Entry - Level Scientist

  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Kansas City, MO, United States
  • Sep 14, 2017
Air Quality Conservation/ Natural Resources Cultural Resources Environmental Planning - NEPA Environmental Science/Engineering Watershed/Stormwater

Job Description


The Assistant Scientist will assist in conducting environmental and siting studies, preparing permitting applications and analyzing environmental data for various types of projects, including high-voltage transmission line routing, power generation construction activities and water treatment facilities.

  • Assist in conducting field surveys, assessments and collecting project-related data for analysis in environmental impact projects.
  • Assist in preparation of technical reports, environmental impact statements and environmental field studies.
  • Provide assistance in utilizing GIS data for map production in accordance with standards and industry best practices.
  • Assist with performing environmental site investigations, support erosion control efforts and subsurface soil sampling.
  • Assist in conducting environmental compliance audits.
  • Assist in preparing a wide variety of permitting applications such as air, land use and cultural resources permitting.
  • Support site selection studies and preparation of related National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation.
  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.
  • All other duties as assigned. 


  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science or a related natural science degree from an accredited program required.
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
  • 0 to 3 years professional experience.
  • Prior internship or natural science field experience preferred.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to clearly communicate both verbal and written technical information.
  • Basic knowledge of environmental site assessment methods.
  • Basic knowledge of environmental compliance and compliance audits.
  • Basic knowledge of the environmental permitting process.
  • Basic knowledge of GPS and working in the ArcGIS desktop environment.
  • 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.


Primary Location:  Kansas City, MO

Other Locations: Saint Louis, Chicago, Brea (CA), Houston

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