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AECOM Ecologist III in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

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

Ecologist III

AECOM is actively seeking an experienced, exceptionally talented Ecologist/ Permitting Specialist for immediate employment in the Conshohocken, Mechanicsburg, or Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office locations. The successful candidate will work in an interdisciplinary collaborative environment. This position provides unlimited career growth potential while working with an excellent team comprised of a variety of staff and project managers in support of AECOM’s clients, including natural gas, electric utilities, and renewable industries. AECOM’s Environmental Planning and Permitting group conducts a wide variety of projects including impact assessments, environmental field assessments (i.e. wetland delineations, species surveys, etc.), environmental regulatory permitting, utility siting and licensing, environmental inspection, and others. The group primarily works on projects in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia and New Jersey as part of AECOM’s regional practice group. There are opportunities to work on large-scale projects or projects further afield than the typical project range if the candidate is interested.

The position reports to either the Conshohocken, Mechanicsburg, or Pittsburgh, office. Remote work may be considered. The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as a field and technical lead for stream, wetland, wildlife habitat assessments and other field surveys and supporting and mentoring junior staff.

  • Technical, detailed report writing for field survey summaries and permitting and siting tasks.

  • Permitting and environmental impact assessment lead for federal, state and local permit application preparation and coordination with the reviewing agencies (USFWS, USACE, state and local agencies).

  • Siting analysis, including qualitative and quantitative reviews for greenfield or brownfield utility projects.

  • Coordinating with internal teams such as Cultural Resources, T&E species experts, Civil Engineering and other project support teams.

  • Ability to work as a team lead or independently.

  • Attending meetings held by client for projects and reporting back to the AECOM project manager.

  • Assisting Senior Staff with business development activities, including proposals, pre-qualifications, and relationship building with clients and prospective clients.

  • Periodically, work may require extended hours, remotely, night work, weekend work, and/or overnight travel.


Minimum Requirements :

  • Minimum Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental. Science, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Biology, or related field.

  • 4 + years of experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education.

  • The position may require occasional fieldwork, and the candidate must be able to travel (including overnight).

  • Valid Driver's License and clean driving record.

  • US Citizenship required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 4+ years of consulting experience within the utilities industry.

  • 4+ years of permitting application preparation, supporting data collection and review, and preparation of scientific documents including wetland delineations stream assessments, technical reports, Section 401/404 permitting, other environmental federal, state or local permit applications, and mitigation requirements. Technical writing experience specifically about authoring siting studies, and/or FERC resource reports, and/or NEPA analysis preferred.

  • Experience in multiple states within the mid-Atlantic and eastern United States (PA, OH, IN, MI, MD, DE, WV and/or NJ preferred)

  • Riparian, Coastal, and Tidal ecosystem and permitting experience.

  • Experience with ESRI ArcGIS products. Strong understanding of Geographic Information System (GIS) processes and capabilities. GIS Certification certification/degree preferred.

  • Experience working with electric utility, natural gas, and/or renewable energy clients

  • Experience in a fast-paced consulting environment, delivering high-quality technical documentation and permit applications.

  • Safety training (i.e. OSHA HAZWOPER 40-hours, CPR)

  • High degree of self-motivation.

  • Excellent and relevant references.

Additional Information

  • Relocation is not available for this position.

  • Sponsorship is not available for this position.

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: J10088267

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid