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AECOM Biologist / Ecologist III in Seattle, Washington

Job Summary

AECOM is seeking an experienced Project Biologist or Natural Resources-focused professional to join our interdisciplinary team and support our work with clients in the federal, transportation, energy, and water sectors. This is an exciting opportunity to work on some of the region's most important and interesting projects. The ideal candidate is an experienced biologist looking for greater opportunities to serve as a Task Leader, Lead Biologist, or Deputy Project Manager. This person will join an established natural resource consultancy practice, which includes experts in wildlife, botany, vegetation ecology, restoration, fisheries, and climate adaptation. Joining the team means ongoing opportunities to diversify your expertise, learn from others, and continue to grow as a professional biologist.

Primary duties include preparing Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) compliance documentation and environmental permitting applications; conducting biological surveys; and related electronic data collection. Experience conducting general surveys for avian (including nests), mammal, fish, and invertebrate species, and/or experience conducting wildlife habitat and vegetation characterization and mapping is desired.

The responsibilities of this position may include, but are not limited to, those listed below:

  • Perform assignments that require a background in wildlife and aquatic ecology and/or other ecological processes.

  • Conduct writing assignments, including completing survey reports, Biological Technical Reports, Biological Assessments, MMPA compliance documents (IHA, LOA), and/or EIS/EA sections.

  • Conduct biological survey fieldwork in a variety of Pacific Northwest environments, which can include multiple days of travel and/or working in rugged terrain and inclement weather.

  • Utilize electronic data collection methods (including GPS) and manage data, as needed.

  • Support proposal efforts.

  • Work under the supervision of a senior project manager or senior-level team member.

  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team; be innovative and a problem solver.

  • Ensure assigned tasks stay on schedule and budget.

We are seeking an individual who has

  • Strong work ethic and detail-oriented work style, with excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Flexible and willing to support multiple projects as needed.

  • Team player with excellent listening skills and diplomacy.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a sense of urgency.

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.

Minimum Requirements

  • 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 U.S. driver's license required and must be able to safely drive to job sites.

  • Willing to travel to job sites throughout Pacific Northwest and occasionally work long hours.

  • Perform field work as required

Preferred Qualifications

  • 6+ years of consulting experience is preferred, but non-consultant candidates with relevant experience will be considered.

  • The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in terrestrial and aquatic biology, field experience with special status species of Pacific Northwest and/or Alaska, and knowledge of regulatory requirements.

  • Experience conducting biological field surveys and evaluating habitat types

  • Experience conducting research and performing in-depth literature reviews

  • Experience serving as the lead author for technical reports or studies

  • Experience and understanding of Endangered Species Act, Magnuson-Stevens Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Bald and Golden Eagle Act, and other regulatory processes.

  • Experience obtaining permits and working with regulatory agencies, such as the USFWS, NMFS, USACE, and WDFW.

  • Marine mammal field experience.

What We Offer

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.

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. 259334BR

Virtual: No

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.