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AECOM Mid-Level Geologist in Germantown, Maryland

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

AECOM is actively seeking a mid-level geologist for employment in the Germantown, MD or Arlington, VA offices to be a task leader for a variety of environmental projects (i.e., Remedial Investigations and Site Assessments) for primarily Federal sector clients with a primary focus on projects involving PFAS or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. PFAS are a set of emerging contaminants for which AECOM foresees a significant growth in its business. In this important position, the successful candidate will support Project Managers as part of a multi-disciplinary project team.

Under the supervision of a Project Manager or senior-level team member, the successful candidate will:

  • Task manage portions of a larger project.

  • Assist in managing and coordinating complex field tasks involving groundwater monitoring, drilling, and remedial activities.

  • Provide technical direction and safety oversight to a team of multi-disciplinary AECOM scientists on large field investigations.

  • Provide technical direction and safety oversight of drilling subcontractors while logging soil/rock cores and directing monitoring well construction.

  • Apply standard field practices and techniques using basic field equipment to collect samples of soil, soil vapor, groundwater, surface water, sediment; prepare samples for shipping, and complete chain-of-custody or similar paperwork.

  • Assist with technical report writing tasks with the support of more junior staff.

  • Assist with proposal writing and cost estimating.

  • Develop subcontractor relationships and manage implementation of their services.

  • Assist with preparing permits and access agreements with public agencies and other stakeholders.

  • Interact with clients.

  • Assist with preparing remedial designs and overseeing implementation of remedial actions.

  • Qualified candidates must be comfortable with travel. Field work will be required, including oversight of AECOM staff and subcontractors.

  • Anticipated division of job-related tasks is about a 65/35 percent split between field and office work.

The ideal candidate must be able to work with discipline independently, effectively lead junior staff while working in a collaborative team-environment, foster team building through respect, inclusion, and mentorship, display a high level of organization and communication, and demonstrate a strong desire to learn from Project Managers. Flexibility to work on a multitude of diverse projects, a positive attitude, willingness to mentor junior staff, and commitment to workplace health and safety are imperative. For the right candidate, this position holds significant growth potential into project management positions.


Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Geology or related science

  • 4+ years of post-graduation relevant experience in environmental consulting (i.e., Remedial Investigations and Site Assessments) for Federal, State, or private clients.

  • Remedial/Site investigation, remediation planning, or design experience.

  • Ability to travel periodically for month-long regional project assignments and occasional meetings.

  • Must have a valid US driver’s license. Due to the nature of the work, US citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional Geologist License or preparing for Professional Geologist registration.

  • Safety-focused individual with experience in the implementation of safety plans; leading safety kick-off calls, daily “tailgate” safety briefings, and comfortable performing subcontractor safety oversight.

  • Excellent skills in written and spoken communication (including polished client presentation skills), organization, time management, and an individual who thrives in a team-oriented environment.

  • Experience using Microsoft Office (Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint) and preparing technical reports.

  • Field experience overseeing industry-standard drilling and monitoring well installation methods. Experience logging soils using the USCS and rock logging.

  • Experience with CERCLA RI/FS, RCRA, and RD/RA projects with commercial or DoD clients.

  • Experience performing environmental investigations at DoD facilities.

  • Technical Skills – Life cycle cost estimating, feasibility studies, basic fate and transport modeling, and excellent technical writing skills.

  • Certificates – OSHA 40hr HAZWOPER Training and current refresher certificates.

Additional Information


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 and disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, voluntary benefits, perks, wellness and global well-being, and global EAP, Business Travel and Service Awards programs.

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: J10082990

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid