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Environmental Engineer/Scientist - Mid Level - Coal Mining Focus (Hybrid/Remote)

Barr Engineering
Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America
Closing date
Sep 27, 2023
Job Description:


The person in this position will work with Barr's clients to identify, scope, and manage integrated permitting and engineering projects in the mining industry across the mine life cycle (greenfield to closure). This role will focus on regulatory and environmental coal mining support. Responsibilities include coordinating work from team members in multiple offices and across multiple disciplines into complete and thorough documents for consideration by regulators. This person will work frequently with federal, state, and local government officials; non-governmental organizations; regulatory staff; resource managers; other industry representatives; technical and information resource experts; and interested and concerned citizens.

As part of executing projects, they will also be responsible for sustaining relationships with existing clients through successful project execution. This will help them further develop relationships with these key clients allowing them to seek opportunities to assist these clients with other related project opportunities. They will be expected to participate in relevant mining-related professional organizations at either state, regional, or national levels.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in mining, civil or environmental engineering, geology, or a related degree
  • 5 years of experience directly related to the coal mining industry and environmental review, permitting, and reclamation
  • Ability to lead, organize, and direct multidisciplinary teams
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, and, at times, stressful environment
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate in a consultative manner with project team members and clients
  • Demonstrated skills and abilities in negotiation; problem-solving; attention to detail; accuracy and producing high-quality deliverables; project organization and management; fulfilling commitments on schedule and meeting deadlines; mentoring and training staff in preparing effective documents and applications; building strong working relationships; leading and participating in multidisciplinary teams
  • Self-initiative and motivation, with an emphasis on client service and meeting client needs
  • A flexible working style and willingness to occasionally modify personal schedules as required to meet project deadlines and/or client needs
  • Legal authorization to work in the United States without the need for sponsorship
  • Acceptable driving record

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Recent consulting experience
  • 10 years of experience directly related to the coal mining industry and environmental permitting
  • Experience with the following regulatory programs and permitting requirements: environmental review under NEPA and/or state programs, water rights, wetland permitting (USACE 404), tailings disposal facilities, air (state and federal permitting including NSR/PSD), NPDES, and state and federal mining permits and requirements
  • Familiarity with regulatory agency staff, resource managers, and other government officials from jurisdictions such as federal, Utah, California, Nevada, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, or other western states.
  • Established relationships with mining clients and solid knowledge of the industry
  • Participation in state, regional, and national trade organizations such as NMA, SME, and/or AEMA
  • Ability to process complex or rapidly developing information to extract key issues and implications and develop appropriate strategies
  • Current MSHA training certifications

A hybrid or remote work arrangement may be considered for this position. A hybrid arrangement refers to splitting time worked between a Barr office and a home office; a remote arrangement refers to working primarily from a home office. This position can be based out of Barr's Salt Lake City, UT; Denver, CO; Reno, NV; or Rock Springs, WY offices. Remote arrangements will be considered based on candidate qualifications, location requirements, and Barr's needs.

Colorado and Nevada Applicants Only:


The anticipated base salary range for this position is $83,200 - $105,560. Compensation will vary based upon experience, education, skill level, and other compensable factors. Employees in this position may also be eligible for a discretionary cash bonus. Our compensation comes in more ways than traditional base salary, and we believe that when all those elements are combined, our compensation is a competitive part of the total value proposition of working at Barr.


People report that they stay at Barr because of the camaraderie and career opportunities. Another draw is our competitive package of employee benefits, which includes professional development funding, 401(k) retirement savings plan, employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) participation, medical and dental insurance, life insurance, disability and accidental death insurance, flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses, paid holidays, paid time off, and compensatory time for exempt/salaried staff (time off or pay for extra time worked).

NOTE: Applicants must be able to work in locations that feature the rough terrain typical of construction sites and to enter and work facilities that include limited accessibility, moving machinery, and other conditions typical of industrial facilities. Job assignments may involve work on waste disposal sites and sites requiring cleanup of hazardous materials. An OSHA-mandated physical exam (HAZWOPER) may be required; safety training will be provided.

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Barr Engineering is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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