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AECOM Biologist II/Permitting Specialist in Oakland, California

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 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.

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

Job Description

AECOM is seeking an environmental professional to support some of California's most important projects. We are seeking a motivated Biologist/Permitting Specialist to join our group of more than 100 environmental professionals in Northern California. This position would primarily focus on office-based work such as database and literature review, technical writing, permitting, and reporting. This hybrid role is based in our Oakland, CA office.

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

  • Conducting desktop analysis of biological resources and preparation of biological technical reports to document results.

  • Preparation of technical reports to document survey and monitoring findings.

  • Preparation of permit application packages, including CDFW 1602, USACE 404, and RWQCB 401.

  • Preparation of Biological Assessments for submittal to USFWS or NMFS.

  • Staffing of field efforts, including preconstruction surveys and biological monitoring.

  • Surveys for special-status wildlife and nesting birds.

  • Monitoring of construction activities for compliance with environmental requirements and/or permits.

  • Participation as an active and positive member of AECOM’s Impact Assessment and Planning practice in the SF Bay Area.

  • Occasional travel in Central and Northern California may be required.

About AECOM’s Environment Business Line

Join AECOM to be part of an expert global team who is connected through a well-developed, worldwide, internal technical practice network through which you can learn from and brainstorm with the best in the world. AECOM is an industry-leading, world class environmental firm, and we want you to succeed within it. We respect and encourage your own pathway to excellence via our Freedom to Grow initiative.

AECOM is known for our award-winning technical excellence, leading-edge science and innovative project delivery. We provide sustainable solutions for some of the world’s most challenging issues. Our global clients and their projects are diverse and interesting. They span market sectors and geographies and require innovative technical solutions to solve wide-ranging environmental problems within diverse community profiles.

AECOM’s Sustainable Legacies program describes our approach to the environment, social equity and governance (ESG.) We embed sustainability throughout our business and help clients embed sustainable practices into their work. We help clients reduce their impact on the environment, achieve compliance and reduce risks.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, environmental planning, or a related field.

  • 2 years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education in technical report writing or preparation of permit applications.

  • Valid U.S. Driver License required (and must be able to safely drive to job sites).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 4+ years of relevant experience.

  • Relevant work experience in construction monitoring, environmental inspection, habitat assessments, and biological surveys

  • Experience surveying for special-status species is desirable, but not required.

  • Plant identification skills are desirable, but are not required.

  • Knowledgeable about common and special-status northern California species.

  • Experience with field data collection tools such as Collector, Trimble units, and others.

  • Has a positive attitude and is adaptable to changing priorities in a fast-paced work environment.

  • Highly organized with a strong detail-oriented work style.

Additional Information

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


Offered compensation will be based on location and individual qualifications. The expected range is $68,000.00 - $78,000.00.


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: J10111524

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid