Burns & McDonnell Senior Environmental Specialist in Richmond, Virginia


Burns & McDonnell's Environmental Services Division currently has an opening in our Richmond office for a Senior Environmental Specialist to join our team. This position is a senior position in our growing environmental practice in the eastern U.S. Experience in environmental and stormwater permitting is required. The candidate will help develop new business outside of the utility industry, across multiple market sectors such as Federal, Telecom, Commercial Development, Oil & Gas, etc., and will bring contacts and existing successful business relationships to the table. The ability to leverage existing or past relationships into future work is essential to this position. Successful applicant will be responsible for participating in the strategic planning and business development efforts for our Environmental Division.

Specific experience in electricity transmission, oil & gas, transportation, and other similar markets is preferred. Experience with local and federal regulatory agencies in VA and NC is a requirement. The successful candidate must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and able to collaborate and lead in a team setting. Excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills are required along with the willingness to travel overnight and work extended hours in a field setting. Strong analytical and problem solving skills preferred.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, environmental science or related degree from accredited program. B.S. or M.S. in Civil Engineering preferred or environmental science and 10 years of experience with both environmental and stormwater permitting.

  • Minimum 10 years related consulting experience in a wide variety of areas ranging from team development and management, project and program management, professional environmental services, and business development. experience (completion of master's degree in related field may be substituted for one year of experience).

  • The candidate must be able to demonstrate the ability to manage in a dynamic team environment, work under pressure to meet deadlines, and work effectively and professionally with various audiences (i.e., public officials, agency representatives, property owners, businesses, client, construction contractors, etc.).

  • The successful candidate will have experience working with both private and public sector clients, with a strong track record of business development success in both sectors. They must also have significant experience in the areas of sustainability, air quality, environmental compliance, process design, energy management or related fields.

Position requires a highly motivated entrepreneur with the following qualifications: Currently manages and has a proven record of building and diversifying an operation with public, commercial, or international customers while managing the growth and delivery of quality products and financial results. An established client base with the private sector and the government. Strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills. Passion to work for a company that values leadership, empowerment, flexibility, and an entrepreneurial spirit.


Job Environmental Engineering

Primary Location US-VA-Richmond

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % 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: 180286