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Jacobs Environmental Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts

Environmental Scientist


The Buildings & Infrastructure Line of Business is a global network of employees, which serves both the private and public sector. Our employees work to shape the communities we live in by creating world-class projects that transform the future development patterns of those communities. We provide our clients award-winning planning, engineering, architectural and interior design, construction and program management, and design-build project delivery. The Jacobs business model allows us to successfully service our clients, leverage our integrated services, and provide our employees with growth opportunities while delivering global solutions to our client’s local programs.

We consistently receive high rankings from Engineering News-Record (ENR) in many classifications, including the categories of Top Design Firms, Top Contractors, Top Green Buildings Design Firms, and Top Transportation Companies.

Jacobs is seeking a mid-level to senior environmental scientist who can lead wetland permitting and compliance efforts for transportation, water and other infrastructure projects. Work will include the identification of permitting and regulatory requirements for a variety of public and private sector projects. Tasks will involve the development of permitting strategies; preparation of permit applications under federal and state wetlands protection laws and regulations including, but not limited to, Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, Clean Water Act 401 Water Quality Certificates, USACE Section 404 permits, federal and state endangered species laws and regulations, stormwater management programs/National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), and National Environmental Policy Act/ Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act.

The Senior Environmental Scientist would be asked to identify new project opportunities, assist with proposal development including technical scope development and budget estimates. Existing relationships with public and private sector clients in New England is a desired attribute of this position.

This position will be required to lead and manage field work to delineate wetlands, design and assess wetland mitigation areas, complete habitat assessments, understand drainage system design and regulatory requirements; and inform the design and troubleshooting of erosion and sedimentation controls during the construction phase of large infrastructure projects. In this role, the successful candidate would be required to mentor younger environmental scientists and technical staff. The successful candidate should have excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrable experience working on inter-disciplinary teams of engineers, scientists and planners, and be willing to and capable of mentoring younger members of the environmental staff in the office and the field.

The office location for this position is Boston, Massachusetts although alternative office locations in Bedford, New Hampshire and Providence, Rhode Island will also be considered.




  • BA or BS in a scientific or engineering discipline (Including: Environmental Science, Biology, Soils, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Engineering).

  • MS in a scientific or engineering discipline (Including: Environmental Science, Biology, Soils, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Engineering) or at least the minimum number of years of demonstrable professional experience (10 years) in the field.

  • At least 10 years of demonstrable professional experience in wetland permitting and compliance is required.

  • Wetland delineation and habitat assessment experience is required.

  • Wetland mitigation design experience is required.

  • Wetland permitting compliance experience is required.

  • Excellent technical writing, verbal communication skills, and computer literacy is required.

  • A proven working knowledge of wetland permitting and compliance for large infrastructure projects is preferred with demonstrable project experience in New England, especially Massachusetts.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a drug-free workplace.

Job Environmental Science

Primary Location United States-Massachusetts-Boston-US MA Boston - Jacobs

Other Locations United States-New Hampshire-Bedford-US NH Bedford, United States-Rhode Island-Providence-US RI Providence

Job Type Experienced

Req ID: BI 0007YY