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On Call Biologist, Northern California

Michael Baker International
Oakland, California, US
Closing date
Dec 7, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Biological Surveys
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Employment Type
Full time
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We create, integrate, visualize, and communicate planning concepts as they move from the initial vision through implementation. Our planning professionals build strong client partnerships, working with residents, businesses, developers, educational and medical organizations, state and local governments, the military and other federal agencies to successfully plan the future of their communities or institutions. At Michael Baker International, we focus on people and places, improving communities and creating more sustainable, convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places.


Michael Baker is seeking an On-Call Biologist for a project located in Northern California. The ideal Candidate for the Biologist position would have experience conducting a variety of field efforts including construction monitoring, habitat assessments, and focused surveys, especially for California tiger salamander ( Ambystoma californiense ) and California red-legged frog ( Rana draytonii ), with additional experience evaluating or conducting jurisdictional delineations also considered beneficial. The ability to effectively and accurately assess and describe project details in both routine communications as well as in survey reports is a must. In this position, you will primarily be in the field, but may conduct office type work including reporting, communications, and coordination.

Although most field work is planned well in advance, there are times when short notice (e.g., 24 hours) is provided and staff are expected to be flexible to meet project needs. The successful Candidate would be part of a team that provides assistance for a waterline replacement project that requires compliance with biological survey and monitoring requirements for California tiger salamander and California red-legged frog.

Typical tasks may include, but not be limited to:
  • Biological surveys; fieldwork data collection; clearance surveys including nesting birds, California tiger salamander, and California red-legged frog; as well as and construction monitoring
  • Significant (daily) field work.
  • Technical research and report writing (e.g., monitoring reports, biological reports, mitigation plans, constraints analyses, existing conditions memos)

  • Minimum 2 years of experience conducting biological surveys for the California tiger salamander and the California red-legged frog
  • Minimum 2 years of experience with biological services-oriented work including involvement and proficiency with regulatory compliance and permitting such as CEQA/NEPA, CWA, MBTA, CFGC, and FESA/CESA for a variety of development, restoration, and mitigation projects
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required
  • Experience conducting biology surveys, including vegetation mapping and focused species surveys
  • Experience conducting biological monitoring for construction/restoration projects.
  • Experience working with a team and independently.
  • Strong computer user skills using the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Familiarity with nesting bird survey techniques and the ability to recognize nesting behavior and locate bird nests is not required but will be considered beneficial to the Candidate.
  • Ability to develop technical sections and coordinate and manage preparation for environmental assessments, management plans, and other environmental studies and documents preferred.
  • Strong background in terrestrial ecology to perform biological resource evaluations, assess habitat usage and potential project-related impacts, and as necessary provide recommendations on appropriate mitigation preferred.
  • Habitat restoration and monitoring support preferred.
  • Stream/wetland mapping and jurisdictional delineations preferred.
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Zoology, Botany, Ecology, Natural Resource Management, or related field is preferred.
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