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Burns & McDonnell Staff Environmental Scientist - Compliance (Kansas City) in Kansas City, Missouri


Burns & McDonnell’s world headquarters in Kansas City, MO, is looking for a Staff Environmental Scientist to facilitate construction site and operational facility permit compliance, stormwater planning, environmental inspections and federal/state/local permitting on a variety of projects nationwide. Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned firm ranked on FORTUNE’s List of 100 Best Companies to Work For and voted as a Best Place to Work in numerous cities across the United States.

This position provides the opportunity to exercise your entrepreneurial spirit and challenge and grow yourself professionally within one of the industry’s leading firms. Use your environmental background to assist clients in maintaining permit compliance on a variety of large-scale construction projects and operational facilities across a diverse range of industries including renewables, high-voltage electric transmission, oil and gas, transportation, and water treatment.

The Staff Environmental Scientist – Compliance position will sit in the Kansas City world headquarters office within our Environmental Services Global Practice and will perform the following duties:

  • Perform onsite environmental compliance inspections of active construction and operational facilities for permit compliance.

  • Prepare Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) and design stormwater Best Management Practices Plans (BMP Plans).

  • Oversee and conduct field surveys/assessments and collect project-related data for analysis in environmental impact projects.

  • Oversee and prepare technical reports, compliance inspection reports, stormwater plans, and environmental site investigations.

  • Utilize GIS data for map production and BMP Plan design in accordance with standards and industry best practices.

  • Prepare a wide variety of permitting application packages such as stormwater, land use, and local permits.

  • Work includes a mix of field assessments, report/permit preparation, and travel.

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Water Quality, Geology, Biology, Soil Science or a related natural science degree from an accredited program required.

  • At least 4 years of experience working in the environmental consulting field related to environmental compliance inspections.

  • Experience on active construction projects or operational facilities preferred.

  • Strong background in the ArcGIS desktop/AGOL environment.

  • Working knowledge of stormwater best management practices/erosion and sediment controls.

  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

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

  • Basic knowledge of environmental site assessment methods, environmental compliance and audits, environmental permitting process (i.e., basic knowledge of waters and wetland permitting, threatened and endangered species permitting, and cultural resources).

  • Ability to multitask in a fast pace, deadline driven work environment.

  • 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.

  • Ability to work 75% or more in the field, and overnight travel to field locations.


Job Environmental

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 75 % of the Time

Req ID: 212461