Soil Scientist in Overland Park, KS 66213


Company Description
We are Olsson, a team-based, purpose-driven engineering and design firm. Our solutions improve communities and our people make it possible.
Our most meaningful asset is our people, and we are dedicated to providing an environment where they can continue to learn, grow, and thrive. Our entrepreneurial spirit is what has allowed us — and will continue to allow us — to grow. The result? Inspired people, amazing designs, and projects with purpose.

Job Description
At Olsson, we help our clients address and solve environmental issues in the soil environment. These include assessing and mapping of soils for soil and vegetation management, restoration design and construction of soils for green infrastructure and native environments, landscapes design and construction for many land uses in urban and rural environments, remediation of contaminated soils, identification and mapping of hydric soils, and restoration of disturbed soils.
As a Soil Scientist, you may evaluate existing soils for physical, chemical, biological, and topographical conditions that will contribute to restoring landscapes and/or restoring disturbed lands. Responsibilities may also include mapping soils for land use determinations, overseeing soil restoration and installation for project sites, and designing soil specifications for landscape architecture. You may also be asked to participate in biological studies involving natural resource surveys, manage small and/or medium-sized projects, coordinate with clients, and collaborate with team members.
Work responsibilities will be consistent with experience and expertise and will grow throughout your career at Olsson. Entry-level to senior-level professionals are encouraged to apply.
Work may include the following elements:
Field Surveys
To investigate existing soils at project locations that will guide site restorations, field surveys are often required. Travel is required. Experience and/or expertise in the following will be strongly considered:

Soil condition assessment, including soil texture and structure, plant growth potential, and potential needs or methods of soil restoration and/or improvement,
Soil sample collection for chemical, physical, and biological testing, and
Field sampling methods and use of equipment – hand tools, GPS equipment, ArcGIS software, and Munsell charts.

Assessing Soil Data
Evaluating soil data obtained from field surveys and soil testing results. Interpreting field data, including soil chemical, physical, and biological test results, and correlating data to field conditions. Experience in understanding the interrelationships between soil physical conditions such as texture and structure with soil chemistry and biological conditions is necessary. Understanding soil chemical processes and evaluating soil drainage potential, compaction, and optimal conditions for plant growth will be strongly considered.
Landscape Development
Knowledge of how soils are restored or “designed” for landscape projects as well as disturbed site restoration is an integral part of this position. Understanding processes of soil assessment on a site-wide basis and interactions with the surrounding environment will be required. Knowledge of development of specifications for defining soil restoration and/or installation is desired.
Contaminated Site Remediation
Conducting investigations of contaminated and/or disturbed sites, including visual indicators of impaired soil, soil sample collection, preservation, and testing is desired. Interpretation of laboratory data and development of site conceptual models of contaminant fate and transport will be required in this position. Training and certification in compliance with OSHA HAZWOPER Requirement (29 CFR 1910.120) will be provided.
Technical Writing Skills
Technical writing skills are a required component of day-to-day activities. Demonstrated experience with high-level technical writing skills is a must.

You are passionate about:

Working collaboratively with others
Having ownership in the work you do
Using your talents to positively affect communities

You bring to the team:

Strong communication skills.
Ability to contribute and work well on a team.
Strong technical writing skills – Writing examples may be requested.
Bachelor’s degree in soil science, geology, or environmental science with a minimum of 15 hours of soil courses, including introductory soils course (introduction to soils or equivalent), soil chemistry, soil fertility, soil physics, and soil genesis/ classification/mapping.
2-10 of environmental experience, which can be complemented by a relevant master’s degree.
Strong work ethic, problem solver, and ability to work independently.
Business mindset and understanding client needs.

Preferred Skills but not required:

Project management and communication
Soil mapping, classification, and testing
Strong knowledge of soil chemistry, physics (soil structure, hydrology), and biology
Soil restoration methods and oversight.
Managing soils for optimal plant growth and sustainability.
Field experience, equipment use, and scientific methodologies.

Additional Information
Olsson is a nationally recognized, employee-owned firm specializing in planning and design, engineering, field services, environmental, and technology. Founded in 1956 on the very mindset that drives us today, we’re here to improve communities by making them more sustainable, better connected, and more efficient. Simply put, we work to leave the world better than we found it.
As an Olsson employee, you’ll receive our traditional benefits package (health care, vision, dental, paid time off, etc.), plus you’ll:

Become an owner in the company after your first year through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
Engage in work that has a positive impact in communities
Receive an excellent 401(k) match
Participate in a wellness program promoting balanced lifestyles
Benefit from a bonus system that rewards performance
Have the possibility for flexible work arrangements

Olsson is an EEO employer. We encourage qualified minority, female, veteran and disabled candidates to apply and be considered for open positions. We do not discriminate against any applicant for employment, or any employee because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, disability, age, or military status.