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Burns & McDonnell Wetlands Scientist - Environmental Services (Multiple Locations) in Downers Grove, Illinois


Burns & McDonnell's regional operation in Chicago is looking for a Wetlands Scientist to perform wetland assessments and delineations, vegetative studies, wetland mitigation monitoring, and soil sampling for large construction projects in a variety of locations. 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 can sit in either the Downers Grove or downtown Chicago office.

The Wetlands Scientist will work within our Environmental Services Global Practice and perform the following duties:

  • Assist in conducting wetland assessments and delineations with strict adherence to federal and state environmental regulations.

  • Assist in conducting and filing annual wetland mitigation monitoring and post construction compliance inspections.

  • Assist in conducting and filing field investigations such as habitat evaluations, endangered plant identification and surveys and soil sampling and classification.

  • Assist in researching and preparing environmental assessments and permitting documents.

  • Assist with compiling and analyzing field data to compose technical reports.

  • Assist with preparing and presenting results from field investigations to project managers.

  • Assist in gathering data and preparing applications for various regulatory approvals.

  • Assist with collecting and analyzing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data and data recording using a Global Positioning System (GPS).

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science or a related natural science degree from an accredited program required.

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Botany, Soil Science or a related field from an accredited program required. Minimum of a 3.0 GPA strongly preferred.

  • Minimum of 2 years of applicable professional experience conducting wetland assessments and delineations, conducting and filing wetland mitigation and post-construction inspections, analyzing GIS data, preparing environmental assessments and permitting documents, conducting field investigations and associated work is highly preferred.

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

  • Previous consulting experience is a plus.

  • Basic knowledge of wetlands and aquatic resources.

  • Basic knowledge of Section 404, 401 and Section 10 permitting requirements.

  • Basic knowledge of the regulatory agencies that govern wetland resources.

  • Basic knowledge of erosion control and site restoration practices.

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

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

  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

  • 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.


Job Environmental

Primary Location US-IL-Downers Grove

Other Locations US-WI-Madison, US-IL-Chicago

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Req ID: 232923 Job Hire Type Experienced