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Burns & McDonnell Staff Environmental Planner - Siting & Routing (Multiple Locations) in Austin, Texas


Burns & McDonnell’s Texas Regional Global Practice, officed out of Houston or Austin, is actively seeking a Staff Environmental Planner to support business for transmission line routing studies, environmental surveys, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis, and land use planning/permitting services.

This position provides the opportunity to challenge yourself and grow professionally within one of the industry’s leading engineering and environmental firms. Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned firm ranked numerous times on FORTUNE’s List of 100 Best Companies to Work For and voted as a Best Place to Work in cities across the United States.

The Staff Environmental Planner will support the execution of environmental projects and help author environmental studies and analyses to support applications for certificates of convenience and necessity pursuant to authorization from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of Texas. Other areas of expertise may include NEPA analysis, resource impact assessment and consultation, and land use planning. This position also includes executing permit applications and analyzing environmental data supporting the development of environmental documents and studies for various types of projects, including high-voltage transmission lines, renewables, power generation construction activities, and upstream and midstream Oil and Gas.

The Environmental Planner will work within our Environmental Services (ENS) Global Practice to perform the following primary duties:

  • Prepare routing studies and evaluations pursuant to CCN applications for approval by the Texas PUC

  • Prepare environmental studies/evaluations, impact analysis, and NEPA documentation for projects serving a variety of markets

  • Conduct pre-application meetings with jurisdictions, interact effectively with county and local staff, prepare and submit land use permits, and prepare material for public open houses and public outreach

  • Work independently and demonstrate competence in the area of technical report writing related to NEPA compliance as well as other types of technical reports and regulatory (Federal, State, local) permitting documents

  • Work with clients, resource agencies, environmental and technical staff to prepare environmental documents and related technical studies

  • Develop, cultivate, and strengthen existing and new client relationships

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • B.S. or M.S. in Environmental Science or Studies, Planning, Natural and/or Cultural Resource Management or related field, or B.S. or M.S. in land use planning/urban planning.

  • Minimum 4 years related consulting experience.

  • Specific demonstrated experience supporting and acquiring CCN certificates for electric transmission line projects is preferred.

  • Experience with the resources and regulatory agencies in Texas. Local and regional knowledge and relationships with industry and regulatory agencies is preferred.

  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Solid time management and follow-through skills, with the ability to simultaneously work on and manage multiple tasks/projects with tight deadlines.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

This job posting will remain open a minimum of 72 hours and on an ongoing basis until filled


Job Environmental

Primary Location US-TX-Houston

Other Locations US-TX-Austin

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 240046

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-JJ #ENS