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AECOM Construction Costing Specialists – 100% REMOTE in Orlando, Florida

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Job Description

AECOM is looking to fill multiple Costing Specialists positions to support a contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program supporting FEMA’s four Consolidated Resource Centers (CRC).

This work is 100% remote and is based on the contingencies listed in the minimum requirements and additional information below.

Project Overview: FEMA’s PA Program provides supplemental funding to state and local governments and eligible private nonprofits, Indian tribal governments, and Alaska Native villages for disaster-related debris removal, emergency protective measures, and restoration of damaged infrastructure.

AECOM will support these efforts by providing FEMA a wide range of technical and program management services to support four CRCs processing grant applications and validating/preparing damage description and dimensions, scopes of work, and cost estimates and conducting compliance reviews across multiple disasters.

Position Description:

  • The Costing Specialist validates Public Assistance (PA) grant applications for disaster recovery projects in the standard lane within FEMA’s PA delivery model.

  • The Costing Specialist uses information provided by multiple stakeholders to develop the grant application (project).

  • The Costing Specialist develops the scope of work and cost estimate.

  • The Costing Specialist will prepare a Request for Information (RFI) when additional information is required to complete the project.

  • The Costing Specialist must attend daily stand-up meetings and complete required daily, weekly, and monthly reports.

When preparing the cost estimate, the Costing Specialist will:

  • Develop disaster-specific cost data when applicable

  • Use the best available estimating tools (Xactimate, RSMeans, etc.)

  • Use the Cost Estimating Format (CEF) for large projects, in accordance with the Public Assistance CEF for Large Projects Instructional Guide, Version 2.1

  • The Costing Specialist(s) will use FEMA’s Grants Manager (GM) system. FEMA’s Grants Manager system is used to assign and track actions throughout PA project development, and to collect all PA project-related information and documents, including correspondence.



  • Bachelor’s degree or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education

  • Must be a US Citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain DHS Public Trust (details below)

  • This position is 100% computer-based and work is completed through a web-based application, so strong computer skills are required:

  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Teams, Excel, and Word), Adobe Acrobat, and Google Earth (file conversion and import/export ability required)


  • 2+ years of relevant technical experience in the design and/or construction of public infrastructure. The valuable skill types and experience include, engineers, architects, cost estimators, construction inspectors/managers or similar discipline(s) or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education

  • Relevant technical knowledge base and experience in discipline’s standard concepts, principles and techniques as well as in the design and/or construction of public infrastructure. Valuable skill types and experience include engineers, architects, cost estimators, construction inspectors/managers

  • Experience using cost estimating software (Xactimate, RS Means, etc)

  • Prior FEMA PA and/or CRC experience preferred, but not required, including PA grant documentation review or project development experience, validating PA grant documentation, and developing or reviewing DDDs, SOWs, and cost estimates for PA grant applications

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills; Attention to detail

  • Strong observational, decision making, analytical, critical thinking, organizational, and problem-solving skills with ability to synthesize and clearly present key disaster recovery issues and progress to resolution

  • Experience with FEMA Grants Manager

  • Current DHS Public Trust clearance/badge

  • Flexible work style with the ability to immediately adapt to changing priorities

  • Able to work independently, in a team environment and under stressful conditions with tight deadlines and able to handle tense situations diplomatically

  • Demonstrated behavior of flexibility, adaptability, professionalism

Additional Information

  • This project has a heavy focus on production and quality focused project. Staff must be committed to completing the work efficiently and accurately. Work will be monitored and reviewed regularly

  • The U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) Personnel Security Division requires all disaster personnel to be U.S. citizens and be able to successfully pass a background investigation

  • As this is a fully remote position, relocation assistance is not available

  • Offered rate of compensation will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience and work location. The hourly range for this position is $28.00 - $40.00 / hour. Please note that this role can be based anywhere in the United States and compensation data will vary in each location

  • 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.

  • This position is contingent upon Call Order award which is anticipated to be in Spring/Summer of 2024

  • This position is contingent upon ability to obtain/maintain/transfer a DHS Public Trust Clearance

  • This position is contingent upon customer requirements and may require client approval

  • If the above contingencies do not occur, then the offer is rescinded


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: J10102154

Business Line: Water

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Construction

Work Location Model: Remote