AECOM Air Quality/Permitting Project Manager in Chicago/Warrenville, Illinois

Requisition/Vacancy No. 144954BR

Position Title Air Quality/Permitting Project Manager

Job Category Safety / Health

Business Line Environment

Country United States of America

State/Province/Region USA - Illinois

City Chicago/Warrenville

Why Choose AECOM? AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

About the Business Line


Our team of environment specialists offers clients expertise in air quality, impact analysis and permitting, environmental health and safety management consulting/due diligence, remediation consulting/engineering and construction/site restoration, specialty and emerging technologies, waste services and water and natural resources.

Job Summary

AECOM is actively seeking a senior level Air Quality/Permitting Project Manager for immediate employment in our Chicago, Illinois, area offices. The appropriately qualified applicant must demonstrate an established career in the air quality/permitting industry with business contacts in Chicago and surrounding areas.

The selected candidate will serve as a Project Manager, but must have the ability to develop new work, coordinate and make successful handoffs to project team members, and lead individual projects while supporting business development opportunities for the group.

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

  • Develop client relationships, and pursue and develop new business

  • Prepare, evaluate, and conduct peer reviews of permit applications and/or environmental documents

  • Manage air quality/air permitting proposals and projects within and/or outside of their specialization

  • Negotiate permit conditions with regulatory agencies

  • Perform air pollutant emissions calculations

  • Evaluate modeling data

  • Assess air quality impacts under Illinois (including NW Indiana) and Federal regulations

  • Current in federal, state, and local regulations and prepare technical reports in-line with those

  • Participate in local professional organization and agency activities aimed at business development

  • Mentor fellow staff through training and development, within specialization

  • Participate in other environment-related projects and tasks, as required

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (minimum) in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field and at least one professional registration and/or certification applicable to Air Permitting/Air Quality work

  • 10+ years of applicable and relevant air experience in consulting including a proven track record in building and maintaining client relationships, promoting a team environment, and staff mentoring

  • Technical experience in one or more of the following air quality specializations: permitting, compliance, auditing; health risk assessment; or others

  • Computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office and appropriate familiarity with atmospheric dispersion and emissions modeling tools

  • Experience as a Project Manager or Senior Task Lead on environmental projects at a consulting and/or engineering firm including cost estimating and proposal development experience

  • Demonstrated experience and technical proficiency working with the applicable agencies in Illinois (e.g., IEPA) and surrounding states in the Midwest

  • Excellent communication and writing skills with the ability to solve complex problems

  • Ability and enthusiasm to develop business from new and existing clients

  • Ability to establish effective internal and external working relationships

  • Ability to travel to project sites if needed and required, including a valid driver’s license and passport

  • Ability to pass security requirements for site access including drug screens and/or background checks required for site entry

Preferred Qualifications

  • 15+ years of relevant experience

  • Master's or PhD in engineering, physics, chemistry, or atmospheric sciences (meteorology)

  • Familiarity with atmospheric dispersion modeling

  • PMP or other Project Management Certification

  • 40 Hour Hazwoper Training/Refresher

  • Experience with one or more compliance related fields including, but not limited to, environmental auditing, water permitting, emergency response, EMIS, and/or industrial hygiene

  • Experience as a regulator in the air permitting/air quality sector

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow.

AECOM is an equal opportunity employer and Minorities, Females, Veterans, and Disabled persons are encouraged to apply. For further information, please click here at to view the EEO Is The Law poster.