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AECOM Senior Restoration Ecologist/Project Manager in San Diego, 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 – 50,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Job Description

AECOM has an immediate opening for a Senior Restoration Ecologist/Project Manager in our San Diego office, with opportunities to work across Southern California. This position will predominantly involve project management and working with a team to implement and manage restoration projects across southern California. The ideal candidate will be responsible for projects that involve innovative environmental mitigation and conservation planning; multi-disciplinary teamwork with biologists, planners, wetland scientists and landscape architects; and creative integration of natural resource analysis and project design. This position works with a variety of clients and requires occasional travel.

The responsibilities of this role include:

  • The primary role of the Restoration Ecologist/Project Manager will be managing projects of various sizes.

  • Setting timelines and expectations for project teams.

  • Maintaining quality of project deliverables, maintaining positive client relationships, assisting with business development, and preparing scope/cost proposals for new projects.

  • The Restoration Ecologist/Project Manager will be responsible for high-quality technical expertise in ecological restoration, including but not limited to preparing conservation and habitat management plans, restoration planning and site-specific design, implementing restoration and long-term maintenance and monitoring programs, developing appropriate performance monitoring methods, providing all required project reporting, practicing adaptive management and assisting clients to achieve successful project results and regulatory approval.

*Additional duties may include performing or overseeing botanical and wildlife species surveys, supporting wildfire fuels management and planning, expanding the use of UAS and satellite imagery into landscape ecology applications, personnel management, and/or assisting with various natural resources related projects and tasks.

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 Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology or related field (e.g., Environmental Science, Watershed Planning, Natural Resource Management, Hydrology) and at least 6 years of professional experience in a restoration related field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of professional experience or advanced degree (MS) in related field and 8+ years experience

  • Prior consulting experience

  • A strong background in restoration ecology and ecological processes, as well as experience implementing restoration (e.g., container planting, seeding, and weed control), including making decisions on most appropriate method for individual project needs.

  • Experience in California and southwest U.S., including extensive knowledge of native and non-native flora and experience identifying in the field, as well as botanical skills, including keying plants using the Jepson manual.

  • Knowledge of major state and federal agencies (e.g., USACE, USFWS, BLM, BOR, CDFW, RWQCB, and CCC) and major regulatory frameworks (e.g., NEPA, CEQA, ESA, CESA, CFGC, CWA and CCA).

  • Strong technical writing ability and experience completing Habitat Restoration Maintenance and Monitoring Reports, Mitigation and Monitoring Plans, Biological Assessments, and/or EIR/EIS sections.

  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team; be innovative and a problem solver.

  • Familiarity with complex issues related to ecological restoration, wetland ecology, watershed planning, conservation planning, and/or natural resources planning.

  • Business development experience and proven ability to play a lead role in marketing and business development. efforts in pursuit of new projects, including a track record of preparing winning proposals.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • At least 3 years project management experience and strong project management skills.

  • Data management, including electronic data collection in field, managing large data sets, programming, and/or web development.

  • Experience in biological survey fieldwork, including vegetation monitoring utilizing line-intercept, transect, and/or Releve methods, as well as experience with GPS and electronic data collection devices.

  • Landscape ecology, including integration of remotely sensed imagery, spatial analysis, and modeling

  • Experience with blue carbon/carbon sequestration quantification.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work. 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.

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.

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.

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: J10071008

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West