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Burns & McDonnell Senior Air Quality Specialist/Engineer - Environmental Services (Multiple Locations) in Los Angeles, California


Burns & McDonnell’s regional operation in Southern California is looking for a Senior Environmental Air Specialist to provide air permitting and compliance services to the power, industrial, 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 growing Air & Noise practice.

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

  • This position will be responsible for preparing air permit applications for major projects, including Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Title V air permits.

  • Technical understanding of his position will require knowledge of a wide variety of complex industrial operations; some experience in refining is a plus.

  • Responsible for keeping up to date with new and proposed air permitting requirements, emission estimating methods, and regulations.

  • Progressive design and project management responsibilities with experience delivering

  • financially successful projects and leading on quality assurance/control procedures.

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

  • Regularly meets and corresponds with clients, agency officials, or other outside personnel. Interested in international working partnerships.

  • Specific knowledge and ability to bring key clients preferred.

  • Knowledge of permitting laws in California including interaction with CARB and AQMD.

  • This position includes some marketing responsibilities and occasional travel.

  • Other duties, as assigned.


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

  • Completion of a master's degree in a related field may be substituted for 1 year of experience.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong analytical and problem-solving

  • Ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of industry, government, and public contracts on project-related matters.

  • Professional registration preferred.

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

  • 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.

  • This position requires an individual capable of and experienced with applying intensive and diversified knowledge of principles and practices to a variety of broad areas of air quality consulting assignments.

  • Must be capable of devising new approaches to problems encountered.

  • Previous consulting experience preferred.


Job Environmental

Primary Location US-CA-San Diego

Other Locations US-CA-Los Angeles

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time

Req ID: 224213