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CDM Smith PFAS Remediation Discipline Leader in Davenport, Iowa


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We are currently seeking an experienced Environmental Engineer / Technical Expert to support a wide variety of environmental projects utilizing innovative PFAS treatment technologies. This candidate will apply technical expertise relating to PFAS and PFAS treatment to provide engineering services to federal, state, and municipal agencies and industrial companies. A focus is required on characterizing PFAS, awareness and application of evolving regulations, development of conceptual site models, design and implementation of PFAS treatment technologies for water, wastewater, groundwater, sediments and soil. This candidate will also support ongoing research and development in site characterization, remediation, and treatment strategies and technologies, and support CDM Smith’s marketing and business development related to leading-edge PFAS characterization and treatment. A background in the design of PFAS treatment technologies from laboratory-based studies, through pilot stages and full-scale implementation is essential. A strong publication history in the management of PFAS and emerging contaminants is desirable. The preferred candidate will perform well in a task leader/task manager role and have a desire to advance their career as a discipline or practice leader.

As a member of this team, you would contribute to CDM Smith's mission by:

• Providing feasibility-level evaluation of available technologies to determine the optimal solutions for the treatment of a broad spectrum of PFAS in differing environmental matrices

• Performing engineering design for environmental projects, including preparation of drawings, specifications, calculations, and other design deliverables, and developing operation, maintenance, and monitoring plans.

• Assist with the technical sales, design and delivery of PFAS water treatment solutions for drinking water, water reuse, biosolids and wastewater

• Assist with the technical sales for the design, implementation, and optimization of treatment technologies for PFAS and other emerging contaminants for the treatment of groundwater and other media.

• Performing studies to evaluate and document potentially feasible treatment alternatives and applicable technologies to address PFAS contamination.

• Evaluating the effectiveness of innovative PFAS treatment technologies and applying these findings to develop treatment alternatives for projects

• Supporting PFAS Site Remediation, with focus on the proper application of technology related to PFAS site characterization and remediation, growing our technical capabilities within the discipline, fostering staff development, and assisting in sales.

• Working with local, national and international technical teams in the areas of site characterization, engineering design, PFAS treatment, and emerging contaminants.

• Coordinate work with multi-disciplinary teams of engineers and scientists, designers, draftsmen, and technicians to successfully design and implement innovative technologies.

• Collaborating across multiple technical practice areas to leverage PFAS research and development activities for expanding and growing the firm’s PFAS capabilities in environmental remediation, drinking water, wastewater, and biosolids.

• Support marketing and business development efforts related to PFAS site characterization and treatment.

• Ensuring that firm policies and required practices are followed in all project work.

• Learning task/project management techniques and the CDM Smith management system.


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PFAS Remediation Discipline Leader



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Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Civil, Environmental or Chemical Engineering or related discipline.

Professional engineering (PE) license.

12 years of related experience.

Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands.

Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Detailed understanding of the PFAS physical chemistry, precursor transformation, uses of PFAS in multiple products, PFAS forensics, PFAS site assessment tools, site investigation methods, and remedial design.

• Demonstrated experience with designing, implementing, and optimizing treatment technologies for PFAS and other emerging contaminants.

• Knowledge of research and development programs and funding sources (e.g., WRF, SERDP, ESTCP, NAS etc.).

• Working knowledge of US Federal and State PFAS regulations, plus international regulations.

• Experience with implementing laboratory scale trials, pilot tests and construction of pilot systems.

• Direct experience with the implementation operation, maintenance, and monitoring of water treatment/remediation systems, especially experience with the direct implementation of designs developed by the candidate.

• Experience with R&R, bench scale, pilot studies

• Recognized as an industry thought leader with strong publication history

EEO Statement:

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Why CDM Smith?:

Check out this video and find out why our team loves to work here! (https://www.cdmsmith.com/en/Video/Meet-CDM-Smith)

Join Us! CDM Smith – where amazing career journeys unfold.

Imagine a place committed to offering an unmatched employee experience. Where you work on projects that are meaningful to you. Where you play an active part in shaping your career journey. Where your co-workers are invested in you and your success. Where you are encouraged and supported to do your very best and given the tools and resources to do so. Where it’s a priority that the company takes good care of you and your family.

Our employees are the heart of our company. As an employer of choice, our goal is to provide a challenging, progressive and inclusive work environment which fosters personal leadership, career growth and development for every employee. We value passionate individuals who challenge the norm, deliver world-class solutions and bring diverse perspectives. Join our team, and together we will make a difference and change the world.

Job Site Location:

United States - Nationwide

Agency Disclaimer:

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

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Visa Sponsorship Available:

No - We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position

Skills and Abilities:

• Expert Knowledge of engineer principles of design.

• Expert Knowledge of Microsoft business software (excel, word, etc.).

• Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

• Expert knowledge of federal, state and local regulations.

Background Check and Drug Testing Information:

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) reserves the right to require background checks including criminal, employment, education, licensure, etc. as well as credit and motor vehicle when applicable for certain positions. In addition, CDM Smith may conduct drug testing for designated positions. Background checks are conducted after an offer of employment has been made in the United States. The timing of when background checks will be conducted on candidates for positions outside the United States will vary based on country statutory law but in no case, will the background check precede an interview. CDM Smith will conduct interviews of qualified individuals prior to requesting a criminal background check, and no job application submitted prior to such interview shall inquire into an applicant's criminal history. If this position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate. In addition, during employment individuals may be required by CDM Smith or a CDM Smith client to successfully complete additional background checks, including motor vehicle record as well as drug testing.

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Additional Compensation:

All bonuses at CDM Smith are discretionary and may or may not apply to this position.

Work Location Options:

Hybrid Work Options may be considered for successful candidate.