Ecologist/Biologist (Associate Level)

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ERM West, Inc.
Salt Lake City, Utah, US
May 03, 2021
May 11, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
ERM is seeking a self-starting, dynamic Ecologist/Biologist to join our consulting team in Elko, NV. As part of our Impact Assessment Team, you will provide high-quality analytical support to ERM clients through close work with other team members. Assignments will include desktop-based work as well as travel to conduct fieldwork (potentially up to 70% of the time). This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced professional to join a growing and exciting team, and to build a rewarding career path with a global leader in environmental and sustainability consulting.


With appropriate guidance and supervision, provide creative and fit-for-purpose technical analyses in your own areas of specialization and support additional analyses outside of your areas of specialization, working collaboratively with experts in other fields and with other technical backgrounds.
  • Perform desktop analyses, field-based surveys, and data analysis/reporting for projects in the arid west, including habitat assessments, special status plants, noxious weeds, vegetation communities, wetlands and waterbodies, migratory and breeding birds, raptors, small mammals, and herpetological species to support large biological baseline study projects and individual survey efforts for some small-scale projects.
  • Provide technical consulting and permitting support in a variety of sectors including mining, oil and gas, power and transmission, and renewable/alternative energy.
  • Perform project activities to contribute to the successful completion of client deliverables through the collection of field data, organizing and analyzing collected data, literature review, and report writing.
  • Utilize digital tools for data collection and mapping including ArcGIS Online, Survey123, etc.
  • Work within budget/schedule expectations and ensure high quality standards on project deliverables.
  • Communicate effectively with internal staff, subcontractors, clients, and regulators.
  • Complete work assignments in accordance with ERM's format and quality standards, and health and safety standards.

  • BA/BS or Master's degree in biology, natural resource science, or related discipline.
  • 3+ years of experience conducting biological surveys for vegetation, wetlands, and/or wildlife; natural resource permitting; and/or impact assessment. Experience preferred in:
    • Arid west
    • Ecological based approach in conducting habitat assessments and vegetation community identification to determine habitat suitability for a wide range of species
    • Conducting wildlife surveys, particularly birds and raptors and other species a plus
    • Lead wetland and waterbody
  • Effective written/verbal communication, organizational/analytical skills, leadership skills, and experience with technical writing or strong desire for technical writing.
  • Willingness and ability to travel and conduct field work for short- and long-term deployments as needed, sometimes in remote locations in variable weather conditions and across challenging terrain.
  • Experience using ArcGIS, Garmin and/or Trimble GPS, and other survey related equipment and programs.
  • Strong commitment to safety, including following established ERM and client Health & Safety protocols.
  • Ability to multi-task, work within a diverse team, maintain flexibility with scheduling, adapt to changing project deadlines/details, and work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills or willingness to become an effective team leader. Strong desire to grow and develop in career.
  • Demonstrated attributes to become an effective consultant, including but not limited to being a team player, developing/maintaining client relationships, coordination and relationship building with regulatory agencies, eager to continue learning and growing, a self-starter who takes initiative, versatile technical abilities, and having a service-oriented mentality.
  • Demonstrated interest in business consulting and environmental/social issues (either through related coursework, previous employment, or personal endeavors).
  • Valid driver's license and good driving record.

Please submit your resume and a brief cover letter. Qualified candidates will be contacted via email, and asked to complete an online video questionnaire. Based on a review of these responses, short-listed candidates will be invited for interviews. Thank you for your interest in ERM!

ERM does not accept recruiting agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our job alias, ERM employees, or any other company location. ERM is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

Who We Are:

As the world's leading sustainability consulting firm, ERM is uniquely positioned to contribute to the environment and society through the expertise and energy of our employees worldwide. Sustainability is what we do, and is at the heart of both our service offerings and how we operate our business. ERM and our partners are driven by a dynamic vision: By 2021 we will be the clear leader in our chosen markets, we will double in value and we will deliver on our promises to our clients, our people and our investors. For our people, our vision means attracting, inspiring, developing and rewarding our people to work with the best clients and on the biggest challenges, thus creating valuable careers. We achieve our vision in a sustainable manner by maintaining and living our ERM values that include Accountability, Caring for our People, Client Focus, Collaboration, Empowerment, and Transparency.

Please submit your resume and brief cover letter. Based on review of these responses, shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews.

ERM does not accept recruiting agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, ERM employees or any other company location. ERM is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

ERM is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Thank you for your interest in ERM!