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Burns & McDonnell Assistant Environmental Scientist - Natural Resources (Columbus) in Columbus, Ohio


Burns & McDonnell’s office in Columbus, OH is looking for an Assistant Environmental Scientist to complete field work, permit applications, and task management for a variety of market sectors, including electric transmission, oil & gas, and renewables. Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned firm voted as a Best Place to Work in numerous locations across the United States.

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

  • Perform wetland delineations with strict adherence to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers protocol and procedures.

  • Assist with completion of field investigations that may include habitat evaluations for threatened and endangered species and/or evaluation of other potentially sensitive resources.

  • Collect and analyze Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data and data recording using a Global Positioning System (GPS) and work in the ArcGIS desktop environment.

  • Compile and analyze field data to compose technical reports presenting results from field investigations and develop appropriate applications/consultations necessary for various regulatory approvals.

  • Conduct permit compliance tasks, federal/state/local permit applications, and agency consultations.

  • Assist project manager with field-oriented tasks, project permit tracking, and agency consultations.

  • Office related tasks would include report writing, QA/QC review, assistance with compliance related tasks.

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • Frequent overnight travel to field locations may be required (50-70%).

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Botany, Soil Science, or a related natural science degree from an accredited program is required.

  • Minimum of 3 years of related experience preferred completing wetland assessments, associated permitting, analyzing GIS data; preparing environmental assessments and permitting documents, conducting field investigations. Ability to independently conduct wetland delineations and previous consulting experience is a plus.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of wetlands and aquatic resources.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Section 404, 401 and Section 10 permitting required.

  • Knowledge of state and local permitting processes in the OH, IN, KY, and PA.

  • Knowledge of the agencies that govern wetland resources and stormwater.

  • Knowledge of erosion and sediment control permitting and site restoration practices.

  • Demonstrated proficiency operating GPS and GIS equipment and support software.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

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

  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

  • Proficient in computer software (Microsoft Office-Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project).

  • 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.


Job Environmental

Primary Location US-OH-Columbus

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Req ID: 211145