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Environmental Scientist/Planner - Entry to Junior Level

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  • You need a degree in environmental sciences, strong communication & analytical skills, ability to work in the field, GIS proficiency, willingness to travel, and pass background checks to join our team.
  • You will assess projects for compliance, prepare permits, manage environmental documentation, analyze data, conduct field visits, and support post-emergency response activities.

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Science, SustainabilitySeattle


  • Moffatt & Nichol is seeking an Environmental Scientist to join one of our Pacific Northwest offices in Seattle, Federal Way, or Vancouver, Washington. This staff level environmental scientist and/or planner will support tasks that could include biological and/or environmental assessments and investigations, environmental review, permitting, planning, and the development of cartographic products for a variety of waterfront development, coastal resiliency and ecosystem restoration projects. 


  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree (or equivalent experience) in natural, environmental, biological, physical sciences, environmental planning, or similar is required.
  • Years of experience: 0 to 4
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Detail-oriented to support analyzing and interpreting scientific data.
  • Ability to collaborate with project team members.
  • Ability to research and write technical reports and permit applications in support of waterfront projects.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data from various sources in order to determine affects to the environment.
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical and statistical calculations.
  • Ability to assist other scientists and planners with field visits and inspections and/or as assigned.
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills are a positive.
  • Willingness to support and comply with Moffatt & Nichol’s Quality Program.
  • Must have valid driver’s license.
  • Must be willing and able to travel, including overnight.
  • All new hires will be required to successfully complete and pass a pre-employment (post offer) background check in compliance with NIST 800-171.
  • (For our U.S. based positions) Moffatt & Nichol uses E-Verify and employment is contingent upon the legal ability to obtain employment in the U.S. and to present the required documentation at hire.
  • Physical requirements:
  • Environmental Scientist/Planner will primarily work in an office setting, but client visits and field visits are required. Hybrid remote/in-office work arrangements are available with manager approval. Must be able to navigate unpaved terrain and support/complete work in the field outdoors, carrying equipment, in various weather conditions.

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Area of Responsibilities



  • Evaluate and assess projects and proposed activities in compliance with existing federal, state and local guidelines, policies and regulations.
  • Prepare/manage the procurement-of/compliance-with permits issued by federal, state, and local agencies.
  • Prepare environmental documentation in keeping with applicable environmental regulations for waterfront projects (natural systems, biological and/or physical resources, marine ecology, sediment characterization, permitting, NEPA, SEPA).
  • Participate inesiliency and hazard mitigation planning work for waterfront and riverine environments.
  • Create cartographic products for permits, reports, presentations and proposals using GIS.
  • Search for, assess, process and manage data to support projects involving GIS.
  • Contact vendors; research literature; seek solutions to regulatory requirements.
  • Collect and analyze data (e.g., environmental, ecological) from various sources to determine affects to the environment.
  • Conduct/attend field visits and inspections as needed including from a boat.
  • Review and tabulate data (chemical, biological)
  • Participate in training on how to perform post emergency response activities and cleanups/remediation at industrial sites, corrective action sites, and voluntary cleanups involving hazardous substances. Training includes hazard recognition, exposure limits and risk evaluation for chemical and general site safety concerns.
  • Support and comply with Moffatt & Nichol's Quality Management procedures.
  • Other duties:
  • Please note this job posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


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