Environmental Consultant - 1681

Lawrence, NJ

Environmental Consultant - 1681

We are a global leader in environmental consulting - made stronger with the recent acquisition of Golder - with world-class expertise in environmental, social and governance (ESG), climate resiliency & sustainability (CRS), and earth sciences. Combined we have over 14,000 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 initiating a search for an Environmental Consultant for our Lawrenceville, NJ office.  The following locations will also be considered: Jersey City, NJ; Morrisville, NJ; Newark, NJ and Upper Saddle River, NJ.  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. 

This position requires the oversight and completion of various tasks to support siting and permitting of a number of projects ranging in offshore wind, utility, energy and infrastructure projects, including offshore wind, pipelines and related facilities, transmission lines, substations, and renewable energy and transportation projects. It is essential that the candidate have a thorough understanding of environmental laws and regulations which are the framework for the development of energy infrastructure development. In depth knowledge of 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. Familiarity with these issues and their application to energy and land development projects is strongly preferred. The Environmental Consultant will also be supporting business development efforts for our expanding environmental services practice.  The position offers great potential for professional growth in a stimulating work.

Your Impact

  • Developing permit applications
  • Supporting clients directly and indirectly on regulatory objectives including consultation
  • Project management training that includes successfully managing project tasks. Project management training will also include project scope development, cost estimation, staff resource identification, implementation oversight, budget tracking, and completion of administrative requirements.
  • Support project management, including project scope development, cost estimation, staff resource identification, implementation oversight, budget tracking, and completion of administrative requirements.
  • Plan and oversee natural resource fieldwork, including bird and bat, cultural, wetland delineation, and other studies.
  • Wetland delineations and/or biological fieldwork experience is preferred.
  • 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, 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.
  • Use topographic maps, aerial photographs, GPS units, and other maps and tools to determine exact locations of project areas, site impact, habitat types, and associated physical and wildlife sensitivities.
  • Assist with preparing environmental survey reports, data entry, impact assessment, and assist with permitting activities for assigned projects (e.g. Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act permitting, CEQA, NEPA, etc.). 
  • Maintain quality control standards and procedures for accurate and precise measurements, statistical analysis, and reporting.
  • Perform professional environmental science work and assist with conducting investigations, inspections, and environmental studies and surveys to gain further information on a particular environmental problem or issue, verify site characteristics, and/or to plan for future environmental needs.
  • Prepare data and visualizations such as tables, charts, accurate reports, and illustrations for the interpretation or presentation of data, findings, or analyses.
  • Write technical reports summarizing research with findings and conclusions, generating complete, accurate, and concise documentation using electronic systems, field/work site notes, and software.
  • Comply with safety guidelines and site-specific procedures which include but are not limited to, the maintenance of sample collection, laboratory documentation, written procedures, monitoring systems, and logbooks.
  • Maintain and calibrate equipment and tools, troubleshooting and reporting on malfunctions, and performing inventory control activities.
  • Assist in the analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of environmental data obtained during field investigations, offering input with developing action plans for low to mid-level threat mitigation and permitting activities projects to minimize impacts to the health of the environment and the population.
  • Assist with development and scoping of small- to medium-sized projects.
  • Work with cross-functional teams in executing project work.
  • 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

  • BS/BA in environmental studies, planning, natural resources, engineering or related field.
  • 3-5+ years of relevant experience with increasing responsibility conducting research, assisting with project management, analyzing data, and preparing written documents for energy-related projects.
  • Experience with developing state and federal environmental permit applications and supporting documentation in NJ and mid-Atlantic states is required with a preference given for this experience with energy projects.
  • Experience in the environmental analyses associated with the siting and permitting of coastal or offshore projects and linear energy projects (pipelines and transmission lines).
  • Excellent written and oral interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work with and potentially manage inter-disciplinary teams.
  • Willingness to travel 10-20% of time within US.
  • Ability to problem solve and think creatively.
  • Analytical skills, and prior experience with research techniques, local/regional ecology and habitats, and applicable species required.
  • Knowledge of relevant environmental laws, regulations, compliance practices, and record-keeping requirements.
  • Capable interpersonal and communication skills when interacting with others, expressing ideas effectively and professionally to a scientific and non-scientific audience.
  • Effective self-leadership with attention to detail, results orientation, and managing multiple priorities in a dynamic work environment.
  • Ability to learn new techniques, perform multiple tasks simultaneously, follow instruction, work independently, and comply with company policies.
  • Moderate proficiency with business writing, office automation and communication software, technology, and tools.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills required to reach conclusions from testing results, data collation, and identify the most effective manner to accomplish objectives of assigned projects.
  • 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 travel may be required depending on project-specific requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS/MA in related field may substitute for some experience.
  • Experience with stakeholder facilitation, public presentations, and public speaking.
  • Ability to be a lead wetland delineator. #LI-BJ1