Staff Environmental Scientist/Environmental Planner

  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • Sep 10, 2019
Full time Environmental Planning - NEPA Environmental Science - Engineering Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description


Burns & McDonnell’s office in Denver, CO, is actively seeking a Staff Environmental Planner to support, manage, and develop business for environmental surveys, NEPA analysis, and land use permitting services. 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 other cities across the United States.

This position provides the opportunity to challenge and grow yourself professionally within one of the industry’s leading firms. Be on a team that solves our client’s issues and problems for environmental and engineering practices in the planning, permitting, design, and remediation service space.

The candidate should have an established and successful history managing and leading tasks for both small and large-scale projects including but not limited to assisting with developing proposals and cost estimates, executing project tasks, and assisting with developing strategic plans. The Planner will support and manage the execution of environmental projects, be a subject matter expert, and be a technical lead/author on Environmental Planning. Areas to be covered include NEPA, resource impact assessment, and land use permitting. This includes managing permitting applications and analyzing environmental data supporting the development of environmental documents and studies for NEPA compliance for various types of projects, including high-voltage transmission line routing, renewables, power generation construction activities and upstream and midstream Oil and Gas. Candidates with a strong background in land use permits such as, 1041, use by special review, condition use, special use, locations and extents, zoning amendments, site plan permits, and other land use entitlement, are strongly preferred

The Environmental Planner will work within our Environmental Services (ENS) Global Practice to perform the following duties:

  • Project management, team leadership, management & mentoring of junior staff;

  • Preparing studies, evaluations, NEPA and state documentation for all types and sizes of environmental projects;

  • Conduct pre-application meetings with jurisdictions, interact effectively with county and local staff, prepare and submit land use permits, and prepare material for public open houses and public outreach.

  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate a high level of competence in the area of technical report writing related to NEPA compliance as well as other types of technical reports and regulatory (Federal, State, local) permitting documents;

  • Experience with environmental compliance, permitting, and agency consultations;

  • Working with clients, resource agencies, environmental and technical staff to prepare environmental documents and related technical studies

  • Developing, cultivating, and strengthening relationships with clients;

  • Assist with developing business for the Denver ENS Global Practice;

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualified candidates will have experience in the following areas and with the following agencies:

  • National Environmental Policy Act

  • State and Local Environmental and Land Use Permitting

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

  • U.S.F.S

  • BLM

  • BOR


  • B.S. or M.S. in Environmental Science or Studies, Planning, Natural and/or Cultural Resource Management or related field, or B.S. or M.S. in land use planning/urban planning. Applicable years of experience may be substituted for degree requirement.

  • Minimum 5-6 years related consulting experience in a wide variety of areas ranging from leading and managing technical teams, project management and business development, and must also be able to effectively balance their direct and indirect utilization rates.

  • Specific experience acquiring land use permits for electric transmissions, oil & gas, transportation, renewables, and other similar markets is preferred.

  • Experience with the resources and regulatory agencies in the western U.S is a requirement. Local and regional knowledge and relationships with existing clients is preferred.

  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills are required to develop and maintain relationships.

  • Solid time management and follow-through skills, with the ability to simultaneously work on and manage multiple tasks/projects with tight deadlines.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Working knowledge of GIS

  • Excellent writing skills.

  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office suite.

  • Strong experience working with both private and public-sector clients.


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