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Olsson NEPA Lead in Des Moines, Iowa

Company Description

We are Olsson, a team-based, purpose-driven engineering and design firm. Our solutions improve communities and our people make it possible.

Our most meaningful asset is our people, and we are dedicated to providing an environment where they can continue to learn, grow, and thrive. Our entrepreneurial spirit is what has allowed us — and will continue to allow us — to grow. The result? Inspired people, amazing designs, and projects with purpose.

Job Description

At Olsson, we help our clients navigate the complexities of environmental regulations and incorporate environmental stewardship into project design. We provide expertise in the National Environmental Policy Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and other federal environmental regulations, allowing our clients to develop projects that not only meet their needs but consider environmental resources in their designs.

As a NEPA Lead for our Environmental team, you will be the overall lead on NEPA projects with a focus on project execution, quality, winning repeat work, and managing key client accounts. You will also support marketing and business development efforts, supervise/direct professionals and technical staff, and promote efficiencies in producing quality work. You will collaborate across various teams and/or offices, mentor and train others on complex work, and may travel to job sites for field work. NEPA, environmental, or general experience specific to transportation projects and PEL grants, telecommunication projects, and water resources projects is a plus.

We will consider candidates interested in being located near any office within the Olsson footprint. Additionally, a remote position will be considered.


You are passionate about:

  • Working collaboratively with others

  • Having ownership in the work you do

  • Using your talents to positively affect communities

  • Empowering others to use their talents

You bring to the team:

  • Strong communication skills

  • Ability to contribute and work across multiple internal teams

  • Experience leading agency meetings

  • Experience solving complex environmental problems

  • Background in NEPA and at least 4 years of experience leading NEPA projects

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, biology, natural resources, or related field

  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in the consulting industry

  • Experience serving as a project manager

Additional Information

Olsson is a nationally recognized, employee-owned firm specializing in planning and design, engineering, field services, environmental, and technology. Founded in 1956 on the very mindset that drives us today, we’re here to improve communities by making them more sustainable, better connected, and more efficient. Simply put, we work to leave the world better than we found it.

As an Olsson employee, you’ll receive our traditional benefits package (health care, vision, dental, paid time off, etc.), plus you’ll:

  • Become an owner in the company after your first year through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

  • Engage in work that has a positive impact in communities.

  • Receive an excellent 401(k) match.

  • Participate in a wellness program promoting balanced lifestyles.

  • Benefit from a bonus system that rewards performance.

  • Have the possibility for flexible work arrangements.

Olsson is an EEO employer. We encourage qualified minority, female, veteran and disabled candidates to apply and be considered for open positions. We do not discriminate against any applicant for employment, or any employee because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, disability, age, or military status.