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Burns & McDonnell Staff Bat Biologist - Environmental Services (Kansas City) in Kansas City, Missouri


Burns & McDonnell is seeking a bat biologist for our World Headquarters location in Kansas City, Missouri, to conduct protected species assessments for projects in a variety of locations. Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned firm voted as a Best Place to Work in numerous cities across the United States.

The Staff Biologist will work within our Environmental Services Global Practice and perform the following duties:

  • Lead field investigations such as habitat assessments, species-specific presence/absence surveys, avian and bat studies, acoustic bat surveys and bat mist netting.

  • Assist in conducting statistical analyses using the R statistical software.

  • Provide assistance in analyzing acoustic data using bat call analysis software (e.g., Kaleidoscope Pro, Analook, Sonobat, BCID).

  • Compile and analyze field data to compose technical reports.

  • Assist in conducting research and preparing environmental or biological assessments and permitting documents.

  • Preparing reports and presenting results from field investigations.

  • Gathering data and preparing applications for various regulatory approvals using current technologies (e.g. Survey123), wetland delineation data form software, MS Office Suite.

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, natural resource management, or a related field from an accredited program required. Master’s degree or equivalent experience strongly preferred.

  • Minimum of 4 years of applicable professional experience (5 years preferred) handling bats including Indiana bat, northern long-eared bat, and gray bat and experience with bat acoustic and mist-netting studies required.

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

  • Fish and Wildlife Section 10(a)(1)(A) permit for listed bat species including Indiana bat, northern long-eared bat, and gray bat required.

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

  • Demonstrated proficiency using bat call analysis software (e.g., Kaleidoscope Pro, Analook, Sonobat, BCID) required.

  • Demonstrated proficiency conducting statistical analysis using R statistical software preferred.

  • Experience conducting avian identification and surveys preferred.

  • Basic knowledge of the regulatory agencies that govern biological and ecological resources.

  • Basic knowledge of methods used for collection and analysis of environmental data.

  • Basic knowledge of field investigation techniques.

  • Strong technical skills, statistical knowledge and attention to detail.

  • Ability to use creativity and analytical skills to develop solutions for project challenges.

  • 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 Environmental

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Req ID: 230181 Job Hire Type Experienced