Senior Consultant, Capital Project Permitting (Mid - Level)

Environmental Resources Management, Inc.
Remote friendly

ERM is seeking a motivated Senior Environmental Consultant, to join our global consulting firm in our growing Environmental Impact Assessment team for the Minneapolis office.

In this role, you will work closely with ERM Project Managers and Partners on a variety of environmental permitting, due diligence, and impact assessment projects to support our renewable energy, oil and gas, power, and technology sector clients. You will also participate in teams conducting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, state-level equivalent reviews, and environmental permitting for large-scale capital projects in the eastern states and beyond. This is largely an office-based role with some travel required based on client and/or project needs and expectations. This is an excellent opportunity for an early/mid-level professional looking to advance their career with ERM’s experienced consulting teams in environmental permitting, with additional opportunities to contribute to solar, battery storage, offshore and onshore wind, electrical transmission, and technology infrastructure projects. 

As a consultant at ERM, you will gain a wealth of experience across different sectors, clients, geographies and services. ERM's collaborative culture and nationwide network of experts provides knowledge sharing of best practices and ongoing learning opportunities for our consultants, allowing you to build your own individualized career path.


  • Provide technical expertise on permitting, NEPA environmental assessment (EA) and environmental impact statement (EIS) projects and related activities in support of ERM clients’ capital development projects (i.e., renewable energy projects, oil and gas, power generation, electrical transmission, and mining)
  • Support Project Managers in the preparation of local, state, and federal permitting documents. Contribute to preparing permitting deliverables, serving in roles ranging from lead technical expert to quality review.  
  • Perform project delivery activities such as report writing, data collection and analysis, and developing strategies and recommendations for clients.
  • Support ERM Project Managers with multiple projects within client’s scope/budget/schedule expectations and ensure quality standards are met on project deliverables. Develop project management skills.
  • Lead tasks related to environmental assessments that include but are not limited to land use planning/facility siting, renewable energy desktop and field-based environmental assessments and reporting, pipeline and/or transmission line routing studies, and development of permit matrices and risk assessments.
  • Assist in preparation of project-specific compliance management plans in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local requirements.
  • Participate in field reviews, public meetings, regulatory hearings, and similar project meetings, on an as-needed basis.
  • Work within quality/budget/schedule expectations and scope-specific assignments.
  •  Support ERM Partners-in-Charge and Project Managers to deliver exceptional client value on projects.
  • Work as an integral part of the Impact Assessment team and support the goals of the team.


  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, planning, biology, natural resources, or related discipline.
  • 3+ years of relevant environmental experience or professional internships. Strong commitment to safety, and ability to work safely outdoors in variable weather conditions and in challenging terrain.
  • Technical competence and broad knowledge of permitting best practices, with a solid grasp of the key impact assessment and management issues for land development and infrastructure projects (e.g., future land use, erosion and sediment control, stormwater management, natural resources, protected species, and visual impact assessment).
  • Willingness and desire to travel to support public involvement activities, stakeholder meetings, and permitting meetings, not anticipated to exceed 25%.
  • Detail-oriented with excellent critical thinking and troubleshooting/problem-solving skills.
  • Effective written/verbal communication and organization/analytical skills.
  • Strong technical report writing skills. Experience recording/writing detailed technical data and reports and building tables and spreadsheets (including tabulation and manipulation of data).
  • Demonstrated attributes to become a strong consultant: team player, eagerness to learn and grow, self-starter who takes initiative, versatile, and service-oriented mentality.
  • Highly organized with keen eye for detail, but with the ability to maintain the big picture.
  • High level proficiency in Microsoft Office programs. Proficiency with GIS software highly desired.

Who We Are:

As the largest global pure play sustainability consultancy, we partner with the world’s leading organizations, creating innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and unlocking commercial opportunities that meet the needs of today while preserving opportunity for future generations.

At ERM we know that creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment is an essential part of making our company a great place to build a career. We also see our diversity as a strength that helps us create better solutions for our clients. Our diverse team of world-class experts supports clients across the breadth of their organizations to operationalize sustainability, underpinned by our deep technical expertise in addressing their environmental, health, safety, risk and social issues. We call this capability our “boots to boardroom” approach for its comprehensive service model that allows ERM to develop strategic and technical solutions that advance objectives on the ground or at the executive level.

Please submit your resume and brief cover letter. Based on review of these responses, shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews.

ERM does not accept recruiting agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, ERM employees or any other company location. ERM is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

ERM is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. 

Thank you for your interest in ERM!

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