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Environmental Scientist - Entry Level (Hybrid)

Barr Engineering

Barr Engineering

Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2023

Job Description:


The person in this position will work with clients and project teams to support and perform characterization of environmental resources, impact assessments, project permitting, and environmental monitoring/compliance. Clients may include land developers, civil engineering and site planning consultants, legal firms, and other stakeholders supporting land development. You may also work with clients in industries such as mining and power generation.

Specifically, this role involves conducting ecological field assessments (e.g., wetland delineations), completing environmental reviews, and developing Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) permit applications typically associated with Part 303 (Wetlands Protection) and Part 301 (Inland Lakes & Streams) of the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act 1994 PA 451, as amended (NREPA). Responsibilities may also include negotiating with EGLE and other regulatory agencies (e.g., U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, local township officials and consultants, etc.) on behalf of clients. The work may involve occasional, short-term, out-of-town assignments in the field or another Barr office.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in environmental science/studies/policy, ecology, natural resources management, biology, botany, or related natural resources field

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, client-driven environment and to manage teams/commitments across many different clients and projects

  • Applied knowledge of the use of botanical dichotomous keys

  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with project team members and clients

  • A flexible working style and the ability to work with teams of specialists to meet client and project needs

  • Willingness to occasionally modify personal schedule as required to meet deadlines and/or client needs

  • Legal authorization to work in the United States without the need for sponsorship from Barr, now or in the future

  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in related area or specialized experience in the fields of ecology or natural resources

  • Familiar with State of Michigan and federal environmental reviews, regulatory interpretation, and permitting processes including NREPA Part 303 and Part 301

  • Familiar with wetland delineation and functional assessment methodologies, wetland impact assessment, and wetland planning mitigation design and construction

  • Familiar with state and federal wetland, stream, and endangered species programs

  • Experience in working for a regulatory agency

  • Experience managing teams (i.e., forming teams, overseeing work execution, monitoring and controlling cost and schedule, implementing quality assurance and quality control, and stakeholder communications)

  • Familiarity with CAD or GIS tools (ArcGIS, Collector, etc.) and GPS units

  • Experience designing and preparing construction documents for wetland and stream mitigation and restoration

A hybrid work arrangement may be considered for this position. A hybrid work arrangement refers to splitting time worked between a Barr office and a home office. This position is based out of Barr's Ann Arbor, Michigan, office.

NOTE: Applicant must be able to traverse and work in difficult terrain typical of backcountry (e.g., dense vegetation, fallen timber, poor footing soils, streams, etc.) roadways, and construction sites in variable weather conditions. Work may also require entering and working in facilities that include limited accessibility, moving machinery, and other conditions typical of mining or other industrial facilities. Safety training will be provided.


Barr Engineering is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.