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Burns & McDonnell Staff Wetlands Specialist in Houston, Texas


We are seeking to hire a Staff Wetlands Scientist within our Environmental Global Practice for our Houston, Texas Regional Office!

The Staff Wetlands Scientist will perform wetland assessments and delineations, vegetation studies, wetland mitigation monitoring, and soil sampling for large construction projects in a variety of locations.

  • This position will require performance of wetland delineations with strict adherence to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers protocol and procedure.

  • Field investigations may include habitat evaluations for threatened and endangered species and/or evaluation of other potentially sensitive resources.

  • Candidates must demonstrate the ability to compose technical reports that present results from field investigations and be capable of developing applications/consultations necessary for various regulatory approvals.

  • Frequent overnight travel to field locations will be required.

  • Conduct wetland assessments and delineations with strict adherence to federal and state environmental regulations.

  • Conduct and file annual wetland mitigation monitoring and post construction compliance inspections.

  • Conduct and file field investigations such as habitat evaluations, endangered plant identification and surveys and soil sampling and classification.

  • Research and prepare environmental assessments and permitting documents.

  • Compile and analyze field data to compose technical reports.

  • Prepare and present results from field investigations to project managers.

  • Gather data and prepare applications for various regulatory approvals.

  • Collect and analyze Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data and data recording using a Global Positioning System (GPS).

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Botany, Soil Science or a related field from an accredited program required.

  • Minimum 7 years of related experience conducting wetland assessments and delineations; conducting and filing wetland mitigation and post construction inspections; analyzing GIS data; preparing environmental assessments and permitting documents; conducting field investigations and associated field work.

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

  • Previous consulting experience a plus.

  • Field experience and experience conducting wetland assessments and delineations.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of wetlands and aquatic resources.

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

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the regulatory agencies that govern wetland resources.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of erosion control and site restoration practices.

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

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

  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

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

  • 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 Botany/Wetlands

Primary Location US-TX-Houston

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 201219