Environmental Scientist
Fairfax, VA  / Charlotte, NC  / Belmont, NC  / Denver, CO  / San Antonio, TX ...View All
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DAWSON is a Native Hawaiian Organization 8(a) small business that brings the Spirit of Aloha to our employees. As part of the DAWSON "Ohana", you will be provided a best-in-class benefits program that strives to ensure our great people have peace of mind when it comes to health and wellness. For more information about DAWSON and our benefits programs, please visit www.dawson8a.com

DAWSON is seeking a mid-level Environmental Scientist/Project Manager to support our growing environmental team that is executing technical consulting work throughout the country. This scientist/project manager will work on detailed and routine environmental assignments addressing engineering, geology, biology, ecology, chemistry, and regulatory issues. The ideal candidate will work closely with Senior Project Managers and Program Managers to support project management duties, development of environmental reports, and field tasks. Experience with PFAS, Five-Year/ Periodic Reviews, and/or Community Outreach is preferred. This position offers the opportunity to learn and gain experience across a range of environmental projects that include restoration, remediation, compliance, NEPA assessments, and munitions response. Duties may include project management, data analysis, scientific and technical report preparation, public involvement, field operations, proposal preparation, and training of junior staff. The position may be based in Tysons, Virginia; Denver, Colorado; Charlotte, North Carolina; or may be a telework position.


  • Provide professional support to Senior Staff in customer interface and client relations instrumental in executing project requirements. Primary support falls under projects supporting Five-Year and Periodic Reviews for Department of Defense properties.
  • Work independently to manage and complete project deliverables.
  • Create, track, and report project scope, schedule, and budget.
  • Manage project submittals including meeting minutes, monthly progress reports, work plans, and project reports.
  • Develop and maintain vendor and subcontractor relationships and assist with Contracts/Procurement to support project execution.
  • Work with Senior Staff, Project Delivery Teams, and Project Controls to document client- or project-specific financial reporting including managing purchase order requests and distributions.
  • Assist Senior Staff in tracking project financials and identifying risks.
  • Manage deliverables ensuring compliance with project requirements and submittal deadlines.
  • Execute and manage task orders while maintaining cost and schedule.
  • Support specific portions of a broader assignment in conjunction with experienced senior and project staff (engineers, geologists, biologists, ecologist, archaeologists).
  • Gather and correlate environmental data using established and well-defined procedures.
  • Work on routine environmental assignments involving engineering, geology, biology, ecology, chemistry, and other related fields; some engineering and geologic analyses may involve conducting calculations and relatively simple tests.


  • 5 to 8 years managing and executing environmental tasks for geographically dispersed environmental investigations under CERCLA, RCRA, NEPA, CAA, and/or CWA
  • Must be capable of authoring and overseeing authorship of technical documents; strong technical writing skills are required.
  • OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER training (CFR 1910.120)
  • Good working knowledge of word-processing and integrated software applications including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Project
  • Must have a valid driver's license
  • Must be capable of accessing government properties based upon a background check


  • BA/BS in Geology, Engineering, Environmental Science, or a related academic
  • MS in Geology, Engineering, Environmental Science, or a related academic (preferred)
  • Professional license in relevant discipline (e.g., EIT, PE, PG) or willingness to obtain registration (preferred)


Periodic business travel is required and expected about 25-50% of the year; overnight travel is required. Travel is anticipated to consist of field work at project sites, client visits, and work at partner offices across the United States. The position may involve outdoor fieldwork at sites across the United States. Fieldwork may require candidate to walk over uneven terrain up to 8 hours a day and carry heavy equipment. Candidates are subject to "fit for duty" baseline physical and subject to medical monitoring protocols.

DAWSON is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

DAWSON offers a best-in-class benefits program including: medical, dental and vision insurance; a 401(k) program with employer match; paid vacation and sick leave; employer-paid basic life and AD&D insurance; and a flexible work environment. Additionally, employees can choose from several voluntary benefits including: critical illness coverage; accident insurance; identity theft coverage; pet insurance; and an Employee Assistance Program.

DAWSON gives preference to Internal Candidates. If no internal candidate meets our qualifications, external candidates will be given consideration.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. VEVRAA FEDERAL CONTRACTOR


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5 to 8 years
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