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Early Career Environmental Scientist

Lincoln, New York, US
Closing date
Oct 3, 2023

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Academic / Research
Informatics / GIS
Climate Change
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Early Career Environmental Scientist

Req ID 15232

Early Career Environmental Scientist

Who We Are

At WSP, we are driven by inspiring future-ready pioneers to innovate. We're looking to grow our teams with people who are ready to collaborate in building communities and expanding our skylines. To do this, we hire candidates of all experiences, skillsets, backgrounds and walks of life. We actively foster a work environment and culture where inclusion and diversity is part of our fundamental structure. This is delivered behaviorally, through our policies, trainings, local partnerships with professional diverse organizations, internal networks and most importantly with the support and sponsorship of our leaders who help drive our commitment to an inclusive, diverse, welcoming and equitable work environment. Anything is within our reach and yours as a WSP employee. Come join us and help shape the future!

Our Business

We are a global leader in environmental consulting - made stronger with the recent acquisition of Wood's Environment & Infrastructure business and Golder - with world-class expertise in environmental, social and governance (ESG), climate resiliency & sustainability (CRS), and earth sciences. Combined we have over 20,000 multidisciplinary professionals worldwide collaborating daily to protect and conserve natural landscapes, create firm foundations for communities to stand on, and champion sustainable development to combat climate change. As part of the team, you will have access to an unparalleled network of resources and endless opportunities to collaborate on exciting projects with diverse teammates from across the globe.

This Opportunity

WSP is currently seeking an Early Career Environmental Scientist for our growing Madison, Wisconsin office. We seek candidates who are interested and knowledgeable in environmental characterization and remediation of contaminated soil, groundwater, soil vapor, and sediments. Talented candidates with less experience will be considered. Preference may be given to applicants who are familiar with spatial data management and modeling methods, who seek to integrate and expand specialty environmental data management, visualization, and modeling services for our clients on challenging sites. We seek individuals who enjoy working in a highly collaborative, supportive team with regular mentoring. While this position is at the entry-level, we have a good track record of providing meaningful growth and advancement opportunities for new hires.

Your Impact
  • Manage, analyze, and summarize environmental data, using modern methods for data management and visualization
  • Develop technical approaches, communicate results to project team and conduct QA/QC peer reviews
  • Prepare 2D maps and 3D visualizations of environmental sites
  • Summarize civil and hydrologic features and conditions
  • Assist planning for sampling and monitoring programs, including efficient and practical data collection efforts to meet characterization and environmental management objectives
  • Participate in training events, project meetings, and engineering team meetings
  • Perform occasional field sampling as part of team
  • Work and travel safely, follow company and site safety standards, maintain permits and training certificates
  • Learn and practice company codes for ethics and business conduct
  • Maintain and develop vendor and other professional contacts
  • Obtain and maintain professional memberships, licenses, and certifications
  • Grow as a consultant, demonstrating ability to manage multiple projects at one time while building successful client relationships
  • The position may entail approximately 75% office work and 25% field work on a variety of projects

Who You Are

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering, geological engineering, hydrogeology, environmental science or related technical degree
  • 0 to 1 years of experience in an environmental consulting or related practice
  • Interest and/or experience with ArcGIS, Earth Volumetric Studio, and/or environmental database software (e.g., EQuIS)
  • Familiarity with mathematical / statistical / programming software (e.g., MATLAB, R)
  • Demonstrated academic performance in basic and applied sciences, with interest in interdisciplinary applications
  • Interest and knowledge of PFAS class behavior, environmental monitoring principles, and wastewater and drinking water treatment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail, organization abilities and strong time management capabilities
  • Some fieldwork may require working with hazardous materials and in hazardous conditions
  • May travel frequently to project sites depending on assignment, including sites remote from the office, as part of an on-site team
  • Must pass drug test, physical, background check and must have a satisfactory driving record in accordance with the WSP's driving policy

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's or PhD degree in environmental engineering, geological engineering, hydrogeology, environmental science or related technical degree
  • OSHA HAZWOPER 40-hour training in accordance with 29CFR 1910.120


Additional Requirements
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Additional Details
  • Travel Required: 25%
  • Job Status: New Graduate
  • Employee Type: Full
  • Primary Location: MADISON - N CARROLL ST
  • All locations: US-WI-Madison

About WSP

WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 15,000 employees in over 300 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.

WSP provides a flexible and agile workplace model while meeting client needs. Employees are also afforded a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on providing health and financial stability throughout the employee's career.

At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be essential in meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started?

WSP USA (and all of its U.S. companies) is an Equal Opportunity Employer Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status.

The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.


WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters, employment agencies, or other staffing services. Unsolicited resumes include any resume or hiring document sent to WSP in the absence of a signed Service Agreement where WSP has expressly requested recruitment/staffing services specific to the position at hand. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers or other business leaders, will become the property of WSP and WSP will have the right to hire that candidate without reservation - no fee or other compensation will be owed or paid to the recruiter, employment agency, or other staffing service.

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