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Burns & McDonnell Senior Air Permitting Specialist/Engineer - Environmental Services (Denver) in Denver, Colorado


Burns & McDonnell’s operation in Denver is looking for a Senior Environmental Air Permitting Specialist to lead air permitting and compliance services to the power, industrial, commercial, oil & gas and manufacturing industries. 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.

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 Quality & Noise practice.

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

  • Lead preparation of air construction and operating permit application packages.

  • Provide technical consulting expertise and lead junior staff on air quality analyses.

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

  • Verify accuracy of emission calculations and estimates for routine emissions as well as maintenance, startup, and shutdown emissions.

  • Prepare and present proposals including scope of work, estimated cost and schedule for air permitting and compliance projects as well as all environmental permitting.

  • Provide leadership, guidance, and instruction to less experienced staff.

  • Build effective relationships with existing clients, customers and contractors and develop new business opportunities.

  • Develop new clients in environmental permitting services.

  • Prepare and present client and professional meeting presentations.

  • Manage sales and marketing efforts and identify key pursuits.

  • Responsible for QA/QC process adherence.

  • 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 minimum 8 years of applicable experience or related Engineering degree from an accredited program plus minimum 7 years of applicable experience. Applicable experience should demonstrate proficiency in air pollution permitting and compliance as well as a deep understanding of air permitting and compliance for complex facilities.

  • Ability to manage air permitting and compliance projects is necessary.

  • Knowledge and project experience with sustainability and ESG services/analysis is also a plus.

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

  • Consulting experience preferred.

  • Ability to leverage existing client relationships toward future business opportunities preferred.

  • Superior technical writing abilities.

  • Expert knowledge of federal, state, and local air regulations with emphasis on the Clean Air Act, Prevention of Significant Deterioration, Nonattainment New Source Review, and Title V.

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

  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with contractors, co-workers, and other professionals.

  • Expert analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent project management skills.

  • Expert oral and written communication skills, technical writing skills and the ability to clearly and effectively present complex information to all levels of employees, management, and clients.

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


$120,000.00-195,000.00 Annually

The expected compensation range for this position is displayed in compliance with all local/state regulations. The expected compensation range for this position is based on a number of factors, including but not limited to: individual education, qualifications, prior work experience and work location. The total annual compensation package will consist of a base salary and eligibility to participate in our discretionary year-end incentive bonus program.


Our extensive benefits package takes care of you so that you can focus on doing great work. From insurance and disability to time off and wellness programs, we provide the tools to meet your needs. Burns & McDonnell’s PTO program includes the paid sick leave entitlements provided under the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA). Additionally, as part of being 100% employee-owned, eligible employees participate in our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) in addition to our 401(k) retirement program. For more information, please visit the Benefits & Wellness page.

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


Job Environmental

Primary Location US-CO-Denver

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 241854

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-JJ #ENS