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Project Environmental Specialist
Job Category:Environmental
Requisition Code:2019-CHI-004
Location:Lisle, IL
FT / PT / TempFull Time
Hours Per Week40 hours
  

Summary:
GAI is searching for either a Senior Environmental Specialist to work in our Lisle, IL office. This individual will focus on siting, environmental survey,  permitting, and/or compliance monitoring of energy related projects. Responsibilities will consist primarily of supporting environmental field work and reporting of wetland and stream delineations primarily in, but not limited to: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky.  

Join GAI and make your mark among a team of engineering, planning, and environmental consultants that provides innovative solutions to energy, transportation, development, government, and industrial clients worldwide. 60 years strong and 100-percent employee owned, GAI is the right place for talented and motivated individuals who seek to distinguish themselves in a company poised for unlimited growth.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide task lead and project management assistance with environmental permitting (local, state and federal) and compliance support for key segments of the energy industry.
  • Assist with the coordination of interdisciplinary work teams and overall task management of field efforts for construction inspection and erosion control monitoring, wetland and stream delineations, engineering, and endangered species surveys and monitoring.
  • Assist with the completion of and management over the preparation of permit applications and associated environmental reporting.
  • Assist with proposal preparation and cost estimating.
  • Technical responsibility for natural resource, environmental science, GIS and engineering tasks.
  • Conduct quality control reviews.
  • Control expenditures within limitations of project budget and monitor budget status.
  • Interface with customers as necessary to insure customer needs are met.
  • Provide status and progress reports to customer, project team, and management.
  • Other duties assigned by Supervisor.
 

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Ecology, Engineering, Biology, or Environmental Science required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience commensurate with environmental consulting practices with a background in environmental science, ecology, or construction inspection services with a focus on wetland and stream delineations.
  • Experience with environmental permitting and regulatory agencies in the Midwest and/or neighboring states, related to Section 401 and 404 Clean Water Act Permitting and other similar permits.
  • Work is expected to be split between 30-50% field based work and 50-70% office based work. Must be willing to work flexible hours and overtime.
  • Advanced technical writing ability.  Strong interpersonal and organizational skills a must.
  • Must be able to travel and work out of the office, including overnight trips. In state travel is a requirement and extended field assignments are likely. There may also be up to 25% out of state travel associated with this position on a project specific basis or to assist other offices.
  • Technical knowledge of natural resources and field assessment methods.
  • Knowledgeable and have experience with erosion and sedimentation control monitoring and construction inspections on linear projects, is preferred.
    Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge and use of GPS tools.
  • A current Driver's License is required.


Physical Demands and/or Other Job Information (if applicable):
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

The physical demands and work characteristics 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.