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Principal Consultant/Senior Project Manager
Carlson Environmental, a Nova Group, GBC Company

Location: Chicago, IL (Carlson Environmental Headquarters)

Job Description & Requirements

Carlson Environmental, a Nova Group, GBC Company (Carlson), is seeking a senior-level environmental project manager/principal consultant with at least 15 years of environmental due diligence experience in the environmental consulting field. Candidates must have extensive experience obtaining no further remediation/closure letters (NFR) for complex industrial properties in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Experience with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) voluntary Site Remediation Program (SRP), state LUST programs, and other state and Federal regulatory cleanup and closure programs is a must. Experience with RCRA closures and expert testimony is a plus. Ideal candidates will have extensive experience speaking with clients on high-level environmental issues, including prioritizing environmental risks and providing ballpark remedial options and costs. Candidates should be self-motivated, well-organized, collaborative, and able to work on multiple projects of variable complexity at the same time.

Required Experience

Successful candidates will be required to have high technical knowledge and experience with the following:

  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, including very complex industrial sites

  • Phase II Subsurface Investigations

  • Leaking Underground Storage Tank programs

  • State Site Investigation & Regulatory Closure (IL, WI, IN)

  • Brownfield Redevelopment

  • Soil Management Zones/CCDD

  • In-situ and Ex-situ soil and groundwater remediation technologies

  • Vapor Mitigation Technologies

  • Develop, bid, propose, and conduct high-level project work including, but not limited to, site investigations, site characterization, remedial design, site closure, general compliance, and other related environmental projects.

  • Interact with clients daily regarding various high-level environmental matters.

  • Support/mentor other senior, mid-level, and junior staff by providing technical guidance and report reviews.

  • High-level management of complex site investigation & remediation projects.

  • Help prepare complex proposals and bid packages for private and public sector work.

  • Participate and collaborate with other senior staff on larger multidisciplinary projects.

  • Health Insurance

  • Prescription Drug Plan

  • TeleDoc

  • Vision Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • PTO

  • 401(k) Plan

  • Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance

  • Short-Term Disability Insurance

  • Long-Term Disability Insurance

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Health Savings Account

  • Pet Insurance

Company Description

Carlson Environmental, a Nova Group, GBC Company (Carlson), is a full-service environmental consulting group based in Chicago that specializes in environmental due diligence and the investigation, remediation & closure of contaminated properties throughout the Midwest and beyond. Our clients include financial institutions, real estate investors, developers & managers, attorneys, municipalities, and insurance companies. Carlson was established in 1988 and was acquired by Nova Group, GBC (Nova) in 2021, and now operates as a division of Nova.

Working for Nova Group, GBC

Nova is a privately held multidisciplinary advisory firm incorporated in 1987. We have a global footprint headquartered in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, but our team services clients throughout the United States and abroad. Nova provides services in the areas of environmental management, compliance investigation, corrective action activities, strategic energy services, construction services, and more. Our diverse portfolio of services creates a multitude of career possibilities, and we strive to bring on talent who wants to learn and build their skills across multiple sectors of our business.


Nova is a General Benefit Corporation (GBC) and Certified B Corp™, meeting the highest standards of environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. This means that Nova’s values are aligned with our business practices. We recognize that our corporate role goes beyond profitability, and we deeply value our environment, our communities, and our people. 


To remain competitive and retain employees, we continuously review our benefit programs. One way we accomplish this is with flexible and hybrid/remote work arrangements because we realize that personal demands don’t just happen after 5 p.m. Whatever your work environment needs, we make the effort to accommodate them. At Nova, this culture is successful because we trust our teams to be accountable to each other and to our clients.


In addition, Nova is committed to supporting your professional development through career ladder development, training programs, tuition assistance, professional association events, and continuing education to support your certifications and licenses.


Nova Group, GBC is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We commit to providing opportunities to all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, political belief, or any other basis protected by applicable law.


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