Who We Are

Practical Solutions for Complex Problems Affecting Energy, Water, and the Environment.

environmental engineering consulting firm

For more than 50 years, Kleinschmidt has provided engineering, regulatory, and environmental consulting services to energy companies and government agencies across North America. We provide practical solutions to complex problems affecting energy, water and the environment.

We are a mid-size, employee-owned, environmental engineering consulting firm offering technical expertise and the skills required to work on large, complex projects. We have 10 offices strategically located throughout North America that enable us to provide personal attention and be responsive to our clients.



We perform MEANINGFUL WORK that sustains the environment for future generations.


TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE is the heart of our continued success.


Constant LEARNING, GROWTH AND IMPROVEMENT sustain our company.


We believe in LOYAL RELATIONSHIPS with employees, clients and partners.


We work hard, but also provide a WORK and LIFE BALANCE.


INTEGRITY makes us accountable to each other, our clients, and our communities.


We will remain a PRIVATELY HELD, EMPLOYEE- OWNED company.

Client Listening Experience

LOYAL RELATIONSHIPS with our clients, teaming partners, and employees is one of our Core Values and has been part of our foundation since Steve Kleinschmidt founded us in 1966.

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Kleinschmidt has a formal health and safety program which includes a corporate safety officer, safety committee, and safety procedures to ensure safe and healthful conditions for all employees. This safety program addresses job hazard analysis requirements, safety procedures, training, record keeping, and most importantly provides clear safety-oriented accountability for project team members and employees. All members of the Kleinschmidt team are required to follow appropriate components of the program and receive annual job-specific training.

The safety program process for every project begins with a risk assessment procedure that provides a framework to evaluate and address potential safety risks throughout the entire project lifecycle (i.e., pre-proposal through project closeout). The risk assessment helps to define the potential hazards very early in the project, and is first used during the initial planning of how the work can be accomplished. If the risk assessment identifies elevated risk potential, a project-specific safety plan is developed by the project manager prior to commencement of the work.

A job hazard analysis (JHA) is used to perform a daily evaluation of potential hazards of all activities outside of the office environment, prior to the execution of any work for the day. The Kleinschmidt JHA form is used for the starting point for all daily discussions, and may be modified as necessary to reflect the needs of the project.

Kleinschmidt has developed several detailed safety procedures to provide employees guidance as they relate to specific work activities:

30 Hour OSHA Risk Assessment Job Hazard Analysis
Safety Training Procedure – Ontario Modified Work Procedure – Ontario General Office Safety
Office Emergency/Fire Safety First Aid/CPR/AED Bloodborne Pathogens
Vehicle Safety Electrical Safety Incident and Accident Investigation
Manual Material Handling Personal Protective Equipment Chemical Hazard Communication
Work on and Around Water Working Alone Heat Stress and Cold Stress
Lyme Disease Prevention Noise Exposure Power and Hand Tools
Subcontractors Safety Manual Ladder Safety Lock Out / Tag Out
Confined Space Entry Rope Access, Level 1 Technician Rope Access, User Group
Fall Protection Formaldehyde Safety Wading Safety
Boating Safety Electrofishing Safety Fish Handling
Snorkeling Safety Laboratory Safety Ethanol Safety


Giving Back to the Communities Where We Work, Live and Play

Our Philanthropy Committee works on behalf of our employees to assist numerous organizations each year. From the Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge at the University of Maine, where students design and construct a floating platform for a scale model wind turbine and present to a panel of judges; to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, providing transportation for rural Maine middle school students to travel to Portland to learn and play in the Lab Venture Program, we have been honored to work with some fantastic organizations to promote learning for middle and high school students.

We are also a proud sponsor of Riverchase Foundation in Alabama to support the training of service dogs, and we funded a new batting cage and outfield area for the Corinna Recreation Department. We also funded the Niantic River Watershed Committee coordinator position in Connecticut for continued monitoring and citizen science support. One of our employees helped form the position and has served on the committee for more than a decade.

We are thankful to our clients and partners, and to our amazing employees for enabling us to be able to assist these, and so many other wonderful organizations. We look forward to giving back even more in 2019.

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Honors and Awards

Kleinschmidt was named as one of the 2016 and 2015 Best Places to Work in South Carolina, 2016 and 2013 Best Places to Work in Maine and 2015 and 2013 Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania. We were selected as recipient of the Circle of Excellence (COE) Award for outstanding financial and customer service performance in both 2008 and 2011.

Kleinschmidt has been awarded numerous engineering excellence awards over the years on the national and state levels including the following:

  • 2018 and 2019 Zweig Best Firms To Work For
  • ACEC – Maine Honor Award (2017): Howland Decommissioning and Bypass Channel Design
  • ACEC – National Honor Award (2016): Menominee Fish Lift
  • ACEC – Maine “Grand Conceptor” Award (2016): Menominee Fish Lift
  • ACEC – Maine Honor Award (2015): Holtwood Expansion Project
  • ACEC – Maine Honor Award & Special Recognition Award (2015): Milford Fish Elevator
  • NHA OSAW Award (2013): Jordan Dam Project – Operational Excellence category
  • National Hydropower Associate (NHA) “Outstanding Steward of American Waters” (OSAW) Award (2013): Holtwood Bald Eagle Management & Monitoring – Recreational, Environmental & Historical Enhancement category
  • American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) – Maine “Grand Conceptor” Award (2013): Jordan Dam Project
  • Renewable Energy World North America’s “Project of the Year” Runner-Up Award (2013): Jordan Dam Project
  • ACEC – Maine Honor Award (2009): Meadow Dam Rock Ramp
  • ACEC – National Honor Award (2007): AquaPod Fish Containment System
  • ACEC – Maine “Grand Conceptor” Award (2007): AquaPod Fish Containment System