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AECOM Biologist II - Lead Environmental Inspector in San Diego, California

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Job Description

AECOM is seeking a highly motivated Biologist II - Lead Environmental Inspector for immediate employment with AECOM’s southern California Natural Resources Group in our San Diego, CA office.

The primary focus of this role is as a Lead Environmental Inspector, monitoring environmental compliance for construction projects throughout the San Diego region. This position would also support numerous natural resource projects throughout southern California, including the preparation of technical reports, Biological Assessments, sections of NEPA and CEQA documents, Habitat Conservation Plans, and other permitting support. A strong background in wildlife biology and/or botany with knowledge of Southern California species is preferred. Primary duties include providing oversight of construction to ensure environmental compliance and preparing required reports and documentation. Other duties may include being a primary author on complex technical documents for large-scale projects, analyzing historical studies and data, synthesizing compiled datasets, collaborating with a large team of technical experts, and providing project management support.

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

  • Technical documentation and reporting including preparation of Daily Monitoring Reports, Pre-activity Survey Reports, Habitat Conservation Plans, Biological Technical Reports, Mitigation and Monitoring Plans, Natural Environment Studies, Biological Assessments, and/or EIR/EIS sections.

  • Possess knowledge of major state and federal agencies (e.g., USACE, USFWS, BLM, CDFW, RWQCB, and CCC) and major regulatory frameworks (e.g., NEPA, CEQA, ESA, CESA, CFGC, CWA and CCA) as well as knowledge of regional conservation planning (e.g., MSCP, MHCP, MSHCP) as applicable to assigned tasks.

  • Perform construction monitoring for sensitive natural resources, including providing oversight and direct communication to construction crews regarding compliance and environmental constraints.

  • Work under supervision of senior project managers or senior-level team members to support proposal and project efforts.

  • Ability to independently manage projects or tasks and/or oversee project teams.

  • Utilize electronic data collection methods and manage data.

  • Ensure assigned tasks stay on schedule and budget.

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

About AECOM’s Environment Business Line

Join AECOM to be part of an expert global team who is connected through a well-developed, worldwide, internal technical practice network through which you can learn from and brainstorm with the best in the world. AECOM is an industry-leading, world class environmental firm, and we want you to succeed within it. We respect and encourage your own pathway to excellence via our Freedom to Grow initiative.

AECOM is known for our award-winning technical excellence, leading-edge science and innovative project delivery. We provide sustainable solutions for some of the world’s most challenging issues. Our global clients and their projects are diverse and interesting. They span market sectors and geographies and require innovative technical solutions to solve wide-ranging environmental problems within diverse community profiles.

AECOM’s Sustainable Legacies program describes our approach to the environment, social equity and governance (ESG.) We embed sustainability throughout our business and help clients embed sustainable practices into their work. We help clients reduce their impact on the environment, achieve compliance and reduce risks.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field (biology, ecology, environmental science, etc.)/

  • 2 years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education with flora and fauna in California and Southwest U.S.

  • Ability to conduct occasional out of town travel.

  • Valid driver license and ability to independently drive to job sites.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 4 years of prior consulting experience preferred, particularly with Southern California utilities clients.

  • Project Management experience and strong organizational skills

  • Knowledge and experience of southern California flora and fauna.

  • Familiarity with mitigation, monitoring, and reporting programs.

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

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, GPS software (e.g., ArcGIS, Fulcrum, Google Earth).

  • Familiarity with environmental planning documents and conventions specific to southern California utilities, agencies, and jurisdictions.

  • Applied experience drafting complex and detailed technical environmental reports that include analysis of sensitive vegetation and biological resources in support of habitat conservation plans.

Additional Information

  • Due to the nature of the work, US Citizenship is required.


Offered compensation will be based on location and individual qualifications. The expected range is $70,000.00 - $85,000.00.


AECOM is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Depending on your employment status, AECOM benefits may include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, voluntary benefits, perks, U.S. and global well-being programs, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, service recognition awards, retirement savings plan, and employee stock purchase plan.

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 $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. 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: J10109187

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid