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Senior Environmental and Sustainability Scientist/Specialist

Requisition ID: 259439 

  • Relocation Authorized: None 
  • Telework Type: Full-Time Office/Project 
  • Work Location: Reston, VA 


Bechtel is a global engineering, construction, and project management firm with a tradition of technical excellence in supporting multiple industries and mega-projects that have significant complexity. We have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place. Core to Bechtel are our values – ethics, safety, quality, people, culture, relationships, innovation and sustainability, and our covenants – integrity, respect, collaboration, trust, and delivery.


Bechtel has a strong commitment to protecting people and the environment as part of its mission, and is known for industry leadership in Environmental, Safety, and Health (ES&H). An opportunity exists to work within the ES&H and Sustainability teams at our Reston office location.


Position Summary

The Environmental & Sustainability Specialist helps execute the environmental and sustainability management system and its components.  Key activities involve administrative, data analysis and field tasks per established industry practices, procedures, and regulatory and Bechtel requirements.  The position involves practical application of biology, ecology, chemistry, social sciences, and related disciplines for managing environmental and sustainability aspects of our business and offering support to projects and proposals. This position reports to the Environmental Manager.



  • Executes assignments involving an array of scientific, environmental, and social issues requiring independent judgment and experience in the application of environmental and sustainability methods and plans.
  • Interprets and integrates environmental and sustainability requirements and issues into proposals, planning documents, permit applications, design criteria, construction plans, schedules, and subcontract documents for major projects.
  • Provides input to proposals and estimates with respect to integration and compliance with environmental and sustainability requirements.
  • Interprets requirements and provides technical support and guidance regarding environmental mitigation tasks, controls, sustainability concepts, and protection of environmentally sensitive areas, species, and communities.
  • Provides recommendations and input for ES&H and sustainability procedures, work processes, and other continuous improvement measures inherent to management systems.
  • Analyzes data, tracks environmental and sustainability performance and trends, and prepares technical reports. 
  • Provides technical guidance and support regarding mitigation measures and opportunity enhancements pertaining to natural and cultural resources and communities for bids and projects.
  • Provides technical assistance to other project groups regarding risk assessment, plan preparation, studies, and environmental and sustainability program execution.
  • As an off-project resource, may assist in the development and/or assessing the implementation of project Environmental Management Plans, Sustainability Plans and other associated plans and procedures. 
  • Identifies and tracks environmental issues, sustainability and ESG evolving regulatory requirements, and pertinent stakeholder concerns that are material to the business unit.


Qualifications and Skills

  • A Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in an applicable technical discipline such as environmental science, ecology, biology, natural resources, archaeology, or related disciplines with 8 or more years of relevant experience; with 6 or more years of relevant experience.
  • Specialized technical skills, knowledge, and understanding within an applicable environmental discipline.
  • Knowledge or experience in environmental and social impact assessment.
  • Ability to research and comprehend organizational and regulatory requirements.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Computer skills for preparing presentations, data management, and report preparation.
  • Prior work experience related to applicable environmental sciences, sustainability value creation, and/or risk assessment.
  • Adaptable and able to travel on occasion as necessary.


Additional Qualifications

  • Demonstrated interest, training, and experience in applied sciences.
  • Knowledge and experience with ISO 14001 Management System standards.
  • Knowledge of sustainability goals and requirements (e.g., IFC performance standards, UN Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement)
  • Broad technical knowledge, scientific skills, and technical writing abilities.
  • Knowledge and experience with environmental impact assessment and mitigation strategies.
  • Master of Science degree from an accredited university or college in an applicable discipline such as environmental science, ecology, biology, natural resources, economics, sociology, sustainable business or other related disciplines helpful but not required.


Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

In accordance with Bechtel's duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace for our employees and to safeguard the health of our families, customers, and visitors, we have adopted mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols for each work location, which may include a vaccination or testing requirement. Please speak with your Bechtel recruiter to determine which protocols apply to the work location for the job you are seeking.