Senior Environmental Scientist/Geologist

· Columbia, Maryland
Employment Type Full Time

Straughan Environmental, Inc. is a successful, rapidly growing, woman owned business that provides high quality and cost-effective consulting services to a wide variety of clients in the governmental and private sectors. Straughan is committed to sustainable design. We are experts in environmental planning, design, assessments, and policy. Our staff consists of wildlife and wetlands scientists; geomorphologists and hydrologists, civil and environmental engineers; inspectors; biologists and botanists; planners; cultural resource specialists; and GIS and CAD professionals. This combination of technical expertise and an understanding of policy make Straughan a highly competitive firm and a great place to advance your career

Job Purpose

The Senior Environmental Scientist or Geologist will work under the direction of the Planning Department Business Unit Director and will collaborate with a diverse team of environmental experts. This opportunity will include leading environmental due diligence activities, environmental assessments, remedial activities, general regulatory compliance, and permitting for a variety of clients consisting of local, state, and federal agencies, utility companies, and private developers. Responsibilities will include project management, client relationship management, and technical quality control reviews. The ideal candidate will provide industry experience and an interest in growing Straughan’s business by supporting proposals and sales meetings.  Candidates can apply both a full-time as well as part-time opportunity. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage, conduct, and oversee environmental due diligence activities, including all tasks required to complete Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments and Property Assessments/Inspections.
  • Coordinate, schedule, and perform site inspections for environmental due diligence assessments.
  • Support emergency response activities for oil spills, natural disasters, and other accidents involving environmental releases or concerns.
  • Provide support for hazardous materials management needs for infrastructure construction projects, including assessments, management plans, and field inspections.
  • Develop remediation plans and alternatives.
  • Provide Environmental Management System (EMS) audits and implementation guidance.
  • Prepare technical compliance documents required by local, State, and Federal regulations. Examples include (but are not limited to) Permit Applications and Exemptions for (air, water, waste), Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plans, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs).
  • Identify and evaluate environmental risks and regulatory changes affecting projects.
  • Build strong relationships with permitting and regulatory agencies



Bachelor’s Degree in geology or environmental science


·         10+ years of experience in environmental assessment and permitting efforts with a focus on hazardous material assessment and remediation.

·         Environmental Professional as designated by ASTM E1527-13

·         Experience completing Phase I and Phase II/III ESAs in addition to field sampling plans, and health and safety plans.

·         Experience with the preparation of permit applications and regulatory coordination for various projects.

·         Working knowledge of ASTM E1527-13 and E1527-21 Phase I ESA standards

·         Ability to write and review technical reports, documents, and proposals

·         Willingness to work as part of a team including taking on field and in office tasks with the Natural Resources and Planning Business Units


Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with air quality assessments and permitting for mobile and stationary sources. Experience with MOVES, Cal3QHC, and/or AERMOD a plus
  • OSHA 40 HAZWOPER Certification
  • Working knowledge of ArcGIS
  • Experience conducting air quality analysis and assessments for planning studies and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position as required by applicable law.

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at a time
  • Must be able to traverse various types of terrain for extended periods of time
  • Physical ability to perform outdoor field work and in unpleasant field conditions
  • Physically able to conduct inspections and carry equipment used for inspections

As a condition of employment, Straughan employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 except those for whom are legally entitled to an accommodation. Proof of vaccination will need to be submitted as part of the interview/hiring process.

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  • Location
    Columbia, Maryland
  • Employment Type
    Full Time