Burns & McDonnell Conservation Biologist in San Francisco, California


Burns & McDonnell is looking for a Conservation Biologist to prepare and implement Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) as a key part of our growing mitigation services business. 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.

Join a well-established team and grow it in a new direction. This individual will enhance our mitigation banking services within established markets for some of our top utility and renewable development clients.

The Conservation Biologist will work within an integrated team within our Environmental Services Global Practice (division) to perform the following duties:

  • Write technical documents, including Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) in support of Incidental Take Permits (ITPs) and/or mitigation site development

  • Help develop mitigation banking instruments and mitigation banks/sites

  • Conduct biostatistical analysis in support of HCPs

  • Develop and maintain agency relationships as well as conduct agency negotiations in support of HCPs and ITPs

  • Implement Resource Equivalency Analysis (REA) models

  • Project management

  • Develop scope and budget

  • Regularly interface with various agencies, clients and team members

  • 25-50% travel and overnight stays will be required

  • All other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science or a related natural science degree from an accredited program required. Completion of a master's degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of experience. Master’s degree is preferred.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with natural resources, environmental permitting, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents, HCPs, and mitigation plan development. Experience with project management, environmental regulation and agency coordination (USFWS, state agencies, etc) is preferred.

  • Familiarity with the Endangered Species Act (ESA), NEPA, and other pertinent regulatory guidance is preferred.

  • Field experience and knowledge of environmental field investigation techniques required.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to clearly communicate both verbal and written technical information and work effectively with various audiences (including public officials, agency representatives, property owners, businesses, clients, construction contractors, etc).

  • Demonstrated knowledge of environmental site assessment methods, permitting process, compliance and compliance audits.

  • 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 travel 25-50%, including overnight and work in the field, as required


Job Environmental

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Other Locations US-VA-Richmond, US-IL-Downers Grove, US-KS-Wichita, US-CA-San Francisco, US-TX-Austin, US-NE-Omaha, US-CO-Denver, US-GA-Atlanta, US-MO-Saint Louis, US-AZ-Phoenix, US-TX-Fort Worth, US-TX-Houston, US-CA-Los Angeles, US-CT-Wallingford, US-CA-Brea, US-CA-San Diego, US-MN-Minneapolis/St Paul, US-TX-Dallas, US-IL-Chicago

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 50 % 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: 181180