Restoration Ecologist - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

San Diego
United States

United States of America - California, San Diego

Job Summary

AECOM has an immediate opening for a Restoration Ecologist in the San Diego office. This position would support numerous natural resource projects in the southern California region with a focus on native habitat restoration. Opportunities include providing technical expertise in restoration ecology, wetland ecology, natural resource management, and related disciplines. Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Performing technical work including oversight of maintenance activities associated with restoration; monitoring and reporting for restoration projects in the field; implementing restoration projects; landscape-level restoration planning; and site-specific design, including appropriate native container plant palette and seed mix development.

  • Solving complex issues related to wetland ecology, wetland regulations, watershed planning, ecological restoration, conservation planning, and/or natural resources planning.

  • Additional duties may include assisting on botanical surveys, listed species surveys, conservation plans, and habitat management plans, or assisting with natural resources related field surveys.

  • This position will predominantly involve task-based assignments and task-level management, and may involve some project management support.

  • He/she will participate on 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.

  • He/she 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.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and/or Ecology or related field (i.e., Ecological Restoration, Watershed Planning, Natural Resource Management, Hydrology, or Geomorphology) with at least

2 years of experience or demonstrated equivalency

of experience and or education.

Must be able to perform field work as required.

Must have valid U.S. Driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A background in restoration ecology and ecological processes, as well as experience implementing restoration (e.g., container planting, seeding, and weed control).

  • Familiarity with issues related to ecological restoration, wetland ecology, watershed planning, conservation planning, and/or natural resources planning.

  • Experience in biological survey fieldwork (coastal, inland, and desert) including vegetation monitoring utilizing line-intercept, transect, and/or relevé methods, as well as experience with GPS and electronic data collection devices.

  • Southern California native plant species knowledge and identification.

  • Base knowledge of major state and federal agencies (e.g., USACE, USFWS, BLM, BOR, CDFG, RWQCB, and CCC) and major regulatory frameworks (e.g., NEPA, CEQA, ESA, CESA, CFGC, CWA and CCA).

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

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools.

  • Ability to create and maintain tracking spreadsheets and documents.

  • Ability to work independently, 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, and/or EIR/EIS sections.

  • Experience with field data collection tools such as Pendragon and Fulcrum.

  • Master’s Degree in related field (biology, ecology, or project management/controls) preferred.

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. 224900BR

Clearance Required 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.