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Senior Environmental Permitting Specialist

Location: Franklin, MA, United States
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Your role at GEI.  
 
GEI is seeking a Senior Environmental Permitting Specialist to be based in either our Franklin or Woburn, MA office. This role is a unique opportunity to help grow and develop our environmental permitting practice to support our projects. GEI supports a wide range of projects including waterfront structures and facilities, landside infrastructure, and environmental remediation projects.   You will lead wetland, waterways, and coastal permitting and compliance efforts for a full range of waterfront, infrastructure, and remediation projects, both public and private.  Your experience will include permitting projects in Massachusetts, including wetlands permitting (local bylaws and MA Wetlands Protection Act), waterways licensing (M.G.L. c. 91), Section 401 Water Quality Certification, MA Coastal Zone Management Policy Consistency, Department of the Army permitting (Sections 404 and 10), MA Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) reviews.  
 
Essential Responsibilities & Duties  
  • Serve as the lead for the permitting of projects in Massachusetts and, as the need arises, additional New England States.
  • Coordinate routinely with clients and multi-disciplinary project teams to determine and implement project requirements.
  • Independently define regulatory requirements, develop project-specific strategies for securing required approvals, and assemble the resources required for successful implementation of the local, state, and/or federal permit application process.
  • Apply knowledge of natural resource principles to preparation of environmental documents and reports
  • Prepare environmental surveys and impact reports and statements.
  • Serve as a technical leader and mentor to junior staff.
  • Develop business and manage project plans, schedules, and budgets.
  • Contribute to strategic planning at the office, regional and national level.
  • Support proposal efforts.
Minimum Qualifications  
  • B.A., B.S. or M.S. in a scientific or engineering discipline (e.g., Environmental Science, Ecology, Biology, Geology, Soils Science, Wetlands Science, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Engineering).
  • 8 or more years of experience working as an environmental permitting specialist, managing the successful navigation of permitting processes for a variety of development projects.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and managing small to mid-level projects including tracking hours and expenses for project work.
  • Working knowledge and experience with federal and state environmental agencies (USACE, USFWS, MEPA, MA CZM, MA DEP, etc.)
  • Excellent technical writing, verbal communication skills, and computer literacy is required.
  • Ability to travel for site visits / inspections, client meetings, and business development opportunities (to include overnight travel, as needed).
  • Possess a valid US driver’s license.
Preferred Qualifications:   
  • Experience with permitting in jurisdictions outside of Massachusetts.
  • Wetland delineation and mitigation design experience
We are GEI.  
 
Some of the world’s most pressing problems – from climate change to sustainable development, to critical infrastructure and the future of our energy supply – need our brightest and diverse minds working together to create safer, more resilient communities for tomorrow.    
 
We are technical experts, collaborators, and entrepreneurs who draw from diverse backgrounds to solve our clients’ most complex challenges.    
 
With approximately 60 offices across North America, we offer a range of engineering, science, and technical consulting services. Our range of expertise, project types, and culture make us the choice for top talent in the AEC industry.  
 
Employee-owned. Employee-focused.   
 
As a 100% employee-owned company, our employees support our flat leadership structure, have a say in how our business operates and benefit from our financial success. We are committed to employee growth with career development opportunities, competitive total rewards, a well-being program, flexible work arrangements and more.  Our company culture is driven by our 4 Cs – we are Client-Centered, Curious, Collaborative, and Community Minded – which support our focus on sustainability, safety, diversity, equity and inclusion. Get to know us better by visiting GEI’s career site here.  
 
GEI’s Total Rewards Package Includes  
  • Market-Competitive Compensation, including Eligibility for an Annual Performance Bonus
  • Comprehensive Benefits Program, including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability and More
  • Well-Being Program and Paid Parental Leave
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Hybrid Work Schedules and Home Office and Cell Phone Stipends
  • GEI University (GEIU) with Continuing Education Assistance and Tuition Reimbursement
  • Connecting Conversation Program with a Focus on Professional Development and Opportunities for Advancement
  • Support and Financial Rewards for Publication Awards, Professional Dues, and Professional Licenses
  • Paid Holidays and Generous Paid Time Off Program
  • Rewards and Recognition
  • GEI-Funded Profit Sharing and 401(k)
  • Opportunity to be an Owner and Shareholder (Learn more here)
  • A Vibrant Culture that is Focused on Partnership, Sustainability, Giving Back to Our Communities and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • And More…
  
WORK ENVIRONMENT   
   
   
   
Functional Demands:     
   
   
   
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Sedentary  
  
Light  
  
Medium  
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Activity Level Throughout Workday (check one per row)   
Physical Activity Requirements  
Occasional  
(0-35% of day)  
Frequent  
(33-66% of day)  
Continuous  
(67-100% of day)  
Not Applicable  
Sitting  
  
  
6-8 hours  
  
Standing  
0-1 hour  
  
  
  
Walking  
0-1 hour  
  
  
  
Climbing  
  
  
  
X  
Lifting (floor to waist level) (in pounds)  
0-10 pounds  
  
  
  
Lifting (waist level and above) (in pounds)  
0-10 pounds  
  
  
  
Carrying objects  
0-1 hour  
  
  
  
Push/pull  
  
  
  
X  
Twisting  
0-1 hour  
  
  
  
Bending  
0-1 hour  
  
  
  
Reaching forward  
0-1 hour  
  
  
  
Reaching overhead  
0-1 hour  
  
  
  
Squat/kneel/crawl  
  
  
  
X  
Wrist position deviation  
  
3-5 hours  
  
  
Pinching/fine motor skills  
1-2 hours  
  
  
  
Keyboard use/repetitive motion  
  
  
6-8 hours  
  
Taste or smell (taste=never)  
0-1 hour  
  
  
  
Talk or hear  
  
3-5 hours  
  
  
Accurate 20/40  
Very Accurate 20/20  
Not Applicable  
Near Vision  
X  
  
Far Vision  
X  
  
  
  
Yes  
No  
Not Applicable  
Color Discrimination  
X  
Sensory Requirements  
Minimal  
Moderate  
Accurate  
Not Applicable  
Depth perception  
X  
  
  
Hearing  
X  
  
  
  
  
Environment Requirements  
Occupational Exposure Risk Potential  
Reasonably Anticipated  
Not Anticipated  
Blood borne pathogens  
X  
  
Chemical  
  
X  
Airborne communicable diseases  
X  
  
Extreme temperatures  
  
X  
Radiation  
  
X  
Uneven surfaces or elevations  
  
X  
Extreme noise levels  
  
X  
Dust/particulant matter  
  
X  
  
  
Other (exposure risks):   
  
  
Usual workday hours:  
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8  
  
10  
  
12  
Other work hours  
  
   
   
   
   
  
   
   
   
   
  
GEI is an AA/equal opportunity employer, including disabled and veterans.  
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