Personnel

John Soule

JOHN T. SOULE, B.A., A.A.S.
Enviromental Scientist

Education:

  • 1976 AAS Degree, Civil Engineering Technology, CPCC, Charlotte, NC.
  • 1993 AAS Degree, Electronic Engineering Technology, (TAC/ABET Accredited), CPCC, Charlotte, NC.
  • 1985 B.A. Biology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC.

Additional / Continuing Education:

  • 1996 Rosgen Level I
  • 1999 Mecklenburg County Surface Water Improvement & Management Stream Buffer Workshop
  • 2000 Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation & Management Training Program

Current Position and Background:

Mr. Soule is a key member of the HARP team. As a botanist he is proficient in the collection, identification, and preservation of plant specimens and has been the lead field technician for all of the Natural Heritage Inventories performed by HARP. As a trained surveyor, he is comfortable performing field surveys using maps, compass, transit, and chain in addition to mapping and drafting with traditional tools and Auto Cad. Mr. Soule oversees channel construction on stream restoration projects, as well as bioengineering for bank stabilization. He oversees wetland restoration and planting projects. He provides riparian buffer characterization, and maintenance and monitoring plan development for stream and wetland projects. Mr. Soule has participated in numerous Environmental Assessments, Endangered Species Surveys and Wetland Delineations for HARP. Mr. Soule is very familiar with the taxonomy and habitat of the Federally Endangered Schweinitz’s Sunflower (Helianthus schweinitzii), and Threatened Dwarf Heartleaf Ginger (Hexastylis naniflora), as well as other rare species and species of concern.

Professional Experience:

Mr. Soule has conducted the following activities for HARP:

  • Field Supervisor, City of Charlotte Storm Water Services Bioengineering Projects.  Lead team in the restoration of over 40 projects involving a total of 50,000 Iinear ft. of stream in Charlotte/Metro area.
  • Field Surveyor for the Gaston County Natural Heritage Inventory.  Organized, directed, and worked in field survey of natural areas in Gaston County, taking field data and writing reports.
  • Field Surveyor for the Cabarrus County Natural Heritage Inventory.  Organized, directed, and worked in field survey of natural areas in Cabarrus County, taking field data and writing reports.
  • Field Surveyor, Mecklenburg County Natural Heritage Inventory Organized, directed, and worked in field survey of natural areas in Mecklenburg County, taking field data and writing reports.
  • Field Surveyor. Crescent Resources, Directed field work for endangered species survey for 1500 acres
  • Field Supervisor, Albemarle Crossing Shopping Center Stream Relocation and Restoration    project.  Oversight of soil bioengineering and riparian buffer planting.
  • Field Supervisor, South Hill Condominiums Stream Relocation and Restoration Project. Oversight of soil bioengineering and riparian buffer planting.

Prior to joining the HARP team Mr. Soule held the following positions:

  • Research Associate / Naturalist. Chimney Rock, North Carolina. Assisted in the plant ecosystematic study of Chimney Rock Park, collected, identified and preserved plant specimens, took field data measurements, served as Park Naturalist, and conducted nature walks.
  • Survey Crew Chief, Frank B. Hicks Associates, Charlotte, North Carolina.  Supervised a land survey crew Established property boundaries, streets, curbs, gutters, sewer and provided elevations for grading. 
  • Engineering Aid, Christopher Construction Company, Columbus, Ohio McAlpine Creek Waste Treatment Plant Additions, Assisted project engineer in establishing grades, pipe and structure, locations, computed concrete volumes for pours, established pour levels and took test cylinders, and supervised laborers.
  • Aviation Structural Mechanic (Hydraulics) - Petty Officer Third Class, United States Navy. Served as a Transport Flight Crew Plane Captain and Loadmaster on models C-lA and C-2A aircraft and as Division Training Petty Officer.  Stationed in Atsugi, Japan, Cubi Point, Philippines, and Da Nang, Viet-Nam.  Honorably Discharged

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