Associate Wildlife Biologist

Bakersfield, California, US
May 08, 2021
May 18, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Job Description
Associate Environmental Scientists use their species specific and relevant environmental knowledge to provide important services pertaining to the health of communities and work to protect the environment from serious hazards. This position is a professional position with responsibility for gathering, compiling, analyzing, and interpreting complex data, then utilizing the information to prepare technical documents and presentations, with an emphasis on NEPA and CEQA compliance. This position is one of a team member who works with general direction from his/her supervisor, and expresses a higher level of independence than an Assistant Environmental Scientist by performing more complex tasks with less direct oversight. The Associate Environment Scientist will assist in routine to moderately complex environmental assessment and remediation projects. This includes the assessment of the risks of new construction to the environment that is needed in order to complete our projects.

• Conduct field surveys for threatened, endangered, or rare species, as well as species' habitat in support of ESA, CWA, Section 404, and other environmental regulations
• Observe and monitor species in the field
• Conduct archival / electronic research with USFWS and other state and federal agencies
• Conduct land use / development monitoring for natural / biological resources protection
• Assure permits are requested and maintained appropriately
• Provide input for those sections of NEPA and CEQA documents pertaining to environment and data collection methodology
• Prepare leave in technical memoranda, meeting minutes, transmittals, presentations, and other written materials
• Assist senior staff with presentations to public agencies and clients
• Assist with teaching junior staff
• Compile data and information for public presentations
• Other duties as assigned or as needed in order to successfully complete project deliverables or meet internal goals

• Species identification and research / survey, vegetation community and habitat classification and inventory, monitoring, data synthesis and interpretations required
• Ability to develop creative solutions to project issues
• Ability to take direction and use initiative to complete tasks without direct supervision
• Ability to organize, collect and analyze data, generate and evaluate alternatives, reach logical conclusions, and formulate consistent recommendations as necessary
• Proficient in MS Word and Excel
• Quantitative analysis skills
• Ability to work in a team environment
• Critical thinking skills
• Technical writing skills
• Ability to sit and stand for long periods
• Strong ability to communicate well (in writing and verbally) with other staff, clients, and agencies to accomplish team goals
• Visual acuity and manual dexterity
• Ability to perform repetitive wrist and hand motions required
• Ability to travel to field sites and walk long distances may be required on occasion

• Drive to be helpful to internal team members, including mentoring junior staff
• Able to remain flexible with the ever-changing workload, working conditions and project/agency requirements
• Well organized and unafraid to work against a deadline
• Ability to create strong relationships, including one of a mentor / protégé capacity
• Ability to drive one's own career path, develop relationships with mentors, and seek opportunities for growth
• Proven self-motivation
• Ability to teach junior staff both agency and firm standards

• Bachelor's or Master's degree in biology, botany, wildlife management, ecology, environmental biology, or environmental science

• Two (2) to five (5) years' experience (or MA/MS and one (1) years of experience), especially in the areas of NEPA and CEQA compliance, wetlands delineations, CWA, ESA, and related federal and/or state environmental compliance regulations. Field experience in California or with CA species preferred.

The Associate Environmental Scientist provides support to the all members of the environmental scientist group, as well as the planning group. Assistant Environmental Scientists are assigned to a Team/Group Leader for managerial purposes but will also receive guidance and direction from the discipline's Technical Leader. The Associate Environmental Scientist is encouraged to create a mentor/protégé relationship with one or more senior members of the bio team and may be asked to act as a Teaming Advisor for junior staff. Associate Environmental Scientists are expected to work with both planning and bio team members throughout the entire firm in order to promote our "One Company" philosophy.
Company DescriptionQK is One Connected Team, Working in Partnership to Make the Built Environment Possible.

We provide and work very hard to maintain a professional career environment where the best and most capable individuals collaborate as a team to learn, grow, serve and innovate. The true value of an engaged employee is one that not only stays, but thrives. We chose this profession, we enjoy it and the achievements we earn together by helping our clients realize their dreams - or objectives, for those of you that prefer the more technical term.

QK's dedication to empowering people to realize connectedness and achievement is evidenced by the fact that QK is an employee owned company.

Since 1972, QK has been helping California grow into the communities we see today. Our company was built by strong values, talented people, and the widespread recognition of our work in the field. We continue to help clients across the state by managing their most challenging infrastructure projects.

No one is better at helping clients through the confusing regulations, funding problems, and planning requirements that are part of completing a project in California.

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