Environmental Scientist

Shannon & Wilson, Inc.
Fairbanks, AK
Added: January 26, 2024


Shannon & Wilson is an employee-owned consulting firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Committed to technical excellence and high-quality service, we provide integrated geotechnical engineering, engineering geology, environmental and natural resource services for clients worldwide. Since 1954, we have delivered comprehensive engineering and environmental solutions for the most challenging infrastructure planning, design, permitting and construction conditions.

Shannon & Wilson’s Fairbanks office generally provides geotechnical and environmental engineering services to northern, western, and interior Alaska. Fairbanks is known as the Gateway to the Arctic and is located 200 driving miles south of the Arctic Circle and 125 miles north of Denali National Park. With a population of about 100,000, the Golden Heart City is the farthest North U.S. city with road, rail, and air access. Fairbanks’ central location allows our office staff the ability to travel to unique projects in remote and rural areas of Alaska. Its character has been shaped by a history of gold mining, a large military presence, construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, the continuing oil economy, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the founding campus of the University of Alaska system. Shannon & Wilson supports a variety of charitable and community-involvement organizations through volunteer hours, donations, and financial contributions.

We are dedicated to improving our communities, preserving the environment, and utilizing the most innovative science practices in all our work.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work closely with scientists, engineers, and other technical experts to communicate complex ideas in a way that a technical and non-technical audience can understand.
  • Reviews technical reports and proposals and recommends revisions or changes in approaches, scope, format, and risk management.
  • Design, plan, and perform field exploration, testing, and instrumentation programs.
  • Complete Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments.
  • Review, evaluation, and interpretation of environmental or other technical data and prepare summary reports.
  • Complete basic testing and deliver samples to outside labs.
  • Participate in the development of scopes of service and prepare budgets and proposals.
  • Interact and communicate with clients, vendors, and staff at all levels in a professional manner.
  • Support business development and marketing activities, including preparation of cost proposals and presentations to existing and prospective clients.
  • Follow Shannon & Wilsons Quality Assurance policy.
  • Follow and promote Shannon & Wilsons Health & Safety and Loss Prevention policies and procedures.
  • Maintain corporate standards for report preparation and style.
  • Manage multiple simultaneous projects and deadlines and adjust priorities based on management direction and program deadlines.
  • Travel and year-round field work, particularly in the months of April through October, with working hours more than 40 hours per week and weekends, as needed (compensation provided for the additional time).
  • Perform other duties as assigned by your supervisor.


  • Bachelor's degree in Geology, Hydrology, Civil or Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Natural Science or other Physical Science Degree; Master's Degree preferred.
  • 0-6 years of experience
  • Experience with mathematical terms and equations.
  • Basic computer skills: Word, Excel, Outlook.
  • Typically, depending on an applicant's education, experience, other qualifications they possess, if they are a fit for the company and local office culture, and the current business needs, an Entry-Level Environmental Scientist typically would be placed at a Shannon & Wilson Professional I, II, or III level.

Desirable Qualifications

  • 40-hour HAZWOPER training
  • Knowledge of RCRA, CERCLA, OSHA and other federal regulations.
  • Experience sampling soil, groundwater, and other media at contaminated sites.
  • Experience in hazardous waste and hazardous materials management.
  • Experience with environmental remediation technologies.
  • Experience on federal projects (HTRW, TERC, AFCEE, etc.).
  • Experience with statistical analyses.
  • Experience with fate and transport modeling.
  • Other desirable skills and training, based on previous experience.
  • Advanced computer skills: gINT, Access, ArcGIS, AutoCAD.

Shannon & Wilson offers a competitive benefits package to support our employees. These benefits include:

  • Employee ownership
  • Comprehensive medical, prescription, vision, and dental coverage.
  • Pre-tax health and daycare FSA
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Profit sharing and 401(k) plans
  • Paid time off for vacation and sick leave
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Paid volunteer day
  • Free parking

Shannon & Wilson is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please note that non-solicited resumes from external recruitment agencies will not be considered as introductions to our business, unless a preapproved agreement is in place and the external recruitment agency has been engaged to work on this specific vacancy.