Senior Staff Scientist

Terracon Published: February 14, 2018
Job Type
Consulting / Corporate Sustainability / Certification / Scientific /

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~ Terracon is a 100 percent employee-owned consulting engineering firm providing quality services to clients. Since 1965, Terracon has evolved into a successful multi-discipline firm specializing in environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services. ~

Over our history, Terracon has achieved significant expansion through both internal growth and acquisitions. Terracon currently has more than 4,000 employees in 140 offices, serving all 50 states nationwide. Additionally, we partner with our U.S. clients to serve their international needs. The firm’s success is further evidenced by a current ranking of 30 in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of the Top 500 Design Firms, as compared to a ranking of 58 a decade ago. Terracon’s growth is due to dedicated employees who are responsive to clients, provide quality services, and take advantage of opportunities in the marketplace.

Our culture, systems, and structure enable us to excel at both small and large projects. By combining our national resources with specific local area expertise, we consistently overcome obstacles and deliver the results our clients expect.

Terracon serves a diverse portfolio of private and public clients. By being responsive, resourceful, and reliable, we strive to exceed our clients’ expectations for service, solutions, quality, and speed of delivery. Based on a deep understanding of our clients’ needs, Terracon’s commitment is centered on these key objectives.

Position Overview

Terracon is currently seeking a Senior Staff Scientist.


General Responsibilities:

  • Conduct environmental site investigations, assessments and surveys to sample, measure and analyze air, water, material, and soil.
  • Identify, evaluate and recommend risk and remediation strategies/designs to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  • Prepare applicable permit applications, risk assessments and technical documents including proposals, reports and regulatory agency correspondence.
  • Design systems and environmental protection plans.
  • Projects may include Phase I/II environmental site assessments, ecological and natural resource field surveys, tank closure assessments, asbestos surveys and abatement oversight, storm water management, and site planning and permitting.

Essential Role and Responsibilities:

  • Follow safety rules, guidelines and standards for all projects.
  • Participate in pre-task planning.
  • Report any safety issues or concerns to management.Be responsible for maintaining quality standards on all projects.
  • Mid-level, experienced scientific professional responsible for conducting site testing and making recommendations for systems design on medium sized projects with a variety of complexity.
  • Participates with more senior scientists/engineers on large, more complex projects.
  • Performs site visits, field observations and field data collection or assignments.Implements technical requirements to complete client projects by directing and supervising field staff to sample, test and collect data and/or document site activities.
  • Responsible for developing written proposals to clients for both small and large projects including quality control review of proposals written by others.
  • Evaluates complex laboratory and field data and assembles in written reports.May serve as team member or lead in meetings and communications with client pertaining to specific projects/tasks.
  • May oversee work performed by lower level scientists/engineers and Technicians.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science or related science field and 3-5 years’ related experience.
  • Or, in lieu of a degree, a minimum of 7-9 years’ related experience.
  • Master’s degree preferred.Certification in field of expertise required.
  • Valid driver’s license with acceptable violation history.

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