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Burns & McDonnell Permitting Project Manager - Environmental Services (Madison, WI) in Madison, Wisconsin


Burns & McDonnell is seeking an Environmental Project Manager to manage projects and oversee environmental permitting within our Madison, WI, office. 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 will require a thorough knowledge of the federal, state, and local permitting requirements associated with the development and construction of new projects in Michigan.

  • Project management responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: Execution of and project management for multiple environmental projects which include multi-faceted components.

  • Participate in business development activities including the development of proposals and cost estimates for new projects, development of and participation in client-facing presentations, and manage existing relationships with existing clients while contributing to the expansion of our growing Michigan business.

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

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Leading project teams on a variety of tasks, including completion of field surveys, environmental permitting with federal, state and local agencies, review of necessary project reports and materials.

  • Daily interfacing with various agencies to obtain approvals, submit permit applications and prepare responses in a timely manner.

  • Daily interfacing with clients to develop relationships, build business, and expand services to new clients.

  • Manage work within budget and schedule expectations for each project.

  • Applying technical and creative solutions to natural resources permitting.

  • Advising clients of appropriate strategies to obtain permits and maintain compliance with regulations and permit conditions.

  • Providing guidance on regulations and permitting through EGLE, USACE, USEPA, and various state and local regulations pertaining to the environmental permitting of new projects.

  • Publication of technical papers and delivering presentations at conferences.

  • Travel may be required as necessary and required by project or client commitments.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • B.S. or M.S. in environmental science, environmental planning, or environmental/civil engineering preferred with at least 7 years of applicable experience successfully executing and managing various environmental permitting projects in the upper Midwest.

  • Experience in multiple market sectors is a plus with an emphasis on electric utility, renewable, and oil & gas pipeline markets. The applicant should possess experience in leading negotiations with regulators pertaining to environmental permitting requirements.

  • The preferred applicant will also possess knowledge of regulations and permitting requirements for wetlands, threatened and endangered species, stormwater and erosion & sediment control, cultural resources and architectural history, and the National Environmental Policy Act. Technical expertise in one or more of these fields required.

  • Successful candidate must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and able to collaborate with a team.

  • The candidate must have experience with managing staff and/or have had direct reports and be responsible for career path development, mentoring and growth.

  • The candidate must be able to demonstrate the ability to manage in a dynamic team environment, work under pressure to meet deadlines, and work effectively and professionally with various audiences (i.e., regulators, public officials, clients, etc.).

  • Experience with environmental permitting in other states throughout the Midwest is also desired.

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


Job Project Management

Primary Location US-WI-Madison

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 235450

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-JJ #ENS