Air Quality & Noise Specialist

  • Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
  • Watertown, MA
  • Jul 06, 2018
Air Quality Environmental Planning - NEPA Environmental Science - Engineering

Job Description

VHB seeks an Air Quality & Noise Specialist to join our team in our Watertown, MA office.

VHB’s passionate professionals include engineers, scientists, planners, and designers who partner with public and private clients in the transportation, real estate, institutional, and energy industries, as well as federal, state, and local governments. 

As a team, we work to improve mobility, enhance communities and economic vitality, and balance development and infrastructure needs with environmental stewardship. 

VHB provides air quality, noise, and vibration services for a wide range of projects across these markets throughout the planning, engineering and construction phases. In this role, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply their technical skills to analyze these projects, collect data in the field, use models to predict air quality and noise conditions, prepare reports and support public outreach efforts to communicate study findings. A strong interest in learning and practicing noise is required.


  • Analyze noise and vibration using models such as FHWA Traffic Noise Model, FHWA Roadway Construction Noise Model, FTA/FRA Noise and Vibration Guidance modeling, FAA Aviation Environmental Design Tool, Cadna-A sound model
  • Analyze air quality using EPA MOVES, CAL3QHC, AERSCREEN, AERMOD and FHWA Hot Spot Tool models
  • Utilize a wide range of technical tools such as GIS, CAD, Matlab and spreadsheets
  • Conduct field measurements
  • Prepare impact assessments in support of a wide range of clients including highway departments, rail transit agencies, airports, state environmental agencies, cities and towns, and private development companies
  • Prepare technical reports on study findings
  • Present at public meetings

Skills & Abilities

  • Technical capabilities in engineering, math, and science
  • Technical skills in computer modeling
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Willingness to travel
  • Previous education or experience with air quality, noise or air quality preferred


  • BS degree in acoustics, engineering, transportation, math, physics, environmental science, or related field
  • 3+ years of related experience
  • Must have a strong interest in learning and practicing air quality and noise consulting

Please submit applications online.  

At VHB, we’re invested in what we do, compelled by intellectual curiosity, and driven to work collectively to best serve our clients and help shape the future of our communities in a meaningful way. We’re proud, yet humbled, to have been doing this for 38 years. We are dedicated to making a positive impact, and providing opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

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