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Burns & McDonnell Natural Resources Leader - Environmental Services (Los Angeles) in Los Angeles, California


We are seeking to hire a Natural Resources Leader/Department Manager in the Environmental Services Global Practice (division) in our Brea, CA or Los Angeles, CA office to lead Natural Resources projects for a variety of industry types including transportation, municipal, water/wastewater, renewable energy, electrical utility, and others. In addition, the candidate would help oversee environmental permitting services, lead construction compliance and environmental clearance and monitoring services for the office.

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 within a full-service California office with opportunity for growth. This individual will enhance our existing environmental permitting, construction compliance and environmental clearance and monitoring services presence in the region working closely with established clients across multiple markets. Additionally, the ideal candidate will help expand our environmental permitting services and client base in the region.

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

  • Perform project management responsibilities for environmental permitting and construction monitoring projects.

  • Business development and networking

  • Assist with and lead proposal and cost estimating efforts for environmental permitting and construction compliance projects.

  • Regularly interface with various agencies, clients, and team members

  • Mentor and train junior level environmental staff

  • Assist with recruiting, development, training, and retention of staff.

  • Help develop mitigation banking instruments and mitigation banks/sites Participate in and leverage Burns & McDonnell’s Mitigation Banking practice

  • Demonstrate creativity, foresight, and mature judgment in anticipating and solving problems with strategic thinking.

  • Demonstrated ability negotiating with regulatory agencies on our clients' behalf with a strategic mind-set.

  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • Bachelor's or master’s degree in a natural resources or environmental sciences program from an accredited program.

  • Minimum 10 years’ related professional experience in California, in natural resources and/or environmental permitting project execution including leading teams in the field or office, coordinating staff, and/or project management.

  • Must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to clearly and effectively present complex information to all levels of employees, management, and clients.

  • Candidates must possess strong project execution and interpersonal skills as well as a strategic perspective.

  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience with natural resources, environmental permitting, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), habitat conservation plans (HCPs), and mitigation plan development.

  • Experience with project management, environmental regulations, and agency coordination (USFWS, state agencies, etc.) is preferred.

  • Familiarity with the Endangered Species Act (ESA), CEQA, 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 processes, regulatory 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 up to 25%, as required.


Job Environmental

Primary Location US-CA-Los Angeles

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 201289