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AECOM Senior Aquatic Ecologist / Marine Scientist in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

Company Description

Work with Us. Change the World.

At AECOM, we're delivering a better world. Whether improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive. We are the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for future generations.

There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of nearly 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

We're one global team driven by our common purpose to deliver a better world. Join us.

Job Description

Job Description

AECOM is actively growing the East Region Environmental Planning & Permitting (EPP) practice and is seeking a Senior Aquatic Ecologist/Marine Scientist within the Mid-Atlantic EPP Department. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with members from multidisciplinary teams in both marine and terrestrial environments and support wide range of environmental planning and permitting projects. Project opportunities may span a wide range of sectors, including Offshore Wind (OSW), Power, Oil and Gas, Ports and Harbors, Department of Defense, and other Federal clients. The successful applicant will join a network of existing AECOM EPP specialists across the US to assist in project delivery.

For this opportunity, we will consider candidates in any of our Mid-Atlantic Regional offices including, but not limited to, the following: Baltimore, MD; Germantown, MD; Conshohocken, PA; Arlington, VA; Norfolk, VA; and District of Columbia.

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform consulting work within scope, schedule, and budget.

  • Develop high-quality technical documents, reports deliverables, and proposals.

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

  • Serve/support as an interface with clients and regulatory personnel.

  • Provide technical support to the EPP Department and individual Project Managers and support inter-disciplinary business development activities.

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

  • Implement strong problem-solving skills to address challenges and contribute ideas, as well as think innovatively.

  • High degree of self-motivation and the ability to work independently with limited supervision, as well as in a collaborative team environment.

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

  • Proactively enforce a culture of producing high-quality work and the importance of Health & Safety within the team.

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


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Marine Science, Fisheries, Biology, Ecology, or related field + 6 years of experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and / or education.

  • 6+ years of relevant experience in the field of marine science/aquatic ecology

  • Valid Driver’s License and as a condition of employment must be able to pass AECOM’s Motor Vehicle Records review.

  • Due to the nature of work, US Citizenship is required for this position.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in relevant field.

  • 10+ years of relevant industry experience desired with a demonstrated client focus.

  • Experience with regulator and stakeholder consultations (i.e., USFWS, NMFS, USACE, etc.).

  • Sound environmental understanding of environmental impact principles.

  • Thorough working knowledge of CWA, ESA, MSA, NHPA, NEPA, and other federal, state, and local regulations.

  • Experience working in both marine and freshwater ecosystems.

  • Demonstrated experience managing tasks and workload, working within interdisciplinary teams, and successful interface with Clients.

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

  • Experience in planning and implementing field studies in remote locations (offshore preferred)

  • Statistical data analysis and GIS skills.

  • Organizational management skills and ability to perform detail-oriented work.

  • Excellent communication skills, including both oral and written (writing sample required).

  • Occasional overnight travel required.

  • Excellent and relevant references.

Additional Information

  • Sponsorship is not available for this position.

  • Relocation is not available for this position.

  • Travel to client sites will be required.


Offered compensation will be based on location and individual qualifications. The expected range is $80,000.00 - $149,000.00.


AECOM is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Depending on your employment status, AECOM benefits may include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, voluntary benefits, perks, U.S. and global well-being programs, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, service recognition awards, retirement savings plan, and employee stock purchase plan.

AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have 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.

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.

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

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

ReqID: J10100613

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid