Diversity of thought

Straughan believes diversity makes us stronger. A diverse workplace improves innovation, creativity, productivity, and professional growth. We strive to challenge our assumptions and develop innovative solutions to common problems. We build project teams with diverse expertise and backgrounds to create and test ideas that improve the status quo. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commitment

We recognize the pain, injustices, and divisions within our communities due to inequalities, racism, and intolerances of all kinds. We cannot have strong communities without equality and justice for all.

As we build our team, we are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are open-minded and care about your capability, your drive, and your desire and determination to contribute your gifts, talents, and perspective.

Straughan is committed to continuous learning, support, and outreach that contributes positively to creating a work environment, community and a society that understands and values the human spirit in all its forms.

Have fun. Make a difference.

We celebrate successes. We learn and grow every day. We welcome challenges. We support each other. We seek divergent ideas and input. We care deeply about sustainability. We lead and support our communities. We encourage personal enrichment and renewal.

straughanSOCIAL

We believe that engagement is important whether you work in the office, are entirely remote, or do a little of both. straughanSOCIAL is our place for game nights, coffee meetups, seed swaps, kickball games, wellness events, and much more!

Flexible Work Arrangements

The way we work is changing, and we understand the increasing demands you face in your personal and work life. Straughan provides flexibility in work arrangements whenever possible.

Environmental Initiatives

If there’s one thing all Straughan employees have in common, it’s our enthusiasm for the environment. We seek to implement environmental best practices in every aspect of our work for our clients, our company, and our communities. We also have an active employee Green Team who volunteer to further our environmental practices.

Professional Development

In a constantly changing and unpredictable world, we hope to develop future leaders who care about improving the field of environmental science, management, and engineering. We encourage our staff to learn in a variety of ways and offer staff-led lunch & learns, webinars, training, tuition reimbursement, coaching, professional society membership, and more.

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Our Commitment

Quality, customer service, safety, and management commitments for every project.

Creative Strategies

Strategies to improve outcomes for the environment and communities, while often reducing project costs and schedules.

Comprehensive Capabilities

Versatile environmental expertise – from project planning and design through construction and program management.

benefits

At Straughan, we invest in the entire you.

To better understand our workforce, we are committed to continuously evolving and creating practices, providing benefits, and policies that meaningfully address the needs and desires of our team. We invest fully in you for your today and your tomorrow. Here are some of the ways we support all of our team:

401(k) retirement plan with an employer match

Medical and dental insurance

Tuition assistance

Short- and long-term disability insurance

Continuous development

Maternity/Paternity leave

Generous paid time off, including 8 holidays

Health savings and flexible spending accounts

Employer-paid life and voluntary life insurance

Flexible work arrangements

Professional society membership

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Together we can create a sustainable world.

We believe successful, productive employees create a successful, productive company. We work closely to develop and support employees to reach their full potential, and we are proud of the reputation our employees have earned and the high degree of our collective success.

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Columbia, MD

Noise Analyst/Engineer

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Posted: October 8, 2021 Columbia, MD

Noise Analyst/Engineer

Who We Are

Straughan Environmental, Inc. is a successful, rapidly growing, woman owned business that provides high quality and cost-effective consulting services to a wide variety of clients in the governmental and private sectors. Straughan is committed to advancing sustainable and resilient communities. We are experts in environmental planning, design, assessments, and policy. Our staff consists of wildlife and wetlands scientists; geomorphologists and hydrologists, civil and environmental engineers; inspectors; biologists and botanists; planners; cultural resource specialists; and GIS and CAD professionals. This combination of technical expertise and an understanding of policy make Straughan a highly competitive firm and a great place to advance your career.

Job Purpose

Straughan is currently seeking a Noise Analyst/Engineer to join our Environmental Planning Team. Your skills and knowledge of applicable concepts would support studies and design in the areas of noise, and air quality.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Perform work in the areas of traffic noise analysis, rail noise analysis, construction noise analysis, noise barrier design, sound monitoring, vibration analysis, and/or air quality analysis.
  • Collecting field data collection and data processing
  • Utilizing noise modeling software
  • Conducting noise impact analysis.
  • Supporting tasks and services would include report preparation, CADD & GIS usage, noise modeling analysis, and/or environmental planning and permitting support.

Requirements

Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree

Experience:

  • Working knowledge of MS Office (Microsoft /Excel)
  • Detail Oriented
  • CADD Experience
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong written and oral communications skills

Desired Qualifications

  • Minimum of 1 year of noise experience
  • Some relevant background in Acoustical Analysis. Noise Abatement Design, Air Quality, Traffic Analysis, Site Design, Roadway Design, and / or Rail Noise
  • Experience with MicroStation
  • Noise analysis experience with the Maryland Department of Transportation
  • General transportation related planning or NEPA experience preferred

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position as required by applicable law.

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at a time
  • Must be able to traverse various types of terrain for extended periods of time
  • Physical ability to perform outdoor field work and in unpleasant field conditions
  • Physically able to conduct field work and carry equipment used for field work

COVID-19 vaccination is preferred for all applicants.

Straughan is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Columbia, MD

Senior Water Resources Engineer

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Posted: November 3, 2023 Columbia, MD

Senior Water Resources Engineer

Who We Are

Straughan Environmental, Inc. is a successful, rapidly growing, woman owned business that provides high quality and cost-effective consulting services to a wide variety of clients in the governmental and private sectors. Straughan is committed to advancing sustainable and resilient communities. We are experts in environmental planning, design, assessments, and policy. Our staff consists of wildlife and wetlands scientists; geomorphologists and hydrologists, civil and environmental engineers; inspectors; biologists and botanists; planners; cultural resource specialists; and GIS and CAD professionals. This combination of technical expertise and an understanding of policy make Straughan a highly competitive firm and a great place to advance your career.

Job Purpose

The main responsibility of a water resource engineer is to provide quality design and modeling support that advance sustainable and resilient communities while achieving project objectives. They will work with a diverse team to perform field assessments, develop mapping and design plans for construction, obtain permits, and perform computations and analyses for a variety of projects and clients. Straughan is currently operating under a flexible, hybrid workplace strategy that allows employees to work primarily from home with official schedules approved by their supervisor.

Must reside in one of the following cities to apply and be considered for the position. 

Job Location(s): Virgina, Delaware, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, or North Carolina

 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Design best management practices for stormwater management, stream/shoreline restoration, and erosion & sediment control projects; Obtain permits from State and local agencies
  • Lead multi-discipline projects and client relationships, delivering projects on time and within budget
  • Develop storm drain and culvert design and analysis reports.
  • Perform hydrologic and hydraulic analyses, including bridge scour.
  • Serve as a project engineer for water resource engineering projects
  • Perform field assessments and site inspections to obtain data and document conditions
  • Communicate and collaborate with the project team, project managers, clients, and local communities.
  • Support construction projects by reviewing submittals, answering RFI’s, and conducting field visits to ensure compliance with the contract drawings and specifications.
  • Mentor and develop junior engineers
  • Coordinate the quality and timeliness of project deliverables.
  • Development of scope and labor estimates for task proposals
  • Support pursuit of new projects.
  • Develop working relationships with internal and external clients
  • Participation in conferences and presentations.
  • Maintain significant professional qualifications and participate in professional organization activities.
  • Present project details and technical information to colleagues and clients
  • Understand regulatory legislation and guidelines
  • Ability to use a variety of specialist computer applications/simulation software
  • Provide assistance to other team members and management to accomplish department goals and objectives

Requirements

Education: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering or related field

Experience:

  • 4+ years’ experience.
  • Stormwater management design
  • Erosion and sediment control design
  • Drainage system design experience
  • Hydrology & Hydraulics analyses
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively communicate with clients and co-workers
  • Excellent computer skills are required, including basic knowledge of MicroStation or AutoCAD; Proficient with Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Adobe Suite
  • Experience using engineering applicable engineering software such as Geopak, InRoads, Hec-RAS, TR-20, and TR-55.
  • SWM/ESC Permitting Experience
  • Certification Professional Engineer (PE) or LEED AP+

Desired Qualifications

  • Stream restoration design including sediment transport modeling experience
  • Geomorphic assessment experience
  • Rosgen Certified or similar training
  • Shoreline protection design experience
  • Site design and LEED experience
  • Low impact development (LID) and environmental site design (ESD) in Maryland
  • Environmental consulting and/or civil engineering practices (Forest Conservation Plans, Wetland Delineations/Wetland Impact Plates, Planting Plans, and similar environmental documents) experience
  • Experience with Pond Pack
  • Experience with preparing task and labor estimates
  • Familiarity and project experience with municipalities in the Mid-Atlantic (e.g., Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania)
  • Wetland restoration design experience
  • Proposal and task order development experience
  • GIS (Arc-MAP, Arc-PRO) experience
  • Active involvement in professional organizations

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position as required by applicable law.

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at a time
  • Must be able to traverse various types of terrain for extended periods of time
  • Physical ability to perform outdoor field work and in unpleasant field conditions
  • Physically able to conduct inspections and carry equipment used for inspections

COVID-19 vaccination is preferred for all applicants.

Straughan is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Columbia, MD

Senior GIS Analyst

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Posted: November 22, 2023 Columbia, MD

Senior GIS Analyst

Who We Are

Straughan Environmental, Inc. is a successful, rapidly growing, woman owned business that provides high quality and cost-effective consulting services to a wide variety of clients in the governmental and private sectors. Straughan is committed to advancing sustainable and resilient communities. We are experts in environmental planning, design, assessments, and policy. Our staff consists of wildlife and wetlands scientists; geomorphologists and hydrologists, civil and environmental engineers; inspectors; biologists and botanists; planners; cultural resource specialists; and GIS and CAD professionals. This combination of technical expertise and an understanding of policy make Straughan a highly competitive firm and a great place to advance your career.

Job Purpose

We are looking for an experienced Senior GIS Analyst with experience designing, developing, and implementing databases and workflows to access and store geospatial data across a variety of disciplines such as natural resources, water resources engineering, environmental planning, and asset management. They analyze and present data utilizing Esri GIS software supplemented with Python scripting, Arcade, SQL expressions, and other tools. Senior GIS analysts are adept at using spatial and non-spatial data to solve challenges and develop workflows and methodologies. A senior GIS analyst will lead project teams, collaborate with clients, and provide mentoring to junior staff.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Compiles, manipulates, and analyzes geospatial data in support of clients and staff including engineers, environmental scientists, and planners.
  • Analyzes technical problems and devises new approaches and alternate solutions.
  • Designs, develops, and maintains databases and systems of GIS data.
  • Creates reports, maps, applications, and visualizations conveying the results of spatial analysis.
  • Develops or maintains GIS applications using a combination of GIS software, web-based development tools, and/or Windows development tools.
  • Utilizes scripting languages to refine GIS data pipelines and processes.
  • Develops and documents project workflows.
  • Develops and supports fieldwork methodologies using mobile data collection tools and applications such as Field Maps for ArcGIS and Survey123 for ArcGIS.
  • Manages project tasks by scheduling work activities, coordinates with client and other design teams on tasks, assuring adherence to the task scope, and tracking of task budget.
  • Executes effective communication skills with clients, agencies, and co-workers.
  • Assist with the development of proposals and task orders by writing scopes of work and creating labor estimates.
  • Mentor and develop junior staff.
  • Must be able to be in person in the Columbia, MD office on a regular basis

Requirements

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Geography, GIS, or related field

Experience:

  • A minimum of 8 years of demonstrated professional experience using GIS, cartography, remote sensing, or a closely related.
  • In-depth knowledge of spatial data concepts and best practices, map projections, topology, relational databases, data conversion, and interoperability.
  • Experience with Esri Model Builder and/or experience in GIS programming with Python and the ArcPy suite of tools.
  • Experience with Arcade and SQL expressions for configuring content within ArcGIS applications.
  • Industry experience with GIS applied to water resource engineering, natural resources, environmental permitting, noise, stream restoration, resiliency, asset management, or coastal engineering.
  • Experience with Esri software including but not limited to ArcPro 3.x, ArcMap 10.x, ArcGIS Online, Enterprise, Portal, Field Maps, and Survey123.
  • Experience with AutoCAD and/or Microstation as it relates to interoperability.
  • Proficiency in basic computer applications, especially MS Office (Word, Excel, and Access).
  • Strong verbal, organizational and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work across multiple projects simultaneously and in an organized fashion.

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Geography, GIS, or related field.
  • Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) certification.
  • Experience and interest in emerging technologies such as GeoAI and machine learning.
  • Experience with asset management principles, concepts, and software.
  • UAS Section 107 License.
  • Contributing member of a professional organization or interest in becoming active in a professional organization.
  • Familiarity and project experience with state and local governments in the Mid-Atlantic (Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC.)

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position as required by applicable law.

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at a time.

COVID-19 vaccination is preferred for all applicants.

Straughan is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Equal employment opportunity (EEO), Affirmative action, and Diversity and Inclusion policy statement

Straughan is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.  Straughan affirms its long-standing commitment to maintain a diverse workforce reflective of the communities in which we operate, maintains a business culture that recognizes the contributions and interests of diverse cultural and social groups, and maximizes employee efforts by understanding individual differences and perspectives.  It is the policy of Straughan not merely to refrain from employment discrimination as required by federal, state, and local enactments, but to take positive affirmative action to realize for women, people of color, individuals with physical or mental disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, and veterans’ full equal employment opportunity.  It is also our goal to employ and advance in employment individuals with disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, and protected veterans, and to treat qualified individuals without discrimination on the basis of their physical or mental disability or veteran status. 

EOE/AA Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity – We are an equal opportunity employer, but we are more than that. We are open-minded and care only about your capability, your drive, and your desire and determination to contribute your gifts and talents fully.