Natalie Dietsch, WPIT

Project Ecologist I

View resume

  • B.A., Environmental Studies/English Literature, University of Washington
  • Wetland Science and Management Certificate, University of Washington
  • Wetland Ecology
  • Critical Areas Studies
  • Data Collection and Analysis

Natalie is a versatile ecologist with experience working on development and restoration projects in freshwater and marine environments. She performs activities such as wetland delineations, stream and nearshore surveys, fish exclusion, marine mammal monitoring, research and synthesis, mitigation monitoring, GIS analysis, and fish exclusion. Natalie is familiar with local, state, and federal environmental policies and regulations, and she routinely conducts regulatory research and prepares documentation to meet local (e.g., critical areas), state (e.g., State Environmental Policy Act [SEPA]), and federal (e.g., Endangered Species Act [ESA]) regulatory requirements. Natalie has worked on restoration projects in environments ranging from large river systems to tidal flats, in roles that have varied from leading a crew to assisting with project design. With her dual degrees in Environmental Studies and English Literature, Natalie strives to support environmental goals with strong communication approaches.

Examples of Natalie’s project work include the following:

  • To support permitting of several private-property development projects, assisted with wetland delineation activities, including assessing soils, vegetation, and hydrology.
  • Confluence is providing multi-year monitoring of mitigation sites associated with King County Department of Natural Resources construction projects. Natalie performed monitoring of four mitigation sites to determine if they are meeting performance criteria. Work included plant counts, vegetation transects using the line intercept method, and photo documentation.
  • Managed logistics of multi-day remote field effort in easter Washington, and conducted fish and macroinvertebrate sampling along Railroad Creek as part of biomonitoring for remediation of a former copper mine site.
  • Conducted fish exclusion along Juanita Creek during replacement of an outdated culvert.

“Permitting the maintenance dredging project on the Columbia River for our offloading facility has been challenging for a variety of reasons. Natalie has been diligent in unraveling the complexities and then putting the project back on course. I really appreciate her excellent work!”
– Bryan Wigginton, Environmental Manager at CalPortland Company