Associate Scientist - Natural Resources

  • Full-time

Company Description

We are Olsson, a team-based, purpose-driven engineering and design firm. Our solutions improve communities and our people make it possible.

Our most meaningful asset is our people, and we are dedicated to providing an environment where they can continue to learn, grow, and thrive. Our entrepreneurial spirit is what has allowed us — and will continue to allow us — to grow. The result? Inspired people, amazing designs, and projects with purpose.

Job Description

Embark on a fulfilling career in environmental consulting with Olsson, where your passion for the environment meets impactful projects. As an Associate Scientist, you will play a vital role in our commitment to excellence in environmental stewardship and regulatory compliance. Join our team and be at the forefront of projects that not only fulfill client objectives but also prioritize environmental sustainability. Olsson, we provide expertise in the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and other federal environmental regulations, allowing our clients to develop projects that not only meet their needs but also consider environmental resources in their designs.

As an Associate Scientist, you will:

  • Take the lead on managing small-scale projects, ensuring they adhere to timelines and budget constraints.
  • Undertake on-site field work such as wetland delineations, habitat surveys, and bird surveys, demonstrating a hands-on approach to environmental work and a personal commitment to data integrity.
  • Author clear and concise technical reports, providing clients with in-depth insights into environmental assessments and compliance measures.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in articulating complex scientific findings to both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • Travel overnight and out of state to complete fieldwork and other site visits.


You are passionate about:

  • Working collaboratively with others.
  • Having ownership in the work you do.
  • Using your talents to positively affect communities.

You bring to the team:

  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to contribute and work well on a team.
  • Ability to proactively communicate both verbally and written.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Avian Ecology, Environmental Resources, or a similar area of study.
  • 3+ years of experience of scientific/biology experience.
  • Experience planning and conducting environmental investigations and field surveys.
  • Availability to travel out-of-state for field work.
  • A valid driver’s license and good driving history.
  • Willingness to work a nontraditional work schedule.
  • Experience with wetland plants, soils, hydrology, and/or avian identification skills.
  • Experience with data collection utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS)/Geographic Position Systems (GPS), a plus.
  • The ability to work outdoors in a constant state of alertness and safe manner. 

Additional Information

Olsson is a nationally recognized, employee-owned firm specializing in planning and design, engineering, field services, environmental, and technology. Founded in 1956 on the very mindset that drives us today, we’re here to improve communities by making them more sustainable, better connected, and more efficient. Simply put, we work to leave the world better than we found it.

As an Olsson employee, you’ll receive our traditional benefits package (health care, vision, dental, paid time off, etc.), plus you’ll:

  • Become an owner in the company after your first year through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
  • Engage in work that has a positive impact in communities.
  • Receive an excellent 401(k) match.
  • Participate in a wellness program promoting balanced lifestyles.
  • Benefit from a bonus system that rewards performance.
  • Have the possibility for flexible work arrangements.

Olsson is an EEO employer. We encourage qualified minority, female, veteran and disabled candidates to apply and be considered for open positions. We do not discriminate against any applicant for employment, or any employee because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, disability, age, or military status.