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On Call Biologist

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

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Academic / Research
Informatics / GIS
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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 multiple temporary Biologists for a project located in Northern California, specifically the counties of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity. The ideal Candidate for the Biologist position would have experience conducting a variety of field surveys, construction monitoring, habitat assessments, and focused surveys. Experience evaluating or conducting jurisdictional delineations will also be beneficial. The candidate should be able to effectively and accurately assess and describe project details in both routine communications as well as in survey reports. Experience working alongside operations or construction and around heavy equipment preferred.

The project will require daily fieldwork, up to 12 hour days, and work Mondays through Saturdays. Fieldwork is scheduled to start in October 2021 and extend approximately 18 months. Successful candidates will be part of a large field and office team, including biologists, planners, cultural resources specialists, water quality specialists, GIS specialists. There may also be opportunity to support other projects throughout California, depending on scheduling needs and the candidate's biological expertise.

Typical tasks may include, but not be limited to:
  • Biological surveys, fieldwork data collection, clearance surveys, and operations monitoring
  • Significant field work (daily)
  • Nesting birds surveys
  • Monitoring of BMP installation and evaluating the effectiveness of BMPs in the field
  • Driving a 4x4 vehicle on dirt road and uneven terrain
  • Technical research and report writing (e.g., biological reports, mitigation plans, constraints analyses, existing conditions memos)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Familiarity with nesting bird survey techniques and the ability to recognize nesting behavior and locate bird nests.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required, along with the ability to develop technical sections and coordinate and manage preparation for environmental assessments, management plans, and other environmental studies and documents.
  • Experience working with the state and federally listed species common to the geographical area, preferred.
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Zoology, Botany, Ecology, Natural Resource Management, or related field is preferred.
  • Experience evaluating or conducting jurisdictional delineations preferred.
  • Experience preparing or contributing to the contents of Clean Water Act permits 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.
  • Strong computer user skills using the Microsoft Office Suite and Arc Collector preferred.
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