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Burns & McDonnell Environmental Scientist - Compliance in Chicago, Illinois


Burns & McDonnell’s regional office in Chicago is looking for an Environmental Scientist to facilitate construction permit compliance, stormwater compliance, environmental inspections and federal/state/local permitting on a variety of projects. Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned firm ranked on FORTUNE’s List of 100 Best Companies to Work For and voted as a Best Place to Work in numerous cities across the United States.

This position can sit in either our Downers Grove or downtown Chicago offices.

The Environmental Scientist – Compliance position will work with the office’s Natural & Cultural Resources group within our Environmental Services Global Practice to perform the following duties:

  • Conduct environmental compliance audits, prepare permitting applications and analyze environmental data for various types of projects, including renewable projects, high-voltage transmission line routing, oil and gas facilities, power generation construction activities and water treatment facilities.

  • Environmental compliance audits; stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) preparation and Best Management Practices (BMP) inspections, environmental site assessments; and report and permit writing.

  • Work includes a mix of field assessments, report/permit preparation and travel.

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science or related natural science degree from an accredited program is required. Minimum of a 3.0 GPA.

  • 2 years of relevant professional experience is preferred. Environmental consulting experience preferred.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to clearly communicate both verbal and written technical information.

  • Basic knowledge of environmental site assessment methods, environmental compliance and compliance audits, environmental permitting process (i.e., basic knowledge of waters and wetland permitting, threatened and endangered species permitting and cultural resources), and work in the ArcGIS desktop environment.

  • Previous consulting experience related to environmental compliance inspections

  • Must be proficient in the use of computer software (i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Experience with a GPS unit in the field is a plus.

  • Valid driver's license required. In addition, must meet standards to qualify for and maintain the Company's vehicle driving privileges as outlined in the Company's Motor Vehicle Safety Policy.

  • Ability to work 50% or more in the field, and overnight travel to field locations.


Job Environmental

Primary Location US-IL-Downers Grove

Other Locations US-IL-Chicago

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Req ID: 201004



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