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(Date indicates when each announcement was posted to the web site.)


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4 August, 2018: Monitoring Program Administrator, Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan Biological Monitoring Program

The Biological Monitoring Program is responsible for monitoring 146 Covered Species and associated habitats as outlined in the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP). The overall goals of the Biological Monitoring Program are to collect data on the 146 Covered Species and associated vegetation communities over a 500,000 acre Conservation Area to assess the MSHCP’s effectiveness at meeting conservation objectives and to provide useful information to Reserve Managers in an adaptive management context. Visit the Regional Conservation Authority website at www.wrcrca.org for links to Plan and Monitoring Program documents, Covered Species, and reserves and reserve design.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Monitoring Program Administrator for the Western Riverside County MSHCP Biological Monitoring Program is the primary supervisor for the Program and works closely with staff from multiple agencies, including the Regional Conservation Authority, Santa Ana Watershed Association, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Monitoring Program Administrator must have experience with research, study design, and protocol-based field surveys for sensitive, rare, and endangered species, including: invertebrates, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, plants, and/or vegetation communities. The Monitoring Program Administrator oversees and provides support for all Monitoring Program staff including: Biologist Supervisor (1), Data Manager (1), Office Assistant (1), Taxa Leads (4), Biologists (6), and contract-based GIS Analysts (1).

The Monitoring Program Administrator:

  • Coordinates with multiple federal, state, and local agencies to develop and implement a long-term monitoring program to track distributions and population trends of 146 Covered Species and associated habitats in a 500,000-acre reserve area.
  • Develops annual work plans and manages an approximately $1M annual budget, including all personnel and project equipment needs.
  • Oversees development and maintenance of survey protocols, Operations Manual, Long-term Monitoring Strategy document, Training & Safety Manuals.
  • Oversees advertising and interviewing of Monitoring Program staff; and conducts annual performance reviews.
  • Develops and maintains training programs for staff.
  • Directs and schedules staff activities.
  • Directs science-based study design for field surveys.
  • Writes and edits annual survey reports and annual report for the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority.
  • Identifies contract needs, writes scopes of work, manages contracts.
  • Identifies land access needs and coordinate with the RCA and land managers on land access agreements.
  • Facilitates monthly reserve management/monitoring coordination meetings.
  • Attends and presents information at monthly Regional Conservation Authority team meetings, Santa Ana Watershed Association meetings, and other agency meetings.
  • Gives requested presentations to Regional Conservation Authority Board and other agencies.
  • Coordinates with California Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on survey methodology and monitoring activities.
  • Oversees annual distribution of Monitoring Program data and survey reports and works with Data Manager to distribute other requested data as appropriate.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Successful completion of a Masters or Ph.D. at an accredited college or university that included a major field of study in ecology, evolution, biology, botany, wildlife management, or other closely related field.
  • Five years of experience with increasing supervisory responsibilities (e.g., leading crews in the field, interviewing new personnel, facilitating staff development & employee evaluations).
  • Five years of experience collecting field data on sensitive wildlife or plant populations.
  • Experience with sampling and monitoring techniques for a wide variety of rare and sensitive species, preferably in southern California (including threatened and endangered species across plant, vertebrate, and invertebrate taxa). For example, PAO, Distance, and mark-recapture sampling strategies, as well as power analysis, goodness-of-fit, and other hypothesis-based techniques. Understanding of accompanying study designs.
  • Experience performing simple data analyses (e.g., descriptive data analysis, transforming non-normal data, power analysis) and more complex analyses (e.g., ANOVA, species density, detection probabilities that incorporate environmental covariates) using a variety of statistical programs (e.g., R, DISTANCE, MARK, PRESENCE) is preferred.
  • Ability to summarize survey results in written reports, edit and provide comments on reports written by others, and present results to local land managers and funding agencies when necessary.
  • Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Professional Suite and mapping programs such as ArcGIS.
  • Ability to direct and provide oversight of staff.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a variety of groups and individuals; keep clear and accurate notes; work cooperatively with others, and independently with minimal supervision; complete complex assignments in a timely fashion.
  • Ability to work long days, occasional evening and over-night shifts, and under harsh environmental conditions (e.g., rough uneven terrain, seasonally harsh weather conditions) is preferred, although field work is not a significant component of this position.

Other Conditions of Employment

This position is funded by the Regional Conservation Authority (www.wrcrca.org), and hired through the Santa Ana Watershed Association (www.sawatershed.org). All work effort will be for, and direction will come from, the Regional Conservation Authority. This is an exempt, permanent full-time position (40 hours/week).

Must be eligible to work in the U.S. Employment is contingent on passing a background check, physical exam & drug test. Must obtain a California driver’s license within 30 days of hire. Will be required to complete, and must be willing to use, Wilderness First Aid and CPR.

Salary and Benefits

Starting pay is dependent on qualifications, ranging from $39 – $49.92 per hour ($81,120 – $103,834 per year). Benefits include an S-125 medical plan with a $600 monthly stipend, a 6% retirement plan, paid leave, and a cell phone stipend. There is a one-year probationary period with performance evaluations at six months and one year.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Selected candidates must be available to interview in person or online using Skype. Start date is negotiable.  Please submit a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, and three professional references to:

Jennette El Morsy
Administrative Services Manager
Santa Ana Watershed Association
1835 Chicago Avenue, Suite C
Riverside, CA  92507
Office (951) 780-1012 Ext. 101
Fax (951) 780-5893
jennette@sawatershed.org

Questions about the position may be directed to: Jennette El Morsy – jennette@sawatershed.org


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25 July, 2018:Seasonal Biologists, Swaim Biological, Inc.

Swaim Biological Inc (SBI) s seeking seasonal biologists for construction monitoring and to assist with special status species surveys.  Both full and part-time positions are available.  Positions may extend into permanent depending on workload.  A  bachelor’s degree in biology or related field is preferred. However, recent graduates are encouraged to apply and if they feel they can demonstrate they have needed skills from coursework or related experience. Candidates should have a basic understanding of California flora and fauna, general knowledge of species inventory surveys, and California environmental regulations (Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, CEQA, NEPA, etc.). Preference will be given to candidates with two years or more experience with environmental consulting/biological monitoring with approvals for one or more of the following species: California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, Alameda whipsnake, San Francisco garter snake, giant garter snake.

Primary duties would include the

  • Environmental Compliance Monitoring and Reporting.
  • Conducting field surveys for plants and/or animals (depending on technical expertise);
  • Preparing survey reports and compliance reports;
  •  Assist with Special status species (flora and fauna) surveys (both pre-construction and presence/negative finding)

Candidates should be able to perform physically demanding work in various terrains and temperature regimes. Excellent communication skills, ability to understand and implement appropriate safety measures, and ability to work alone or in teams is essential.

Hourly rate is negotiable $23-$28+ DOE.

To apply, send your resume along with 3 current references including; contacts name, email, and phone number, to kswaim@swaimbio.com.


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18 July, 2018:  Staff Level Biologist, Monk & Associates, Inc., Walnut Creek, California

Monk & Associates, Inc. (M&A), is hiring a Staff Level Biologist, with 5 years’ experience working with Northern California endangered wildlife and plant species. We are interested in hiring a Staff Level Biologist, with monitoring experience that has been approved as a monitor by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Familiarity with California tiger salamander and California red-legged frog a must. CDFW scientific collecting permit a plus.

Our ideal candidate must have a strong educational background in botany, wetlands, and/or wildlife biology; solid field experience, and a good understanding of environmental regulations, including California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.

  • Conducting field surveys for plants and/or animals (depending on technical expertise);
  • Conducting wetland delineations;
  • Preparing survey reports and permit application packages for submittal to the resource agencies;
  • Conducting field surveys for plants and/or animals (depending on technical expertise) as necessary to assist project and senior level biologists;
  • Assisting with the preparation of survey reports and permit application packages for submittal to the resource agencies;
  • Monitor construction activities: to assist in environmental compliance

Key Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in environmental biology, ecology, wildlife management, botany, or related field. All candidates should have strong field skills.
  • A solid background and field experience in identifying California fauna and/or flora (depending on technical expertise) and vegetation communities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work as a team with other biologists and independently when necessary.
  • Be comfortable working both in the field and in the office.

Salary: Commensurate with Experience, but generous per the industry standard.
Benefits include 401K plan, health and dental plan, paid vacation, paid holidays, and paid sick leave.
This position could eventually lead to a full-time position conducting all services provided by M&A.

Please email your resume to the office manager, Chris Milliken at monkadmin@monkassociates.com.


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18 July, 2018:  California Biological Construction Monitor, Monk & Associates, Inc., Walnut Creek, CA

Monk & Associates, Inc. (M&A), is hiring a Biological Construction Monitor, with 5 years’ experience working with Northern California endangered wildlife and plant species. We are interested in hiring a Biological Construction Monitor, with monitoring experience that has been approved as a monitor by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Familiarity with California tiger salamander and California red-legged frog a must. CDFW scientific collecting permit a plus.

Our ideal candidate must have a strong educational background in botany, wetlands, and/or wildlife biology; solid field experience, and a good understanding of environmental regulations, including California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.

Responsibilities would include:

  • Daily Construction Monitoring
  • Conducting field surveys for plants and/or animals (depending on technical expertise);
  • Preparing survey reports and compliance reports;

Key Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in environmental biology, ecology, wildlife management, botany, or related field. All candidates should have strong field skills.
  • A solid background and field experience in identifying California fauna and/or flora (depending on technical expertise) and vegetation communities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work as a team with other biologists and independently when necessary.
  • Be comfortable working both in the field and in the office.

Salary: Commensurate with Experience, but generous per the industry standard.
Benefits include 401K plan, health and dental plan, paid vacation, paid holidays, and paid sick leave.
This position could eventually lead to a full-time position conducting all services provided by M&A.

Please email your resume to the office manager, Chris Milliken at monkadmin@monkassociates.com.


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28 June, 2018:  Restoration Biologist, River Partners, Turlock, CA

Do you value clean water, wild rivers, and healthy forests?   Are you willing to lend your voice and your hands to protect fish and wildlife?  Would you rather plant a tree than write a report?  Are you excited to work with a team of ecologists, farmers, and entrepreneurs? If you answered yes to all of these questions, River Partners needs your help.

River Partners is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of rivers and floodplain ecosystems. Over the last 18 years, our organization has restored over 8,000 acres of flood-prone farm fields into forests teeming with wildlife.  In doing so, we have planted over 2 million native trees and shrubs.   Our staff is committed to getting things done.  Since 2010, we have purchased $33 million worth of real estate throughout California.   Once we acquire property, we implement native habitat restoration that benefits target species. After restoration is complete, River Partners donates the property to State and federal land management agencies to be preserved and protected in perpetuity.   We believe in achieving results that directly benefit people and the environment.

River Partners is a successful, financially stable, entrepreneurial nonprofit.  We generate an average of $7 million in revenue each year by securing for-profit contracts and government grants.  We are the largest, and most experienced, riparian habitat restoration contractor in California and we have built strong relationships with the agricultural, agency, and nonprofit communities as a result of our record of success.  Our work has been recognized with several awards, including the Governors’ Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.

Notwithstanding our accomplishments and awards, the single best thing about River Partners is the people.  Our staff is committed, creative, collaborative and diverse.  We produce amazing results and have a lot of fun along the way.

Position Title:                        Restoration Biologist
Office Location:                    Turlock, CA
Reports to:                             Restoration Ecologist

Organizational Summary:  River Partners is a private, nonprofit corporation located in Chico, California. River Partners’ mission is to create wildlife habitat for the benefit of people and the environment.

Position: The Biologist works with the Science Team and Implementation Team to identify, evaluate, implement and complete restoration, mitigation and consulting activities and interacts with agency staff, research scientists and the public.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Biological monitoring of restoration projects including monitoring and reporting on occurrences of nesting birds and species of special concern within the project area.
  • Developing data collection and monitoring protocols and implementing these activities.
  • Collaborating with the field implementation department and assisting in the translation of the site specific design and sensitive species avoidance protocols across the project area.
  • Reporting the results of monitoring to the River Partners team orally and in writing.
  • Working on educational activities for the public, as well as attending public events to promote the organization and its mission.
  • Developing and maintaining good relations with agency personnel, contractors, and neighbors.
  • Working long hours and/or weekends in a variety of field conditions.
  • Traveling to multiple restoration projects for planning and monitoring, which may include, which may include River Partners’ other branches.
  • Other duties as required.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • BS in biology, ecology, environmental science, or related science.
  • Three years of appropriate work experience.
  • Creatively solve problems and learn new skills.
  • Demonstrate good organizational skills and ability to work under multiple deadlines.
  • Driver’s license with no restrictions.
  • Possess the ability to communicate in basic Spanish (preferred, but not required).
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

  • Must enjoy working with diverse people and organizations to get things done.
  • Effectively communicate complicated biological findings orally and in writing.
  • Possess knowledge of California plants, riparian ecology, hydrology, soils and /or wildlife. Experience with bird monitoring protocols a plus.
  • Ability to work on both a team environment and independently.
  • Demonstrate good organizational skills, ability to work under multiple deadlines, and flexibility to handle changing priorities.
  • Experience collecting, organizing, and analyzing field data.
  • Experience with MS Access or other relational database programs.
  • Understand effective use of GIS information.
  • Ability to communicate in basic Spanish preferred, but not required
  • Ability to read, understand, and follow oral and written instruction.
  • Integrity and ethics beyond reproach.
  • Commitment and enthusiasm to carry out River Partners mission.

To Apply

Email (1) cover letter describing qualifications for this position and interest in River Partners, (2) complete CV/resume, and (3) contact information for three references to Mona Dagy at info@riverpartners.org with “San Joaquin Biologist” in the subject line. Applicants may be subject to background checks. The position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified. Please submit questions via email (no phone calls) to info@riverpartners.org. River Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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25 June, 2018:  Sr. Biologist, Environmental Science Associates,  San Diego, CA

Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is a 500-person environmental consulting firm with a national reputation as an industry leader with offices located in California, Washington, Oregon and Florida. We currently have strategic growth trajectory expected within the next 5 years that will increase our staffing numbers and office locations. ESA specializes in all aspects of project planning, environmental analysis and assessment, natural resource management, environmental restoration and design, and regulatory compliance. For more than 45 years, our scientists and technical specialists have provided critical thinking and measured analysis to guide successful policy development, project planning, and enduring solutions. Our skilled managers, scientists, planners and engineers provide the kind of critical thinking, objectivity, dedication and responsiveness that is essential to a sustainable future and good environmental stewardship. ESA was founded on the principles of sound science, technical excellence, integrity, and credibility.

About the Position:

The ESA Southern California Region is seeking one or more Senior Biologists to work in the San Diego office. The preferred candidates will have a strong background and experience in biological resource surveys, permitting and endangered species documentation, leading biological report or CEQA/NEPA biological section preparation, business development, client management, and project/on-call contract management. Additional biological expertise including having USFWS 10a permits, and/or experience conducting USFWS protocol surveys, nesting bird survey surveys, vegetation classification mapping surveys, rare plant surveys is a plus but not required. You’ll work on exciting and challenging projects including parks and preserves, land management planning, water and wastewater, commercial and residential development, energy, transportation, monitoring, and restoration.

Requirements:

An ideal candidate must possess effective problem-solving ability, exceptional writing and editing capabilities, and relationships with clients and agency personnel in the greater Los Angeles area. Experience effectively managing schedules and task/project budgets desired, as well as strong knowledge of and experience with CEQA and NEPA compliance. This role requires the initiative, confidence and tenacity to uphold ESA’s strong work-ethic and to work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary, team environment. Qualified candidates should have at least a BA/BS in a related discipline, a minimum of 8 years’ experience; or Masters and a minimum of 6 years’ experience.

Benefits:

ESA is owned entirely by its employees, creating a unique ownership culture rooted in a commitment to do work that matters, technical excellence and professional development.  ESA’s comprehensive compensation and benefits program reflects our commitment to our employees. Our benefits include: 401(k) Salary Deferral Plan with company match program, Employee Stock Ownership Plan, medical and dental insurance vision care, paid vacation, sick leave, 9 paid holidays, group term life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, commuter/transit incentives, healthcare and daycare Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement assistance, performance bonus plan, and employee referral bonus program.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please visit the ESA Careers page at www.esassoc.com or follow the link below:

http://chp.tbe.taleo.net/chp02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=ESA&cws=1&rid=381

ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.  (EOE M/V/F/D)


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7 June, 2018:  Part-time Field Biologist Positions, LSA Associates, Inc., Point Richmond, CA

LSA’s Point Richmond office is seeking experienced and qualified biologists for several part-time field positions. Field work could include special status species surveys, botanical field surveys, fish relocation, nesting bird surveys, and biological construction monitoring for protected species (e.g., salt marsh harvest mouse, Ridgway’s rail (California clapper rail), California red-legged frog, giant garter snake, California tiger salamander). Prior experience with these or similar types of field studies is highly recommended. In addition, biologists with valid 40-hour HAZWOPPER training certification are also desirable. The positions require the candidates to be capable of strenuous fieldwork under adverse weather conditions.

Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Submit resume with references via mail or e-mail to:
Ross A. Dobberteen, Managing Principal
LSA Associates, Inc.
157 Park Place
Pt. Richmond, CA 94801
ross.dobberteen@lsa.net


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21 May, 2018:  Wildlife Field Ecologist, H.T. Harvey & Associates

 We have an immediate opening in our Los Gatos office for a full-time wildlife ecologist. This person will conduct field studies, including nesting bird surveys, special-status species surveys, and construction monitoring, and will assist in the preparation of a variety of reports/technical studies, including wildlife survey reports, biological resources reports for compliance with CEQA/NEPA, biological assessments, and wildlife management plans. We encourage ornithologists, herpetologists, and general wildlife ecologists with backgrounds in ecology or wildlife management and a broad knowledge of the biology of California’s fauna to apply for this position. Applicants should have a strong academic background, solid field experience, broad ecological knowledge, and experience in ecological consulting in California. Demonstrable technical writing ability and good communication skills are essential.

This position will sometimes require navigating varying and rugged terrain safely and working alone in a variety of weather conditions. It may require occasional overnight travel and weekend work.

Required Qualifications

  • Solid field experience
  • Strong bird identification skills and experience conducting nesting bird surveys
  • A demonstrable background in ecology or wildlife management and broad knowledge of the biology of California’s fauna
  • A minimum of 1 to 2 years’ experience preparing CEQA/NEPA assessments, biological assessments, and/or wildlife inventories

Experience with California tiger salamander and California red-legged frog preferred, experience with the burrowing owl a plus. Candidates with a strong academic background (and at least a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree) in biological studies, natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology, or an equivalent subject are preferred.

About H. T. Harvey & Associates

H.T. Harvey & Associates, an established ecological consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area, employs nearly 80 ecologists, landscape architects, and other professionals in six offices in California and Hawaii. Our core areas of expertise include restoration ecology and landscape architecture, plant ecology, wildlife ecology, and fish and aquatic ecology. We cultivate excellence in our staff and our work in pursuit of our mission to create ecologically sound solutions to our clients’ complex natural resource challenges.

Our employment package includes a competitive salary, medical, dental, and life insurance, as well as a 401K plan with a generous matching program.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should respond by submitting a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and references through this link

https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=42db2748b13a41daa951fccb2d6c4ab1&jobId=36877&lang=en_US&source=CC2&ccId=19000101_000001; via mail to H. T. Harvey & Associates, Attn: Personnel, 983 University Ave., Bldg. D, Los Gatos, CA 95032; or by fax to 408.458.3210.


 

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14 May, 2018: Regulatory Permitting Biologist, Monk & Associates, Inc., Walnut Creek, California

Monk & Associates (M&A) has an opening for a Regulatory Permitting Biologist. We are looking for someone with demonstrated regulatory experience with one or more of the following agencies: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and/or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We are seeking a candidate with a minimum 6 years of experience working as an environmental consultant, with California regulatory permitting experience, and preferably experience working with California endangered wildlife and plant species.

Responsibilities could include:
Managing projects;
Assisting with field surveys for plants and/or animals (depending on technical expertise);
Interacting with resource agency personnel and our clients;
Preparing permit application packages for submittal to the resource agencies. M&A has great support staff that will assist you with your preparation of these packages;
Preparing biological constraints analyses and biological resource sections of EIRs. Again, M&A has exceptional support staff that will assist you with preparing these documents, but you must show leadership and have technical expertise to both write and otherwise pull together such documents.
Managing staff level biologists and support staff.

Key Qualifications:
A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in environmental biology, wildlife management, botany, or closely related field. A minimum 6 years of consulting work experience in California. The following qualifications are also necessary:

Must have working knowledge of Northern California flora and/or fauna, and vegetation communities. (Strong field skills a plus).
Knowledge of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the federal and state Endangered Species Acts, and/or the Clean Water Act.
Demonstrated experience writing biological reports for projects in California.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Salary: Commensurate with Experience, but generous by industry standards.
Benefits include 401K plan, health and dental plan, paid vacation, paid holidays, and paid sick leave.

Please email your resume to the office manager, Chris Milliken at monkadmin@monkassociates.com.


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