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Burns & McDonnell Assistant Environmental Engineer - Environmental Services (Detroit, MI) in Detroit, Michigan


Burns & McDonnell’s team in Detroit is looking for an Assistant Civil or Environmental Engineer to be part of the Remediation Department within the Environmental Global Practice to collaborate and support a wide variety of environmental investigation and remediation projects. 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, growing company. Individuals will work with the project team throughout the site evaluation, design, construction and restoration process, adapting environmental plans according to budget constraints, design factors or client needs.

This position requires knowledge of remediation phases including investigation, data evaluation, permitting, ambient air monitoring, soil excavation, in-situ remediation technologies, and sample collection with the ability to apply those skills to remediation projects. Individuals should be team-focused and willing to learn procedures.

The Assistant Engineer will be part of an experienced team working on a variety of site investigation and remediation projects and will generally perform the following duties:

  • Execute soil and groundwater collection, data analysis and groundwater modeling on multidisciplinary projects, including remedial investigations, feasibility studies, and development of conceptual site models; regulatory compliance and permitting; soil and groundwater contaminant remediation; stormwater compliance, permitting and management; remedial planning and design; remedial documentation; and implementation of construction and restoration.

  • Assist in the preparation of technical reports, memorandums, work plans and project specifications along with project scopes and cost proposals.

  • Assist with the development and maintenance of project scopes, schedules, budgets and team member coordination.

  • Communicate effectively with peers, clients and regulators.

  • Demonstrate strong written, verbal, computer and interpersonal skills.

  • Assist in performing environmental site investigations and collect soil, groundwater, surface water, air, and sediment samples.

  • Assist in preparing a wide variety of permitting applications such as air, land use and cultural resources permitting.

  • Review environmental investigation work plans, reports, feasibility studies, etc.

  • Assist in remediation systems design, including in-situ remedies, cover systems, water recovery and treatment systems, etc.

  • Assist in the environmental design of remediation projects from the conceptual phase through design completion.

  • Assist with client presentations, drawing review, and contract administration.

  • Work closely with project teams and field personnel to complete projects within scope, budget and schedule.

  • Perform project tasks and assignments within budgeted hours and deadlines.

  • All other duties assigned.


  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental or Civil Engineering or related degree from an ABET accredited program.

  • Successful completion of Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) or Engineer-in-Training (EIT) strongly preferred.

  • 2 years of related experience is highly preferred. Previous consulting experience is a plus.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to work methodically and analytically in a quantitative problem-solving environment and demonstrated critical thinking skills.

  • Proficient computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite)

  • Strong attention to detail, facilitation, team building, collaboration, organization and problem-solving skills.

  • Previous task management responsibilities are a plus.

  • Experience with and working knowledge of State and/or Federal regulations.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work within a team framework.

  • Self-motivation and the ability to multi-task (write reports, analyze data, review design tasks, etc.) are also a prerequisite.


Job Environmental Engineering

Primary Location US-MI-Detroit

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 234546 Job Hire Type Experienced