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Wetlands Scientist - Pittsburgh, PA

Wetlands Scientist - Pittsburgh, PA

Wetlands Scientist (ID# 50569)

Job Description:
Be involved in projects with our Earth Environment Team and be a part of a growing organization that meets our client's objectives and solves their challenges.

At WSP, we are driven by inspiring the right people to be part of our future-focused business objectives. Our devotion to teamwork has allowed us to build communities and expand our skylines. Here at WSP, anything is within our reach and yours as a WSP employee. Come join us and help shape the future!

The WSP Environment Business is driven to provide our clients with solutions to challenging projects. We are passionate about the industry, and passionate about providing engineering consulting services across a wide range of engineering disciplines.  

WSP has an immediate opening for a Wetlands Scientist to work out of our Pittsburgh, PA office.  The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting environmental analysis and performing field work related to wetland and stream delineation and habitat assessments. 


This position requires the evaluation of environmental impacts associated with project development. Various tasks include supporting the siting and permitting of renewable, utility, energy and infrastructure projects, including pipelines and related facilities, transmission lines, substations, renewable energy and transportation projects. 


It is essential that the candidate have practical knowledge or experience with environmental laws and regulations which are the framework for the development of energy infrastructure development. Knowledge or experience with permit applications, wetland and stream impacts, rare, threatened and endangered species consultation, land use, overhead and underground utility construction methodologies, water quality and stormwater management is desired. Knowledge or experience with these issues and their application to energy and land development projects is desirable.  The position offers great potential for professional growth in a stimulating work. 


Duties and Responsibilities:

- Perform environmental analysis and write reports.
- Conduct field work consisting of wetland delineations and habitat assessments.
- Write survey reports and prepare permit applications for federal and/or state environmental permits, including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 and Section 10, PA, NJ, MD, and/or DE state wetland and stream permits, NPDES, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service coordination.
- Participate in linear energy planning/routing/siting studies including writing routing reports for submission to state public utility commissions.
- Conduct environmental permitting for renewable energy and other generation facilities.
- Attention and commitment to timely completion of high-quality work.
- Attend and facilitate stakeholder meetings and public hearings.
- Coordinate with local, state, and federal agencies.

Talent is the essence of meeting our client's objectives, goals and challenges.   If this sounds like a fit for you, we'd love to have that first discussion of you joining our team.

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications: 

- BS/BA in environmental studies, planning, natural resources, engineering or related field.
- 3+ years of experience with environmental work.
- Highly motivated with a client-oriented focus.
- Ability to work independently, and to manage multiple tasks concurrently.
- Excellent written and oral interpersonal communication skills.
- Prior wetland delineation and field work experience
- An advanced understanding or existing experience in the environmental analyses principals associated with the siting and permitting facilities.
- Ability to work in a team environment with inter-disciplinary professionals.
- Willingness to travel  (within the US) 20-30 percent of time
- Must be able to problem solve and think creatively
- Must successfully complete and pass WSP's Motor Vehicle screening
- This role is subject to a client mandated drug/alcohol testing policy. As such, employee may be subject to random drug/alcohol tests. A copy of the client mandated drug/alcohol testing policy will be provided during employee onboarding and is available upon applicant request. 
- 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
 Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP's health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies

Preferred Qualifications:

- MS or Ph.D. in environmental studies, planning, natural resources, engineering or related field
- Knowledge or experience with developing state and federal environmental permit applications and supporting documentation in PA, NJ, MD, and/or DE is desirable with a preference given for this experience with power and energy projects.
- Ability to perform stakeholder outreach, public presentations, and public speaking is desirable.

 About WSP USA 


WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of 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 transportation, buildings, energy, water and environment sectors. With nearly 9,500 people in 150 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.


WSP provides a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on a 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 a key piece in our meeting client objectives, goals and challenges.  Are you ready to get started?  


WSP USA (and all of its US 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.

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Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level

Job Function : General

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