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KLJ Environmental Specialist II in Kalispell, Montana


KLJ is looking for a mid-level career environmental/natural resource scientist to join our team. The ideal person would have the aptitude to learn from and work with various clients from municipalities, departments of transportation, state and federal regulatory agencies, and Tribal organizations, as well as private industry, including oil and gas, renewable energy, and residential/commercial developers. Responsibilities will include project scope development, environmental field surveys, report preparation, and environmental permitting. As with all our positions, we are looking for individuals who are looking to grow their careers and be part of a dynamic and growing team.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Must have strong written and oral communication skills and ability to work with clients, state and federal agencies, Tribal organizations, and KLJ team members.
  • Knowledge and ability to learn and understand local, state, and federal environmental regulatory policies that govern the assigned field surveys, reports, and permits.
  • Previous working knowledge or ability to learn and use collection and analytical software, such as ArcGIS, Google Earth, and Excel, among others, to complete environmental reviews and surveys.
  • An understanding of field methodologies and logistics and an agreement to follow all KLJ safety, quality, and Best Management Practices.
  • Able to independently conduct field surveys and lead field teams to complete environmental assessments.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data, complete reports, and permit applications with minimal supervision.
  • Is accountable for the quality and timeliness of fieldwork and report documentation to meet client and company expectations.
  • Can work closely with local KLJ team members and others from across our corporate footprint using industry-standard videoconferencing platforms.



  • Four-year degree in an environmental-related field (e.g., biology, ecology, natural resource science, environmental science).
  • Must have a valid driver's license and be able to operate motorized vehicles.


  • 5 to 10 years of experience as an environmental professional.
  • Experience and knowledge of wetland delineations, land reclamation, and botanical, wildlife (e.g., migratory bird/raptor surveys, mammals, insects), and threatened and endangered species surveys.
  • Plant and/or wildlife identification skills.
  • Previous experience using GPS units and GIS software.
  • Experience writing technical documents and working with collected data.
  • Fundamental understanding of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  • Tribal experience is a plus.


The Environmental Specialist II is supervised by the regional supervisor and may receive guidance and direction on project-related tasks from other task leads and project managers. They are expected to complete assignments independently and obtain guidance for unfamiliar tasks, problems, and situations. As they become part of the KLJ team, they may instruct, lead, and mentor others on tasks.

Hours and Travel

This position requires the individual to work 40+ hours per week, with potentially 50% of the time spent in the office and 50% in the field, depending on weather and season. Travel to remote locations and overnight stays may be part of the field efforts.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described represent those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.

The employee is regularly required to:

  • Sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl.
  • Ability to use objects, tools, or controls in a field setting.
  • Communicate clearly and be able to identify objects associated with environmental field assessments.

The employee must:

  • Be able to walk on uneven terrain up to ten miles per day.
  • Be able to work in all weather conditions (rain, wind, snow, heat, cold, etc.) unless deemed unsafe.
  • Be able to lift and move up to 25 pounds.

Other Duties

This job description is not meant to be all-inclusive or restrictive, and other duties may be assigned. It is a description of the job as presently defined and is subject to revision at any time. This announcement is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Individuals may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities as needed.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.