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Barr Engineering Company
4300 MarketPointe Drive, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55435

Phone: 952-832-2600

Fax: 952-832-2601
Toll free: 800-632-BARR (2277)
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Description of Company

Barr is an engineering consulting company that integrates engineering and environmental expertise to help clients develop, manage, and restore natural resources across the nation and the world. Today, we have nearly 800 staff across the U.S and Canada who work with clients in the mining, power, refining, and manufacturing industries and all levels of government. We have been employee owned since 1966 and trace our origins to the early 1900s.

Why Choose Barr?

At Barr, we strive to be the premier firm in our market. If you are looking for an employee-owned company that fosters a collaborative environment where you are surrounded by intelligent colleagues with an emphasis on client service, the ability to work on challenging projects, and a place where our employee's safety is a top priority, Barr is the place for you. We offer both mentor and coaching programs that give our employees the ability to help further develop and grow their careers, along with the opportunity for volunteering and community involvement. We also offer our employees a highly competitive benefits package.


The person selected for this position will lead or work on highly collaborative project teams assisting clients with water-quality permitting, regulatory compliance, and related technical assignments for industrial facilities. The position requires strong problem-solving and communication skills to develop solutions to help meet client objectives. This position also requires critical thinking to assist with regulatory analysis and negotiations. The candidate will also be expected to participate in and/or lead business development activities related to water programs.

Key activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing regulatory assistance including preparing draft NPDES permit applications, water withdrawal permits and related documents
  • Conceptual design and analysis of permitting outcomes
  • Technical analysis and solution development
  • Evaluation of new or existing processes or systems with respect to regulatory requirements
  • Project planning and permitting
  • Report writing and review
  • Developing or providing training for clients
  • Participating in or leading stakeholder group discussions including regulatory negotiations
  • Developing project scopes of work, work plans and associated cost estimates
  • In fulfilling this role, the successful candidate may work with federal, state, and local government officials and regulatory staff, resource managers, other industry representatives, technical and information resource experts, and interested and concerned stakeholders. The work may require short term out-of-town assignments in the field, at client facilities, or in another Barr office.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree in environmental, civil, water resources or chemical engineering, environmental science, or a related scientific degree
    • 5 years of professional experience with federal and state environmental regulatory programs, including NPDES permits in Michigan
    • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with project team members and clients
    • Strong technical and problem solving skills including attention to detail, accuracy, and completeness as well as a commitment to producing high-quality deliverables
    • Demonstrated ability to fulfill commitments regarding timeliness of work to meet the service requirements of clients
    • Strong technical and problem solving skills including attention to detail, accuracy and completeness
    • Effectiveness in building working relationships and working in multi-disciplined project teams including the ability to influence outcomes
    • Flexible working style and willingness to occasionally modify personal schedules as required to meet project deadlines and/or client needs
    • Self-initiative and motivation with a strong emphasis on client service and cultivating a career in environmental consulting
    • Computer aptitude, including experience with Microsoft Office
    • Acceptable driving record
    • Legal authorization to work in the United States without the need for sponsorship

    Preferred Qualifications

    • 10 years of professional experience with federal and state water-related environmental regulatory programs, especially NPDES permits in Michigan
    • Regulatory experience with anti-degradation, TMDL and GLI standards, toxicity reduction evaluations and development of effluent limit strategies
    • Permitting support to projects related to emerging contaminants such as PFAS
    • Engineering or scientific knowledge and experience in the petroleum refining, pipeline, ethanol, mining, and/or power industries
    • Demonstrated organization and project management skills
    • Knowledge of and familiarity with regulatory agency staff
    • Ability to identify, develop and evaluate solutions to complex regulatory issues
    • Aptitude for developing client relationships, developing lead and opportunities and turning them into business

    NOTE: Applicants must be able to work in locations that feature the rough terrain typical of construction sites and to enter and work within facilities that include limited accessibility, moving machinery, and other conditions common in industrial facilities. Job assignments may involve work on waste disposal sites and sites requiring cleanup of hazardous materials. An OSHA-mandated physical exam may be required; safety training will be provided.

Barr Engineering Co. reserves the right to consider other legitimate, non-discriminatory factors that are not specifically listed.

We require proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 
Barr strives to make accessible to any and all users.  If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance with completing the application process, please call 952-832-2600, or toll free at 800-632-2277.
Barr is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other lawfully protected status. 

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