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Senior Environmental Scientist

MSA Professional Services, Inc.
Baraboo, Wisconsin, US
Closing date
Feb 4, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Project Management
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Employment Type
Full time
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MSA is looking for a full time Senior Environmental Scientist to join our growing team in either the Baraboo or Madison, WI office locations. In general, this person will engage in varied technical work relating to environmental site investigation and remediation, groundwater and soil sampling, landfill monitoring and compliance reporting, and Phase I, II, & III environmental site assessments. The Senior Environmental Scientist provides environmental assessments, technical reports, and evaluations for environmental projects. The position serves as a senior specialist or consultant by planning and directing projects, analyzing complex issues, and developing appropriate solutions. Assists in project development by providing technical input on the environmental aspects of a project and assists in proposals and marketing efforts.

Who we are & how we help

As a full-service, 100% employee-owned consulting firm, MSA is all about creating communities that thrive. We partner with clients to solve complex and multi-faceted challenges and improve the quality of infrastructure and neighborhoods. Our focus is to provide exceptional service that builds strong communities. Above all, MSA's purpose is to enable people to positively impact the lives of others.

Our professionals include engineers, architects, environmental scientists, funding experts, urban planners, and surveyors to name a few, and they work together to provide a full suite of professional services to our clients. From bike trails and interstate highways to drinking water and wastewater, we have supported projects from start to finish since the 1930s.

Our core values guide our daily decisions and how we inspire, encourage and support one another.

Honesty & Integrity - We tell the truth, deal fairly with staff and clients, respect our commitments, and behave in an ethical manner.

Commitment to Learning - We support the professional growth of our staff and invest significant resources in ongoing training and technology.

Respect & Care for Employees - We promote employee wellness, personal growth, and provide a safe and respectful work environment.

Openness - We build trust with all employees through an open and informative company culture.

Client Focus - We enjoy our clients, seek to understand their needs, promptly respond to concerns, and help them reach their goals.

We are collaborative, we are impactful, and together as owners - we make a difference.


The work you will do

Staff coordination and oversight for local environmental group members

Guide field sampling activities for site investigations and clean-up

Lead local environmental group interaction with other internal service lines

Prepare technical reports for projects

Provide technical review of projects

Coordinate meetings with clients, the public, local officials, regulators and contractors

While field work is not a primary responsibility of this position, the preferred candidate should have working knowledge of soil and groundwater sampling techniques and protocols and be prepared to assist with such activities at an anticipated ratio of 5-10% of their time

Project management, contracting, cost estimates and client invoicing

Assist with marketing, proposals, and project interviews


What you bring

Skills & Knowledge / Education & Experience:

Associate's or bachelor's degree in geology, hydrogeology, engineering, or physical science with an emphasis in environmental or a related degree required.

5 or more years of previous related work experience required (10 years preferred)

OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations (HazWoper) Training and Refreshers is preferred

Knowledge of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources ( WDNR) and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency MPCA) rules and statutes required

Professional Geologist (PG) or Professional Engineer (PE) preferred

This position requires you to have authorization to work in the United States for any employer. We will not provide sponsorship for this position.

Who You Are:

You work well with others. You share ideas and listen with open ears. You can listen to criticism and respectfully disagree with people. You help others succeed. You are comfortable working with colleagues and with busy leaders. You love seeing the team and company succeed.

You are a strategic thinker. You see the big picture and the details. You help your team see opportunities, focus on goals, and make paths to success.

You are a confident communicator. You can explain complicated things to people in a way that they can understand. You are confident in your communication and people have confidence in what you say.

You think like an analyst. You know how to dig into problems, ask questions, find information, and help your team make good decisions.


We tried to narrow it down to just 5 reasons to work at MSA, but we couldn't stop ourselves! All employees have the opportunity to enjoy the following perks:

Collaborative work environment

Opportunities to apply your skills and experiences with an established multi-disciplinary consulting firm

Support of over 350 close-knit professionals working toward the same common goal

Co-workers with a passion for what they do

Casual and flexible work environment

Competitive pay and perks

Communities of Practice to share information and provide mentoring opportunities

Work-life integration - we support a healthy work-life balance, with flexibility to help you meet your obligations

Internal and external training opportunities

STEM outreach and volunteer opportunities

Eligible employees will have the opportunity to enjoy the following benefits:

Medical, dental and vision coverage that start on your hire date (no waiting period!)

8 paid holidays in a calendar year

Paid parental leave

100% paid-by-company life insurance, long-term disability and short-term disability

Employee ownership - MSA is 100% employee owned! The ESOP model provides employees with ownership benefits and the opportunity to have your voice heard.

401k retirement plan with generous employer match

MSA is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class.

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
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