EcoScience, a provider of environmental and engineering consulting services, has been acquired by PBS&J.

The Raleigh-based company, which has 20 employees, will operate as a division of PBS&J. The international engineering and consulting firm operates in 80 countries and has more than 4,000 employees.

Founded in 1998, EcoScience provides ecological assessments and environmental impact statements, endangered species and wetland studies, soil surveys and other services.

"We have worked in partnership with EcoScience for a number of years on projects throughout the Carolinas,” said PBS&J District Director Eugene A. Conti. “The capacity of both companies to better serve our current clients’ needs and to expand into new markets is substantially increased by bringing us together within the same company.”

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Jerry McCrain, the founding president of EcoScience, will lead the new PBS&J division.