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Early Career Environmental Planner

Saint Louis, Missouri, US
Closing date
Dec 4, 2023

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Climate Change
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Early Career Environmental Planner

Req ID 16079

Early Career Environmental Planner

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 seeking an Early Career Environmental Planner to join the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Team reporting to our Ballwin, Missouri Office . The following office locations will also be considered: St. Louis, Creve Coeur. The ideal candidate will provide technical environmental planning assistance to assess the environmental impacts of commercial, industrial, utility, transmission, development, infrastructure, construction, pipeline, and/or transportation related projects across the country. The Assistant Environmental Planner will work closely with Project Managers and Task Leaders to support the development of environmental evaluations and reports. This position is an opportunity to learn across a range of project activities including: the development of environmental impact assessments in support of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); participation in public involvement; field, desktop, and geospatial data collection, processing, and analysis; and scientific and technical report preparation. This is a position that will appeal to individuals that have familiarity with the NEPA process, excellent scientific and technical writing skills, a good work ethic, and genuine interest in career growth within a professional team of environmental planners, scientists, and biologists.

WSP invites recent graduates with a bachelor's degree or higher in the field of planning, environmental science, biological science, or an equivalent discipline with up to a year of direct work experience to apply for the position.

Your Impact
  • Under direct supervision, assist with preparing NEPA environmental assessments and environmental impact statements, impact assessments, environmental survey reports, data entry, and permitting documentation for assigned tasks (e.g., NEPA, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act permitting, nuclear licensing, etc.).
  • Understanding of impact assessment methodologies and excellent scientific research and/or writing skills.
  • Under general supervision, assist with field and desktop collection, identification, and compilation of observational, spatial, operations, and environmental data from multiple matrices for projects, research, and surveys.
  • Maintain quality control standards and procedures for accurate and precise measurements, demographics, patterns and trends, and statistical analysis of environmental data.
  • Assist with performing basic professional environmental planning work relating to ecological systems, habitats, air, and water resources, assisting with verifying the characteristics of a site and providing entry-level technical assistance on various environmental issues.
  • Utilize the latest technologies and techniques in performing studies and analysis of habitats, sites, and potential impacts to the health of the environment and the population.
  • Support preparation for and participation in client meetings and public information meetings; organize public comment databases; review and respond to public comments.
  • Ability to complete training and meet project schedules on assigned tasks.
  • Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources and conduct, and adhere to WSP's Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures.
  • Perform additional responsibilities as required by business needs.

Who You Are

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in environmental or urban planning, environmental science, biological science, geology or water resources, natural resources, or a related field.
  • Recent graduate to 1 year of relevant environmental experience or professional internships.
  • Applicant will have strong oral and interpersonal communication skills and excellent writing skills (Must be prepared to provide a recent sample of a professional-level document, such as Environmental Assessment, showing the portion(s) of the document written or co-authored by the applicant).
  • Analytical skills, and familiarity with research techniques, local/regional ecology and habitats, and applicable Regional/State/Federal regulatory framework.
  • Capable self-leadership with attention to detail, multi-tasking, and prioritization of responsibilities in a dynamic work environment.
  • Familiarity with office automation and communication software, technology, and document formatting and management (i.e., Microsoft, Adobe Professional, Google Earth).
  • Ability to work independently under general supervision, as well as part of a team to meet business objectives.
  • Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP's health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies.
  • Ability to work schedules conducive to project-specific requirements that may extend beyond the typical workweek.
  • Occasional overnight travel and/or field survey work may be required depending on project-specific requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree is preferred.
  • A member of and/or actively participate in local professional practice organizations.


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: 10%
  • Job Status: New Graduate
  • Employee Type: Full
  • Primary Location: BALLWIN - CLAYTON RD
  • All locations: US-MO-Ballwin, US-MO-Creve Coeur, US-MO-St Louis

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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