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Burns & McDonnell Staff Environmental Scientist - Natural Resources (Raleigh, NC) in Raleigh, North Carolina


Burns & McDonnell’s office in Raliegh, North Carolina is looking for a Staff Environmental Scientist to lead environmental efforts, permit applications, and manage field work for complex and challenging projects in the energy, transportation, and industrial markets. Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned firm voted as a Best Place to Work in numerous locations across the United States.

This position will be a foundational employee for a new environmental resource team within the established regional Environmental Services operation. Applicants should be motivated and have leadership qualities.

The Staff Environmental Scientist will work with the office’s Natural & Cultural Resources group in our Environmental Services Global Practice to perform the following duties:

  • Conduct environmental compliance audits, prepare permitting applications, and analyze environmental data for various types of projects, including renewable projects, high-voltage transmission line routing, oil and gas facilities, power generation construction activities.

  • Stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP); Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan; and environmental site assessment report preparation and permit writing.

  • Lead and manage field investigations that may include wetland delineations, habitat evaluations for threatened and endangered species, and/or evaluation of other potentially sensitive resources.

  • Collect and analyze Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, perform data recording using a Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment, and work in the ArcGIS desktop environment.

  • Compile and analyze field data to compose technical reports presenting results from field investigations and develop appropriate applications/consultations necessary for various regulatory approvals.

  • Manage and evaluate permitting needs, field-oriented tasks, project permit tracking, and agency consultations.

  • Office related tasks would include report writing, QA/QC review, assistance with compliance related tasks.

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • Moderate overnight travel to field locations may be required (25%).

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Botany, Soil Science, or a related natural science degree from an accredited program is required.

  • Minimum of 4 years of related experience required (6 years preferred) leading environmental evaluations, surveys, inspections, analyzing GIS data, and preparing associated environmental reports and permitting documents. Previous consulting experience is a plus.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of wetlands and aquatic resources, Section 404, 401 and Section 10 permitting required.

  • Knowledge of state and local permitting processes in VA, NC, SC, TN, or WV is a plus.

  • Knowledge of the regulatory agencies responsible for management of natural and cultural resources.

  • Knowledge of erosion and sediment control permitting and site restoration practices.

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

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

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

  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

  • Proficient in computer software (Microsoft Office-Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project).

  • 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-NC-Raleigh

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 230124 Job Hire Type Experienced