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AECOM Entry-Level Environmental Scientist in Coral Gables, Florida

Company Description

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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 over 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.

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Job Description

AECOM’ s Environmental Planning and Permitting Team is seeking a full-time Entry-Level Environmental Scientist for immediate employment in our Coral Gables or Fort Lauderdale, Florida office.

This position is expected to begin in May 2024.

This position will support numerous natural resource projects in the South Florida region with a focus on environmental permitting and stormwater system inspections. Primary duties include preparation of biological impact assessments, maintenance inspections of drainage facilities, and development of permit applications for a variety of projects for local transportation agencies and other federal, state, and local clients. The candidate will be required to manage multiple tasks, analyze engineering design plans, review and apply for federal, state, and local regulatory permits, prepare technical reports, and assist with surveys and assessments to address potential impacts on natural resources, including protected plants and wildlife and wetland resources.

Working at AECOM means being part of a global team, working with award-winning professionals across the world. Aspire to be a key player on some of the best projects regionally, with opportunities to work on projects nationally. Our people bring deep industry knowledge to help you succeed.

The appropriately qualified candidate will be a dynamic individual, capable of conducting field surveys, delivering high-quality technical reports, and supporting environmental permitting, compliance, and other technical environmental studies and assessments.

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

  • Use strong written and verbal communication skills to serve as a client-facing liaison.

  • Gathering, organizing, and analyzing data and documents to be used in the preparation of technical reports.

  • Conducting environmental impact assessments and field surveys for rare, threatened, or endangered species and their habitats.

  • Conducting habitat assessments and vegetation classifications, including wetland delineations.

  • Preparing high-quality technical reports for natural community evaluations, environmental permitting, botanical surveys, wildlife assessments, environmental impact, biological assessments, mitigation planning, and monitoring.

  • May require working long days outdoors, over uneven, densely vegetated terrain, sometimes under rigorous conditions (e.g., hot and/or rainy weather in remote areas of a variety of habitats).

  • Identify potential environmental impacts through reviews of engineering plans, aerials, and GIS databases.

  • Identify and conduct reviews of historical documents, including permits, easements, and agreements.

  • Conduct visual inspections of drainage facilities.

  • Utilize electronic data collection methods and manage data.

  • Work under the supervision of a project manager or senior-level team member or independently.

  • Ensure assigned tasks stay on schedule and are completed within the allocated budget.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree or higher in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Botany, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with field data collection, data review, and preparation of technical documents.

  • Working knowledge of applicable federal and state environmental laws and regulations (Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, etc.) as they relate to biological resource impacts and environmental permitting.

  • Self-motivated individual with strong attention to detail, good time-use skills, and ability to work in a team environment.

  • Excellent analytical, judgment, and problem-solving capabilities.

  • Ability to handle the demands of multiple priorities for various clients and projects.

  • Highly effective verbal and written communication skills; extremely proficient in technical writing; highly effective organization and multi-tasking skills.

  • Must be a self-starter and motivated to produce high-quality results.

  • Must be proficient with MS Office applications.

  • Willingness and availability to travel occasionally (within Florida).

  • Valid U.S. Driver’s License preferred to visit project sites, clients, and other AECOM offices when public transportation is not available.

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

  • Sponsorship for US employment authorization is not available now or in the future for this position.

  • The selected candidate must be available to work in Coral Gables or Fort Lauderdale, FL on a scheduled basis.

Offered compensation will be based on location and individual qualifications. The expected range is $38,000.00 - $50,000.00.


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: J10108108

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: On-Site