Entry/Junior Level Acoustical Scientist, Madison, WI


Position Description

Who We Are and What We Do
Hankard Environmental is seeking a full-time acoustical consultant for our Madison, Wisconsin area office.

We are a consulting firm specializing in environmental noise (acoustics). Our work focuses on renewable and other energy projects, mines, land development, concert venues, etc. We consult with developers, owner/operators, utilities, municipalities, and law firms. We are experts in the measurement, prediction, and control of environmental noise from large-scale facilities. We have been in business for 30 years and our staff has 75 years of combined acoustical consulting experience. We currently have four full-time and one part-time members on our team.

Essentially we are scientists and engineers and our days are filled with some combination of (1) conducting field work, including both on-site and unattended monitoring, for both ambient and compliance surveys; (2) modeling noise from proposed projects using noise-specific software, spreadsheets, Matlab, and GIS; (3) preparing technical reports, including graphics and maps; and (4) reviewing and applying the standards and procedures that inform the acoustics profession, including participation in INCE and ASA.

Learn more at www.hankardinc.com

Ideal Candidate

Career choice: We prefer someone with a demonstrated inclination toward acoustics.

Education: 4-year science/engineering degree required.

Work experience: We prefer a candidate with entry to junior level experience (0 to 5 years) in acoustical consulting or a related field.

Certification: INCE certification and PE a plus but not required.

Skills: We value a variety of skills at our firm.

  1. Acoustical knowledge and technical and analytical skills.
  2. Field experience, including knowledge of standards, use of measurement equipment, and ability to handle the weather (year-round daytime/nighttime noise measurements).
  3. Ability and willingness to travel for measurements and meetings (up to 25% of the time).
  4. Noise modeling experience, particularly SoundPLAN- or Matlab-based algorithms.
  5. Experience with report preparation, writing, editing, and use of graphics software.
  6. GIS experience.
  7. Self-starter with organizational skills. This is a small firm, and everyone needs to be able to work both in teams and on their own.

References: You will be asked to provide at least two if initial screening indicates a potential match.


You must be based in or willing to relocate to the Madison, Wisconsin area. Most of our staff are located in Wisconsin with one person based in Florida. When our office opens post-pandemic, you will be primarily working at our office in Verona, Wisconsin which is 10 miles from downtown Madison. Field work occurs across the U.S. with a focus on the Midwest.

Salary and Benefits

Hankard Environmental is an equal opportunity employer. We pay competitive salaries commensurate with experience and education. Paid sick and personal time and eight holidays per year. We offer a SIMPLE IRA plan with a company match (limited). We do not offer health insurance; our employees procure their own coverage.


Please send your resume with a cover letter to JobAdMarch2021@hankardinc.com. We will notify you that your application was received. After that we will contact only those who we feel might be a fit for the position. Thank you.

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