We are seeking an entry level Project Scientist to join our environmental services permitting group. This is an excellent opportunity for a self-starter with a desire to grow and work on interesting and challenging projects. The position is based out of our Portsmouth, NH office and may provide support to our offices in Portland, ME and North Andover, MA as needed.
- Oversees site sampling programs using various field methods – including establishing data quality objectives, site mobilization and preparation, selection of sample locations, and coordination and providing direction to subcontractors on site (drillers, excavators, other scientists and engineers, etc.) to ensure that work is completed timely and according to budget, standard operating protocols (SOPs) and applicable regulations. Uses experience and judgment to make decisions on complex technical issues related to the project.
- Follows designated procedures for sampling and data collection to ensure thorough analysis and presentation of site conditions and risks.
- Develops and presents findings and recommendations using approved templates and formats and in accordance with the QA/QC process. Prepares all letters and reports for the project ensuring accuracy, formatting consistency, etc.
- Follows all health and safety protocols.
Successful candidates will have:
- Bachelor’s degree in environmentally oriented field (geology, biology, environmental science, hydrology, engineering, etc.)
- 1-3 years of experience in a scientist/engineering role or internship/coursework
- Understanding of environmental and scientific principles related to environmental contamination and remediation
- Knowledge of federal, state and local environmental regulations. Ability to research and develop understanding and application of new regulations or regulations in a new technical area.
- Professional experience and/or internship in site development and environmental permitting including local, state, and federal regulations. Experience with support of public involvement activities preferred. Ability to interface with multi-disciplinary teams and synthesize and organize information into permit application requirements.
- Skilled with field sampling equipment operation and application; field screening procedures, sample collection procedures and subsurface investigation methods. Boating skills and certification a plus.
- Experience with GIS and integration with other mapping tools.
- Ability to collect and interpret data, draw preliminary conclusions, and make recommendations based on understanding of project and client requirements.
- Clear and concise technical writing skills and the ability to present complex technical information in audience-appropriate language and format.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with co-workers, clients, subcontractors, and vendors to meet project objectives
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Physical Requirements and Work Conditions
- The position includes office work and field work (app. 60/40). For field work, employees must be able to stand, walk, and use arms and hands to operate equipment. Employee must be able to work in a variety of temperatures and weather conditions (cold, heat, rain, snow) and lift standard field equipment and supplies of up to 50 pounds alone or collaboratively.
- The employee is required to drive to job sites and must have the ability to travel on short notice occasionally, as well as the ability to travel to locations that may be 2-3 hours from the home office from time to time. There may be occasional overnight travel.
- A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation is required. (A driver’s license check will be conducted upon hire and annually thereafter).
- Noise protection and other PPE, including protective clothing or respirator, may be required on job sites.
- Employee must maintain OSHA HAZWOPER certification and participate in the Medical Monitoring program.