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Burns & McDonnell Cultural Resources Project Manager - Environmental Services (Chicago, IL) in Chicago, Illinois


Burns & McDonnell has a need for a Cultural Resources Project Manager for our Chicago, IL office to lead and manage the cultural resources components of a variety of projects. We are a 100% employee-owned firm ranked numerous times on FORTUNE’s List of 100 Best Companies to Work For and voted as a Best Place to Work in cities across the United States.

Primary responsibilities will be to plan, coordinate, communicate and facilitate activities for the cultural resources components of projects from concept through completion. Successful Cultural Resources Project Managers collaborate and coordinate with internal and external clients. They are also responsible for initiating or assisting in proposal development and contract negotiations and coordinating project planning. Project planning includes scoping, budgeting, maintaining schedules, communicating and managing deadlines and establishing and performing critical project objectives.

This position supports the growth of the Environmental Services practice based upon Burns & McDonnell's core values of safety, client satisfaction, commitment, dedication, integrity and overall outstanding service.

Specific areas of responsibility may include the following:

  • Performing technical field studies and/or reviews of field studies for cultural resources

  • Supervise field efforts and technical reporting conducted by our internal team or subcontracting teams

  • Take part in all processes with cultural resources projects, including field investigations and agency coordination

  • Develop and monitor cultural resource tasks, schedules and cost estimates, and assess applicable requirements and processes for cultural resource projects

  • Performing technical due diligence reviews of potential constraints for projects including reviewing desktop resources to identify any known historic or cultural resources.

  • Identify key cultural resource study opportunities and facilitate early sales strategies (including strategic pricing) to maximize our chances of being selected

  • Lead and support Section 106 compliance, NEPA, and state level cultural and environmental compliance efforts

  • Adhering to Burns & McDonnell's Quality Control and Safety programs

  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology or related field from an accredited program

  • Minimum 7 years (15 years preferred) of experience planning, managing, and executing cultural resources investigations

  • Experience across multiple states with an emphasis in the Midwestern U.S.

  • Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) certification

  • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member.

  • High level of attention to detail.

  • GIS skills are a plus.

  • Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, Access, SharePoint).

  • Ability to adjust to rapidly changing work environments and research approaches.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, specifically for preparation of technical reports and proposal writing, are required.

  • Prior consulting experience a plus.

  • Staff management a plus.

  • Willingness to travel.

  • 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 Project Management

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 225219