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Environmental Scientist 2

Staples Mill, Virginia, US
Closing date
Sep 19, 2023

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Academic / Research
Informatics / GIS
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

Primary Responsibilities

In the role of Environmental Scientist 2, we'll count on you to

• Collect project-related data, which may include research, conducting surveys for listed species, interviews with government agencies and clients, map reviews, field investigations for wetlands, land use, etc

• Assimilate and manage data

• Assist with NEPA document preparation including independently producing PCEs, CEs and assisting on preparing EAs and EIS

• Define the level of environmental analysis required

• Prepare 404/401 permit applications for complex projects with little oversight

• Coordinate with permitting agencies on the state and federal level

• Conduct environmental impact assessment

• Perform complex assignments, making independent decisions on problems and method

• Assist in preparation for and participation in public information meetings and hearing

• Assist public and private clients with permit coordination, acquisition and compliance

• Work independently on medium-size projects, or assist more-senior scientists on larger project

• Perform management responsibilities which may include managing scope, budget and schedule. You must be able to direct and mentor staff, manage tasks and assist Project Managers. Position will require client and stakeholder meetings, site visits, field assessments and construction inspection

• Mentor junior staff in field survey techniques (wetland delineations, stream assessments, etc.) and in technical writing

• Perform other related duties as needed


Required Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree in Planning, Environmental Sciences or closely related field

• Minimum 5 years technical and/or field experience preparing environmental document

• Strong understanding of transportation and environmental planning principles and analysis method

• Knowledgeable in delivering highway and transit planning project

• Experienced in preparing documents under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

• Experience preparing 404/401 permit application

• Experience in using GIS for analysis and presentation

• Excellent analytical and communication skill

• An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must

Preferred Qualifications

• Preference given to local candidate


At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

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