Burns & McDonnell Staff Wetlands Specialist in Denver, Colorado


Burns & McDonnell's Environmental Services Division currently has an opening in our Denver (Centennial) office for a Wetlands Scientist to join our team. This is a mid-level position in our growing environmental practice in the western U.S. The responsibilities include project and task management for the assessment of wetland delineations and Army Corps of Engineers permitting (e.g. Clean Water Act, Section 404, etc.) as well as associated natural resource tasks. Associated natural resources tasks may include conducting habitat assessments, species-specific presence/absence surveys, botanical studies, avian and bat studies, other species-specific studies for state & federal protected species, and the research and preparation of technical reports and permitting documents.     

  • Conducting all aspects of wetland projects including: wetland and waters determinations, delineations, permitting, mitigation planning and design, and monitoring.

  • Preparing written documents, including wetland and waters determinations and subsequent delineation reports.

  • Preparing wetland removal/fill permit applications.

  • Managing wetland projects.

  • Coordinating agency review of wetland permit applications.

  • Assisting with proposal preparation.

  • Collecting field data and writing reports for natural resource assessments.

  • Assessing Vegetated Corridors under Clean Water Services and Water Environment Services regulations.

  • Preparing resource assessments under local natural resource overlay district ordinances.

Participation in the Denver office’s core values of integrity, teamwork, and communication.     


  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Botany, Soil Science or a related field from an accredited program required.

  • Minimum 4 years of related experience conducting wetland assessments and delineations; conducting and filing wetland mitigation and post construction inspections; analyzing GIS data; preparing environmental assessments and permitting documents; conducting field investigations and associated field work.

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

  • Five (5) or more years of professional experience preferred.

  • Project management experience.

  • Working knowledge of Clean Water Act Section 404 Army Corps of Engineers’ regulation program.

  • Working knowledge of the Army Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual (Environmental Laboratory, 1987), and associated regional supplements (e.g. Arid West Regional Supplement, etc.) and field experience with describing soils in the field, western U.S. flora, and wetland hydrology indicators

  • Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) certification obtained through the Society of Wetland Scientist’s Professional Certification Program preferred, or qualified and willing to become certified.

  • GIS and GPS experience and functional use.

  • Supplementary experience in other areas of natural resources consulting such as wildlife surveys, botany surveys, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document preparation is beneficial.

  • Excellent oral, written, and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to identify western flora and fauna to species level.

  • Federal and State species scientific collection and/or survey permits are a plus.Ability to travel as needed for projects throughout the western United States including overnight travel for up to one to three weeks at a time on a regular basis


Job Botany/Wetlands

Primary Location US-CO-Denver

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

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Req ID: 180673