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Principal Biologist

HELIX Environmental
Berkeley, California, US
Closing date
Dec 6, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Informatics / GIS
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Full time
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HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc. (HELIX), a growing, employee-owned California-based environmental consulting and planning firm, is seeking a team oriented and motivated Biologist/Regulatory Specialist, with critical thinking skills and a strong work ethic, to join one of our northern California office locations (Folsom or Roseville) as a Principal Biologist. HELIX provides CEQA/NEPA, biological, cultural resource management, habitat restoration, regulatory permitting, environmental compliance monitoring, acoustics and noise control, GIS, landscape architecture, and air quality and greenhouse gas services to both the public and private sectors.

Why work for HELIX? We prioritize our employees. We have been an employee-owned firm since 2004, providing employees a vested interest in the firm's success through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). HELIX placed in the top three for environmental consulting firms and in the top ten for firms in our size range (100 to 199 employees) nationwide in the ZweigWhite Best Firms to Work For 2021 survey. Our employees describe us as team-oriented, caring, flexible, and driven by our standards of integrity. In addition to our competitive benefit package, we also have robust, award-winning wellness, professional growth, employee development training and community volunteer programs, and we support a hybrid work environment that balances the ability to work in the office and from home, when needed.

HELIX offers a competitive benefits package, that includes:
  • Health Coverage (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Life Insurance
  • Personal Time Off
  • Bonus Program
  • ESOP participation
  • 401K participation

Principal Biologist Job Description

The Principal Biologist will be responsible for managing projects, which include biological surveys, habitat restoration, regulatory permitting, and monitoring projects. The position also will include resource agency consultation, client coordination, collaboration with other HELIX departments and offices, and preparation of proposals and related marketing support. The ideal candidate must possess a positive attitude and strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills as critical aspects of this position include developing solutions for project challenges, forging strong, collaborative relationships and building consensus among team members, staff, clients, and agencies. The ideal candidate must have excellent speaking and writing skills and experience in developing complex technical documents including scoping and costing projects. A flexible mindset and adaptability to changing circumstances is imperative.

Other Responsibilities include:
  • Provide technical direction and strategic solutions for challenging biological and regulatory issues
  • Oversee the growth and mentoring of biology staff
  • Collaborate to continue to grow HELIX's northern California biology group
  • Proactively manage all projects to obtain results on-time and on-budget
  • Lead, coordinate, and evaluate performance of staff
  • QA/QC technical documents and proposals
  • Coordinate with staff from other departments to develop proposals and implement projects

HELIX is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and an inclusive work environment. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, disability, age, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service or veteran status. These protections extend to all management practices and decisions, including recruitment and hiring, appraisal systems, promotions, training, and career development programs.


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Salary DOE

Minimum Requirements for the Principal Biologist:
  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) in an environmental science, biology, or related field.
  • 10+ years' demonstrated experience in the environmental field carrying out biological resources, natural resources, or similar projects
  • 5+ years project management experience for biological, natural resource, or similar projects
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to complete projects within time and budget constraints
  • Strong client and agency relationships; demonstrated experience leading client management and agency communications
  • Possess strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills to develop solutions for project challenges

Additional skills considered a plus:
  • Master's degree or higher in Biology, Natural Resources, or related field
  • Proven experience managing large-scale natural resources-based projects
  • Experience processing state and federal resource agency permit applications and endangered species consultations
  • Demonstrated experience with marketing and business development

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