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Burns & McDonnell Section Manager,Cultural Resources in Houston, Texas


The Burns & McDonnell Houston, TX regional office is seeking to hire a Section Manager of Cultural Resources within our Environmental Services Global Practice.

The Section Manager of the Cultural Resources group will lead group project studies and surveys, construction monitoring, archaeological excavation and associated field work. This includes the collection of field data, artifact identification, GPS data collection and the preparation of technical reports for multi-disciplined projects in a variety of locations. This position will be working from our Houston or New Orleans office.

Areas of responsibility include general roles supporting the overall ENS group including the following, with other duties as assigned by senior management:

  • Lead group field investigations and project studies to document the presence of cultural resources. This includes supervising construction monitoring activities, archaeological excavation, artifact identification and other project related activities.

  • Responsible for cultural resources evaluations and consultation for a range of energy, transportation, military and municipal projects.

  • Lead group project efforts to meet obligations under U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits, the National Historic Preservation Act, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission permits and other Federal and state regulations.

  • Lead group pre-field work research, including studying and reporting the prehistory and history of each project area.

  • Lead group preparation and completion of pedestrian surveys, shovel testing, archival research and documentation of results.

  • Evaluate technical and GPS data presented to the Project Managers and senior staff.

  • Present project status and technical reports to the project team.

  • Manage the cultural resources process for various stakeholders including; government agencies, tribal consultants, client coordinators and other agencies and clients.

  • Ensure compliance with company site safety policies.

  • Support or lead portions of department meetings; organize and lead section meetings.

  • Coordinate with other managers and the Global Practice manager.

  • Interpret and establish policies, procedures and strategic goals of the organization.

  • Support and assist in the development of a Department business plan.

  • Demonstrate creativity, foresight and judgment in anticipating and solving problems.

  • Determine departmental objectives and requirements, organize projects and develop standards and guidelines for the execution of cultural resources services.

  • Recommend changes in the group structure and organization to achieve the objectives assigned.

  • Market global practice and Section capabilities with higher focus on technical development functions and efficiency improvement projects to serve our clients, increase staff skills and maintain billable goals.

  • Attend project meetings when requested by division.

  • Advance and develop tools and workflows to increase efficiency of designs, specification development and project execution.

  • Areas of direct responsibility / focus for the Section Manager include: 

  • Provide administrative, supervisory and technical direction for Section personnel.

  • Set quality review assignments and perform quality reviews for projects.

  • Assist with and lead proposal efforts.

  • Establish or review budgets and schedules for proposals.

  • Provide guidance to lead team members relative to set-up and structure of staffing and execution approach on projects including interface with other disciplines.

  • Monitor progress on projects and provide input into areas of concern and direction or redirection to enhance achievement of project schedules, productivity goals, budgets and quality.

  • Serve as the technical advisor and provide senior-level input and evaluation of project development activities and EPC bid activities.

  • Serve as project manager for studies, project development and project definition efforts.

  • Assist Section staff with project setup in MIS, coordinating with the client / team, handling billing /invoicing, change orders, project closeout, etc.

  • Support selection and definition of creative strategies (performance, technical and commercial) to enhance EPC bids.

  • Support EPC proposals in evaluating commercial terms and technical requirements related to performance and performance testing for the EPC contract and coordinating flowdown of similar requirements to subcontractors and equipment vendors to mitigate BMcD risks.

  • Assign work and review staff performance to ensure quality and efficient, cost-effective utilization of staff.

  • Monitor and maintain development staffing levels, staffing loading and staffing assignments to meet project requirements while maintaining billable goals.

  • Recruitment, development, training and retention of personnel.

  • Supervise workflow development and preparation and maintenance of tools and standards for execution of technical development on projects.

  • Act as a coordinator / liaison with other global practices on activities related to group’s project technical development.

  • Act as a coordinator / liaison with other offices and provide guidance regarding project approach, contacts and expert consultants, availability of personnel for quality reviews and other similar activities related to project technical development.

  • Provide administrative, supervisory and technical direction for Cooperative Education Students and Summer Interns assigned to the group including assignment of work, coordinating site trips and other associated functions.


  • Bachelor's degree in archeology or related discipline from accredited program is required.

  • Master’s degree in anthropology/archeology or related field is preferred.

  • Minimum 5 years of related professional experience in environmental projects and/or project management with experience conducting construction monitoring activities; field investigations, surveys and project studies; archeological excavation, artifact identification and associated field work.

  • Experience related to project scope definition, scoping studies, technical development, EPC bidding and capital cost estimating of environmental related projects.

  • Must have a strong understanding of environmental/cultural resources consulting industry with prior consulting experience a plus.

  • Advanced knowledge of federal and state regulations relating to historic preservation such as the National Historic Preservation Act preferred.

  • Advanced knowledge of anthropology and archaeology methods and practices preferred.

  • Previous management experience is preferable.

  • Must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills specifically for preparation of technical reports and proposal writing, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to clearly and effectively present complex information to all levels of employees, management and clients.

  • Position requires the ability to thoughtfully and positively influence, lead and manage change.

  • Must possess strong project management skills and a strategic perspective.

  • Must have strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member.

  • High level of attention to detail.

  • Ability to adjust to rapidly changing work environments and research approaches.

  • Must be proficient in the use of basic computer software (i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, SharePoint) and the ability to operate various types of GPS equipment.

  • Professional certification preferred.

  • Position requires 20-50% travel.


Job Engineering

Primary Location US-TX-Houston

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 201924