Environmental Scientist II

July 31, 2022
Denver, CO
Job Type


About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

HDR is looking to add an experienced environmental scientist to our friendly and highly collaborative Colorado team. Candidates that strive for excellence in their day-to-day work, scientific practice, and careers; as well as those individuals that are interested in continuing to expand their scientific knowledge through collaboration and continued learning will integrate well into our environmental practice. Our team members spend time in the field and in front of a computer throughout the year. Our field work includes biological resource surveys, habitat assessments, floristic surveys, vegetation mapping, and aquatic resource delineations that are performed to support impact assessments, impact avoidance, long-term biological monitoring, regulatory permitting efforts, and pre- and post-construction compliance. When we are at our computers, we analyze the data collected in the field to prepare biological resource reports, mitigation and monitoring plans, biological resource sections of environmental documents, regulatory permit applications, aquatic resource delineation reports, and other technical papers as needed. Our environmental team includes a wide range of local and national professionals, including biologists, wetland scientists, ecologists, avian specialists, botanists, and geospatial professionals that bring a diverse range of expertise that is critical to our commitment to excellence. If this sounds like you, and you have the skills and experience outlined below, we look forward to talking to you.


Required Skills & Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of environmental consulting (preferred), resource agency, or similar work experience in Colorado or other areas of the western U.S.
  • Demonstrated field experience, including five field seasons of experience in the western United States or central plains.
  • Strong academic background with a bachelor's degree in biological studies, natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology, plant ecology, environmental science, or an equivalent subject. Master's degree preferred.
  • Exceptional and demonstrated technical writing ability. Experience drafting and reviewing technical documents such as scientific papers, survey finding reports, permit applications, compliance documentation, or similar required.
  • A broad knowledge of Colorado's flora and/or fauna.
  • The ability to identify birds of the Rocky Mountains by sight and sound, or strong interest in learning.
  • The ability to conduct wetland delineations and botanical surveys, or strong interest in learning.
  • Willingness to work in inclement conditions, travel for a week at a time for field work. Travel out of state may be required. Travel needs vary seasonally, but can be up to 50% during the field season.
  • Must be able to navigate rugged conditions on foot for extended periods of time (8-10 hours). Day and night surveys may be required.
  • Good organizational and data handling skills, along with proficiency in MS Excel and Word. Experience with ArcGIS desktop software and applications (e.g., Collector) preferred.
  • Self-motivated, positive, flexible, team-oriented attitude with a willingness and desire to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • An attitude and commitment to be an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must.


At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for; it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

Benefits and Compensation:

We provide a comprehensive benefits package that promotes employee ownership, employee health, performance, and success; which includes medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, an employee assistance program, paid time off and parental leave, paid holidays, 401(k) retirement savings plan with employer match, employee referral bonuses and tuition reimbursement. The anticipated starting pay range for this position is $75,000 - $109,000 annually and may be more or less depending upon skills, experience, education and geographical location.

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