Natural Resources Project Manager / Senior Biologist

SWCA Environmental Consultants
Pasadena, California (US)
Jun 16, 2017
Aug 15, 2017
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking a Natural Resources Project Manager/ Senior Biologist position with experience in natural resource management and biological studies for our Pasadena, CA office.




The ideal candidate will be interested in developing a long-term consulting career that combines high-level technical expertise with commercial acumen and leadership. Responsibilities may include developing and implementing scientific studies, leading survey and technical assessment efforts, natural resource planning, staff coordination, project management, and business development. An important aspect of the work will involve staff mentorship and senior technical review of reports.






The Natural Resources Project Manager / Senior Biologist has the option to participate in SWCA's Scientific Leadership Program, which allows top subject experts to be recognized and rewarded for distinguished productivity and intellectual acumen, to make regular contributions to corporate strategies, and provide input to all levels of the company.




Our Natural Resources program works on diverse natural resources related projects across many business lines, including renewable energies, utilities, infrastructure, transportation, habitat restoration, and mitigation banking. In addition, the Pasadena office offers a unique work environment and specializes in natural resources, cultural resources, and permitting.




This is a regular, full-time, salaried position. Pay rate will be based on individual qualifications and experience. SWCA offers a team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, and a competitive benefits package, including an employee stock ownership retirement plan (ESOP).




  • Work closely with a project team to develop innovative approaches to resource assessment that meet client needs and can withstand agency and public scrutiny Take initiative and resolve issues to assure client needs are met effectively Lead biological technical assessment and survey efforts including preparing and providing peer review for technical reports and environmental permits such as biological resource assessments and constraints analyses, CWA Section 404/401 permitting, and Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements). Conduct scientific assessment and statistical analyses Supervise, mentor, and provide project technical support to staff-level biologists and field personnel Serve as project manager or technical lead on a variety of resource management planning projects Manage small and large projects, including maintaining budgets, schedules, and quality of service Work with Corporate accounting department to review invoices, expenditures and project audits for projects/tasks Work closely with SWCA's resource scientists and environmental planners, managers and directors in both natural and cultural resources throughout the company to promote SWCA's business interests in adherence to its mission, vision, and values Enforce SWCA's safety procedures and standards of scientific and professional ethics


  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, environmental science or a related field required; Master's degree highly desired At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in biological surveys and resource management Minimum of three (3) years of experience in environmental consulting Working knowledge of Southern California natural resources The ideal candidate will also possess strong wildlife and plant identification. Experience delineating jurisdictional waters, preparing JD reports and permit applications is a plus Exceptional technical writing skills with a record of completing technical reports and other deliverables on time and within budget. Experience with CEQA / NEPA and environmental permitting (e.g., CWA Sec 404/401, CDFW LSAA and ITP Ability to work as member of a team and independently to make decisions and complete tasks in the most effective manner Able to multi-task, prioritize, track work progress across multiple projects Ability to take initiative, resolve problems and ensure tasks are completed in the most effective manner Effectively discuss technical concepts to non-specialist clients and the public Able to work independently and collaborate with a variety of colleagues, clients, and agency representatives Must possess a commitment to quality on projects of all sizes and scopes



SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full-spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record's Top 200 Environmental Firms.




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EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.




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