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Burns & McDonnell Staff Bat Biologist - Environmental Services (Kansas City) in Kansas City, Missouri

Description

Burns & McDonnell is seeking a bat biologist for our World Headquarters location in Kansas City, Missouri, to conduct protected species assessments for projects in a variety of locations. Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned firm voted as a Best Place to Work in numerous cities across the United States.

The Staff Biologist will work within our Environmental Services Global Practice and perform the following duties:

  • Lead field investigations such as habitat assessments, species-specific presence/absence surveys, avian and bat studies, acoustic bat surveys and bat mist netting.

  • Assist in conducting statistical analyses using the R statistical software.

  • Provide assistance in analyzing acoustic data using bat call analysis software (e.g., Kaleidoscope Pro, Analook, Sonobat, BCID).

  • Compile and analyze field data to compose technical reports.

  • Assist in conducting research and preparing environmental or biological assessments and permitting documents.

  • Preparing reports and presenting results from field investigations.

  • Gathering data and preparing applications for various regulatory approvals using current technologies (e.g. Survey123), wetland delineation data form software, MS Office Suite.

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • All other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, natural resource management, or a related field from an accredited program required. Master’s degree or equivalent experience strongly preferred.

  • Minimum of 4 years of applicable professional experience (5 years preferred) handling bats including Indiana bat, northern long-eared bat, and gray bat and experience with bat acoustic and mist-netting studies required.

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

  • Fish and Wildlife Section 10(a)(1)(A) permit for listed bat species including Indiana bat, northern long-eared bat, and gray bat required.

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

  • Demonstrated proficiency using bat call analysis software (e.g., Kaleidoscope Pro, Analook, Sonobat, BCID) required.

  • Demonstrated proficiency conducting statistical analysis using R statistical software preferred.

  • Experience conducting avian identification and surveys preferred.

  • Basic knowledge of the regulatory agencies that govern biological and ecological resources.

  • Basic knowledge of methods used for collection and analysis of environmental data.

  • Basic knowledge of field investigation techniques.

  • Strong technical skills, statistical knowledge and attention to detail.

  • Ability to use creativity and analytical skills to develop solutions for project challenges.

  • 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.

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Job Environmental

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Req ID: 230181

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