG have sampled and analyzed approximately 9,000 plots in the process of defining the various ecological site types. As a result, approximately 8,000 miles of streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, and wet meadows have been inventoried and assessed. This work is maintained through the use of one of the largest, fully interactive, riparian and wetland databases ever designed for the Internet.

Photo 1. Wetland inventory work, Idaho

The core of this effort involves seven environmental survey methods developed by the ESG team for the inventory and assessment of the environmental conditions of riparian and wetland ecosystems. These survey methods include:

1) lotic (flowing water) inventory (detailed inventory),
2) lotic health assessment (derived from the lotic inventory),
3) lotic health assessment for streams and small rivers (survey),
4) lotic health assessment for large river systems (survey),
5) lentic (still water) inventory (detailed inventory),
6) lentic health assessment (derived from the lentic inventory), and
7) lentic health assessment (survey).

The health assessments consider at the basic condition of soils, vegetation, geology, and hydrology of a particular site. The inventories include a more detailed consideration of these factors, plus a thorough botanical census and an assessment of management practices, wildlife presence and other environmental factors. These seven procedures have been taught to over 12,000 people including over 150 federal, state, provincial, and non-government agencies/organizations in western North America.

Based on this work, classification and management documents have been developed that cover over 577,500 square miles in western North Dakota, western South Dakota, all of Montana, eastern and southern Idaho, the southern half of Saskatchewan, and all of Alberta. Additionally, this work has lead to advances in bioengineering and other “soft” methods of stream stabilization, the development of innovative treatment wetlands, the furtherance of national TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) initiatives, the study of the spread and control of whirling disease, and the refinement of techniques for the establishment of native wetlands. ESG’s riparian and wetlands efforts underscore its ability to assess, understand and develop management and restoration guidelines for large-scale, complex and valuable environmental resources.

Uplands Assessment and Restoration

In addition to its riparian and wetland work, ESG has performed a substantial number of projects on upland habitats, including grasslands, shrublands and forests. ESG has recently completed a 740-page vegetation classification and management document covering all vegetation habitats and community types in eastern Montana. This project area covers over 42,500 square miles of land, the approximate size of the state of Virginia, as well as 17 of Montana’s 56 counties. In addition to data regarding floristic compostion and succession from 1126 inventory plots, the document covers such management issues as livestock use, timber, wildlife, fisheries, fire, soil management, rehabilitation, and recreational use. This work complements previous classification and management documents written by ESG members for upland habitats in western South Dakota and western North Dakota. ESG has also developed upland inventory methods, including an upland inventory form and an upland health assessment (derived from the upland inventory form), that complement its lotic and lentic wetland assessment and survey methods.

Photo 2. Environmental Monitoring, Fort Harrison, Montana

ESG has also conducted a variety of dry land environmental project in supported of the oil and natural gas industry. ESG’s members have overseen site restoration on a 65-mile long gas pipeline in the Mojave Desert, have developed restoration plans for gas well closures on critical grizzly bear habitat on the Rocky Mountain Front, and developed protocols for the cleanup and restoration of desert habitats contaminated by oil spills during wartime.

Other upland work has included an inventory of forest and woodland resources on lands within the Fort Peck Reservation and the writing of a woodland resource management plan for the Fort Peck Tribes, Assiniboine and Sioux. This project included the collection of stand data on forested types, including productivity, utilization, and regeneration success. ESG has also recently completed an assessment of upland mule deer habitat in the Bear Paw Mountains in north-central Montana and on Big Sheep Mountain in eastern Montana. The study tested methodology developed by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park (MT FWP) scientists to rapidly assess large areas to detect trends in browse species availability and conditions with respect to ungulate populations, human land usage patterns, and other site conditions. The work complements a parallel project by ESG to assess moose habitat in the mountains of west-central Montana. Additionally, ESG is under contract to MT FWP to conduct a variety of baseline environmental inventories for conservation easement enforcement on ranches across the state of Montana. To date, ESG has conducted baseline environmental inventories on 15,596 acres of forest, wetlands and rangelands.

ESG members have completed upland fieldwork in the Rocky Mountains, Great Plains, the Mojave Desert, the Great Basin, the Colorado plateau, and California’s coastal sage scrub and chaparral communities. Project activities represent ESG’s central stock in trade: assessment of existing ecological conditions, analysis of environmental disturbances, sampling for environmental contaminants, development of restoration activities and management plans, and oversight of implementation, maintenance and monitoring. These projects underscore the ability of ESG’s members to not only successfully understand the ecology of a wide variety of habitats, but also to develop and apply workable solutions to difficult ecological problems located in harsh environments.

The core of this effort involves environmental survey methods developed by the ESG team for the inventory and assessment of the environmental conditions of upland ecosystems. These survey methods include:

1) upland (flowing water) inventory (detailed inventory),
2) upland health assessment (derived from the upland inventory)

 

Clark Fork River Operable Unit

Some of the harshest environments on which ESG has work may be found in the contaminated floodplains soils of the Clark Fork River (CFR), the easternmost tributary of the Columbia River and home to America’s longest Superfund site. This 120-mile watershed lies directly downstream from Butte and Anaconda, Montana, where extensive mining and milling activities have occurred from the 1860s to the present day. Due to at least four major floods during the 1890s, and, predominantly, by the largest flood of record, which occurred in June of 1908, the floodplain of the CFR is loaded with acidic tailings containing elevated concentrations of arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead and zinc. As a result of this history, some spots in the Clark Fork have remained barren, phytotoxic slickens for the past 100 years. To address this problem, in 1981 the EPA designated this river as an extended National Priorities List (i.e., Superfund) Site.

Photo 3. Barren, phytotoxic slickens, Clark Fork River Operable Unit, Montana
Photo 4. Environmental monitoring, Clark Fork River Operable Unit, Montana

In 1988, members of ESG were first brought in to help develop an understanding of the scope and intensity of the environmental problems. Since then, members of ESG have contributed to every phase of the Superfund process, including: the Ecological Risk Assessment; the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study; the Record of Decision; and the Remedial Design. This work has involved a variety of vegetation inventory efforts throughout the entire 120-mile drainage, soil sampling and analysis of the entire floodplain; a variety of hydrologic surveys; the design and implementation of streambank stabilization and riparian zone phytomediation projects; and experimentation regarding native plant tolerance of acute conditions of acidity and trace element loading. This work has lead to the development of plans for the cleanup of the CFR including: streambank stabilization techniques; floodplain restoration practices; grazing, irrigation and weed control protocols; and long-term operations and management plans. ESG’s CFR work underscores its members’ abilities not only to understand and integrate studies of water, soils, plants and environmental pollutants, but also to apply theses skills to solve large-scale, politicized, big-budget ecological problems.

Other Superfund Work

ESG’s work on the CFR has blossomed into a variety of similar initiatives entailing the assessment of and restoration planning for Superfund sites impacted by mining activities.

  • Anaconda Smelter National Priority List (NPL) site, Montana: For the Montana Department of Justice, members of ESG helped develop a Natural Resource Damage Program’s ecological restoration plan to address pollution impacts for the +7,500-acre Anaconda Upland Injured Areas. The work involved field sampling of current conditions in both uplands and wetlands, analysis of environmental patterns, development of restoration specifications, assessment of the likely outcomes, time frames and costs/benefits of remedial actions, active restoration and intensive restoration activities. The plan required development of species palette, seeding specifications, soil amendment protocols, planting methodologies, exotic species control protocols, erosion control techniques, monitoring programs and project timelines. This plan serves as a technical cornerstone for Montana v ARCO, which is currently (2006) being heard by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Barker-Hughesville NPL site, Montana: Since 1998, members of ESG have overseen site assessment, research and development, restoration planning, native plant production, and project implementation at a privately-held, historic lead and zinc processing facility with high levels of metals loading and extreme soil acidity.
  • Basin Mining Area NPL site, Montana: For a variety of governmental clients, members of ESG have conducted site investigations, developed and implemented restoration plans for multiple mine sites and riparian zones, and designed and implemented treatment wetland pilot projects for metals loading and acid mine drainage.
    Photo 5. Block P, Bender Creek Unit, Montana before site restoration, 2005 Photo 6. Block P, Bender Creek Unit, Montana after site restoration, 2005

  • Coeur d’Alene River Basin NPL site, Idaho: For the BLM, members of ESG have conducted riparian inventories throughout the Silver Valley ranging from Mullan, Idaho, in the Sunlight Mining District over 55 miles downstream to Lake Coeur d’Alene. As the small business leads for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Restoration of Abandoned Mine Sites program, members of ESG conducted an intensive field investigation of a mile-long, contaminated stream and riparian zone near Wallace, Idaho, including: the collection and analysis of soils, mine spoils and water samples; a compilation of stream hydrology data; riparian inventories; and site surveys.
  • Whitewood Creek National Priority List (NPL) site, South Dakota: For the Bureau of Land Management, members of ESG conducted riparian inventories on Whitewood Creek, then the single highest priority Superfund site in South Dakota. The purpose of the inventory was to investigate the effects of historic mining in the Black Hills on the riparian health of the Whitewood Creek system, downstream.
  • Clark Fork Basin NPL Sites, Montana: Including the Clark Fork River and the Anaconda Smelter sites, the Clark Fork basin (CFB) is home to 11 separate Superfund Operable Units. Since 2007, ESG has been tasked by the EPA and its lead contractor, CH2M Hill, to review, analyze and summarize the historic and current status of wetland delineations, preservation, restoration and mitigation in all 11 CFB OUs. ESG has worked collaboratively to help develop the CFB Wetland Tracking Tool to ensure the proper accounting for wetland acres and functions, and to help ensure the “No-Net-Loss” of wetlands throughout the 2 million acres of the CFB, which may receive remedial actions.

Together, these projects underscore ESG members’ abilities to assess and develop plans for Superfund sites impacted by mining activities. In addition, however, these initiatives demonstrate ESG’s ability to work successfully on projects in a variety of Western habitats that have been impacted by similar, but site-specific environmental problems.

Mined Lands Assessment and Restoration

ESG’s work on the Superfund sites impacted by mining activities has also found an application on a variety of private sector projects. While most of their work has been of a proprietary and confidential nature, it can be stated that members of ESG have been involved in mined-site assessment and restoration planning in Arizona, California, Colorado and Nevada, as well as Idaho, Montana and South Dakota. Their work has involved both hard rock and coal mines. Typical problems have included trace element toxicity, lack of soil nutrients and organic materials, and harsh climatic conditions endemic to the arid West. Projects have involved the development of soil prescriptions, planting palettes and protocols, treatment wetlands, permitting and costing. In addition, Dr. Massey served as Program Manager and Project Manager for the USACE’s Restoration of Abandoned Mine Site (RAMS) program. RAMS projects included Phase 1 abandoned mine site assessments in Idaho and Montana, as well as the planning and construction of a treatment wetland pilot project for acidic mine waste in headwaters of the drinking source for Helena, MT, the state capital. These projects demonstrate the ability of ESG’s members both to work for the private sector, as well as to address environmental issues on climatically challenging, heavily disturbed sites.

EPA Emergency Response Assistance ESG has assisted EPA’s Region 8 Emergency Response Service Center, Ecosystems Protection and Remediation Branch, on a time-critical removal action for the Whitefish River Diesel Spill along the Whitefish River in Whitefish, MT. This is a non-NPL site under the incident category of an oil spill into navigable waters of the United States. On July 30, 2009, Region 8 of the EPA issued a Field Administrative Order (AO) to Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) under Section 311(c) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) requiring BNSF to remove the petroleum-contaminated sediment in the Whitefish River area. ESG is providing technical assistance in the design, planning, permitting (local, state, and federal entities), and oversight of the cleanup and subsequent restoration of the river bed and banks (Photos 7 and 8).

Photo 7. Slurry of contaminated sediments Photo Photo 8. Whitefish River is place in three pipes moving towards pumps for treatment for clean-up

Botanical Inventory and Survey Identifying Plant Species of Concern (e.g., T & E, Rare, or Other Categories of Special Interest) ESG provides land managers with information on plant species of concern occurring on their properties as the result of intensive surveys expressly designed to identify and locate such species, and from routine riparian/wetland site inventories, upland site inventories. Major projects ESG has recently conducted from which species of concern have been systematically identified and reported include:

  • Montana Department of Military Affairs upland and riparian/wetland inventory and health assessment;
  • Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks upland and riparian/wetland inventory and health assessment; and
  • US Forest Service Black Hills National Forest—eight projects (including three botanical floristic surveys requiring collection of voucher specimens from every species encountered on each of three visits; one each in spring, summer, and fall) and one botanical field survey (a single comprehensive sweep of the project area).

Bank and Shoreline Bio-Stabilization - ESG has designed, permitted, and built more bio-stabilized (bio-engineered) bank and shoreline, on private land, in Montana than any other single known company. We have successfully installed over 21,000 feet of stabilization using bio-degradable materials and vegetation with much of the work being successfully accomplished on high volume - high energy riverine systems for a diverse range of clients.

Photo 9. Rootwad placement for bio-stabilization Photo Photo 10. Bank bio-stabilization project using a of a riverbank using a rootwad base brush layering technique nears completion


Invasive Plant Species (Weeds) Management and Control ESG has extensive expertise and experience in assessing the extent of invasive plant problems, mapping infestations, and the planning and implementation of control treatments. Major projects involving various aspects of weed problem assessment, mapping, and treatment include:

  • Upper Clark Fork River Superfund CERCLA Record of Decision, Appendix D: Clark Fork River OU Weed Prevention and Management Planning Information and Weed Species Fact Sheets, written by members of ESG for the US EPA (as subcontractor to CH2M Hill);
  • Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Chamberlain Creek Conservation Easement Baseline Inventory for the 14,600 acre conservation easement included mapping occurrence and distribution of ten species of invasive species recorded on the study area.
  • Montana Department of Military Affairs Cheatgrass Monitoring and Control on the Limestone Hill training facility (approximately 20,000 acres), to include assessment of the problem extent, mapping the occurrence and density distribution of cheatgrass on the facility, designing a control program, implementing a pilot treatment, and monitoring to assess effectiveness.

Wildfire Casualty Timber Valuation—ESG provides private forest landowners with an opportunity to take advantage of the IRS casualty loss provisions after catastrophic wildfire. In the event landowners are not able to salvage harvest merchantable timber an inventory can be completed and subsequent valuation.

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KEY PERSONNEL

ESG’s team of core scientists, through whom it currently performs a majority of its work, is presented in Table 1. Given that its projects range across of most of Western North America, ESG also uses subcontractors, who are acquired through both professional and academic contacts, and through job services. Over the past two years, ESG has engaged subcontractors from Texas, California, Colorado, Montana and Oregon. ESG also maintains strong contacts with larger environmental and engineering firms that can bolster ESG’s technical skills as needed.

Table 1. ESG’s Core Personnel

Person
Years Experience
Primary Technical Scope
Academic Background

Paul Hansen, Ph.D.
38
Project Manager, Plant Ecologist
Ph.D., 1985, South Dakota State University, Plant Ecology
M.A., 1980, University of South Dakota, Plant Ecology/Botany.
B.A., 1977, Augustana College, Biology/Botany
Bill Thompson, M.S.
24
Wetland and Riparian Ecologist
M. S., 1994, The University of Montana, School of Forestry, Riparian and Wetland Research Program
B. S., 1969, Mississippi State University, Electrical Engineering
Tom Keith, A.A.
20
Data Management Specialist
A.A., 1976, State Technical Institute at Memphis

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Scope of Consulting Services

Site Remediation, Reclamation, Restoration, and Revegetation

  • Planning and design for restoration and reclamation of disturbed lands (based on site vegetation potential) to restore natural functions, including sites on:
    • Mined land
    • Grazed land
    • Land disturbed by timber harvest and/or fire
    • Land disturbed by pipelines and utility infrastructures
    • Land disturbed by roadway and other transportation corridor construction
    • Land disturbed by military activities
    • Degraded streambanks and lakeshores
  • Contaminated site remediation and restoration; including:
    • Contaminated site analysis
    • Biological fate and transport studies
    • Remedial design
    • Contamination removal
    • Restoration planning
    • Native plant revegetation, based on site vegetation potential
    • Post implementation site monitoring
  • Services related to CERCLA (Superfund) activities, including:
    • Screening Studies
    • Site Characterization
    • Ecological Risk Assessment
    • Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study
    • Record of Decision
    • Remedial Design
    • Remedial Action
    • Operation and Maintenance

Inventory, Assessment, Measurement, Monitoring, Mapping, and Planning

  • Detailed riparian and/or wetland site inventory (flora, fauna, and physical site characteristics), with functional health assessment of:
    • Lotic sites (streams and rivers)
    • Lentic sites (still water wetlands)
  • Stand-alone functional health assessment of:
    • Lotic sites (streams and rivers)
    • Lentic sites (still water wetlands)
  • Land type mapping based on vegetation, surface hydrology, land uses, etc.
  • Plant population measuring and monitoring, including:
    • Data collection
    • Processing
    • Analysis
    • Interpretation
    • Reporting
  • Ecological site classification based on natural vegetation and site potential
  • Restoration-oriented vegetation field research
  • Determination of Functionally Effective Wetland Area (FEWA)
  • Floral and faunal sampling
  • Hydrology-related studies including:
    • Channel and streamflow surveys
    • Water quality monitoring/TMDL assessment
    • Rosgen Level 1-IV assessments
    • Pfankuch stream health assessments
    • Watershed assessment/modeling
    • Equivalent clearcut analyses (ECAs)
    • Hydrograph development and interpretation
    • Sediment transport assessment
    • Environmental Impact Analysis (EIA) reporting
  • Soils studies including:
    • Soil sampling and mapping
    • Soils analysis
    • Assessment of environmental impacts of heavy metals/contaminants
    • Soil amendment prescriptions
  • Restoration planning at ecosystem, watershed, and site-specific scales including:
    • Revegetation prescriptions, planting palettes and planting designs
    • Seeding specifications
    • Invasive plant species (weeds) management and control
    • Herbivory control
    • Irrigation prescriptions
    • Stream stabilization designs
    • Bioengineering designs
    • Natural wetland design and creation
    • Treatment wetland design and creation
    • Monitoring methods
    • Maintenance protocols
    • Development of engineer’s estimates/cost assessments
    • Long-term monitoring

Management Planning and Technical Writing

  • Environmental management and compliance
  • Writing site specific, goal oriented, land management plans and best management practices
  • Technical document writing
  • Permitting assistance

Data Management, Analysis, and Reporting

  • Natural resource data management, analysis, and web-based data delivery service, including:
    • Database design and application
    • Data entry, analysis, summary, and reporting
    • Interactive client database maintenance
    • Internet web serving (hosting—publicly accessible or password secure)
  • Advanced ecological data analysis and modeling

Legal Support Services

  • Natural resource damage assessment
  • Restoration costing
  • Expert witness testimony

Program and Project Management

  • Environmental compliance oversight
  • Development and oversight of technical teams
  • Remediation/restoration construction oversight

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Contract Period 10-1-2008 through 9-30-2013

GS-10F-0002V - SINS 899-1 & 899-1 RC
Special Rates for GSA customers for 2014 - 2015

Click on a position to view qualifications

Hourly
Rate

Senior Scientist
$120.62
Scientist II
$109.12
Scientist I
$89.02
Scientist Technician III
$71.79
Scientist Technician II
$60.31
Scientist Technician I
$48.82
Data Management II
$100.54
Data Management I
$77.53
Data Entry II
$37.33
Data Entry I
$25.84
Rates include the .75% Industrial Funding Fee

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LABOR CATEGORY JOB DESCRIPTIONS

Senior Scientist
Serves as manager of multi-disciplinary team of scientific experts on projects involving the simultaneous investigation of multiple environmental variables such as water, soils, vegetation, wildlife, land management practices and pollutants on large-scale and/or multiple project site(s). Such projects involve significant exposure to legal and professional liabilities. Typical ESG projects include Superfund site assessments or their equivalent.

Leads team in development of protocols for data collection and analysis, including provisions for quality assurance and quality control. Heads development and application of safety protocols. Leads scientific team in the collection, multivariate analysis and reporting of data. Serves as final technical editor and senior author of reports stemming from the environmental investigation. As a significant portion of duties, performs project management functions as required, such as budgeting, logistical planning, project accounting and cost reporting. Meets with the public, agency and client personnel. Serves as expert scientific witness and/or resource on legal matters.

Requires advanced degree (Ph.D., P.E. or equivalent) in pertinent field and over 12 years relevant experience.

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Scientist II
Serves as manager of multi-disciplinary team of scientific experts on projects involving the simultaneous investigation of multiple environmental variables such as water, soils, vegetation, wildlife, and/or land management practices on large-scale and/or multiple project site(s). Typical ESG projects involve general environmental inventories and data management.

Leads team in development of protocols for data collection and analysis, including provisions for quality assurance and quality control. Leads team in the collection, multivariate analysis and reporting of data. Serves as final technical editor and senior author of reports stemming from the environmental investigation. As a significant portion of duties, performs project management functions as required, such as budgeting, logistical planning, project accounting and cost reporting. Meets with the public, agency and client personnel.

Requires advanced degree (Master’s or equivalent) in pertinent field and over 8 years relevant experience.

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Scientist I
Serves as member of multi-disciplinary team of scientific experts on projects involving the simultaneous investigation of multiple environmental variables such as water, soils, vegetation, wildlife, land management practices and pollutants on large-scale and/or multiple project site(s). Supports team by providing scientific expertise within a narrowly delimited academic discipline.

Participates in development of protocols for data collection and analysis, including provisions for quality assurance and quality control. Assists in the collection, multivariate analysis and reporting of data. Serves as technical editor and author of reports stemming from the environmental investigation. As a minor portion of the position’s responsibilities, may perform project management functions as required, such as budgeting, logistical planning, project accounting and cost reporting.
Requires college degree (Bachelors or equivalent) in pertinent field and over 4 years relevant experience. Two additional years experience may be substituted for a degree.

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Scientist Technician III
Serves as manager of team of technicians on projects involving the investigation of single environmental variables such as vegetation cover, on single, small-scale project sites. Oversees collection of data based upon pre-determined protocols. Summarizes data and reports on findings. As a minor portion of the position’s responsibilities, may perform project management functions as required, such as logistical planning and cost reporting.

Requires college degree (Bachelors or equivalent) in pertinent field and over 2 years relevant experience. Two additional years experience may be substituted for a degree.

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Scientist Technician II
Supports scientists as junior member of technical team on projects involving the simultaneous investigation of multiple environmental variables such as water, soils, vegetation, wildlife, land management practices, and pollutants on large-scale and/or multiple project site(s). Assists in the collection and reporting of environmental data. Serves as junior author of summary reports.

Requires college degree (Bachelors or equivalent) and over 1 year of relevant experience. Two additional years experience may be substituted for a degree.

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Scientist Technician I
Serves as member of team of technicians on projects involving the investigation of single environmental variables such as vegetation cover, on single, small-scale project sites. Assists in the collection and reporting of environmental data. Serves as junior author of summary reports resulting from the environmental investigation.

Requires A.A. degree or two years of college in pertinent field, together with technical training within pertinent field. No years of experience are necessary.

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Data Management II
Applies systems analysis and design techniques to complex computer systems in a broad area such as manufacturing; finance management; engineering, accounting, or statistics; logistics planning; material management, etc. Usually, there are multiple users of the system, however, there may be complex one-user systems, e.g., for engineering or research projects. Requires competence in all phases of systems analysis techniques, concepts, and methods and knowledge of available system software, computer equipment, and the regulations, structure, techniques, and management practices of one or more subject-matter areas. Since input data usually come from diverse sources is responsible for recognizing probable conflicts and integrating diverse data elements and sources. Produces innovative solutions for a variety of complex problems.

Maintains and modifies complex systems or develops new subsystems such as an integrated production scheduling, inventory control, cost analysis, or sales analysis record in which every item of each type is automatically processed through the full system of records. Guides users in formulating requirements; advises on alternatives and on the implications of new or revised data processing systems; analyzes resulting user project proposals, identifies omissions and errors in requirements and conducts feasibility studies; recommends optimum approach and develops system design for approved projects. Interprets information and informally arbitrates between system users when conflicts exist. May serve as lead analyst in a design subgroup, directing and integrating the work of one or two lower level analysts, each responsible for several programs.

Requires college degree (Bachelors or equivalent) in pertinent field and over 10 years relevant experience. Two additional years experience may be substituted for a degree.

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Data Management I
Applies expertise in programming procedures to complex programs; recommends the redesign of programs, investigates and analyzes feasibility and program requirements, and develops programming specifications. Assigned programs typically affect a broad multi-user computer system which meets the data processing needs of a broad area (e.g., manufacturing, logistics planning, finance management, human resources, or material management) or a computer system for a project in engineering, research, accounting, statistics, etc. Plans the full range of programming actions to produce several interrelated but different products from numerous and diverse data elements which are usually from different sources; solves difficult programming problems. Uses knowledge of pertinent system software, computer equipment, work processes, regulations, and management practices.

Performs such duties as: develops, modifies, and maintains complex programs; designs and implements the interrelations of files and records within programs which will effectively fit into the overall design of the project; working with problems or concepts, develops programs for the solution to major scientific computational problems requiring the analysis and development of logical or mathematical descriptions of functions to be programmed; and develops occasional special programs, e.g., a critical path analysis program to assist in managing a special project. Tests, documents, and writes operating instructions for all work. Confers with other EDP personnel to secure information, investigate and resolve problems and coordinate work efforts.

In addition, performs such programming analysis as: investigating the feasibility of alternate program design approaches to determine the best balanced solution, e.g., one that will best satisfy immediate user needs, facilitate subsequent modification, and conserve resources; on typical maintenance projects and smaller scale, limited new projects, assisting user personnel in defining problems or needs and determining work organization, the necessary files and records, and their interrelation with the program; or on large or more complicated projects, participating as a team member along with other EDP personnel and users and having responsibility for a portion of the project.

Works independently under overall objectives and direction, apprising the supervisor about progress and unusual complications. Modifies and adapts precedent solutions and proven approaches. Guidelines include constraints imposed by the related programs with which the incumbent's programs must be meshed. Completed work is reviewed for timeliness, compatibility with other work, and effectiveness in meeting requirements. May function as team leader or supervise a few lower level programmers or technicians on assigned work.

Requires college degree (Bachelors or equivalent) in pertinent field and over 5 years relevant experience. Two additional years experience may be substituted for a degree.

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Data Entry II
Work requires the application of experience and judgment in selecting procedures to be followed and in searching for, interpreting, selecting, or coding items to be entered from a variety of source documents. On occasion may also perform routine work as described for Level I. Excluded are operators above Level II using the key entry controls to access, read, and evaluate the substance of specific records to take substantive actions, or to make entries requiring a similar level of knowledge.

Requires General Education Degree (GED) and over 2.5 years of relevant experience.

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Data Entry I
Work is routine and repetitive. Under close supervision or following specific procedures or detailed instructions, works from various standardized source documents which have been coded and require little or no selecting, coding or interpreting of data to be entered. Refers to supervisor problems arising from erroneous items, codes, or missing information.

Requires General Education Degree and 1 year of relevant experience.

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Contract Period 10-1-2008 through 9-30-2013

Information about our GSA Contract
Contract Number: GS-10F-0002V
SIN Numbers: 899-1, 899-1RC
CCR CAGE Code: 4CVT8
NAICS categories:

541620 Environmental consulting Services
541690 Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services

SIC categories: 8731-11 Environmental and Ecological Services
ESG will accept Labor/Hours and Firm-Fixed Pricing
ESG maintains a $1,000,000.00 General Liability policy.
ESG maintains a $1,000,000.00 Automotive policy.
ESG will meet or exceed regional Prevailing Wage rates for federal and state clients
ESG is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Contract Period 10-1-2008 through 9-30-2013

Information for our GSA Customers
1 Maximum Order:  $1,000,000.00
2 Minimum Order: $100.00 
3

Geographic Coverage (delivery Area):

Domestic and Overseas 
4

Point(s) of production:

Same as company address 
5

Statement of net price:

Government net prices (discounts already deducted)
6 Quantity discounts: None Offered  
7 Prompt payment terms: Net 30 days 
8 Government purchase card:  Accepted up to micro-purchase threshold of $2500.00
9 Foreign items:   None 
10

Time of Delivery:

Specified on the Task order 
11 F.O.B. Point(s):  Destination  

12

Ordering Address: Same as Contractor 
13 Ordering Procedures: For supplies and services, the ordering procedures, information on Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA’s), and a sample BPA can be found at the GSA/FSS Schedule homepage (fsa.gsa.gov/schedules). 
14 Payment Address:  Same as Contractor 
15 Warranty Provision: Contractor’s standard commercial warranty 
16 Export Packing Charges:   N/A 
17 Terms and conditions of Government purchase card acceptance:  Contact Contractor
18 - 24 Not related to service industry: N/A
25 DUNS number: 62-2980667
26 CCR database: Registered; CAGE Code 4CVT8

 

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Ecological Solutions Group LLC

Contact: Tom Keith
115 West Third Street
Suite 210
Stevensville, MT 59870
Telephone: 406.777.1881
tkeith_esg@me.com

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