Restoration Ecologist

Location
The Ecologist will identify, evaluate, implement and complete riparian restoration projects.
Salary
TBD
Posted
Oct 17, 2018
Closes
Nov 13, 2018
Sector
Nonprofit
Job Level
Mid level
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary

Position Title: Southern California Ecologist

Office Location: San Diego, CA

 Reports to: Executive vice President of Science and Advancement

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

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

  • Must enjoy working with diverse people and organizations to get things done.
  • Creatively solve problems and learn new skills. 
  • Effectively communicate complicated biological findings orally and in writing. 
  • Possess knowledge of California plants, riparian ecology, hydrology, soils and /or wildlife.
  • Possess experience working with California and Federal environmental permitting including NEPA/CEQA, ESA, CDFW Code, California Water Code, Clean Water Act Section 404/401, etc.
  • 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 managing budgets and general understanding of contracting. 
  • Experience collecting, organizing, and analyzing field data. 
  • Experience with MS Access or other relational database programs. 
  • Understand effective use of GIS information.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of statistics, experimental design, and data collection. 
  • Ability to communicate in basic Spanish preferred, but not required
  • Ability to read, understand, and follow oral and written instruction. 
  • Excellent verbal, analytical, organizational and written skills.
  • Integrity and ethics beyond reproach.

Commitment and enthusiasm to carry out River Partners mission