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Lead Environmental Scientist - NEPA

Saint Louis, Missouri, US
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Dec 4, 2023

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Climate Change
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Lead Environmental Scientist - NEPA

Req ID 15160

Lead Environmental Scientist - NEPA

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

To support our growing workload, WSP is looking for a professional Lead Environmental Scientist specializing in NEPA and Impact Assessments. This professional will join our interdisciplinary team of professionals in our Ballwin, MO office, focused on impact assessment for the social, natural, and physical environment to support a variety of clients and projects. The team will consider remote work for this role for candidates located in our Plains District (KS, MO, NE, IA, SD, ND, MN, OK, AR). This dynamic team of over 50 individuals works collaboratively within the region and with other planners, scientists, and engineers within WSP to successfully meet our clients' needs for impact analysis and permitting.

We promote a positive work environment for multi-disciplinary collaboration and pride ourselves in making sure every team member is valued and given opportunity for growth. Depending on level of experience, you will have the opportunity to lead impact assessment projects in coordination with other planners, biologists, scientists, and engineers. Leadership of such efforts will include managing scope, schedule, and budget as well as technical aspects from project initiation to completion. This role will focus on project management and delivery, technical understanding of and experience with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations and guidance, interpersonal skills, and the ability to partner with clients, co-workers, and agency representatives. Potential projects include (but are not limited to) preparation of NEPA environmental assessments, environmental impact statements and related technical studies, and similar impact assessment documentation for a variety of clients. WSP is especially interested in candidates with a history in leading such efforts for the nuclear industry and other energy-focused projects. Experience with Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) license applications (Environmental Reports [ER]) and NEPA compliance is preferred. This is a position which will appeal to individuals with experience in impact studies pursuant to NEPA, with a focus on larger environmental assessments and environmental impact statements, and interest in working with a professional team of environmental/ natural and cultural resources scientists and planners.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate experience in directing the technical and administrative aspects of complex environmental studies for environmental impact assessment, and will be responsible for coordinating schedules, providing technical direction to project teams, ensuring regulatory compliance, implementing program policy and problem resolution to assure project completions on time and within budget. Flexibility and willingness to work as part of an interdisciplinary team is a must. Opportunities for growth include development of client relationships, marketing and business development, and leading a team of NEPA practitioners. WSP invites qualified applicants with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree or higher in the field of environmental science, planning, engineering, or an equivalent discipline with at least 7 years direct work experience to apply for the position. Masters' degree is a plus.

Your Impact

This role will serve a critical function for the delivery of environmental documents. This position will support on-going environmental assessment projects with the following key responsibilities, depending on level of experience:
  • Planning and directing preparation of defensible NEPA documents, technical studies, and other similar reports/documents
  • Providing oversight to develop and review documents for submittal to regulatory agencies or clients with accountability for accuracy and completeness
  • Performing complex assignments, making independent decisions on problems and methods
  • Conducting independent research, reviews, studies, and analyses in support of development of environmental impact assessment documents and supporting efforts
  • Management of multi-disciplinary teams for impact assessment, including directing the work of others in completion of required studies, documents, and reports
  • Manage and mentor technical teams to complete projects within budget and schedule expectations
  • Provide technical direction to project team members for environmental impact analyses and license/permitting documents
  • Direct interaction with clients in process management and provide guidance and advice on complying with NEPA and related statutes and authorities (e.g., Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act, Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, the Executive Order on Environmental Justice, etc.)
  • Lead/contribute to development of proposals, including scope of work/technical approach, budget, and schedule

Who You Are

Required Qualifications
  • The successful candidate will have a BS/BA degree in in the field of environmental/biological science, planning, engineering, or an equivalent discipline
  • At least 7 years of applicable experience with NEPA documentation
  • Exceptional writing and oral communication skills, strategic thinking, and presentation skills
  • Experience and strong familiarity with NRC licensing and associated regulations
  • Command of NEPA and its implementing regulations
  • Experience analyzing written, edited, and organized material from diverse sources and then preparing clear, concise, understandable documents for public review
  • Working knowledge and demonstrated experience with NRC regulations and guidelines such as NUREG 1748 and NEPA implementation procedures is a plus
  • Advanced professional experience in developing and writing defensible EIA/NEPA documents for NRC and energy projects
  • Experience leading professional NEPA project teams
  • Demonstrated experience in development of successful proposals


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: N/A - No travel required
  • Job Status: Regular
  • Employee Type: Full
  • Primary Location: BALLWIN - CLAYTON RD
  • All locations: US-MO-Ballwin, US-MO-Creve Coeur, US-MO-Kansas City, US-MO-St Louis, US-ND-Bismarck, US-NE-Grand Island, US-NE-Lincoln

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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