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Burns & McDonnell Senior Air Quality Specialist - Environmental Services (Chicago) in Downers Grove, Illinois


Burns & McDonnell's regional operation in Chicago (though the right candidate could sit in other offices in the U.S.) is looking for a Senior Environmental Air Specialist to lead air permitting and compliance services to the industrial, power, commercial, transportation and manufacturing industries. Burns & McDonnell is 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.

This position offers challenging work with significant project variety at a successful, industry-leading company and an opportunity for advancement in a dynamic, growing Air & Noise practice.

The Senior Environmental Air Specialist will work within our Environmental Services Global Practice and perform the following duties:

  • Provide technical consulting expertise and lead Air & Noise staff on air quality impact analyses and client needs.

  • Assist in managing the overall Air & Noise team, in addition to further developing client relationships and associated projects.

  • Lead preparation of air permit application packages.

  • Verify accuracy of emission calculations and estimates for routine emissions, as well as maintenance, startup and shutdown emissions.

  • Assist with review of air dispersion modeling using Environmental Protection Agency-approved modeling programs, such as AERMOD, with our air modeling practitioners.

  • Assist with preparation and oversee multi-media reporting and plans (i.e., Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC), Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP), Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), environmental site assessments and inspections to ensure compliance with local, state and federal air quality requirements.

  • Prepare and present site investigation proposals including scope of work, estimated cost and schedule.

  • Develop cost proposals and qualification statements to achieve stated targets and standards for financial performance.

  • Provide leadership, guidance and instruction to less-experienced staff.

  • Build effective relationships with existing clients, customers and contractors and develop new business opportunities.

  • Prepare and present client and professional meeting presentations.

  • Manage sales and marketing efforts and identify key pursuits.

  • Responsible for QA/QC process adherence.

  • Ensure compliance with company and sit safety policies.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science or related Science degree from an accredited program plus 8 years of applicable experience or related Engineering degree from an accredited program plus 7 years of applicable experience.

  • Proficiency in air pollution permitting and compliance and/or multimedia environmental compliance audits, and environmental management systems.

  • Completion of a master's degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of experience.

  • Consulting experience preferred.

  • Ability to leverage existing client relationships toward future business opportunities preferred.

  • Superior technical writing abilities.

  • Expert knowledge of federal, state, and local air regulations with emphasis on the Clean Air Act, New Source Review/Preventions of Significant Deterioration, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, New Source Performance Standards, Title V Permitting, Title VI Ozone Depleting Substances and similar regulations.

  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with contractors, co-workers, and other professionals.

  • Expert analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent project management skills.

  • Expert oral and written communication skills, technical writing skills and the ability to clearly and effectively present complex information to all levels of employees, management, and clients.

  • Expert in the use of computer software (i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

This job posting will remain open a minimum of 72 hours and on an ongoing basis until filled


Job Environmental

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Other Locations US-IL-Downers Grove

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 233119

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-JJ #ENS