AECOM Project Biologist in Seattle, Washington
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AECOM is seeking an experienced Project Biologist or Natural Resources-focused professional to join our interdisciplinary team and support our work with clients in the federal, transportation, energy, and water sectors. This is an exciting opportunity to work on some of the region's most important and interesting projects. This person will join an established natural resource consultancy practice, which includes experts in wildlife, botany, vegetation ecology, restoration, fisheries, and climate adaptation. Joining the team means ongoing opportunities to diversify your expertise, learn from others, and continue to grow as a professional biologist. The position will be based in our Seattle, Washington office.
Primary duties include preparing Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) compliance documentation and environmental permitting applications; conducting biological surveys; and related electronic data collection. Experience conducting general surveys for avian (including nests), mammal, fish, and invertebrate species, and/or experience conducting wildlife habitat and vegetation characterization and mapping is desired.
Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):
Perform assignments that require background in wildlife and aquatic ecology and/or other ecological processes.
Conduct writing assignments, including completing survey reports, Biological Technical Reports, Biological Assessments, MMPA compliance documents (IHA, LOA), and/or EIS/EA sections.
Conduct biological survey fieldwork in a variety of Pacific Northwest environments, which can include multiple days of travel and/or working in rugged terrain and inclement weather.
Utilize electronic data collection methods (including GPS) and manage data, as needed.
Support proposal efforts.
Work under supervision of a senior project manager or senior-level team member.
The ability to work independently and as part of a team; be innovative and a problem solver.
Ensure assigned tasks stay on schedule and budget.
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.
Bachelor’s degree in biology, botany, natural resources, wildlife, fisheries science, or related field
4 years of relevant work experience in habitat assessment, biological surveys, and/or related biological studies
Valid U.S. Driver License
Strong background in terrestrial and aquatic biology, field experience with special status species of Pacific Northwest, and knowledge of regulatory requirements.
Travel with limited advanced notice may be required.
Experience and understanding of Endangered Species Act, Magnuson-Stevens Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Bald and Golden Eagle Act, and other regulatory processes.
6+ years of relevant work experience in habitat assessment, biological surveys, and/or related biological studies
Experience obtaining permits and working with regulatory agencies, such as the USFWS, NMFS, USACE, and WDFW.
Marine mammal field experience.
Familiarity with GIS computer programs.
Experience with field data collection tools such as Collector, Trimble units, and others.
Positive attitude; adaptability to changing priorities in a fast-paced work environment
Highly organized with a strong detail-oriented work style
Excellent oral and written communication skills
The candidate will conduct fieldwork and prepare technical reports while interacting with coworkers, clients, and regulatory agency staff.
U.S. Citizenship is required.
Offered rate of compensation (Washington locations only) will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position is $63,000.00 - $110,000.00.
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.
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Business Line: Environment
Business Group: DCS
Strategic Business Unit: West
Career Area: Science