Entry Level Environmental Scientist

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin
Raleigh, North Carolina, US
Closing date
Dec 5, 2021

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Informatics / GIS
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time

About Us

WE ARE VHB-a passionate team of engineers, scientists, surveyors, planners, and designers tackling exciting challenges in the transportation, real estate, institutional, applied technology, and energy industries-serving a range of public- and private-sector clients. At VHB, we are dedicated to improving mobility, enhancing communities, and balancing development and infrastructure needs with environmental stewardship.

We are creative problem-solvers

We work hard, and we give back

We like our colleagues, and we love Mondays (really)

We are diverse, caring, welcoming, and fun!

It's not surprising that VHB has consistently been rated one of the top AEC firms to work for across our 30+ offices on the East Coast. We're growing, and we hope you'll join us!

About the Position

VHB's Natural Sciences Team in the company's Mid-Atlantic Region is seeking an Full-Time Environmental Scientist to support our existing team. Key responsibilities will include conducting natural resources field surveys and assisting in the preparation of technical reports. Tasks include stream, wetland, and buffer delineations, floristic inventories and monitoring, rare, threatened, and endangered species surveys, and completing permitting applications for environmental compliance. Other tasks will include preparation of data forms, photo logs, memoranda and summary reports, and supporting documentation for federal, state, and local environmental permit applications. All tasks will be performed under the guidance of our experienced scientists.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

Prepares natural resource studies (e.g., wetland delineations and functional assessments, wildlife

habitat evaluations, and rare species surveys).

Collects and analyzes data (e.g., samples, reports, maps, drawings, tests, aerial photographs,

evaluation, plan, and permit projects). Using prescribed methods, performs field observations and

gathers environmental data samples.

Using automated engineering and design equipment, prepares basic sketches and calculations in

support of broader engineering activities involving the design of components, structures, or


Assists senior scientists with a variety of tasks (e.g., preparation of permit applications, material

testing, drawings, technical specifications, and public involvement activities).

Writes technical reports or sections of larger reports.

Prepares and reviews NEPA documentation.

Prepares environmental impact statements and assessments.

Participates in professional and personal development aligned with career goals.

Performs all job functions in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local regulations and

VHB policies and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications:

1-3 years of fieldwork experience in natural habitats

BS in a natural science-related field (e.g., Environmental Science, Biology, Geology, Landscape

Architecture, Fisheries and Wildlife, Ecology, or Natural Resources)

OSHA 40 hr. and Wetland Professional In Training certifications highly desirable

Skills & Knowledge:

Working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures, and methodologies in

environmental science.

Experience identifying and characterizing regional plant species, soil profiles, wildlife, habitats,

and ecological communities.

Practical knowledge of local, state, and federal environmental regulations, including NEPA


Experience using industry-standard software and automated engineering and design equipment

(ESRI-GIS systems).

Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.

Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Team-oriented with ability to perform multiple tasks independently in a timely manner and

collaborate effectively and positively with coworkers.

Self-motivated, highly organized, and detail oriented.

Skills and knowledge must be commensurate with required experience and job level.

Work Environment:

Requires ability to work in a busy office environment with significant computer use.

Frequent travel to locations with various weather conditions and terrains.

This position will report to one of VHB's Mid-Atlantic offices (Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Richmond, Raleigh, or Charlotte) and will require the ability to travel to remote locations for extended periods of time. Salary will be commensurate with the applicant's knowledge and experience. Work may exceed 40 hours and/or five days per week.

At VHB, we're invested in what we do, compelled by intellectual curiosity, and driven to work collectively to best serve our clients and help shape the future of our communities in a meaningful way. We're proud, yet humbled, to have been doing this for 40 years. We are dedicated to making a positive impact, and providing opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

New employees will be onboarded virtually and begin their employment from home. We are in the process of planning for a safe return to the workplace in alignment with government and CDC guidelines.

VHB is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.


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