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Job Description

About UsAt HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

Watch our 'About Us' videoHDR is seeking an Environmental Scientist 2 to work as a member of our Washington Environmental Sciences & Planning group. This position will support natural resources documentation, permit acquisition, and environmental review and compliance for a wide variety of projects, including water/wastewater infrastructure, power, transportation, solid waste, and industrial projects. The successful candidate will have 5+ years of experience. Work will be accomplished both independently and in coordination with environmental, regulatory, and technical staff from local offices and subconsultant firms.
Primary Responsibilities In the role of Environmental Scientist 2, we'll count on you to

  • Collect project-related data, which may include research, conducting surveys for listed species, interviews with government agencies and clients, map reviews, field investigations for wetlands, land use, etc
  • Work with or lead a team of scientists to conduct wetland and stream delineations and functional assessments, vegetation surveys, wildlife surveys, and other field activities in urban and remote settings. Includes work on field assignments in adverse weather conditions often on irregular and steep terrain.
  • Independently prepare written environmental reports including wetland and stream delineation reports, critical areas reports, biological assessments, monitoring reports, etc., and develop mitigation options, plans and documents to address project impacts.
  • Prepare documentation to support SEPA/NEPA compliance, Endangered Species Act consultation, Clean Water Act Permitting, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 10 and 404 permits; WDFW Hydraulic Project Approvals; local Shoreline Permits; local Conditional Use Permits or Variances; and other state/local permits.
  • Define the level of environmental analysis required
  • Perform complex assignments, making independent decisions on problems and methods
  • Assist in preparation for and participation in public information meetings and hearings
  • Work independently on medium-size projects, or assist more-senior scientists on larger projects
  • Perform other related duties as needed

Any offer would be contingent upon a successful HDR background check as well as passing a government background investigation. These are required to meet the obligations on the contract HDR has with the client. 



  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science or closely related field (i.e. environmental science, ecology, natural sciences, natural resource management).
  • 5+ years technical and/or field experience preparing environmental documents in the Pacific Northwest
  • Experience with wetland delineations using Western Mountain Valleys Coast and Arid West delineation manuals.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with Federal and/or Washington state/local permits
  • Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) or Wetland Professional in Training (WPIT) certification
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s license
  • Proficiency in Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Strong environmental writing and communication skills
  • Strong conceptual, problem-solving and research abilities
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong organization skills and ability to work in a fast paced work environment with changing deadlines and priorities
  • A demonstrated commitment to safety and quality
  • An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must

Desired Qualifications

  • M.S. degree in Biology or relevant field of study. This may replace up to two years of experience.
  • Field data collection expertise in wetlands and streams using GPS units
  • Experience with GIS software
  • Local candidates are preferred.

This is a full time position located in Seattle or Bellevue, WA.Preferred QualificationsWhy HDRAt HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for; it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible.  When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.   

Primary Location

: United States-Washington-Bellevue

Other Locations

: United States-Washington-Seattle


: Power


: Full-time

Employee Status

: RegularBusinessClass: Environmental Sci and Planning

Job Posting

: Aug 27, 2021