Environmental Scientist 2
Kansas City, MO  / St. Louis, MO 
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description

About Us

At 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.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

HDR is seeking an mid-level Environmental Scientist to help expand our services in the Midwest, with a focus on Missouri and Kansas. As a member of the Environmental section, you will support projects primarily within the Missouri / Kansas area with a focus on environmental services for transportation, water resources, and other infrastructure projects. This includes partnering with local and national staff resources, being active in industry organizations, and supporting project pursuits. Primary responsibilities will include NEPA documentation, wetland delineations, Section 404 permitting, and other environmental compliance documentation. This position requires excellent writing and communication skills and will require periodic travel.

Primary Responsibilities

In the role of Environmental Scientist 2, we will count on you to:

  • Work on a wide variety of environmental permitting and natural resources projects as they relate to transportation, water resources, and other infrastructure.
  • Work under the supervision of senior environmental scientists and project managers.
  • Define the level of environmental analysis required.
  • 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
  • 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 NEPA compliance, Endangered Species Act consultation, Clean Water Act Permitting, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 10 and 404 permits; and other state/local permits.
  • Assist in preparation for and participation in public information meetings and hearings
  • Perform other related duties as needed



Required Qualifications

  • 5 years of experience in providing a range of environmental review, agency coordination, NEPA compliance, and permitting support for infrastructure projects.
  • Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Biology, Ecology, Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences, planning or closely related field
  • Excellent writing and communication skills (in person, by telephone, and email); ability to be proactive and think on your feet.
  • Proficient with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Experience with ArcGIS software and Trimble hardware a plus.
  • Applicants must be detail-oriented, organized, effective communicators, and team players with a strong focus on quality and client service.
  • Must be able to effectively work in minimally supervised and/or unsupervised environments
  • An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preference given to candidates local to Kansas City and St. Louis. Experience in Missouri, Kansas, and/or Illinois strongly preferred.
  • Experience with NEPA and agency coordination requirements, including basic training courses.
  • Completion of a 40-hour basic wetland delineation training course, focused on application of the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to complete field site visits and record natural resource data in conditions that include sloped terrain, thick vegetation, and inclement weather
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds without assistance
  • Must have a valid Driver's License
  • Must be able to operate a motor vehicle day or night
  • Overnight travel may be required at times


At 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-Missouri-Kansas City
Other Locations: United States-Missouri-St Louis
Industry: Environment/Sciences
Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Regular
BusinessClass: Environmental Sci and Planning
Job Posting: Oct 19, 2021

At HDR, we are committed to the principles of employment equity.

USA: We are a Federal Contractor, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider all qualified candidates regardless of minority, veteran, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or any other status protected by law.

CANADA: We welcome applications from all qualified individuals.

AUSTRALIA: We consider all qualified candidates regardless of gender, ethnicity, country of birth, political or religious affiliation, health status, or any other status protected by law.

At HDR, health and safety matters.

For some positions, you may be required to provide drug and alcohol testing, before or during employment, based on our Drug Testing and Drug Free Workplace Policy.

If you are required to drive for us, we require a valid driver's license and compliance with our vehicle policy.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5+ years
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