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Senior Environmental Specialist

Chicago IL

Job ID: 2020-3136


Sargent & Lundy’s clients in the energy and industrial markets recognize us as a global leader in coal and gas power generation, plant design, advanced technologies, environmental compliance, mid-stream and downstream oil & gas and multi-disciplined industrial projects.

We provide comprehensive engineering, design, analysis, and consulting for energy and industrial markets worldwide. Sargent & Lundy’s professional and highly experienced staff has the ability and know-how to take on the smallest of tasks to scope-intensive, complex projects. If you are interested in this type of dynamic work, consider joining the Sargent & Lundy team.



As a member of Sargent & Lundy’s Environmental and Permitting team, you will utilize your academic background and experience to review, evaluate, and implement federal, state and local environmental regulatory requirements as they apply to a variety of electric power and industrial projects. You will be asked to use your knowledge of environmental regulations and engineering principals to meet project team and client needs for defining, evaluating, and implementing environmental mitigation, compliance, and permitting projects.

The position will offer you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of federal, state and local environmental regulations as they apply to major industrial projects, and to work with multi-disciplined project teams to:

Review and implement federal, state, and local regulatory requirements as they apply to specific projects and develop strategies to implement cost-effective mitigation compliance plans

Prepare site-specific environmental impact studies to evaluate the suitability of a site for a proposed fossil fuel power plant, wind energy farm, solar generating station, electric substation, or transmission line

Work with project engineers to ensure projects are designed and developed using criteria that recognize all relevant environmental requirements

Prepare permit applications and interface with federal, state, and local permitting agencies

Prepare complex technical reports including site selection studies, environmental and social impact assessments, compliance audits, and regulatory reviews

You will have the opportunity to develop your environmental career via peer-learning and knowledge sharing with other engineers and environmental professionals and participating in Sargent & Lundy’s System of Processes and our associated “Communities of Practice.”

The position offers the opportunity to travel to client offices and project site locations for project reviews. Some international travel may be required.



Essential skills and experience:

This position requires a BS in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, or related field, MS preferred

Five or more years of experience in environmental compliance, environmental impact assessment, and/or permitting for complex industrial projects

Familiarity with environmental laws and regulations that apply to large industrial facilities, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Threatened & Endangered Species Act, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

Environmental assessment/permitting experience, including specific experience in one or more of the following fields: major source air permitting; NPDES wastewater discharge permitting; environmental impact assessments; wetlands permitting

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Ability to interact and multitask with project team members, clients, and regulatory agencies


Valued but not required skills and experience:

Proficiency in ArcGIS mapping and experience in developing interactive maps showing critical environmental resources such as wetlands, critical habitats, and other sensitive receptors; Certification or coursework in GIS is a plus.

Ambient air quality impact modeling and familiarity with AERMOD and/or CALPUFF models.



Posted July 30, 2020

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