Burns & McDonnell Assistant Environmental Scientist in La Jolla, California



Conduct or coordinate work on a variety of environmental projects in California, as well as research and draft environmental assessments relative to requirements of CEQA, NEPA, and other relevant environmental regulations. Take on progressive project responsibilities under Environmental Managers.

A typical career path for an entry level environmental scientist would include a variety of assignments, such as the following:

  • Drafting sections of technical reports for state and federal processes, such aspreparation of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documentationand National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) andHabitat Conservation Plans, Mitigation Monitoring Plans, and other Environmental Assessments.

  • Assist in preparing a wide variety of permitting applications such as air, land use and biological resources permitting.

  • Support site selection studies/feasibility studies and alternatives assessments..

  • Responsibilities include environmental site assessments; and report and permit writing.

  • Work will mainly consist of report/permit preparation with the possibility of occasional field work and travel.

  • Assist in conducting environmental compliance audits.

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • Support GIS staff in preparation of technical reports and maps.

  • Support preparation of proposals.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree in environmental management, environmental science, environmental planning, ecology, or related field.

  • Zero (0) to four (4) years of professional experience.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills required.

  • Previous consulting experience related to environmental permitting and compliance and audits, and report writing strongly preferred.

  • Proficient computer skills. Ability to develop project management skills.

  • Familiar with California plants and animals.

  • Knowledge of CEQA and NEPA preferred.

  • Basic knowledge of the environmental permitting process.

  • Basic knowledge of GPS and working in the ArcGIS desktop environment.


Job Environmental

Primary Location US-CA-La Jolla

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is making the world a more amazing place with more than 5,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists and consultants on staff and growing. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. We take on some of the world’s toughest challenges with the industry’s best thinking.

We have offices and projects spanning the US and the globe. We are proud to rank among FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Our culture of 100% employee ownership plays a major role in supporting that outcome. Each employee shares in the ownership of the firm, bringing the commitment of an owner to our projects. Clients appreciate that and have rewarded us with a 90% repeat business rate and decades-long partnerships. Pretty cool for a 100 year old firm that grows organically.

At Burns & McDonnell, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference every day while fulfilling your personal and professional ambitions. Our entrepreneurial culture lets you guide your destiny and shape the path your career travels. And with more than 350 service specialties, your career and development options are abundant.

Burns & McDonnell is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

Req ID: 180484