Environmental Specialist 2
Lake Oswego, OR

About $40,000 - $55,000 a year


This is a full-time regular position to provide a full spectrum of research, field work, documentation, report preparation, public involvement, and agency coordination services to clients in the area of environmental permitting, documentation, and environmental planning in support of state and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) projects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
Participate in multi-faceted NEPA projects for both public and private sector clients. Carry out hands-on work in the areas of conducting environmental research and document review, preliminary assessments, environmental planning, and preparation of NEPA documentation, and state and federal permit applications.
Coordinate with state and federal resource agencies, clients, staff and other professionals to obtain project information and secure NEPA document approvals.

Schedule and participate in agency meetings.

Prepare and route project-related correspondence and record keeping.

Interact with other personnel, including project engineers, document production staff, and graphics technicians.

Perform field work in support of wetlands, wildlife, and other environmental resources.

Write and edit reports.

Consistently exercise discretion and judgment in all work tasks.

Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications. To be successful in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Baccalaureate degree from an accredited environmental, planning, engineering or related science program required. A Master’s degree from an accredited environmental, planning, engineering or related science program is preferred. Three to seven years of progressively responsible NEPA and/or environmental compliance project experience required.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to create and interpret graphs.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act and general familiarity with FAA and FHWA regulations.
General familiarity with special study areas relating to aquatic biology, wildlife, noise, air quality, wetlands, archeology/cultural resources, and other key areas.
Public involvement skills and a desire to work with diverse interests to build better projects are critical.
Must be able to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Project software.
Graphic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) skills are important.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific and technical journals. Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from clients, co-workers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to effectively present information to clients, co-workers, and the public.
He/she must also have excellent writing skills and be able to communicate effectively with large and diverse groups.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with abstract and concrete variables.
The ability to travel and work in remote areas under adverse conditions for extended periods of time is required.
Ability to prioritize special projects and daily workload to ensure that all work is completed in a timely and efficient manner.

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

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

On occasion, must have the ability to work at remotes sites. Ability to walk and hike through rough terrain, mud, snow, and ice; dig with shovel or digging bars; routinely lift between 30 & 50 pounds.

Work Environment. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)