Burns & McDonnell Assistant Hydrogeologist in Downers Grove, Illinois


The Assistant Hydrogeologist will support multi-disciplinary teams in solving water resources investigations and water management problems for major water, municipal wastewater, and industrial wastewater treatment projects. This position will assist with technical design support on well, well field and well construction projects in a variety of locations.

  • Assist in work plans for water resources investigations for water, municipal wastewater, and industrial wastewater treatment projects.

  • Assist in groundwater flow, well and well field analysis and design.

  • Assist with flow and transport groundwater modeling and 3D hydrogeological visualization for water management projects.

  • Assist in hydrogeologic testing activities.

  • Assist in analyzing aquifer performance test data and hydraulic and water quality data using industry standard processes and procedures.

  • Assist with technical reports, technical specifications, and permit applications.

  • Compile technical data to be presented to leadership and client reports.

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Geology, Hydrogeology, or a related field from an accredited program required.

  • Prior internship or experience related to hydrogeology preferred.

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

  • Basic knowledge of geologic concepts including stratigraphy, geologic structure, groundwater occurrence and flow, and geochemisty.

  • Basic knowledge of methods used for collection and analysis of environmental and hydrogeologic data.

  • Basic knowledge of hydrologic and hydrogeologic assessment methods including aquifer testing.

  • Basic knowledge of field investigation techniques, including soil and groundwater sampling.

  • Basic knowledge of spreadsheet models and MODFLOW groundwater modeling package.

  • Strong technical skills, statistical knowledge and attention to detail.

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

  • 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.


Job Geology

Primary Location US-IL-Downers Grove

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is making the world a more amazing place with more than 5,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists and consultants on staff and growing. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. We take on some of the world’s toughest challenges with the industry’s best thinking.

We have offices and projects spanning the US and the globe. We are proud to rank among FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Our culture of 100% employee ownership plays a major role in supporting that outcome. Each employee shares in the ownership of the firm, bringing the commitment of an owner to our projects. Clients appreciate that and have rewarded us with a 90% repeat business rate and decades-long partnerships. Pretty cool for a 100 year old firm that grows organically.

At Burns & McDonnell, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference every day while fulfilling your personal and professional ambitions. Our entrepreneurial culture lets you guide your destiny and shape the path your career travels. And with more than 350 service specialties, your career and development options are abundant.

Burns & McDonnell is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

Req ID: 180410