Environmental Scientist II
Atlanta, GA 
Posted 6 days 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 looking for an Environmental Scientist II in Atlanta, GA to work as a member of our South Atlantic (NC/SC/GA) Area Environmental Sciences and Planning team. This individual will plan and direct small to medium size environmental tasks/projects for HDR's renewable energy, power, oil and gas projects, and supporting transportation, water/wastewater, federal facilities and other programs. They will be expected to perform field collection of environmental data, including stream and wetland delineations, protected species surveys, and habitat assessments, as well as the preparation of environmental permit applications, reports and studies. They will also be expected to review and stay up-to-date on current environmental regulations and be familiar with GIS/CADD. The successful candidate for this position must have demonstrated knowledge in environmental resources and regulations and have experience with the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act. Experience with ecological/biological field work including habitat assessment and species survey are also desired skills. They must have strong writing skills and be able to work closely with clients and team members to prepare and facilitate professional, well written, technically accurate documentation. They will also participate in resource and regulatory agency outreach and coordination and assist senior staff in environmental task assignments as requested.


Required Qualifications

  • BS degree in biology, environmental sciences, environmental planning, or closely related field required
  • 5+ years of experience in environmental science and planning required
  • Experience with wetland delineation, stream assessment, and CWA Section 404/401 permitting is a must
  • Must have strong, demonstrated technical report writing background and familiarity with applicable environmental regulations, laws, and guidelines
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite and familiar with use/application of GIS, CAD and Microstation files
  • Self-starter with excellent writing and communication skills
  • Strong conceptual, organizational, problem solving and research abilities
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work in the field and travel overnight for extended periods
  • An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in related field a plus
  • Experience with state specific stream assessment methods or state permitting (particularly GA, SC, and NC) is preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of permitting and NEPA processes in GA, SC, and NC including familiarity with Section 404 requirements, particularly processes associated with the USACE, FHWA, state DOT, counties, and municipalities is preferred
  • Professional Wetland Scientists or Wetland Professionals in Training are preferred
  • Local candidates are strongly preferred


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-Georgia-Atlanta
Industry: Environment/Sciences
Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Regular
BusinessClass: Environmental Sci and Planning
Job Posting: Jul 12, 2023

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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