Burns & McDonnell is seeking a bat biologist for our World Headquarters location in Kansas City, Missouri, to conduct protected species assessments for projects in a variety of locations. Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned firm voted as a Best Place to Work in numerous cities across the United States.
The Assistant Biologist will work within our Environmental Services Global Practice and perform the following duties:
- Assist with field investigations such as habitat assessments, species-specific presence/absence surveys, avian and bat studies, acoustic bat surveys and bat mist netting.
- Assist in conducting statistical analyses using the R statistical software.
- Provide assistance in analyzing acoustic data using bat call analysis software (e.g., Kaleidoscope Pro, Analook, Sonobat, BCID).
- Assist in compiling and analyzing field data to compose technical reports.
- Assist in conducting research and preparing environmental or biological assessments and permitting documents.
- Assist in preparing reports and presenting results from field investigations.
- Assist with gathering data and preparing applications for various regulatory approvals using current technologies (e.g. Survey123), wetland delineation data form software, MS Office Suite.
- Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.
- All other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, natural resource management, or a related field from an accredited program required. Master’s degree or equivalent experience strongly preferred.
- Experience handling bats including Indiana bat, northern long-eared bat, and gray bat and experience with bat acoustic and mist-netting studies preferred.
- Desire to obtain a federal Fish and Wildlife Section 10(a)(1)(A) permit for listed bat species including Indiana bat, northern long-eared bat, and gray bat preferred.
- Demonstrated proficiency operating GPS and GIS equipment and support software preferred.
- Demonstrated proficiency using R and bat call analysis software (e.g., Kaleidoscope Pro, Analook, Sonobat, BCID) preferred.
- Basic knowledge of the regulatory agencies that govern biological and ecological resources.
- Basic knowledge of methods used for collection and analysis of environmental data.
- Basic knowledge of field investigation techniques.
- Strong technical skills, statistical knowledge and attention to detail.
- Ability to use creativity and analytical skills to develop solutions for project challenges.
- 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.
- Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis without requiring future sponsorship for employment visa status.