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Burns & McDonnell Staff Civil/Environmental Engineer - Remediation (Downers Grove, IL) in Downers Grove, Illinois


Burns & McDonnell’s team in Downers Grove, IL, is looking for a Staff 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 experience and 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. Technical knowledge, leadership, and communications skills are key aspects of this position. Individuals should be team-focused and willing to learn procedures.

The Staff 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 and supervise 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.

  • Prepare 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.

  • Perform environmental site investigations and collect soil, groundwater, surface water, air, and sediment samples.

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

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

  • Prepare subcontractor contracting, scheduling, and management of field activities.

  • 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.

  • Perform Site Manager responsibilities working on remediation projects from the beginning to the end including site investigation, data evaluation, feasibility study, remedial action design, remedial action plan, remedial action activities and reporting for site closure.

  • 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. Professional Engineer (PE) license a plus.

  • Minimum of 3 years of related experience required. (6 years plus is highly preferred.) Previous consulting experience is a plus.

  • OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER training (and annual updates) is required.

  • 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.

  • Demonstrates leadership 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.

  • Ability to travel 50%-75%

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


Job Environmental Engineering

Primary Location US-IL-Downers Grove

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 75 % of the Time

Req ID: 234324

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-JJ #ENS