AECOM Ecologist II in San Diego, California
United States of America - California, San Diego
AECOM is seeking a motivated Restoration Ecologist to join the Natural Resources Group in the San Diego, CA office. This position would support numerous natural resource projects in the southern California region with a focus on native habitat restoration. Primary duties include restoration site monitoring, leading field crews for restoration implementation and site maintenance, electronic data collection, restoration project planning, and preparation of technical reports. Additional duties may include general biological surveys for plants and/or wildlife, listed species surveys, conservation plans, habitat management plans, biological surveys and monitoring to support wildfire fuels management, and assisting with various Natural Resource project tasks.
Performing technical habitat restoration work including oversight of habitat restoration maintenance activities; native and nonnative vegetation monitoring/surveys, preparation of technical reports and/or report sections;implementing restoration projects; participation in restoration planning including development of plans and/or plan sections.
Additional duties may include assisting on botanical surveys, listed species surveys, conservation plans, habitat management plans, weed management plans, and pesticide use management plans, or assisting with Natural Resource project tasks.
This position will predominantly involve task-based assignments and task-level management and may involve some project management support.
The candidate will participate in projects that involve innovative mitigation and conservation planning; multi-disciplinary teamwork with biologists, planners, wetland scientists and landscape architects; and creative integration of natural resource analysis and project design.
The candidate may play a supporting role in marketing and business development efforts in pursuit of new projects.
This position works with a variety of clients and requires occasional travel.
This position will include a combination of field and office work.
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.
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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.
- BA/BS in Biology, Ecology or related field (i.e., Ecological Restoration, Watershed Planning, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science) + 2 years of relevant knowledge of different habitat restoration methodologies within a variety of habitat types in southern California and experience implementing restoration (e.g., container planting, seeding, and weed control) and Experience in biological survey fieldwork including vegetation monitoring utilizing line-intercept, transect, quadrat, and/or relevé methods, as well as experience with GPS and electronic data collection devices.Southern California native plant species knowledge and identification or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education.
A background in general ecology and ecological processes.
Familiarity with issues related to wetland ecology, watershed planning, conservation planning, and/or natural resources planning.
Basic knowledge of major state and federal agencies (e.g., USACE, USFWS, BLM, BoR, CDFW, RWQCB, and CCC) and major regulatory frameworks (e.g., NEPA, CEQA, ESA, CESA, CFGC, CWA and CCA).
Proficiency in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; ability to create and maintain tracking spreadsheets and documents
Valid driver license required and must be able to safely drive to job sites.
Ability to work independently and as a part of a team, identifying what needs to be accomplished and regularly completing tasks.
Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
Experience in California is a must. Experience in southwest U.S. is also favorable
Experience completing Habitat Restoration Maintenance and Monitoring Reports, Mitigation and Monitoring Plans, Biological Assessments, Biological technical Reports, and/or EIR/EIS sections.
Master’s Degree in related field (biology, ecology, or project management) preferred.
Prior consulting experience strongly preferred, but non-consultant candidates with relevant experience will be considered.
Experience working for utility clients (e.g.,SDG&E)
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. 251786BR
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.