Environmental Compliance Specialist/Environmental Scientist - 2097
Herndon, VA

Environmental Compliance Specialist/Environmental Scientist - 2097

This Opportunity

WSP is currently initiating a search for an Environmental Compliance Specialist/Environmental Scientist for our Herndon, VA office.  The following locations will also be considered: Baltimore, MD; Washington, DC; Richmond, VA; Virginia Beach, VA; Atlanta, GA; Tampa, FL; Orlando, FL; and Mooresville, NC.  (hybrid remote schedule available).  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. 

Your Impact

  • Conduct field assignments, such as performing environmental compliance audits, Phase 1 environmental site assessments, and environmental risk assessments.
  • Provide environmental compliance program support for industrial clients including developing procedures and permits, preparing and submitting periodic regulatory reports, and preparing and delivering environmental training programs.
  • Prepare written and verbal technical reports, including documentation of audits and field investigations, regulatory research, evaluation of findings, data management and interpretation, and development of graphical and tabular presentation of data.
  • Managing tasks and projects according to client-approved scopes of work, and delivering high quality reports on time and within budget
  • Collect and document field data and observations in a clear and organized manner utilizing appropriate personal protective equipment and workspace monitoring equipment.
  • Assist in managing and developing client relationships.
  • Maintain quality control standards and procedures for accurate and precise measurements, statistical analysis, and reporting.
  • 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

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Policy, Engineering, Earth Science or a related discipline.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience working knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental regulations.
  • Must be able to pass a HAZWOPER physical and be medically able to wear a tight-fitting respirator.
  • Experience with evaluating/maintaining environmental regulatory compliance in industrial settings.
  • Valid US driver’s license.
  • Job assignments may involve work on waste disposal sites and sites requiring cleanup of hazardous materials. Participation in an OSHA-mandated medical surveillance program will be required, and safety training will be provided before being assigned to work on these sites.
  • Applicants must be able to work in locations that feature rough terrain and to enter and work within facilities that include limited accessibility, moving machinery, and other conditions typical of industrial facilities. 
  • 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 this policy will be provided during employee onboarding and is available upon applicant request. 
  • Travel up to 50% of the time. Must be willing to make trips on short notice, including to local sites, and travel via air or land. Overnight travel is required.
  • Self-sufficient, self-motivated and ability to work under pressure of deadlines is essential. 
  • Interest and proficiency in investigative work, with high attention to detail is critical to this position.
  • Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills.
    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:

  • Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • Certified Professional Environmental Auditor, Environmental Professional, Certified Hazardous Material Manager, and/or other related environmental certifications.
  • Experience conducting Phase I environmental site assessments following ASTM International Standard E 1527-13.
  • Experience conducting environmental due diligence assessments of roadway corridors.
  • Experience in air permitting and asbestos management.