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AECOM Public Assistance Disaster Recovery – Technical Specialist – Structural Engineer in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Company Description

How will you make your mark?

At AECOM, our work in providing access to clean water enables communities to thrive and ecosystems to flourish, contributing to a resilient future. As a global leader in infrastructure consulting, we are at the forefront of significant water projects, with over 6,000 of the industry’s best minds driving innovation and technical excellence. Together, we develop solutions that are not only best in the world, but best for the world.

With an acceleration in infrastructure investment, your bold ideas and global expertise have never been more crucial. Join our dynamic team, where innovation, career growth, and collaboration are celebrated. Enjoy the freedom to grow with customizable career paths, water-specific technical and professional development and the potential to contribute to transformational projects worldwide. Discover your #H2Opportunity

Dams: With a proud history spanning over 85 years and thousands of successful projects, our expertise in dam and reservoir engineering is unmatched. From feasibility studies to design, construction, and maintenance, we cover every aspect of the process, ensuring the longevity and safety of critical water infrastructure. As part of our team, you'll contribute to our legacy, bringing innovative solutions to life and making a meaningful impact on global water resources.

Wastewater: We specialize in advanced wastewater treatment solutions, offering everything from primary treatments to complex, advanced systems, including enhanced nutrient removal and advanced biosolids processes. Our focus on energy efficiency not only lowers costs but also improves services for our clients. Join us in delivering sustainable wastewater management, integrating your innovative ideas into projects that make an impact.

Water Treatment: As the global community is faced with securing sustainable and safe drinking water, AECOM stands at the forefront of innovating water treatment solutions that are sustainable, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective. Our water team is equipped with the expertise to tackle these intricate challenges head-on. From planning and pilot testing to conceptual and final design, through to construction, start-up, and commissioning, we offer comprehensive source-to-tap solutions. Join us in addressing some of the most pressing water supply and treatment issues facing our communities today. Your contribution will help deliver essential water solutions that support both current and future generations.

Mining: Leveraging over a century of expertise in the mining sector, AECOM has established itself as a leader in the planning, design, construction, and operation of mining and mineral processing facilities worldwide. AECOM's approach combines innovation, efficiency, global reach, and collaboration to deliver exceptional outcomes for our clients, communities, and stakeholders. Join our team and be part of a legacy that shapes the future of mining, benefiting economies and ecosystems worldwide.

Surface water: AECOM is on the forefront of addressing critical water challenges with durable and meaningful solutions. Our work enhances flood and coastal resilience, drives investment in flood risk management, and pioneers coastal modeling to combat the climate emergency. By bringing together the brightest minds, we tackle complex issues head-on, protecting communities and shaping a sustainable future. Join AECOM's mission—be part of a team that delivers impactful infrastructure solutions against the backdrop of a changing climate. Your expertise can help turn challenges into opportunities for resilience and innovation.

Job Description

Job Description

AECOM is looking for Structural Engineers to work on Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Technical Assistance Contract (PA-TAC) contract supporting FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) Program supporting FEMA Regions I and II. The objective of this contract is to help communities in FEMA Regions I and II recover from major disasters by providing them with technical grant assistance to restore their damaged infrastructure and successfully participate in the PA Program.

This work requires the ability to deploy for up to one year to disaster locations within Regions I and II as determined by FEMA. Reimbursable per diem (meals and lodging) at GSA rates, airfare, and rental car costs apply to all staff living greater than 50 miles from duty station.

Position Description:  The Structural Engineers will be embedded within FEMA to provide technical assistance that may include the following:

  • Conduct site inspections to validate and record infrastructure damage to include: taking photographs, making site sketches, and writing detailed damage descriptions.

  • Develop and review scopes of work and cost estimates, including code and standard requirements.

  • Review and analyze engineering reports, designs, and as-built plans.

  • Make recommendations regarding claim eligibility.

  • Develop or evaluate hazard mitigation proposals and benefit-cost analyses.

  • Work with applicants to prioritize their projects, facilitates applicant meetings throughout the program delivery and recovery stages, and communicates the final determination to the applicants.

  • Provide analyses and updates reports, participates in status update meetings with FEMA, and identifies the need for technical specialists. May coordinate and complete basic to moderately complex site inspections to validate and record damage to assist in the FEMA Public Assistance grant delivery process.

  • The Structural Engineers will use FEMA’s Grants Manager system.  FEMA’s Grants Manager system is used to assign and track actions throughout PA project development, and to collect all PA project-related information and documents, including correspondence.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be a US Citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain DHS Public Trust clearance.

  • Bachelor’s degree and 6 years of related technical experience.

  • Must have technical knowledge base and experience in discipline’s standard concepts, principles and techniques as well as in the design and/or construction of public infrastructure.

  • Must be able to pass a DHS/FEMA background investigation.

  • Strong Computer skills needed - position is 100% computer-based and work is completed through a web-based application

  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Teams, Excel, and Word), Adobe Acrobat, Google Earth (file conversion and import/export ability required), and smart phone.

  • Must be able to commit to travel assignments for up to 1 year in duration. Trips home to your residence are reimbursed and allowed every 30-45 days, depending on task order specifics.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

  • Must be financially able to support yourself while awaiting expense report reimbursements.

Must provide completion certificates including your first and last name for the following free and publicly available courses.

Security/Privacy Courses (must have 2024 completion dates)

  • Unauthorized Disclosure of Classified or Unclassified Information (

  • OPSEC Training (

  • Insider Threat Training (

  • Privacy at DHS: Protecting Personal Information (

  • Information Technology Security Awareness Training (Cyber Awareness Challenge) (

Independent Study Courses ( completion dates do not have to be recent )

  • IS-1000: Public Assistance Program and Eligibility (

  • IS-1001: The Public Assistance Delivery Model Orientation (

  • IS-1002: FEMA Grants Portal – Transparency at Every Step (

  • IS-1004: The FEMA Site Inspection Process (

  • IS-1018: Determination Memorandums and Appeals (

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Persons with construction-related experience a plus, specifically with structures (bridges, buildings, etc.)   

  • Bachelor's Degree with 5 years of experience in a related field and professional registration or Bachelor's degree with 10 years of experience in a related field

  • Professional Engineering (PE) license.

  • Prior FEMA PA and/or CRC experience preferred, but not required, including experience with and understanding of FEMA’s PA Program and Policy Guide (PAPPG), the Stafford Act, 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), 2 CFR, Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA) Legislation, PA grant documentation review or project development experience, validating PA grant documentation, and developing or reviewing damage descriptions and dimensions, scopes of work, and cost estimates for PA grant applications.

  • Experience with modern construction practices, facility assessments, construction inspection, project scope development and cost estimating.

  • Working knowledge of International Building Code (IBC), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other governmental regulatory compliance

  • Experience using FEMA Grants Manager.

  • Current DHS Public Trust clearance/badge.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills with attention to detail.

  • Experience providing excellent customer service.

  • Strong observational, decision making, analytical, critical thinking, organizational, and problem-solving skills with ability to synthesize and clearly present key disaster recovery issues and progress to resolution.

  • Flexible work style with the ability to immediately adapt to changing priorities.

  • Able to work independently, in a team environment and under stressful conditions with tight deadlines and able to handle tense situations diplomatically.

  • Demonstrated behavior of flexibility, adaptability, professionalism.

Additional Considerations:

  • This project has a heavy focus on production and quality. Staff must be committed to completing the work efficiently and accurately. Work will be monitored and reviewed regularly.

  • The U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) Personnel Security Division requires all disaster personnel to be U.S. citizens and be able to successfully pass a background investigation. Candidates will be required to disclose personal information including criminal records, credit issues, residential, employment, social and medical history.

  • The offer of employment is contingent on Task Order requirements, your qualifications (education/experience) meeting task order requirements, your availability for the specific Task Order, your ability to obtain and maintain your PA-TAC training credentials, and AECOM being awarded client Task Order.

  • This position is contingent upon ability to obtain/maintain/transfer a DHS Public Trust Clearance.

  • This position is contingent upon task order and customer requirements and/or their approval.

  • If the contingency does not occur, then the offer is rescinded.

Additional Information

  • Due to the nature of this project, Sponsorship is not available.

  • Due to the nature of this project, Relocation is not available.


Offered compensation will be based on location and individual qualifications. The expected range is $93,600.00 - $118,560.00.


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: J10104678

Business Line: Water

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Engineering

Work Location Model: Hybrid