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AECOM Natural Resources Team Leader/Senior Project Manager in Orange, California

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.

Job Description

AECOM is actively seeking an experienced and ambitious Natural Resources Team Leader/Senior Project Manager for immediate employment to grow our Natural Resources practice in the Orange, Los Angeles and Central Coast areas. Office location is flexible with ability for intermittent as-needed travel within that region. AECOM is proud to provide our employees with exciting, challenging projects and career opportunities, in a dynamic and flexible working environment. Primary duties will include growing and managing a team of Natural Resources staff located throughout the greater Orange, Los Angeles, and Central Coast areas, as well as overseeing a range of small- to large-scale projects and programs involving (but not limited to): impact assessments and mitigation planning; regulatory compliance and permitting efforts including CEQA/NEPA, 404/401, CESA, and ESA; resource agency consultation; large-scale field efforts; and preparation of environmental documents (CEQA and NEPA) and natural resource management plans. The candidate will contribute to growth of the department through marketing pursuits including proposal preparation, interviews, business development, and client relationship building (existing and new clients).

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

  • Grow and oversee a diverse team of staff, including management of workload and utilization, assigning projects and tasks, guiding career development, conducting goal setting and annual performance reviews, as well as performing administrative tasks (e.g., timesheet/expense report approval)

  • Work directly with the Natural Resources Group Manager to create an inclusive work environment where staff can grow professionally and are supported in delivering their best work to internal and external clients

  • Lead hiring of junior and mid-level staff to grow the team, and provide supervision and mentoring to guide career development.

  • Expand project backload and revenue through marketing existing clients and actively pursuing opportunities with new clients as well as development of new business markets by building teams with complementary skillsets.

  • Program and account level management of key clients involving services such as large, complex environmental natural resources documents such as CEQA/NEPA documents, HCPs/NCCPs, Biological Technical Reports, Biological Assessments, Habitat Management Plans, Restoration Plans, Jurisdictional Delineation Reports and/or Resource Agency Permitting Packages.

  • Manage projects/programs that include all aspects of environmental analysis (e.g., biological, cultural, air quality, traffic, etc.) and may involve large-scale field efforts and intensive schedules.

  • Perform project management duties such as forecasting, tracking project costs and schedule, accounting updates, invoicing, progress reports, and take corrective action where necessary

  • Prepare competitive responses to Requests for Proposals for a variety of clients, including development of scope, fee, schedule, and deliverables, and participation in interviews

  • Operate as primary point of contact for clients and resource agencies on programs and projects

  • Collaborate with other supervisors in the office in a team-based environment

  • Contribute to growth of practice through business development

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 related field (e.g., biology, ecology, or project management/controls).

  • 8 years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education in natural resources project management.

  • Valid U.S. Driver's license is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in related field (biology, ecology, or project management/controls)

  • 15+ years of experience in natural resources project management

  • Staff leadership experience, including hiring, mentoring and career development.

  • Be located in (or willingness to relocate to) the greater Los Angeles or Central Coast area to serve clients throughout the southern and central California region.

  • Experience working with Orange and Los Angeles-area clients (e.g., LADWP, City and County of Los Angeles), Central Coast agencies (e.g., County of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo), California utilities (e.g., SoCalGas, Southern California Edison), military (e.g., NAVFAC) and/or other clients local to the region.

  • Experience managing small and large-scale multi-disciplinary environmental projects, involving planning, permitting, compliance, and pre- and post-construction phases.

  • Strong leadership and diplomacy skills

  • Thrives independently and as part of a team.

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated successful marketing/business development experience.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Additional Information

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

  • Offered rate of compensation (California locations only) will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position is $120,000 - 150,000.00.

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 and disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, voluntary benefits, perks, wellness and global well-being, and global EAP, Business Travel and Service Awards programs.

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: J10088255

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid