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Western Plains Consulting is composed of experienced and dynamic professionals representing the top expertise in their fields. Our entire team includes specialists with a wide range of skills and certifications to meet our clients needs. Our Environmental Services Division is represented by professionals who specialize in soil sciences, geology and natural resources. They offer over 30-years of environmental consulting expertise and are known for superior Phase I and Phase II environmental assessments, spill response and cleanup.

WPC Inc. also offers an array of biological services including NEPA Environmental Assessments and Biological Assessment Evaluations. Our Wildlife Services Division offers expertise in botany, wildlife management and GIS analysis. They specialize in Threatened & Endangered species services including critical habitat evaluations, avian surveys and wetland delineations.  They are known for their excellence in NEPA Environmental Evaluations and Biological Assessment preparation.

Environmental Scientist Job Announcement (Posted 6/2/16)


Western Plains Consulting is a full service consulting firm providing environmental, natural resources, and regulatory compliance services to a broad spectrum of private and public clients in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Wyoming. We are currently seeking a professional with an environmental science, chemistry, botanical or related experience for a full-time position in our Bismarck, ND office.


Western Plains Consulting is seeking an individual with a background in environmental science, botany, biology, chemistry, or similar field. This position would deal with a variety of environmental projects, and requires strong communication skills, computer skills and an understanding of field equipment and a variety of sampling equipment.  

This is a multi-disciplinary position and could expand to consulting services in the following areas: environmental, natural resources, indoor air quality, and regulatory compliance.  Duties include: conducting studies, preparing documents, environmental monitoring, field work, sample collection, preparation of proposals and report writing. Duties would include field surveys, sample collection, monitoring, other fieldwork, and preparation of proposals and project documents, as well as other duties as assigned.  The ability to travel and work independently on project sites, as well as a knowledge of regulatory compliance issues are needed. The ability to manage multiple tasks, schedules, deadlines and budgets will be critical.


• BS or MS degree in botany, biology, wildlife management, natural resources, or similar field

• Minimum 2-years of experience with state, federal, private, conservation agency or consulting firm

• Strong field identification and technical writing skills

• Strong oral and written communication skills and computer proficiency

• Proven ability to maintain satisfactory working relationships with employees, subcontractors, clients, and regulatory agency staff, and to work effectively with both general public and within an office environment

• Proven ability to follow complex instructions, manage multiple tasks, and to work in the field under a variety of conditions

• Willingness to adjust hours due to seasonal travel during the field season

• Valid driver’s license (required)

• Other beneficial skills/familiarity include: regional plant identification, prairie/wetland ecology

 • Able to lift minimum of 50 lbs, walk rough terrain and work outdoors. Est. 35% or more of time traveling and outdoors.
Western Plains Consulting offers our employees competitive salaries, health and retirement benefits, a bonus program, and other benefits. If you are seeking a dynamic career challenge and are willing to make a commitment to deliver growth and profit, please apply.

Apply by sending sending cover letter, resume and transcript to : info@wpcnd.com or Western Plains Consulting, Inc., PO Box 1401, Bismarck, ND 58502.



                                                          OTHER JOB OPENNINGS
Due to anticipated project workload, WPC will be considering adding an additional staff person in spring 2015.  If you are an experienced environmental scientist, geologist, biologist or similar professional and are able to travel and have a valid driver's license, work in a variety of field conditions, and enjoy a fast-paced, challenging position, you may submit a resume to:
                   WPC Inc., PO Box 1401, Bismarck ND 58502,  or info@wpcnd.com


Western Plains Consulting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


 Bismarck, North Dakota.  Lance Loken, President of Western Plains Consulting, is celebrating his 20th anniversary as owner of one of the area’s first locally owned full-service environmental consulting firms.  Loken is a geologist/soil scientist and a nationally recognized expert in environmental assessments. Loken began his business out of a basement, and has since expanded WPC to several employees working on projects that have included a mulit-million gallon diesel fuel spill in Mandan and a successful representation of landowners affected by a train derailment in Minot.  That accident resulted in an anhydrous ammonia spill and a mass evacuation.  Loken has consulted on numerous issues arising from the rapid oil industry expansion in western North Dakota.  WPC, under Loken’s leadership, worked on soil and wetland issues related to emergency outlets designed to ease historic Devils Lake flooding.  Loken managed wetland delineation projects required as part of the planned building of the Keystone pipeline.  WPC is a past winner of the Best of Business Award as selected by the Small Business Commerce Association.  WPC was also the recipient of the Soil and Water Conservation Society’s prestigious Business Stewardship Award.

WPC is a locally owned North Dakota based business; their staff are long-time residents representing the most experienced environmental/regulatory/natural resources firm in this region. 

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How to Contact US :

Western Plains Consulting, Inc.

Mailing Address: PO Box 1401, Bismarck ND 58502

Street Address: 1102 S Washington Str., Suite 210, Bismarck ND 58504

Phone: 701-221-3113; Toll-free 888-821-3113;Fax 701-221-2140 

emaii: info@wpcnd.com