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Wetlands Scientist - Burns & McDonnell (Kansas City)

Wetlands Scientist - Burns & McDonnell (Kansas City)

Burns & McDonnell's Headquarters location in Kansas City is looking for a Wetlands Scientist to perform wetland assessments and delineations, vegetative studies, wetland mitigation monitoring, and task management for construction projects in a variety of locations. 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.

The Wetlands Scientist will work within our Environmental Services Global Practice and perform the following duties:

  • Conduct wetland assessments and delineations with strict adherence to federal and state environmental regulations.

  • Collect and analyze Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data using a Global Positioning System (GPS) and ArcGIS software.

  • Conduct field investigations such as habitat evaluations, endangered plant identification and surveys and soil sampling and classification.

  • Compile and analyze field data to compose technical reports.

  • Conduct annual wetland mitigation monitoring and post construction compliance inspections.

  • Research and prepare environmental assessments and permitting documents.

  • Prepare reports and present results from field investigations.

  • Gather data and prepare applications for various regulatory approvals.

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Botany, Soil Science or a related field from an accredited program required. Minimum of a 3.0 GPA strongly preferred.

  • 2 years of applicable professional experience conducting wetland assessments and delineations, analyzing GIS data, conducting and filing wetland mitigation and post-construction inspections, preparing environmental assessments and permitting documents, conducting field investigations and associated work is highly preferred.

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

  • Demonstrated proficiency operating GPS and GIS equipment and support software.

  • Previous consulting experience is a plus.

  • Previous experience conducting wetland delineations in the Midwest and Great Plains regions is a plus.

  • Basic knowledge of wetlands and aquatic resources.

  • Basic knowledge of Section 404, 401 and Section 10 permitting requirements.

  • Basic knowledge of the regulatory agencies that govern wetland resources.

  • Ability to clearly communicate both verbal and written technical information.

  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

  • 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.


Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree, Masters

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level, Entry Level

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