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AECOM Environmental Scientist/Utility Siting Specialist in Cincinnati, Ohio

Job Summary

AECOM’s Impact Assessment and Permitting (IAP) practice is actively seeking an experienced, highly talented mid-level Siting/GIS specialist for immediate employment in the Cincinnati, Ohio office. The successful candidate will work in an interdisciplinary team-oriented environment. This position provides unlimited career growth potential while working with an excellent team comprised of a variety of staff and project managers in support of AECOM’s clients, including natural gas and electric utilities. The group primarily works on projects in Ohio and adjacent states as part of AECOM’s regional ecological group. There are opportunities to work on large scale projects or projects further afield than the typical project range if candidate is interested.

The position reports to Cincinnati, OH and teleworking may be considered. The successful applicant will join a network of existing AECOM Siting and IAP specialists across the US. The position will provide mapping and analysis support for our core business in routing and siting, impact assessment, and analysis for high voltage electric transmission lines and substations.

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

  • Assist senior staff in energy infrastructure routing and siting studies, including study segment and route alternative development and analysis and substation siting selection and analysis

  • Assist in preparation and technical writing of environmental planning and analysis documents

  • Assist senior staff in the preparation of routing and siting applications for submittal to state public utility commissions in support of electric transmission projects

  • Assist in the preparation of Clean Water Act Permits, Section 401 and 404, or other permit applications

  • Assist senior staff in field reviews and investigations to determine suitable project site locations

  • Create maps, databases, and other deliverables on short notice

  • Develop geodatabase schemas and analysis methods needed to support project goals

  • Research local, state, and federal permitting requirements


At AECOM, 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.

We take on the most complex challenges and pioneer innovative, iconic solutions that push the limits of what’s possible – the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge, record-breaking sports events, the largest greenfield port development mega project, life-sustainingdisaster recovery programs, and the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere.

On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, energy and the environment, we deliver professional services throughout the project lifecycle.

We are proud to be recognized for excellence:

  • Named one of Fortune magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies" for the sixth consecutive year

  • Ranked #1 in Engineering News-Record ’s 2020 “Top 200 Environmental Firms”

  • Ranked #1 in Transportation and General Building in Engineering News-Record ’s 2020 “Top 500 Design Firms”

  • VIQTORY 2020 Military Friendly® Gold Employer


AECOM is the leading, worldwide environmental services provider to industry and government — delivering sustainable energy and environmental solutions to meet compliance, business and operational needs. Our advisory and technical staff deliver specialized solutions to unusual and complex problems facing client projects across the full business life cycle — from asset planning, development and operations, to product integration and facility compliance, to site remediation, restoration, sustainability and reuse, and holistic strategies that improve and modernize next generation energy infrastructure. Our solutions balance complex technical, regulatory, business and stakeholder issues to produce measurable value and cost-saving approaches for our clients

Our services are delivered by 7,400 responsive environmental professionals around the world. Our global staff has in-depth knowledge of local and regional requirements and broad technical expertise in 60 disciplines. We work together across our global network to bring the best resources, skills and efficiencies to our projects.

Minimum Requirements

  • BA/BS in environmental science, environmental engineering, biology, ecology, natural resources, wetlands management, geology, other planning, geography, or an earth science-related field + 2 years of experience with siting of electric transmission lines and substations and state/federal environmental assessment reporting (Ohio) or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education.

  • Experience with ESRI ArcGIS products. Strong understanding of Geographic Information System (GIS) processes and capabilities. GIS Certification certification/degree preferred.

  • Knowledge of relational database systems used in GIS

  • Extensive knowledge of desktop and web mapping applications including ESRI ArcGIS Desktop (10.x), ArcGIS Pro 2.x, Esri Web App Builder, Story Maps, Collector, and Survey123 within the ArcGIS Online platform

  • Presentation quality cartographic skills (portfolio examples are welcome)

  • High degree of self-motivation and the ability to work independently with limited supervision, as well as in a collaborative team environment. Must have ability to take the lead on a task and possess the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously. Demonstrated ability to manage projects and teams to scope, schedule, and budget preferred.

  • Strong working knowledge of word-processing and integrated software applications, including MS Word, Excel, and Power Point

  • Position may require field work and candidate must be able to travel.

  • Good driving record and valid driver’s license required

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2-5 years F/T work experience with siting of electric transmission lines and substations and state/federal environmental assessment reporting. Ohio experience preferred

  • Excellent and advanced writing skills

  • Master’s degree in relevant field

  • 5+ years industry experience

  • Project management experience

  • Proposal management experience

  • Expertise in routing and siting approaches, processes, procedures, and best practices.

  • Technical writing experience specifically with regard to authoring siting studies, and/or FERC resource reports, and/or NEPA analysis

  • Experience working with electric utility clients, experience with AEP, Duke, FirstEnergy preferred

  • Experience working in a fast-paced consulting environment

  • Excellent oral and written communication with ability to bridge the gap between technical and non-technical staff/management

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, written, and verbal communication skills

  • Organizational management skills and ability to perform detail-oriented work are required.

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Sciences

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United States of America

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 252717BR

Virtual: Yes

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.