Environmental Scientist I

  • What are three things you can't live without?

    Nature, coffee, and good books.

  • What's something you'd like to learn?

    Conversational Spanish. My goal is to one day be fluent!

  • What's on your bucket list?

    My bucket list is overloaded with places I want to travel to, but my top two destinations are New Zealand and Australia. I'd also like to visit all 50 states and knock some national parks off my list!


As an Environmental Scientist, it’s only fitting that Rachel Bruce is passionate about the environment and the outdoors. Her passion not only drives her career, but also her personal motives of keeping the earth and environment clean. In her day-to-day, she makes a conscious effort to support brands that give back to eco-conscious organizations and reduce her reliance on single-use plastics.


Rachel joined McCormick Taylor in 2017 after earning a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. Rachel was attracted to McCormick Taylor by the opportunities to build field experience in plant identification, wetland delineation, and threatened and endangered species surveying. She has learned and grown so much during her first two years with the company, in areas both in and out of her field.


“My general understanding of the transportation industry has expanded greatly since I started at McCormick Taylor. I find myself more intrigued when I see 'road work' signs while traveling and wonder what kind of environmental constraints and opportunities different projects encounter.”


rachel in the field


Rachel is currently conducting a wetland delineation in the Pinelands for the Washington Turnpike Bridge (Godfrey Bridge) over Wading River in Long Island, NY. The project area is located within the West Branch Wading River Macrosite, a Natural Heritage Priority Site. This area/site contains more than four square miles of pitch pine lowland forest and lesser acreages of pine barren hardwood swamps and cedar swamps. “Environmentally, it is a super cool area with lots of wildlife. During the project that proposes a bridge replacement, four freshwater wetlands were identified and delineated.”


When asked what she thinks makes working at McCormick Taylor unique, Rachel noted the people-centric and collaborative culture of the company. “McCormick Taylor stands by their people and affords them opportunities to learn, grow, and lead. Employees are genuinely interested in understanding the perspective or approach you bring to a project. Everyone is open to new ideas and exploring new ways to make processes more efficient.”


When Rachel is not at work, you can find her planning events for her friends and family, spending time outside, or creating one of her infamous “to-do” lists.

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