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Environmental Scientist

Planet Forward
Chicago, Illinois, US
Closing date
Jun 26, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Informatics / GIS
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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  • Need between 4 and 8 years of experience in environmental, one year of experience is counted for a Masters degree
  • They want one scientist with a field studies background and another with permitting experience, each will do both sides at Burns
  • This position can vary between permitting and task management one day, to a field study or wetland delineation the next
  • Only able to travel 3-4 months out of the year with our weather, but expect to be in the field a lot during those months
  • Would like Army 404 permits (section 7 and 106), 401 certifications, federal and state species consultations, NEPA, environmental assessments and impact studies
  • The E&S division has been pressed to find talent as their internal team does not have time to cover their needs, Lori is ready to set up interviews and move on candidates as soon as they come


My clients regional office in Chicago is looking for a Staff Environmental Scientist to facilitate construction permit compliance, stormwater compliance, environmental inspections and federal/state/local permitting on a variety of projects.

This position can sit in either our Downers Grove or downtown Chicago offices.

The Staff Environmental Scientist - Compliance position will work with the office's Natural & Cultural Resources group within our Environmental Services Global Practice to perform the following duties:
  • Conduct environmental compliance audits, prepare permitting applications and analyze environmental data for various types of projects, including renewable projects, high-voltage transmission line routing, oil and gas facilities, power generation construction activities and water treatment facilities.
  • Environmental compliance audits; stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) preparation and Best Management Practices (BMP) inspections, environmental site assessments; and report and permit writing.
  • Work includes a mix of field assessments, report/permit preparation and travel.
  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science or related natural science degree from an accredited program is required.
  • 4 years of relevant professional experience is required. Environmental consulting 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, environmental compliance and compliance audits, environmental permitting process (i.e., basic knowledge of waters and wetland permitting, threatened and endangered species permitting and cultural resources), and work in the ArcGIS desktop environment.
  • Previous consulting experience related to environmental compliance inspections
  • Must be proficient in the use of computer software (i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Experience with a GPS unit in the field is a plus.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work 50% or more in the field, and overnight travel to field locations.
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