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AECOM Nature-based Solutions Deputy Program Manager in Washington, District Of Columbia

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.

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 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.

Job Description

Job Description

This role will report to the relevant regional Nature-based Solutions NbS / Natural Capital Lead and functionally to the Program Manager of AECOM’s internal nature-based solutions program (known as AECOM Forests). The successful candidate will primarily program manage the AECOM Forests program (approximately 33% of their time), which will support the achievement of our net zero goals by offsetting AECOM’s residual emissions through development of nature-based solutions from relevant ecosystems (not just forests). This is a way to optimize AECOM’s offsetting strategy regarding cost, benefit and risk as well as delivering wider ESG benefits. We are at early stages of project feasibility for AECOM Forests, so we are looking for somebody to manage potential partnerships and work with the team to propose best practice nature-based solutions. In addition to managing the AECOM Forests program, the successful candidate would also assist in winning and delivering nature-based solutions projects for external clients (approximately 33% of their time). This is also a growing area of demand for our clients globally, so we are looking to expand our technical and management expertise accordingly.


  • Support designing, managing, negotiating and delivering nature-based solutions projects; liaising directly with potential project partners for AECOM Forests and external clients to do so

  • Managing NbS-related projects in alignment with the AECOM project management principles and making sure projects are delivered on time within budget

  • Working with colleagues to assess potential partners / external clients and their projects based on financial, technical, environmental, and social criteria

  • Coordinating environmental and social due diligence of projects

  • Contribute to business development by developing partner / external partner relationships, writing proposals, support marketing and thought leadership initiatives, and continuously improving our service offering to clients

  • Prioritizing tasks and meeting commitments on an on-going basis and taking ownership and responsibility for the timely completion and quality of work

  • Participate in project team meetings, client meetings and internal meetings (including feeding into AECOM’s internal Net Zero Roadmap as a member of the Corporate Environmental Working Group)

  • Coordinating stakeholders globally who are part of the AECOM Forests technical team

  • Communicate with key senior stakeholders including the AECOM Investment Working Group and ESG Steering Group / ESG Global Council

  • Keeping up to date with relevant legislation, policy, guidance and best practice relating to natural capital, ecosystem services, environmental valuation, carbon offsetting and net zero

  • Building relationships internally across teams within AECOM to expand the scope of the NbS practice

  • Contribute to the development of digital solutions to deliver AECOM’s digital transformation agenda.


Minimum Requirements:

  • BA/BS + 6 years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education

  • Program management skills – including the ability to identify, define and plan workstream scopes, and manage and report progress against milestones.

  • The ability to operate with credibility both at a senior level and also globally across the business – comfortable reporting into and engaging with senior executives and advising on progress and challenges

  • Excellent numerical and analytical skills and the aptitude to understand and communicate complex technical information regarding natural capital

  • Experience ideally in economic valuation using non-market valuation methods to support policy- and decision-making

  • Excellent research and report writing skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An ability to work to deadlines, work flexibly under pressure and respond to changing project and program demands

  • Exceptional communication skills including the ability to achieve results through advocacy, influence and persuasion

  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Teams.

  • Experience in carbon forestry or other ecosystem carbon project development in-situ

  • Experience in negotiating partnerships and building collaborations around natural climate solutions and nature-based solutions

  • Experience in carbon markets and taking development projects to sale / closure.

  • Experience in economic modelling

  • Experience working with the carbon market standards

  • A geography, environmental sustainability, sustainable development, environmental sciences, environmental economics, conservation or other strongly numerate subject area degree.

Additional Information

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

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: J10078713

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Consulting Services