AECOM Marine Species Observer in Miami, Florida

Business Line Environment

Position Title Marine Species Observer

United States of America - Florida


Job Summary

AECOM Environment is actively seeking a hardworking Marine Species Observer for immediate full time employment in the Miami, FL office. The candidate would support our successful interdisciplinary Environment Department and would assist with environmental permit compliance by serving as a dedicated marine species observer to monitor protected species, such as manatees and sea turtles for a large in-water construction project. Please note this is a contract position and is expected to last the duration of the project (12-18 months).

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

  • Work closely with onsite contractors to educate personnel and successfully complete project without impacts to protected species (e.g., manatees, sea turtles, etc.)

  • Notify personnel to cease all in-water operations, if a sighting occurs

  • Maintain a daily observer log that details sightings, collisions, or injuries to protected marine animals, including some photographs of in-water work and species observed

  • Prepare reports summarizing all incidents and sightings for submittal to the federal, state, and local regulatory and wildlife agencies

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, or other closely related field

  • 2+ years of professional work experience with marine species

  • Familiar with manatee habitats

  • Must be able to directly interact with onsite construction team, and give immediate direction to cease all in-water operations, if a sighting of a protected marine species occurs

  • Organized, detailed oriented, and diligent in record keeping

  • Must be able to interact directly with local regulatory agencies in a professional manner

  • Self-motivated, organized, and excellent communications skills

  • Position requires working long field days outdoors, sometimes under rigorous conditions (e.g., hot and/or rainy weather in a variety of habitats)

  • Due to the nature of this work, qualified applicants who are offered a position must pass a pre-employment substance abuse test

  • Must have a valid driver's license

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with manatee observations

  • Experience with environmental permitting, wetlands, ecological assessments, wildlife studies, and threatened/endangered species of Florida and their habitats

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.


Please note that AECOM does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Fee Agreement, AECOM will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, AECOM explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of AECOM.

Job Category Sciences

Country United States of America

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 163518BR