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AECOM Senior Ecologist and Permitting Lead in Portland, Oregon

Job Summary

To support a growing backlog of work, AECOM is seeking a Senior-Level Ecologist for a senior practitioner and leadership role in our well-respected and successful Ecological Assessment and Restoration Services group. Requires demonstrated experience navigating the requirements of environmental permits and regulations (including wetland and other natural resource-related permitting), completing restoration planning integrated with engineering teams, and conducting monitoring and/or environmental regulatory compliance. In addition to technical expertise, the position may include managing projects, clients, and staff, as well as pursuing business development opportunities. This position will be based in AECOM’s Portland office, with opportunities to work across our closely integrated offices throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

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.

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

  • Provide technical oversight on projects requiring environmental permits and approvals from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Oregon Department of State Lands, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Washington Department of Ecology, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, and various county and municipal agencies.

  • Utilize a background in wetland ecology or related science to inform the preparation and review of environmental permit applications and supporting documentation.

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge on current environmental regulations and permitting strategies.

  • Work closely with clients and internal staff to develop streamlined permitting strategies for a variety of project types, including finding solutions to permitting and schedule challenges.

  • Provide technical expertise and oversight on natural resource projects involving restoration planning, vegetation monitoring, habitat management, and other related areas of expertise.

  • Develop recommendations for mitigation measures, monitoring, and permitting specific to biological resources.

  • Manage client relationships and serve as a project manager for a variety of natural resource planning and permitting projects.

  • Conduct business development with new and existing clients.

  • Supervise, instruct, mentor, and facilitate professional growth and development of natural resource professionals.

  • Work closely with AECOM’s other leads in both natural and cultural resources in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the company to promote AECOM’s business interests in adherence to its mission, vision, and values.

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 Science, Environmental Planning, or a related field.

  • 8+ years of relevant work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Botany, or a related field.

  • 5 years of progressively responsible experience in business development, managing projects, QA/QC, developing and implementing budgets, schedules, and scopes of work from pre-field tasks to final report preparation.

  • Knowledgeable about state and federal environmental regulations (including the Endangered Species Act, Section 404 and 401 of the Clean Water Act, NEPA, and Oregon Removal/Fill laws), permitting triggers, permit application requirements, and typical challenges and strategies related to environmental permitting.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with both clients and internal staff.

  • Experienced in task and budget management.

  • Positive attitude and adaptability to changing priorities in a fast-paced work environment.

  • Good organizational skills and a strong detail-oriented work style.

  • Demonstrated experience in supervising, mentoring, and providing leadership for other natural resources professionals.

  • Project Management and supervisory experience.

  • Experience in restoration planning and design.

  • Prior related work experience in the state of Oregon.

  • Knowledge of ecosystem-based approaches to Climate Change Adaptation.

What We Offer

We will give you 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.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

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 Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 264209BR

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.