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AECOM Ecologist III in Germantown, Maryland

Company Description

Work with Us. Change the World.

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Job Description

AECOM is actively seeking an experienced, exceptionally talented Ecologist and Permitting Specialist for immediate employment in the Germantown, MD or Arlington, VA office locations. The successful candidate will work in an interdisciplinary collaborative 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 electric utilities, natural gas, and renewable industries. AECOM’s Environmental Planning and Permitting (EPP) department manages a wide variety of projects including impact assessments and siting studies, environmental field assessments (i.e. wetland delineations, species surveys, etc.), environmental regulatory permitting, environmental inspection, and many other scopes of work. The Mid-Atlantic EPP team primarily works on projects in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, and West Virginia but opportunities exist to work in other states as well, if interested.

The position reports to one of the listed offices, and AECOM offers a hybrid work environment through our Freedom to Grow program.

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

  • Serve as a field technical and safety lead, technical writing and permitting lead, and mentor for junior staff.

  • Lead a variety of projects including stream, wetland, wildlife habitat assessments, site meetings with clients and agencies, prepare permit applications or other reports, and quality review deliverables prior to delivery to our clients.

  • Prepare technical and detailed reports for field survey summaries and permitting and siting tasks.

  • Permitting and ecological subject matter expert for federal, state and local permit application preparation and coordination with the reviewing agencies (USFWS, USACE, state and local agencies).

  • Coordinating with internal teams such as Cultural Resources, T&E species experts, GIS, Civil Engineering and others.

  • Ability to work as a team lead or independently.

  • Assist Senior Staff with business development activities, including proposals, pre-qualifications, and relationship building with clients and prospective clients.

  • Periodically, work may require extended hours, remotely, night work, weekend work, and/or overnight travel.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental. Science, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Biology, or related field +4 years of experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education.

  • The position requires fieldwork, and the candidate must be able to travel (including overnight).

  • Valid Driver’s License and as a condition of employment must be able to pass AECOM’s Motor Vehicle Records review.

  • Due to the nature of work, US Citizenship required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 4+ years of consulting experience within the utilities and/or renewables industries.

  • 4+ years of permitting application preparation, supporting data collection and review, and preparation of scientific documents including wetland delineations stream assessments, technical reports, Section 401/404 permitting, other environmental federal, state or local permit applications, and mitigation requirements. Technical writing experience specifically about authoring siting studies, and/or FERC resource reports, and/or NEPA analysis preferred.

  • Experience in multiple states within the mid-Atlantic and eastern United States (PA, OH, IN, MI, MD, DE, WV and/or NJ preferred)

  • Riparian, Coastal, and Tidal ecosystem and wetland mitigation design and monitoring experience.

  • Siting analysis, including qualitative and quantitative reviews for new or rebuild utility projects.

  • Experience in a fast-paced consulting environment, delivering high-quality technical documentation and permit applications.

  • Safety training (i.e. OSHA HAZWOPER 40-hours, CPR)

  • High degree of self-motivation.

  • Excellent and relevant references.

Additional Information

  • Sponsorship for US employment authorization is not available now or in the future for this position.

  • Relocation is not available for this position.

Exempt Position: Offered rate of compensation (Maryland) will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position is $63,000 - $110,000.

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, disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absences, voluntary benefits, perks, U.S and global well-being programs, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, service recognition awards, retirement savings plan, and employee stock purchase plan.


AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have 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.

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.

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. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

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

ReqID: J10103782

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid