Junior Environmental Planner

Expiring today

Germantown, Maryland, US
Jun 04, 2021
Jun 12, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
AECOM is actively seeking a talented recent college graduate to work with the AECOM East Region, Mid-Atlantic Impact Assessment and Permitting (IAP), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) team. The successful applicant will join an Environmental Planning team and work with Environmental Planners in a collegial, intellectually-stimulating environment that fosters professional development. The successful applicant will join a network of existing AECOM IAP specialists across the US and will have the resources of more than 3,500 environmental planning and natural resources staff available in project delivery. We will consider excellent candidates in any of our Eastern Region offices.

This position is expected to begin in June 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

About DCS-Environment

AECOM is the leading, worldwide environmental services provider to industry and government - delivering sustainable energy and environmental solutions to meet compliance, business and operational needs. Our advisory and technical staff deliver specialized solutions to unusual and complex problems facing client projects across the full business life cycle - from asset planning, development and operations, to product integration and facility compliance, to site remediation, restoration, sustainability and reuse, and holistic strategies that improve and modernize next generation energy infrastructure. Our solutions balance complex technical, regulatory, business and stakeholder issues to produce measurable value and cost-saving approaches for our clients

Our services are delivered by 7,400 responsive environmental professionals around the world. Our global staff has in-depth knowledge of local and regional requirements and broad technical expertise in 60 disciplines. We work together across our global network to bring the best resources, skills and efficiencies to our projects.

The candidate will work as part of multidisciplinary teams that support the preparation of NEPA and other planning studies and reports. Specific job responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Provide research and technical writing to support development of environmental documents.
  • Assist to develop, describe, and evaluate alternative options for Federal agency programs, plans, and policies.
  • Set parameters for and develop baseline data for natural, cultural, and socioeconomic resources.
  • Interpret and apply environmental statutes, regulations and Executive Orders for compliance with relevant local, state, and federal laws.
  • Support regulatory consultations with resource management agencies.
  • Assist with client or stakeholder meeting preparation, facilitation, and documentation.
  • Participate as a field crew member to assist with multimedia sampling events, resource surveys, or site assessments.

The emphasis of this position is on environmental impact assessment and NEPA reporting. Responsibilities will be varied to include such tasks as literature review; desktop research and analysis; regulatory review and analysis; report preparation (technical writing and editing, desktop publishing, etc.); stakeholder identification and coordination; and related administrative and project management support.

Applicants for this position must demonstrate general knowledge of the natural and man-made environments subject to evaluation in NEPA studies; specialization in one or more NEPA technical resource areas is a plus. This position requires a positive, resilient, self-starter with an ability to quickly learn on the job, adapt to changing circumstances, and effectively interface with internal and external project team participants. Strong reading, writing, and analytical skills are a prerequisite of employment.

Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in environmental science, environmental engineering, biology, ecology, natural resources, wetlands management, geology, other planning, or an earth science-related field.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Minimum of 0-2 years of experience
  • Recent graduates encouraged
  • Master's degree is preferred
  • Experience or familiarity with environmental consulting
  • Demonstrated comprehension of NEPA process requirements
  • Specific experience or knowledge in one or more NEPA technical resource areas
  • Knowledge of and/or proficiency with spatial data analytical tools (e.g., ArcMap, CAD)
  • First Aid / CPR training
  • Other professionally relevant training or certification
  • Excellent and relevant references
  • Demonstrated research, writing, verbal, and organization skills
  • Proficiency in word-processing and integrated software applications, including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Team player that demonstrates professionalism and accountability
  • High degree of self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and in a team setting

Additional Information:
  • College transcripts with GPA required
  • Writing sample required
  • Candidate may be asked to travel and participate in field work

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.

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