Kick Your Career Into High Gear – Top Environmental Services Firms

Kick Your Career Into High Gear – Top Environmental Services Firms

Most influential Environmental Services Firms.

You’ve put in the time (and overtime) to become a great environmental scientist, and you’d like to sink your teeth into some meaty, complicated projects.  Perhaps your current firm doesn’t have a clear path for career advancement. Environmental Services FirmsWhatever the reason, it’s time to look for other opportunities; to kick your career into a higher gear

One of the best ways to move your career forward is to join a large, top-rated, firm.  These companies are global, giving you opportunities to work abroad.  You can be involved in innovative, career-making projects. Some of the top firms, according the Engineering News Record are:

CH2M Ltd., Englewood, CO – With US$6.3B in revenue and 30,000 employees, CH2M HILL is ENRs Top Environmental Firm for 2015.  Forbes named CH2M as one of the best employers, ranked against other large firms. Their environmental services focus on delivering innovative approaches to managing high-risk, technically complex projects. Some of the innovative projects completed in the US are theAgua Nueva Water Reclamation Plant in Pima County, AZ and the White Sands (NM) Missile Range landfill closure and asbestos remediation. 

AECOM, Los Angeles, CA – With 95,000 employees and US$18B in revenue for 2015, AECOM is one of the largest A/E/C firms in the world. They acquired several firms in 2014, most notably URS, which broadens their service line.  AECOM was named #1 in Chemical & Soil Remediation and Hazardous Waste by ENR in 2015. A few of the interesting environmental projects include management of the  $2.9-billion environmental cleanup of the Idaho National Laboratory site in eastern Idaho, 575 disaster response, recovery and mitigation projects for FEMA in 35 states, and management of nuclear and other complex operations at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Tetra Tech Inc., Pasadena, CA – With 16,000 employees and $2.3B in revenue (2015), Tetra Tech specializes in Water, Infrastructure and Environment.  For the Orthoimagery and Topographic Mappingin Wyoming, the Tetra Tech staff created derived topographic data for the Cheyenne and Laramie County Geographic Information System Program to augment the GIS capabilities of city and county departments. In Riverview, Michigan, Tetra Tech has worked on the Riverview Land Preserve, which is includes a municipal solid waste landfill. Services include monitoring groundwater, leachate, surface water and methane gas, and support services for ongoing operations.

Fluor Corp., Irving, TX – Fluor is a FORTUNE 500 company specializing in engineering, construction, and project management services.  With 40,000 employees and $21.4B (2014) in revenue, Fluor designs and builds some of the most impressive projects around the world.  It’s environmental services in the United States focus on nuclear remediation at various government sites. These include thePortsmouth Decontamination and Decommissioning in Pike County, OH, and managing the Savannah River Nuclear Site in Aiken, SC.

*Bonus Firm* Stantec, Alberta Canada – While not headquartered in the United States, Stantec belongs on this list due to the acquisition of MWH Global; one of the largest environmental firms in the US. MWH is recognized as a leader in the water and environmental markets globally. US projects include Louisiana Coastal Restoration projects; the Removal Action at an historic underground uranium mine in New Mexico, and the Central Valley Flood Management Program in Sacramento, CA.

Each of these firms offer opportunities to spread your professional wings. Webuild Staffing has the relationships and reputation in the industry to get you interviews with may of these, and other, top environmental firms in the country. 

Michael DeSafey is a leading executive recruiter for professionals in the construction, engineering and environmental industries. He is currently the President of Webuild Staffing . To learn more about Michael or to follow his blog please visit