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Burns & McDonnell Staff Environmental Air Specialist - Environmental Services (Chicago) in Chicago, Illinois


Burns & McDonnell’s regional operation in Chicago (downtown Chicago & Downers Grove, IL) is looking for a Staff Environmental Air Specialist to provide air permitting and compliance services to the power, industrial, commercial, transportation and manufacturing industries. 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 offers challenging work with significant project variety at a successful, industry-leading company and an opportunity for advancement in a dynamic, growing Air & Noise practice.

The Staff Environmental Air Specialist will work within our Environmental Services Global Practice and perform the following duties:

  • Prepare air permit application packages and associated documentation.

  • Conduct environmental site assessments and inspections to ensure compliance with local, state and federal air quality requirements.

  • Perform emission calculations and estimates for routine emissions, as well as greenhouse gas and maintenance, startup and shutdown emissions.

  • Work with client and team members to manage projects, budgets and timelines

  • Assist with multi-media-based questions and document preparation, such as Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs), Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans, and filings pursuant to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • All other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science or related Science degree from an accredited program plus 4 years of applicable experience or related Engineering degree from an accredited program plus of 3 years of applicable experience.

  • Completion of a master's degree in a related field may be substituted for 1 year of experience.

  • Previous consulting experience related to air pollution permitting and compliance and/or multimedia environmental compliance audits, environmental management systems, and report writing preferred

  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal, state, and local air regulations with emphasis on the Clean Air Act, including New Source Review/Prevention of Significant Deterioration, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, New Source Performance Standards, Title V Permitting, Title VI Ozone Depleting Substances.

  • Experience in air quality dispersion models such as AERMOD, AERSCREEN, CALPUFF, VISCREEN, PLUVUE and SLAB, is a plus .

  • Sustainability background is a plus

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

  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to follow complex requests.

  • Must be proficient in the use of computer software (i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint).


Job Environmental

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Other Locations US-IL-Downers Grove

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 214159