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WSP USA Consultant, Hazard Mitigation Specialist in Nashville, Tennessee

Our Business

We are a global leader in environmental consulting - made stronger with the recent acquisition of Wood’s Environment & Infrastructure business and Golder - with world-class expertise in environmental, social and governance (ESG), climate resiliency & sustainability (CRS), and earth sciences. Combined we have over 20,000 multidisciplinary professionals worldwide collaborating daily to protect and conserve natural landscapes, create firm foundations for communities to stand on, and champion sustainable development to combat climate change.

As part of the team, you will have access to an unparalleled network of resources and endless opportunities to collaborate on exciting projects with diverse teammates from across the globe.

This Opportunity

WSP is currently initiating a search for a Consultant, Hazard Mitigation Specialist to support our Nashville Office . Be involved in projects with our Earth & Environment Team and be a part of a growing organization that meets our client’s objectives and solves their challenges.

Your Impact

  • Working in a team environment to support the technical assistance efforts related to Hazard Mitigation Assistance. This may include:

  • Review and/or preparation of HMA grants;

  • Review and/or preparation of Benefit-Cost Analyses;

  • Development of Hazard Mitigation Plans that meet Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) standards;

  • Perform risk assessment analyses on hazard data and write significant portions of planning documents;

  • Evaluate clients’ existing mitigation “capabilities” through on-line research of local plans, regulations, policies and programs, and review of programs and documents;

  • Support planning team for development of committee and public meeting materials;

  • Oversee data collection and documentation from clients (state and local government); and

  • Assist with the identification and description of cost effective, technically feasible, and environmentally sound mitigation actions (projects).

  • Assist with National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and floodplain management projects.

  • Provide research and writing tasks as necessary to support a wide range of planning and resiliency projects.

  • Supporting public and stakeholder engagement activities.

  • Complete training on assigned tasks.

  • Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources and conduct, and adhere to WSP’s Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures.

  • Perform additional responsibilities as required by business needs.

Who You Are

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in planning, emergency management, civil/environmental engineering, geography, environmental science, or related field.

  • 3-5 years of relevant experience

  • Strong work ethic, self-motivated and capable of independent work, but demonstrated ability to work on project teams.

  • Strong writing and document preparation skills a must; strong MS Office skills, particularly related to planning documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Work sample will be required.

  • Knowledge of FEMA programs preferred, including working knowledge of federal pre- and post-disaster grant programs including HMA, BRIC, HMGP, FMA and CDBG-DR.

  • Experience developing or reviewing DMA 2000 hazard mitigation plans preferred.

  • Knowledge of Hazus/GIS, FEMA Benefit Cost software, EMAP, NFIP and CRS a plus.

  • Experience with one or more of the following is a plus: hazard mitigation planning, community rating system, comprehensive planning, recovery planning, climate change adaptation planning, resiliency planning, emergency operations planning, energy assurance planning, and business continuity planning.

  • Capable interpersonal and communication skills when interacting with others, expressing ideas effectively and professionally to a technical and non-technical audience.

  • Occasional travel may be required depending on project-specific requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience related to the line.

  • A member of and/or actively participate in local professional practice organizations.


About WSP

WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 15,000 employees in over 300 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.


WSP provides a flexible and agile workplace model while meeting client needs. Employees are also afforded a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.

At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be essential in meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started?

WSP USA (and all of its U.S. companies) is an Equal Opportunity Employer Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status.

The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.


WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters, employment agencies, or other staffing services. Unsolicited resumes include any resume or hiring document sent to WSP in the absence of a signed Service Agreement where WSP has expressly requested recruitment/staffing services specific to the position at hand. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers or other business leaders, will become the property of WSP and WSP will have the right to hire that candidate without reservation – no fee or other compensation will be owed or paid to the recruiter, employment agency, or other staffing service.