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Staff Engineer

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Washington, D.C.


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Feb 11, 2022

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The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) is seeking a full-time Staff Engineer to advance Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and other environmental protections at the federal, state, and local levels. This position is based out of our Washington, D.C. office and is available immediately.


EIP is a non-partisan, nonprofit watchdog organization that advocates for effective enforcement of environmental laws. Our mission is to empower communities and protect public health and the environment by investigating polluters, holding them accountable under the law, and strengthening public policy. Comprised of former EPA enforcement attorneys, public interest lawyers, analysts, investigators, and community organizers, EIP has three goals: 1) To illustrate through objective facts and figures how the failure to enforce or implement environmental laws increases pollution and harms public health; 2) To hold federal and state agencies, as well as individual corporations, accountable for failing to enforce or comply with environmental laws; and 3) To help local communities obtain the protections of environmental laws.


More information about EIP and our areas of focus can be found at


Job Description:

The Staff Engineer will: Draft technical comments on state and federal rulemakings and permits; assist with case development; research and write research memos, public reports, public comments, and website content; participate in press conferences and give presentations; coordinate with partner organizations and coalitions; participate in community science monitoring projects; and/or carry out other tasks and travel as needed.


If hired today, the successful candidate would be reviewing monitoring results and creating a database of fence line benzene concentrations in the air at US oil refineries; analyzing sources of air pollution and emission rates at US oil refineries; estimating the demographic composition of communities surrounding a petrochemical plant in Louisiana; reviewing federal regulations that set wastewater discharge limits on fertilizer plants; reviewing and summarizing ambient water quality data or discharge monitoring data; or preparing public comments on air permits sought by a large petrochemical plant.



We are seeking a creative, efficient problem-solver who can bring diverse perspectives, experience, and skills to our team. The successful candidate will be proactive, highly organized, detail-oriented, results-driven, innovative, and a self-starting individual with strong analytical, computational, and written and oral communication skills. They will also thrive in a fast-paced work environment and be able to balance and prioritize multiple projects with competing deadlines. They will be able to work independently and as part of a team with limited oversight. They must have a demonstrated passion for the environment and environmental justice. At this time, all new hires are expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


Experience and Education:

The successful candidate will have at least four years of professional experience, a 4-year degree in a relevant field, and some post-graduate training. Relevant fields of study include, but are not limited to environmental engineering, petroleum engineering, geospatial analysis, statistics, environmental management, public health, toxicology, or climate science. Experience using EPA datasets like EJSCREEN and Enforcement and Compliance History Online are a plus.


Computer Skills:

Proficiency with Microsoft Office software (Outlook, Excel, Word, etc.)


Compensation, Hours, and Location:

Competitive nonprofit salary and benefits commensurate with experience. Expected starting salary range: $53,000-$65,000 per year. Minimum of 40 hours per week.


EIP’s DC office is currently closed, and staff are working from home because of the coronavirus pandemic. Fully-vaccinated staff are welcome to use the office as needed until it re-opens. When the office opens, staff will work on a hybrid in-office and remote schedule with a minimum of 3 days in the office per week.


EIP is an equal opportunity employer, highly values diversity, and strives to create an inclusive workplace culture. As an equal opportunity employer, EIP is committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.


To Apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume, and brief work sample to Abel Russ at Relevant work samples should demonstrate your independent ability to write for a general audience, visualize data in tables, charts, graphs, and/or maps, and cite references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 11, 2022. After successful interviews, top candidates may be asked to complete 1-2 work-related exercises depending on the work sample provided. These candidates will also be asked to provide relevant academic transcripts and contact information for 2-3 professional or academic references.

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