Staff Biologist

San Luis Obispo County, California, US
Jul 21, 2021
Aug 02, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
San Luis Obispo , CA / Fresno , CA / Bakersfield , CA

Staff Biologist Requisition Number 2021-11292 # of Openings 1 Office Location US-CA-San Luis Obispo | US-CA-Fresno | US-CA-Bakersfield Program Natural Resources/Biology/Ecology Hire Type Temporary Hourly/Salary hourly About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking a staff level Biologist position with experience in natural resource management and biological studies for our San Luis Obispo, CA office. We are seeking a candidate who is looking to develop a long-term consulting career that combines high-level technical expertise with commercial acumen and leadership. Responsibilities may include participating in implementing scientific studies, surveys, natural resource planning, environmental monitoring/ inspections, and preparing a wide variety of technical studies and reports. It is anticipated that a moderate level of travel and variable hours will be required for the position. Depending on availability, this position is either a temporary or a regular, part, or full-time position. Pay rate will be based on individual qualifications and experience.
What you will accomplish
    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. Coordinate and/or lead biological survey efforts. Serve as project manager or technical lead on a variety of resource management planning projects. Use topographic maps, aerial photographs, GPS units, and other maps and tools during fieldwork. Identify and pursue new business opportunities. Assist at public and/or agency meetings. Work closely with SWCA's other resource scientists, 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. Experience and qualifications for success
    • Minimum of a bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, environmental science or a related field required.
    • At least 2-4 years of progressively responsible experience in biological surveys and resource management
    • Environmental consulting experience is preferred but not required.
    • Experience of working with scientists, planners, engineers, contractors, and agency specialists.
    • Ability to promote SWCAs services internally and externally.
    • Experience in writing technical reports.
    • The ideal candidate will also possess strong wildlife and plant identification skills; familiarity with Endangered Species Act, excellent writing skills, and ability to record accurate field notes required.
    • Ability to take initiative, resolve problems and ensure tasks are completed in the most effective manner.
    • Flexibility and willingness to learn company procedures, and ability to try new, improved techniques.
    • Ability to work as member of a team and independently to make decisions and complete tasks in the most effective manner. Willingness to learn and grow into increased project-management responsibilities.

    SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned environmental firm with offices across the U.S. Our continually expanding team combines scientific expertise with in-depth knowledge of permitting and compliance protocols to achieve technically sound, cost effective solutions for a full spectrum of environmental projects. As one of the largest environmental compliance firms, SWCA ranks among Engineering News-Record's Top 200 Environmental Firms.

    SWCA offers a team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, and a competitive benefits package, including an employee stock ownership retirement plan (ESOP). If you are seeking an opportunity to work in a culture of exceptionally skilled and diverse professionals who embrace sound science and creative solutions, then SWCA will be a great fit for you!

    SWCA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.
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    EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.