AECOM Habitat Restoration Intern in San Diego, California
United States of America - California, San Diego
AECOM is actively seeking a highly motivated Habitat Restoration Intern for immediate employment to be based in San Diego, CA.
This position is expected to begin in late August 2021.
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-sustaining disaster 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
With world class technical expertise, leading edge technology and innovative project delivery capability around the world, AECOM’s global environmental practice helps industry and government meet their business goals – to achieve compliance, reduce or eliminate risks and manage impacts. We provide advisory and technical services to help clients cleanup and close contaminated sites and surplus operational facilities and restore them for reuse, plan and permit new facilities, address critical climate change issues, restore habitats and water quality, protect natural and cultural resources, maintain compliance, and cost effectively manage residuals and wastes.
The responsibilities of this position include supporting technical work in AECOM’s restoration facility near Campo, CA in eastern San Diego County and at project-specific work site locations throughout southern California. Duties may include:
Working closely with a designated restoration ecologist and other biologists.
Working effectively independently when required.
Willingness and desire to learn restoration ecology concepts.
Including seed collecting, seed bulking, seed processing, preparation of seed mixes for implementation, native plant propagation, invasive species removal, general botanical surveys, rare plant inventory, monitoring field projects, and restoration projects.
Develop a strong understanding of established best management practices.
Including but not limited to erosion control principles and techniques and post-wildfire restoration practices.
Ability to work closely with restoration crews in the field.
Ability to follow and perform directions safely and efficiently.
Including ability to monitor and convey directions to a field crew.
Ability to work with a team to solve problems on the fly when they occur in the field.
Have the confidence to ask for help when they do not know how to resolve the problem.
Participate in extensive field work during all types of weather including 100+ degree days (appropriate safety procedures, including designated breaks, will be implemented).
Ability to respectfully work with and contribute to a team of diverse individuals from a variety of social and economic backgrounds.
Ability to present oneself in a professional manner when interacting with members of the public or clients.
Collaboration with his/her supervisor on objectives established at the start of the internship to provide clear direction and goals.
Accompanying permitted or qualified biologists on field surveys for wildlife and botanical species. Conducting biological survey fieldwork as part of a team in coastal, inland, and desert environments, which can include rugged terrain.
Collect, enter, and/or QA data, and apply technical principles and theories, with training and oversight from a restoration ecologist. Utilize electronic data collection methods.
Interpret and record data, conduct analyses, compare findings to relevant studies and local, state and federal regulations to ensure compliance.
Sharing of Native American Tribal values specific to interaction with and use of local natural resources.
Collaborate with the Native America community and participate in tribal relations.
Intern will be included in organization events such as staff meetings and brown bag workshops, and be given opportunities for networking and informational briefings with key personnel.
Occasional travel may be required.
High School Diploma or equivalent, or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education.
Valid driver’s license is required and must be able to safely drive to job sites.
Knowledge of Native American values with respect to natural resources and connection to the Earth.
Familiarity with local San Diego County Tribes and Tribal organizations.
BA/BS in relevant field (e.g., biology, ecology, environmental science)
Ability to operate four-wheel drive vehicles
Physical ability to hike in challenging terrain, possibly for extended periods of time, and complete manual labor associated with plant propagation and restoration.
Candidate must be flexible and willing to support multiple projects as needed
Strong communication skills.
A working knowledge of the major plant families and California flora
The ability to work independently and as part of a team; be innovative and a problem solver
Proficiency in Microsoft Office: Word and Excel; Ability to create and maintain tracking spreadsheets and documents
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 Vacation Student / Internship / Graduate
Business Line Environment
Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)
Country United States of America
Position Status Intern / Student
Requisition/Vacancy No. 252875BR
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.