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Job Code:  2012-14959
Employer:  Stantec.
Categories:  Env. Health/Safety
Experience Required:  10+ years
State/Province:  OR - Oregon
City:  Portland
Job Description:  Overview:

Our Environmental Services group is dedicated to managing environmental issues professionally and proactively. Our staff of professionals includes specialists in marine biology, wetland science, wildlife biology, soil science, fisheries biology, botany, hydrogeology, hydrology, forestry, habitat and ecosystem restoration, permitting, GIS, and Information Management. We help our clients to identify and respond to opportunities and threats within constantly changing regulatory and corporate environments, through active engagement with the public, stakeholder groups, and governmental regulators. Our team members have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of projects that may include endangered species assessments, habitat restoration, wetland characterizations, and water resources management. We are seeking exceptionally talented and enthusiastic individuals with a keen interest in the natural sciences to join our team and advance their career.


Stantec is seeking an experienced Principal- Level Scientist to lead sediment cleanup investigations in marine, riverine, and estuarine environments in the Pacific Northwest.  You will help create a center of excellence for remediation of contaminated sediments in various aquatic settings including lakes, rivers, and impoundments. You will provide technical support for restoration and recovery efforts for wetland and aquatic habitat; development of ports, harbors, and waterfronts; and navigational dredging in rivers and estuaries. Your expertise includes human and ecological risk assessment, physical and chemical sciences, and natural resource evaluation. As a senior leader, you will be fully accountable for successfully selling and consulting on a range of sediment clean-up opportunities to build a sustainable business locally, while networking with Stantec's North American-wide practice team to share best practices across the industry. This is a Principal-level opportunity for a motivated professional looking to advance their career with an environmental leader  


Assist with development and implementation of strategic business/action plan, provide leadership, and deliver results to expand Stantec’s environmental practice specifically related to sediment assessment and clean-up opportunities in the Northwest.   Serve as a key member of the practice team to drive profitable growth across service lines (storm water management, site assessment/remediation, environmental impact assessment, land planning, risk assessment and water resources management) in the Western US.

  • As a senior consultant, contribute to business development of Stantec’s environmental services practice, including pursuit of storm water management and sediment clean-up work.  Identify and develop new opportunities, prepare effective technical proposals, and take active leadership role in developing new business with new and existing clients. Develop and expand client relationships that generate repeat business.  
  • Project management including coordinating preparation of reports, client stewardship and coordinating with other disciplines on multi-discipline projects.
  • Supervise and mentor junior staff.
  • BS/MS in engineering or related field to characterization, management, and remediation of contaminated sediments and aquatic environments.
  • 10 – 15 years of experience and applied knowledge of sediment dredging, disposal, capping, and treatment methods, natural recovery, river and estuary restoration and associated state and federal regulatory requirements.
  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills, and be customer focused to understand and appropriately respond to clients business needs.
  • Must demonstrate effective resource planning, results delivery, and staying current with relevant technology and innovation.

Stantec offers an excellent benefits and compensation package including medical, dental, vision, 401(k) matching, wellness program, paid vacation and holidays, stock purchase plan, commuter flex-pass, and pre-tax health plans.  Stantec Consulting Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. 

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