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AECOM Permitted Avian Biologist in Oakland, California

United States of America - California, Oakland

Job Summary

AECOM is seeking a senior rail biologist to support some of California's most exciting and important projects. We are seeking an experienced professional to join our group of more than 100 environmental professionals in the Bay Area. The senior wildlife biologist will work with AECOM’s environmental team to support projects throughout northern California.

Responsibilities include but aren't limited to:

  • Uses technical expertise to provide analysis of potential impacts on sensitive wildlife, conduct field assessments, and plan and implement protocol-level surveys for Ridgeway’s rail and California black rail.

  • Prepares technical biological reports to document the results of assessments or surveys.

  • Provides creative strategies and recommendations for avoiding or mitigating project effects on wildlife.

  • Conducts construction compliance monitoring.

  • May support environmental permit application preparation.

  • Will contribute as an active and positive member of AECOM’s large natural resources practice in the SF Bay


At AECOM, 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.

We take on the most complex challenges and pioneer innovative, iconic solutions that push the limits of what’s possible – the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge, record-breaking sports events, the largest greenfield port development mega project, life-sustainingand disaster recovery programs, and the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere.

On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, governments, energy and the environment, we deliver professional services throughout the project lifecycle.

We are proud to be recognized for excellence:

  • Fortune ’s World’s Most Admired Companies – 2014-2020

  • #1 in Transportation and General Building in Engineering-News Record 's 2019 “Top 500 Design Firms” and #1 2019 “Top 200 Environmental Firms”

  • VIQTORY 2020 Military Friendly® Gold Employer

  • Perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index for 2017-2019


With world class technical expertise, leading edge technology and innovative project delivery capability around the world, AECOM’s global environmental practice helps industry and government meet their business goals – to achieve compliance, reduce or eliminate risks and manage impacts. We provide advisory and technical services to help clients cleanup and close contaminated sites and surplus operational facilities and restore them for reuse, plan and permit new facilities, address critical climate change issues, restore habitats and water quality, protect natural and cultural resources, maintain compliance, and cost effectively manage residuals and wastes.

Minimum Requirements

  • BA/BS in Ecology, Biology, or other Natural Resources-related field + 6 years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 10 years of experience in biology and natural resources, including knowledge of the federal and California Endangered Species Acts.

  • 10(a)1(A) federal recovery permit for Ridgeway’s rail.

  • Experienced working outside conducting field surveys and monitoring.

  • Expertise with special-status wildlife species of Northern California, including rail species in California.

  • Strong detail-oriented work style, with excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Knowledge of the California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act.

  • Experience preparing and/or implementing permits issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Board, and/or US Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Experience with infrastructure projects.

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Sciences

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United States of America

Position Status Part-time Variable

Requisition/Vacancy No. 244487BR

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.