Natural Resources Biologist

Bellingham, Washington, US
Jun 04, 2021
Jun 19, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Who Are We?

Anchor QEA is an environmental science and engineering consulting firm that is focused on improving the environment and our communities by solving challenging problems. We employ more than 350 people in offices around the United States. Our vision is for a growing company that is our client's first choice for solving their most challenging problems and our employees' first choice as a company where they want to work. We believe engaged staff leads to great client service and to a financially strong company-in that order. Our work environment fosters personal and professional growth for employees by providing autonomy, a clear vision, and the ability to master their skill set. Learn more about us at .

What's the Opportunity?

Anchor QEA is seeking a full-time junior to mid-levelNatural Resources Biologist for one of our offices in Washington (Bellingham, Seattle, Tacoma, or Wenatchee). The position may also require some travel to participate in client meetings, public meetings, fieldwork, or site visits. The applicant will have demonstrated experience conducting natural resources fieldwork (e.g., wetland delineations, vegetation surveys, habitat surveys); conducting ecological, regulatory, or similar analyses in support of State and National Environmental Policy Acts (SEPA/NEPA); preparing permit applications and other technical documents in support of federal, state, and local environmental regulations; developing and reviewing documents, status reports, and deliverables; and completing quality control review of documents. An understanding of and experience with fluvial, coastal, wetland, or estuarine ecosystems is desired. We are interested in a candidate who is a quick learner, detail-orientated, and a committed team player.


The successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

Support senior staff on a wide range of capital infrastructure and other projects, including preparation of environmental assessments and environmental impact statements under SEPA/NEPA, habitat assessments, wetland delineations, and reports, Endangered Species Act documents, and other related permitting and environmental documents
Support and conduct interdisciplinary desktop and field surveys, including wetland delineations and habitat assessments (plants, wildlife, and/or fish); collect, organize, and analyze field survey data, and summarize results

Respond to the agency, tribal, and public comments and questions on permit applications, along with natural resources documentation
Evaluate environmental impacts and mitigation measures to offset impacts
Assist in developing scopes and budgets for natural resource, permitting, and planning projects

Work within quality/budget/schedule expectations and scope-specific assignments

What Are We Looking For?

Ideal candidates will have the following:

B.S. or M.S. in ecology, fish or wildlife biology, natural resources management, environmental science, or a related discipline
Understanding of or interest in Habitat Equivalency Analysis (HEA), Puget Sound Nearshore Conservation Calculator, credit/debit method, or acre-based method for impact and mitigation assessments
Background in applying biology and ecology to environmental regulations, especially SEPA and/or NEPA
3 to 5 years of experience performing ecological or biological research and strong writing skills
Understanding of the permitting processes in Washington
Willingness and desire to support field assignments up to 40% of the time
Ability to pursue certification or complete training as a Washington State Department of Transportation Biological Assessment author
Ability to adapt to changing priorities and multiple concurrent projects/tasks,working both in teams and independently
Ability to excel in a fast-paced, client service-oriented team environment and proven ability to work across disciplines internally and externally
Strong professional written and verbal communications skills

What Can You Expect?

A collegial work environment; joining a great team already in place; a competitive salary, bonus program, and excellent benefits, including health insurance (medical, dental, vision, and long-term disability); a generous retirement plan match; and vacation/sick leave.

How Do I Apply?

Please apply online via our

As an equal opportunity employer, Anchor QEA is committed to a diverse, multi-cultural work environment. Anchor QEA does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran's status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

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