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AECOM Senior Biologist in San Diego, California

Company Description

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Job Description

AECOM is seeking a Senior Biologist to be a key member of an exciting and transformative new program that AECOM is leading for a major Southern California utility client involving undergrounding of electrical infrastructure. We are seeking an experienced and motivated candidate to take on this career-defining opportunity. As part of this important role, you will support numerous aspects of natural resource management with a focus on environmental compliance for this multi-faceted program. This position is located in our San Diego, CA office with a hybrid work option.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Strong working knowledge of environmental regulatory requirements for utility and/or linear projects in California.

  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, creative problem-solving, collaboration and leadership skills.

  • Experience contributing to a diverse team of professionals.

  • Experience managing environmental studies for large, complex, linear projects in multiple locations, with an emphasis on biological and aquatics resources knowledge.

  • Experience working with design teams to avoid, minimize and streamline environmental regulatory permitting for biological and aquatic resources.

  • Familiarity with regulatory and permitting requirements under the federal Endangered Species Act, California Endangered Species Act, NEPA, CEQA, and the Clean Water Act.

Key responsibilities:

  • Maintains project level tracking of environmental tasks across a broad portfolio of similar linear utility projects.

  • Apply knowledge of major state and federal regulatory frameworks and regional conservation planning to assigned tasks.

  • Support planning and execution of environmental review and technical documents (e.g., Biological Technical Reports, Mitigation and Monitoring Plans, Natural Environment Studies, Biological Assessments, and/or EIR/EIS sections), specifically for biological and aquatic resources.

  • Conduct biological survey fieldwork as part of a team and alone in coastal, inland, and desert environments, which can include rugged terrain.

  • Identify and record native and non-native fauna and/or flora in the field.

  • Utilize electronic data collection methods and manage data, as needed.

  • Function as part or larger team focused on design, permitting, land rights acquisition and environmental, collaborate to obtain project approval in timely fashion.

  • Work with client to support external agency communications and submittals.

  • Serve as subject matter expert on matters related to biological and aquatic resources and/or regulations.

  • Coordinate with project managers to ensure engineering plans and/or proposed construction methods meet requirements of agencies.

  • Inform other internal functional groups about requirements and regulations related to environmental issues to assist with compliance with general conditions of approvals at permit and construction stages of the project, and to meet project timelines.

  • Support project management responsibilities, including internal and external project status reporting and participation in project and team meetings.

  • Work under supervision of senior project managers or senior-level team members.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field (biology, ecology, etc.) and a minimum of 4 years of experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education.

  • Valid driver license required

  • Must pass pre-employment drug screen.


  • 7 years or more of experience in a related field.

  • Master’s degree in technical or business discipline.

  • Strong organizational and communications skills and ability to clearly and proactively communicate with construction crews, field staff, and clients.

  • Familiarity with mitigation, monitoring, and reporting programs.

  • Strong technical writing skills on environmental technical documents.

  • Strong background in terrestrial biology, field experience with special status species of southern California, and knowledge of regulatory requirements.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; Ability to create and maintain tracking spreadsheets and documents

  • Prior consulting experience preferred, particularly with southern California utilities clients, but non-consultant candidates with relevant experience will be considered.

  • Knowledge of southern California wildlife and plant species.

  • Regulatory permitting experience and/or formal training conducting jurisdictional delineations for wetlands and waters.

  • Project and client management experience including management of multiple projects of significant scope and complexity.

  • Ability to thrive in quickly changing environment and manage multiple priorities simultaneously.

  • Must be resourceful, flexible and maintain the ability to react and respond quickly with a focus on accuracy.

  • Knowledge of database management.

Additional Information

Offered rate of compensation (California & Colorado locations only) will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position is $75,00.00 - $90,000.00 annually exempt.


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 $13.1 billion in fiscal year 2022. 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: J10093992

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid