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AECOM Project Manager – Ecologist / Environmental Assessment & Permitting in Arlington, Virginia

Company Description

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

Job Description

AECOM is seeking a Project Manager - Ecologist with experience overseeing natural resources investigations and permitting in the Mid-Atlantic US (VA and MD focus).

This position has excellent career growth potential within the leading, worldwide environmental services provider to industry and government. We are seeking a dynamic individual, capable of managing environmental impact assessment and permitting projects for a diverse set of projects that include federal and local government, transportation, energy, utilities, and data center development.

A successful candidate will mentor staff, provide technical expertise to internal staff and clients, and coordinate permit approvals with regulatory officials. This position can be based in anyone of the following offices: Norfolk, Glen Allen, or Arlington, VA, or Germantown, MD.

The responsibilities of this position include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Manage and perform consulting projects to scope, schedule, and budget, learning and applying AECOM’s project management systems and software. The candidate will accelerate through AECOM’s in-house Project Management certification program within the first year of employment.

  • Coordinate, manage, and direct project field and data collection efforts.

  • Develop, manage, and deliver business strategy and tactics, high-quality proposals, and documents and report deliverables.

  • Serve as an interface with clients and regulatory personnel on complex projects and through business development initiatives.

  • This role requires a high degree of self-motivation and the ability to work independently with limited supervision, as well as in a collaborative team environment

  • Perform detailed work in a highly organized manner

  • Provide technical support to the Mid-Atlantic Environmental Planning & Permitting (EPP) Department, East EPP Practice, individual Project Managers, and inter-disciplinary business development activities.

  • Collaborate with other AECOM offices, practices, and business lines.

  • Serve as a mentor to junior and mid-level staff.

  • Perform client visits and field activities that require work outside the office and overnight travel.


Minimum Requirements

  • BA/BS and 6+ years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education

  • 6+ years of experience managing projects and teams to scope, schedule, and budget

  • Thorough knowledge of CWA, ESA, NHPA, NEPA, and/or other federal, state, and local regulations

  • Demonstrated experience managing projects, interdisciplinary teams, and workload

  • Experience in team management and scheduling of staff and resources to ensure on time and on budget project delivery

  • Experience preparing proposals, cost estimates, schedules, and change orders

  • Self-authored writing sample may be requested

  • Some occasional overnight regional travel may be required

  • Valid Driver’s License required with a good driving record

  • Due to the nature of the work, US Citizenship is required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Biology, Ecology, Natural resources, Wetlands management, or an earth science-related field preferred

  • PMP or other project management certification is a plus; candidate will be required to complete AECOM Project Management Certification.

  • 10+ years of experience providing environmental assessment and permitting compliance support desired

  • Wetland delineation and permitting experience in Maryland and/or Virginia desired

  • Experience with wetland and/or stream restoration and/or natural resources damage assessment is a plus

  • Demonstrated experience successfully managing Client relationships with an ability to generate new work for the Team, Office, and Company

  • Experience with regulator and stakeholder negotiations

  • Have led teams of professionals in executing wetland delineations, threatened and endangered species studies, environmental permitting support, and other related studies/assessments/analyses

Additional Information

  • Sponsorship is not available for this position

  • Relocation support is not available for this role

  • All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

With infrastructure investment accelerating worldwide, our services are in great demand, and there’s never been a better time to be at AECOM! Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Join us and let’s get started.

ReqID: J10081470

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid