Job Postings

Job Postings


If you have job announcements you would like posted on this page, send them to jobs@tws-west.org.  Job listings will be posted for 3 months unless a closing date is listed on the job announcement.

There is also a jobs page on the national TWS web site at careers.wildlife.org

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


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18 October, 2018:  Staff Biologist, McCormick Biological, Inc.

McCormick Biological, Inc. (MBI) is a biological consulting firm based out of Bakersfield, CA, that specializes in the biological resources of the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding areas. MBI staff work from an office and warehouse facility that includes all office equipment required to perform the job tasks. Company vehicles and field equipment are provided for field work. The company has a strong commitment to professional development, and desires team members who are passionate about a career in field biology.

General Staff Biologist Job Description:

Under the supervision of senior staff and working on teams, staff biologists conduct transect surveys following agency-approved methods for the detection of state- and federal-listed species. In addition, staff biologists prepare evaluations of biological resources, identify plants and wildlife observed during surveys, evaluate potential for species occurrence, and monitor construction in compliance with biological/environmental avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures. Staff biologists are responsible for documenting field activities, completing field forms, and preparing reports pursuant to agency and client requirements. Duties may also include general maintenance/preparation of field equipment and other administrative tasks as assigned.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • Work is conducted in both field and typical office environments.
  • These positions are based in Bakersfield, CA, but field sites may be distributed throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Occasional over-night travel for up to 5 consecutive days may be required.
  • Field work may be pre-scheduled up to 1-week in advance, but actual work times are typically arranged the day before field work is conducted. Flexibility is highly valued.
  • Field work hours are variable, depending upon biological constraints and client requirements.
  • Staff biologists are classified as non-exempt, with overtime paid at time and a half. This is an hourly position that averages between 30 and 40 hours per week during the course of the year. However, overtime hours are typically available (and required on some jobs) during the field season.
  • Transect surveys may consist of hiking up to several miles per day under variable weather conditions (heat, sun, fog, cold, rain, etc.).
  • Field attire appropriate for hiking is required (e.g., shirts with sleeves, long pants, and hiking boots). Many field sites require additional personal protective equipment (PPE) including, but not limited to, high-visibility vest, safety glasses, fire-resistant clothing, steel-toed boots, hard hats, and H2S monitors. All required safety equipment will be provided by the employer.
  • Potential hazards in the field may include high temperatures, poor air quality, uneven terrain, biting insects, rattlesnakes, and barbed-wire fencing, among others.
  • Staff biologists are expected to understand and follow agency-required protocols for focused biological surveys, when available. Some surveys will require a thorough understanding of species life history and habitat requirements to assist in survey design.
  • Other tasks include, but are not limited to, maintaining/preparing field equipment (e.g., taking company vehicles through car wash, cleaning ice chests/binoculars/etc., bagging ice for field crews), office and warehouse maintenance, gathering recyclables, and shredding paper.

Required Qualifications:

  • Possession of a valid state-issued driver’s license (or ability to obtain a license) is required.
  • Employment is conditional on successfully passing a drug test administered at an off-site laboratory.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • B.S./B.A., M.S./M.A. from an accredited college or university with emphasis in the biological sciences, ecology, wildlife biology, or related.
  • 3–6 years of field experience with endangered and threatened species of the San Joaquin Valley.
  • Permits to handle state and federal threatened and endangered species are a plus.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work under supervision and be self-directed when needed.
  • Experience with GIS, Google maps, and/or other mapping software.
  • Experience in map reading, orienteering, and/or wilderness survival.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with co-workers in both independent and team situations.
  • Ability to operate a Windows-based computer for word processing, data entry, and/or accessing the Internet.
  • A working cell phone for daily communications.
  • A dependable vehicle for transportation to meetings, conferences, and field locations is a plus (mileage reimbursed).

Location:

  • Bakersfield, CA

Salary:

$24–$32/hour, DOE

Interested candidates should download an application from our Web site:

  • Go towww.mccormickbiologicalinc.com/employment.
  • Scroll down and click “Apply Here” to download an employment application.
  • Do not fill out the application using a Web browser. Instead, download the PDF and fill it out using Adobe Reader.
  • When you’re done filling out the application, click “Submit” at the bottom of the form, and attach your resume and cover letter to the email that is generated before you submit.
  • If you encounter problems with the “Submit” button, please email all application materials tocontact@mccormickbiologicalinc.com instead.

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18 October, 2018:  Wildlife ecologist with avian / raptor expertise, H. T. Harvey & Associates
We have an immediate opening in the South Bay office of H. T. Harvey & Associates for a full-time, experienced wildlife ecologist with avian/raptor expertise. The successful candidate will have the experience and expertise required for projects pertaining to golden eagles, Swainson’s hawks, burrowing owls, and other raptors. In addition, skills and interest in pursuing diverse ornithological and general wildlife studies will be important. We work on an array of projects from general wildlife surveys to applied conservation efforts to cutting-edge raptor research.
This position reports to a senior avian/raptor ecologist in our headquarters office in Los Gatos, California, and will include duties consistent with the role of an assistant project manager. Examples of primary responsibilities are: coordinating wildlife/ornithological field studies and crews; managing resulting databases and associated QA/QC; assisting with data analyses and technical reporting; managing relevant permits and associated annual reporting; and helping to maintain productive client relationships and exposure within the wildlife conservation and scientific communities.

Required background and skills:

  • Strong academic background (minimum M.S. degree) in wildlife ecology, ornithology, or a related field
  • Broad ecological knowledge and familiarity with the flora and fauna of western North America, especially California
  • At least 2–4 years of post-graduate school experience conducting and coordinating relevant field studies, including involvement in raptor trapping/banding/telemetry and nest monitoring, managing and analyzing resulting databases, and preparing technical documents
  • Familiarity with biological components, impact analyses, regulatory and permitting requirements, and documentation facets of CEQA/NEPA projects, Section 7 and 10 consultations, bird and bat conservation strategies, and eagle conservation plans
  • Strong database management and quantitative skills
  • Excellent communication and technical writing skills
  • Previous experience managing field personnel

Additional qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license with no major traffic violations or multiple minor violations
  • Willingness and availability to travel throughout California and beyond.
  • Willingness to work irregular and long hours, as needed
  • Ability to maintain good physical condition and work in harsh and rapidly changing field environments, in all types of weather conditions, walking over varied terrain, and lifting and carrying upwards of 50 pounds
  • Familiarity with best practices for field safety and low impact principles

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=42db2748-b13a-41da-a951-fccb2d6c4ab1&jobId=39581&lang=en_US&source=CC2&ccId=19000101_000001.

H. T. Harvey & Associates is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities, disabled and Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Our employment package includes a competitive salary, medical, dental, and life insurance, as well as a 401K with generous employer match.


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18 October, 2018:  Southern California Restoration Ecologist, River Partners, San Diego, CA

Organizational Summary:  River Partners is a private, nonprofit corporation based in Chico, California, with offices in Turlock and San Diego, CA. River Partners’ mission is to create wildlife habitat for the benefit of people and the environment.

Position: The Ecologist works with the Biology Department 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 have supervisory responsibilities.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Recruiting and training entry-level biologists and interns collecting monitoring and experimental data, entering data into computer databases, completing analyses of information and reporting.
  • Supervising and organizing schedules of biologists to meet contractual obligations and deadlines for restoration, mitigation and consulting projects.
  • Managing budgets for restoration, mitigation and consulting projects.
  • Work in concert with staff for the recruitment and hiring of River Partners professional level personnel
  • Provide budget projections as requested by the accounting department and/or the executive staff.
  • Developing data collection and monitoring protocols, experimental protocols and supervise / manage these activities on an ongoing basis.
  • Collaborating with the field implementation department and assisting in the translation of the site specific design across the project area.
  • Work with public and private sector biology, ecology, engineering and other professional staff to efficiently manage project implementation
  • Develop and deliver presentations to the scientific community, government agencies and the public
  • Securing permits from local, state and federal agencies.
  • Completing site specific restoration plans, and project progress reports.
  • Assisting in translating the site specific design across the project area for implementation.
  • Develop forecasts of annual plant material needs throughout the region
  • Plan and manage collection and maintain the inventory of native plant material
  • Developing data collection and monitoring protocols, experimental protocols and supervise / manage these activities on an ongoing basis.
  • Collaborating with the field implementation department and assisting in the translation of the site specific design across the project area.
  • Working on educational activities for the public, as well as attending public events to promote the organization and its mission.
  • Developing and delivering presentations to the scientific community and the public.
  • 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:

  • M.S. or PhD. 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

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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10 October, 2018:  Environmental Planner, Caltrans

Caltrans is hiring environmental planners in several locations statewide. Environmental planner positions range from those with a focus on CEQA and NEPA implementation to biological resources, such as wetlands, endangered species, and regulatory compliance. Please read more in each specific job posting. Positions are available at the entry and associate levels. Generalist positions are hired under the Environmental Planner or Associate Environmental Planner classifications. Biologists are hired under the Environmental Planner (Natural Sciences) or Associate Environmental Planner (Natural Sciences) classifications.

Archaeologist and historian positions; transportation planning positions; and senior-level and supervising positions are also available, but those position announcements are not included here. Refer to jobs.ca.gov for more information and conduct a search for “environmental planner” in the browser.

Specific minimum qualifications can be found at http://www.calhr.ca.gov/state-hr-professionals/Pages/4640.aspx.

General requirements:

A Bachelor’s Degree in the Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or Environmental Design Arts. (Registration as a senior in a recognized institution will admit applicants to the examination, but they must produce evidence of having fulfilled the requirements for graduation before they will be considered eligible for appointment.)

Individuals will be considered for associate-level positions if they possess one year of California state service performing environmental planning, analysis, research or evaluation in a class at a level equivalent to that of Environmental Planner, Range C.

Please refer to each job posting for unit-specific hiring contact and position-specific hiring requirements. Contact information provided in each separate link. Be sure to include the Job Control and PARF# in your application package. Prospective employees are required to take an online exam as part of the application process.

Current job postings, including location and (closing date):


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1 October, 2018:  Wildlife and plant ecologists, Colibri Ecological Consulting, Fresno, CA

We are looking for hard-working, motivated, intelligent, and good-natured wildlife and plant ecologists to join our team.  We have up to two full-time positions available immediately.  Positions will remain open until filled.

Essential Functions

  • Conduct desktop assessments of special-status species, wetlands, waters, and other sensitive biological resources.
  • Conduct biological reconnaissance surveys, habitat evaluations, habitat mapping, species-specific surveys, nesting bird surveys, floristic surveys, noxious weed surveys, impact assessments, mitigation monitoring, and biological compliance monitoring.
  • Conduct environmental training for construction personnel on field projects.
  • Help identify and delineate wetlands and other potentially regulated habitats.
  • Assist in designing and implementing habitat and species restoration, enhancement, management, and monitoring plans.
  • Use various tools and methods (e.g., GPS, GIS, binoculars, cameras, audio recorders, animal traps, drones, aerial surveys, statistics, and specialized software and databases) to conduct biological resource assessments and impact analyses.
  • Provide technical support to other team members.
  • Conduct literature reviews.
  • Prepare daily survey and monitoring reports and more complex technical reports.
  • Prepare application packages for regulatory permits and agreements (e.g., Clean Water Act Section 404, Fish and Game Code Section 1602).

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental biology, ecology, wildlife management, botany, or related field; advanced degree (M.S., M.A., M.E.M., or Ph.D.) or professional certificate (e.g., GIS, P.M.P.) preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of California flora and fauna.
  • Strong field skills and experience.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Willingness to travel to and from project sites throughout California and beyond.
  • Willingness to use your vehicle to drive to and from most project sites (mileage reimbursement provided).
  • Willingness to work a flexible and irregular schedule, including many early mornings and some nights and weekends.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather and terrain.
  • Ability to be flexible, open minded, and reason logically.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment.

About Colibri

Colibri (www.colibri-ecology.com) is a small consulting firm based in Fresno, California that specializes in helping project proponents comply with the Endangered Species Act and other environmental laws and regulations that protect native plants, animals, habitats, and ecosystems.  We work throughout California and across the nation but focus on the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding foothills and mountains.  Colibri provides its employees with medical and dental insurance coverage, 401K matching contributions, paid vacation, sick leave, 11 paid holidays, and regular professional development opportunities.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should respond by submitting a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for 3 references (including email addresses and phone numbers) to: info@colibri-ecology.com.


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17 September, 2018: Natural Resources Specialist – Parks, Riverside, CA

Job Description:

This assignment will be responsible for the coordination, preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of plans and procedures for adaptive management projects for conservation of wildlife habitat. The incumbent will perform field work, conduct biological resource evaluations prior to their acquisition & develop reports. Other responsibilities will involve land management, vegetation management and habitat restoration. The ideal candidate will possess knowledge of laws relating to environmental resource protection and the covered species of the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (WRC MSHCP). Please refer to the recruiting guidelines for additional information regarding the knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics that are critical for success.

The Natural Resources Specialist will work across western Riverside County, outdoors, and often in inclement or harsh weather conditions. The position includes infrequent weekend and holiday shifts as needed.

Current vacancies are located in Riverside; however, this recruitment may be utilized to fill future vacancies countywide.  Priority consideration will be given to individuals on department reinstatement/layoff lists.

For more details, go to www.rc-hr.com and select Find a Job and then select Job Descriptions.

Recruiting Guidelines:

Education: Graduation from a recognized college with a Bachelor’s degree with major course work in Natural Resource Management/Analysis, Ecology, Biological Sciences, Environmental Studies, or a closely-related field.

Experience: Two years of professional experience in research techniques, surveys, and statistical methods, preferably in Ecology, Natural Resource, or Environmental Studies. (A master’s degree in natural resource management/analysis, ecology, biological sciences, environmental studies, or a closely related field may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience.)

ADDITIONALLY, HIGHLY COMPETITIVE CANDIDATES WILL POSSESS:

  1. Knowledge of Southern California plants and animals
  2. Experience in land management
  3. Skill in performing field work in natural resources management, wildlife management, biological research, ecology, or habitat restoration
  4. Knowledge of local environmental conservation plans, such as the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (WRCMSHCP)
  5. Interpreting maps in remote areas and navigating using a compass on foot and in 4WD vehicles
  6. Independently conducting biological resource evaluations in the field to determine the type and nature of mitigation measures
  7. Knowledge of how to collect GIS mapping data and construct maps (ArcGIS, ArcMap, ArcCollector, Trimble GPS unit)
  8. Knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word

Knowledge of: The methods, and procedures for conducting field studies and obtaining research data; the natural history, archaeology, cultural heritage, conservation, preservation, wildlife habitat, and endangered species of Riverside County; map interpretation; codes, ordinances, and laws relating to environmental resource protection, including the California Environmental Quality Act.

Ability to: Communicate clearly and effectively, both in writing and orally; interpret land records and maps; organize and conduct research studies; make analyses and recommendations based on findings from studies, field observations and public contacts; use data processing equipment in statistical analysis; work with minimal supervision; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

**QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE MUST BE REFLECTED ON RESUME AND APPLICATION.**

Contact Information: If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Rosa Ayala at 951-955-6967or rayala@rivco.org.

If you are having technical difficulties during non-working hours, please refer to our self-help site at: http://www.rc-hr.com/Careers/HowtoApply/HelpFAQs.aspx

ALL COMMUNICATION REGARDING THIS RECRUITMENT IS SENT THROUGH EMAIL. IT IS THE APPLICANTS RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS HAS BEEN ADDED TO THEIR JOB GATEWAY ACCOUNT PROFILE.

Website Link: http://www.rc-hr.com/Find-A-Job/Job-Searching/County-Job-Openings


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17 September, 2018: Wildlife Biologist, Garcia and Associates

Garcia and Associates (GANDA) is seeking entry to mid-level Wildlife Biologists to work to support a variety of projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and California.  Responsibilities will include conducting field surveys, reporting, and biological monitoring.  Experience with nesting birds is very desirable.  The ideal candidate for this position will have a Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field; excellent writing, communication, and analytical skills; strong knowledge of California flora and fauna; strong knowledge of environmental regulations (Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, CEQA and NEPA); knowledge of state and federal survey protocols for special status species; and strong enthusiasm for natural resource conservation and planning.  The position may involve working independently and with teams of biologists, planners and construction personnel.  The position will required overnight travel throughout California.

To apply for this position, please send a resume, cover letter and references to: bioresumes@garciaandassociates.com.

Garcia and associates is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.


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1 September, 2018: Senior Biologist, WRA, Inc.

WRA, Inc. is an environmental consulting firm based in San Rafael, California, with offices in San Diego, Petaluma, Emeryville, Fort Bragg, and Denver. For over 30 years, WRA has provided outstanding ecological and design expertise to develop successful solutions for our clients. We employ experts in the fields of plant, wildlife, and wetland ecology, GIS, CEQA/NEPA and landscape architecture.

We are looking for a mid-level, energetic, career-minded plant ecologist, wetland ecologist, or related biologist to join us on a full-time basis in our San Diego office. We currently have one opening in San Diego and are looking for someone with experience in staff and project management, regulatory permitting, and in California plant, vegetation, and wetland identification. The work that this position entails is varied and may include environmental compliance (CEQA [mitigation and impact analyses], wetland delineation and permitting), mitigation and conservation banking/planning, rare plant surveys, and restoration planning. Experience in one or more of these areas is required.

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher in biology and may require some travel to other areas of the state. Desired qualifications include: education and experience in California plant taxonomy and surveys, habitat/association mapping, environmental impact analysis, permit preparation, wetland delineation, and mitigation analysis. Demonstrable technical writing ability and excellent communication skills are essential. Previous experience in biological consulting is preferred.

We offer an excellent salary and benefits package and a positive, progressive work environment. Our employment package includes medical, dental, vision, and 401K with generous match. More information about WRA and our areas of expertise can be found at http://www.wra-ca.com.

Interested candidates should respond by e-mailing your cover letter and resume to careers{at}wra-ca.com and reference “Senior Biologist.” Please also reference where you heard about the position. WRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No calls or recruiters, please.


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1 September, 2018: Biologist I, WRA, Inc.

WRA, Inc. is an environmental consulting firm based in San Rafael, California, with offices in San Diego, Emeryville, Petaluma, Fort Bragg, and Denver. For over 30 years, WRA has provided outstanding ecological and design expertise to develop successful solutions for our clients. We employ experts in the fields of plant, wildlife, and wetland ecology, GIS, CEQA/NEPA and landscape architecture.

We are looking for an energetic, career-minded ecologist to join us on a full-time basis. We currently have one opening in our San Diego Office. The work that this position entails is varied and may include environmental compliance (CEQA, wetland delineation and permitting), mitigation and conservation banking/planning, biological surveys, and restoration planning. Possession of USFWS recovery permits and experience in these areas is preferred, but not required.

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher in biology and may require some travel to other areas of the state sometimes for extended periods of time. Desired qualifications include: Experience and CDFW or AZDFW authorization to conduct monitoring for flat-tailed horned lizard. Additional education and experience in southern California natural resources, familiarity with California vegetation communities and habitats, California plant taxonomy, GIS field mapping, environmental impact analysis, permit preparation, and mitigation analysis. Demonstrable technical writing ability and excellent communication skills are essential. Previous experience is preferred.

We offer an excellent salary and benefits package and a positive, progressive work environment. Our employment package includes medical, dental, and 401K with generous match. More information about WRA and our areas of expertise can be found at http://www.wra-ca.com.

Interested candidates should respond by e-mailing your cover letter and resume to careers{at}wra-ca.com and reference “Biologist.” Please also reference where you heard about the position. WRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No calls or recruiters, please.


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23 August, 2018: Wildlife Biologist On-Call, Santa Cruz, Sacramento & Northern California Counties

 ICF is currently seeking On-Call (temporary) Field Biologists to join our team for infrastructure projects located on the Sacramento region.

About On-Call Employment with ICF

Given the seasonal or project-specific nature of our environmental work, ICF often hires environmental professionals as “On-Call” employees. On-Call employees are scheduled for work hours as they become available (we usually schedule work hours a few weeks ahead of time), and each on-call employee is free to accept or refuse the hours assigned to them in a given week. On-Call employees may work concurrent projects outside of their ICF assignment (along as their outside work does not create a conflict of interest with the work they do for ICF).

Job Description

The On-Call Staff Biologists will provide support to infrastructure projects located on the Sacramento region, Sacramento Valley, San Joaquin Valley, and areas of the East Bay. Responsibilities may include the following; creating daily monitoring reports, responding to project management and client need, conducting field surveys for special status wildlife, provide environmental compliance monitoring and prepare daily monitoring reports under direction of the supervision of senior staff.   Additional opportunities for On-Call Biologists include work assignments at our client facilities to provide general biological and/or regulatory expertise.

Primary Responsibilities

Conduct preconstruction surveys for California tiger salamanders (CTS), California red-legged frog (CRLF), giant garter snake, Swainson’s hawk surveys, nesting bird surveys, and provides environmental awareness training for construction crews, and conduct construction compliance monitoring for projects located in Northern California.  This position will be primarily outdoors.  Ability to identify native and introduced amphibians and nesting bird is required.  Previous experience conducting surveys and compliance monitoring for CTS and CRLF is desired.  Candidates must have good communication skills, work with construction contractors, ability to write clearly, prepare field data forms.  Work assignments generally include working 32-50 hours a week.

Desired Qualifications

        • Bachelor Degree in Biology or related field
        • Knowledge of  the flora and fauna of  Central and Northern California
        • Solid field skills, including the ability understand project construction drawings and to work primarily outdoors
        • Ability to work effectively as part of a construction compliance team
        • Experience with conducting amphibian and general nesting bird surveys
        • Understanding of consulting or construction monitoring/compliance monitoring.
        • Qualified candidates will be energetic, a team player, and possess excellent communication and writing skills
        • At least 1 year of wildlife biology survey and monitoring experience with the special-status species identified above.

About ICF

ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the energy and climate change; environment and infrastructure; health, human services, and social programs; and homeland security and defense markets. Our Environment and Planning division provides a range of consulting services in environmental analysis and compliance (e.g., California Environmental Quality Act [CEQA], National Environmental Protection act [NEPA]), land use planning, transmission planning, public affairs, permitting (e.g., renewable energy) and other emerging market sectors. Our clients include federal, state and local agencies, and private energy and utility companies. The firm combines passion for its work with industry expertise and innovative analytics to produce compelling results throughout the entire program life cycle, from research and analysis through implementation and improvement. Since 1969, ICF has been serving government at all levels, major corporations, and multilateral institutions. More than 5,000 employees serve these clients worldwide. ICF’s Web site is www.icfi.com.

ICF offers an excellent benefits package, an award winning talent development program, and fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce. ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity)

Pay Transparency Statement: For more information, please click here: https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/pdf/pay-transp_formattedESQA508c.pdf


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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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