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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GIS Specialist

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Posted: May 26, 2022 Remote

GIS Specialist

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 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain and improve our natural resources and environment. Straughan Environmental, Inc. works with NRCS, helping to create and manage spatial data for easement programs managed by NRCS’ Easement Program Division. The work performed in this role serves NRCS’ mission of ‘helping people help the land,’ working with landowners to voluntarily put conservation on the ground and preserve the natural environment for future generations. Straughan is looking for a GIS Specialist to aid in this mission with the duties and responsibilities listed below. This position is fully remote, and the ideal candidate will reside within Maryland, Washington, DC, or Virginia. 

 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Identifies, creates, collects, converts, integrates, and manages geospatial datasets and metadata on multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Assist with technical analysis on GIS computer applications, provides technical support and promotes GIS technology.
  • Analyzes technical problems and devises new approaches and alternative solutions.
  • Develops or maintains GIS applications using a combination of GIS software, web-based development tools, and/or Windows development tools.
  • Processes and analyzes raster and vector geospatial data in support of clients and staff including engineers, environmental scientists, and planners.
  • Create and disseminate production workflow documents.
  • Coordination of geospatial data across platforms (desktop, tablet, GPS receivers, etc.)
  • QA/QC of cartographic outputs.

 

Qualifications

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

Experience:

  • A minimum of one year experience including experience in the preparation of GIS products, all ESRI GIS software products, in addition to open-source tools.
  • In-depth knowledge of ESRI’s software, including ArcGIS 10.X, ArcGIS Online, and Collector for ArcGIS.
  • Experience reading legal descriptions and survey plats that are part of legal documents to develop shapefiles for easement programs.
  • Knowledge of cartography, coordinate systems, map projections, and topology.
  • Proficiency in basic computer applications, especially MS Office (Word, Excel, and Access.)
  • Strong verbal, organizational and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently across multiple projects simultaneously and in an organized fashion.
  • Ability to collaborate in a remote team environment.

 

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience using ESRI Model Builder to create geoprocessing tools
  • Experience in GIS programming with Python using ArcPy
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD and/or MicroStation
  • Contributing member of a professional organization or interest in becoming active in a professional organization
  • Experience as a federal government contractor

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

Houston, Texas

Environmental Engineer or Environmental Scientist

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Posted: January 24, 2024 Houston, Texas

Environmental Engineer or Environmental Scientist

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

This senior level technical Role requires the application of air pollution program knowledge to operations at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), a Federal Title V Permit site, and satellite locations to ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local government, and NASA air quality requirements and regulations. Role includes technical guidance and support to current and proposed operations, providing consultation to customers on rule applicability analysis, resolving and mitigating compliance issues, and developing and improving sustainable compliance programs.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Prepares air permit (Title V, NSR, PBR) applications, periodic regulatory reports, and maintains records.
  • Utilizes appropriate methodology for calculating air emissions from various sources.
  • Consults on the design, functionality, and efficiency of air pollution control devices and practices.
  • Performs data validation and analysis on information from various sources for accuracy and compliance.
  • Designs and develops plans, processes, and procedures pertaining to air programs.
  • Evaluates new and proposed State and Federal Clean Air Act regulations. Determines applicability and assesses the impact to facility operations.
  • Provides review and consultation on new projects and management of changes to ensure the organization’s conformance to federal, state, and local environmental regulations.
  • Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish air program goals for JSC.
  • Periodically responsible for spill, response, and remediation which includes being on call 8-9 times per year for a one-week duration.

 

Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or scientific discipline

Experience:

  • A minimum of five years of experience in Title V Permit compliance and air quality consulting. Graduate level education can be substituted for experience.
  • Must be eligible for unescorted access to a federal facility, which normally requires (a) U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (green card), and (b) no felony convictions.
  • Applicants must have a thorough understanding of air pollution and mass balance calculations and deep understanding of air pollution program rules and regulations.
  • Expertise in MS Excel and MS Word
  • Excellent organizational, management, and communications skills
  • Conceptual thinking.
  • Familiarity with a variety of concepts, practices, and procedures

Desired Qualifications

  • Expertise in MS Access
  • Professional Engineer (PE) license in Texas

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

Environmental Planner

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Posted: July 18, 2022 Columbia, MD

Environmental Planner

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 sustainable design. 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 full time Environmental Planner to join our Environmental Planning Team in a hybrid work environment. Participate in Noise, Air Quality, Cultural Resources, and Socioeconomic studies and prepare environmental inventories, assessments, and NEPA environmental documentation. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assisting in the preparation of NEPA documents to include categorical exclusions, environmental assessments, or environmental impact statements.
  • Conducting or participating in environmental studies which could include Noise, Air, Cultural Resource Assessments, Section 4(f) Evaluations, Natural and Socioeconomic Analyses, and Environmental Justice.
  • Completing office tasks such as data management, analysis and interpretation, preparation of environmental approval applications, technical report preparation and/or fieldwork.
  • Prepare public involvement resources and materials.
  • Interact and communicate effectively with multi-disciplinary teams, regulatory agency staff, and clients.
  • Assisting with environmental field studies and permitting.
  • Create/interpret ArcGIS Pro maps for use in the field, reports, and conduct basic geo-processing analyses (desired).
  • All other duties as required and assigned.

Qualifications

Education

Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Engineering, Public Administration, Environmental Science, Communications, Urban Studies, Natural Resources, or a related field.

Experience

  • 1 year of relevant experience. A master’s degree may be substituted for one year of relevant experience.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to communicate effectively in both speech and writing are a must. In addition, candidates must be self-motivated and can work in a multi-disciplinary, environmentally conscious, team environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required.
  • Working knowledge of ArcGIS.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass background check

Desired Qualifications

  • Proficiency in ArcGIS/ArcGIS Pro desired.
  • Experience preparing CEQ/NEPA documents for state and federal clients, and in leading/conducting associated studies (i.e., natural and socio-economic studies, environmental justice analysis, air quality and noise studies, 4(f) (impact evaluation, historical/cultural resource investigations, hazardous assessments).
  • Planning related community outreach experience desired.

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

Accounts Receivable Billing Specialist

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Posted: February 19, 2024 Columbia, MD

Accounts Receivable Billing Specialist

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 Accounts Receivable Billing Specialist reports to the Director of Finance and is focused on Project Accounting and Invoicing. The position will play an important role in supporting the accounting team during the monthly invoicing process. The candidate may be required to work additional hours as needed to meet both accounting and regulatory deadlines.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Set up Projects and budgets in accounting system
  • Review contract terms and verifications of job setup paperwork
  • Preparing and analyzing schedules for account receivables
  • Review all invoices providing support timely and accurately
  • Prepare complex invoices (Cost Plus, Time & Materials and Fixed Price) and complete monthly billing
  • Track and submit approved invoices and ensure accuracy of the information recorded in the accounting system
  • Work on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors
  • Implement billing operations to maximize effectiveness and accuracy
  • Maintain records of all customer payments, receipts, and other transaction records
  • Apply company policies and procedures to resolve a variety of billing/invoicing issues
  • Audit the billing information entered in the database
  • Support special projects or initiatives related to the billing and AR functions
  • Monitor project budgets and issue reallocation letters as needed
  • Reconciliation of Accounts Receivable balances and revenue recognition
  • Work with project managers to finalize invoices for submission to clients
  • Provide client customer service support – respond to various billing related requests
  • Review monthly billable items for accuracy
  • Use paperless invoice work-flow management
  • Organizing and filing of electronic invoices and related support
  • Complete other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Education: Associate degree in accounting or related Certificate Program.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 1 years of accounting experience required.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and Teams skills required.

Desired Qualifications

  •  Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance or related Certificate Program
  •  Experience with Unanet ERP accounting system specifically for billing.

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 20 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.

Columbia, MD

Water Resources Engineer

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Posted: November 23, 2022 Columbia, MD

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

Straughan is currently seeking an Entry-Level Water Resources Engineer to join our Engineering Business Unit. 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.  The ideal candidate should have an interest in and understanding of current environmental issues and a shared vision for sustainability.

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.

We currently offer hybrid work for those working residing in the following states: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, or DC. 

 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Collect and analyze data
  • Perform field assessments and site inspections
  • Perform calculations, analyses, and reporting
  • Present project details and technical information to colleagues and clients
  • Assist in the preparation of engineering documents plans, reports, cost estimates, and specification
  • Keeping up to date with changes in 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

Qualifications

Education

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Civil/Environmental Engineering or related field

Experience

·        No experience required

·        Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively communicate with clients and co-workers

·        As a condition of employment, hire will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination will need to be submitted as part of the interview/hiring process

 

Desired Qualifications

  • Stormwater management design and permitting experience
  • Erosion and sediment control design and permitting experience
  • Stream restoration design including sediment transport modeling experience
  • Drainage system design experience
  • Hydrology & Hydraulics analyses
  • Geomorphic assessment experience
  • Shoreline protection design experience
  • Site design and LEED experience
  • Green infrastructure (GI), low impact development (LID), or environmental site design (ESD) experience
  • Environmental consulting and/or civil engineering practices (Forest Conservation Plans, Wetland Delineations/Wetland Impact Plates, Planting Plans, and similar environmental documents) experience
  • Active involvement in professional organizations
  • Engineer in Training (EIT) certified
  • MicroStation or AutoCAD experience
  • Experience with HEC-RAS
  • Experience with WIN TR-55
  • Experience with WIN TR-20
  • Experience with GEOPAK and/or INROADS
  • Experience with Pond Pack
  • Experience with ArcMAP/GIS

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

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

Natural Resources Intern

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Posted: January 30, 2023 Columbia, MD

Natural Resources Intern

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 talented and motivated intern to join our Natural Resources Team and work with Environmental Scientists, Planners, and Engineers on a variety of projects across business divisions. This summer internship may be extended through Fall 2024. Approximate hours per week may vary between 0 and 40.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist with wetland delineations and monitoring (vegetation, soils, and hydrology)
  • Assist with stream assessments and restoration monitoring (stream pattern and profile)
  • Assist with water quality monitoring (water chemistry, groundwater, stormwater, and biology)
  • Assist with Forest Stand Delineations, Forest Conservation Plans, and other plant community evaluations
  • Summarize data and write technical reports
  • Assist with reviewing and organizing data and program documentation
  • Create/interpret ArcGIS maps for use in the field and reports and conduct basic geo-processing analyses
  • Other tasks associated with the Clean Water Act, Maryland Forest Conservation Act, Critical Area Act, and/or other Federal, state, and local environmental regulations and policies
  • Other tasks associated with supporting other Straughan business units (engineering, sustainable development, planning, noise, cultural resources, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of MS Office computer software (World/Excel/PowerPoint/Outlook)
  • Clear written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work full workdays
  • Ability to perform work outside under variable terrain and weather conditions
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and in an organized fashion

Requirements

Qualifications

Education

Minimum of 2 years of college in Environmental Science, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Engineering, Biology, or related field.

Experience

Relevant coursework.

No experience required.

Desired Qualifications

  • Relevant field experience and coursework related to wetlands, streams, water quality, forest ecology, plant identification, soils investigations, invasive species, etc.
  • 1 year of experience working in a related field
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS Online, ArcPro, FieldMaps, Survey 123, AutoCAD, and/or MicroStation
  • Experience with GPS devices and/or various water quality modeling tools
  • Familiarity with Federal, state, and local environmental regulations and policies
  • Available to occasionally work extended days, weekends, and/or limited overnight travel

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.

Columbia, MD

Water Resources Engineer Intern

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Posted: February 16, 2023 Columbia, MD

Water Resources Engineer Intern

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 Water Resources Engineering Intern would be working primarily with Professional Engineers on a variety of projects. They will work primarily with our Water Resources Engineering group on hydraulics and hydrology analysis, stormwater management design, drainage design, erosion and sediment control design, shoreline restoration and stream restoration. They may have the opportunity to work with our Planning Group on noise analysis for projects and our Environmental Scientists in our Natural Resources division as well. The internship could start immediately.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist senior engineers in the development of a wide variety of water resource design, assessment, planning and monitoring projects.
  • Perform basic stormwater management, drainage, water/wastewater, erosion sediment control design analyses including performing calculations under the guidance of senior engineers.
  • Learn and utilize CADD and other tools to determine drainage areas and other hydrologic components in support of H&H analyses.
  • Perform field investigations, assessments, and surveys under the guidance of senior engineers to support our design projects.
  • Assist in noise analysis for roadways, rail, and construction projects in addition to air quality analysis
  • Prepare components of technical reports under the guidance of senior engineers summarizing analysis and project requirements
  • Assist in collecting and maintaining project documentation.
  • Perform additional responsibilities as required by business needs.

Requirements

Qualifications

Education

Actively enrolled in an accredited Water Resources Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or related Undergraduate program.

Experience

  • Demonstrated interest in Water Resources Engineering or related field and have a strong desire to advance skills related to WRE work and projects.
  • Capable of taking direction from leadership, mentors, and managers to executive projects.
  • Basic proficiency with technical writing, office automation, software, spreadsheets, technology, and tools.

Desired Qualifications

  • Microstation
  • Geopak/Inroads
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD
  • ArcGIS

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 Environmental Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, 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.