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Senior Biologist

San Diego, California, US
Closing date
Sep 22, 2023

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Informatics / GIS
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.
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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

Primary Responsibilities

In the role of Senior Biologist, we'll count on you to:
  • Conducting wildlife and/or botanical surveys including species surveys, habitat evaluations, and jurisdictional delineations.
  • Working with a multidisciplinary team of engineers, planners, and clients to analyze potential impacts on biological resources and contributing innovative solutions to minimize/mitigate impacts.
  • Engaging with regulatory agencies on behalf of clients to facilitate permit approval and regulatory compliance activities for various types of projects. Project activities or permitting processes may include:
    • California and Federal Endangered Species Act consultations,
    • Other state/local permits in California and the Western United States,
    • Preparation and negotiation of permit applications with resources agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Regional Water Quality Control Boards, NOAA Fisheries, and California Coastal Commission
  • Contributing to and potentially leading development of CEQA and NEPA documents, biological evaluations/assessments, monitoring reports, mitigation plans and associated documents to address project impacts.
  • Providing quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) review of biological resources technical reports, assessments, focused studies, and regulatory permitting applications.
  • Consistent coordination with and provision of mentorship and development opportunities to mid- and junior-level biologists.
  • Perform other duties as needed
Keywords: Senior Biologist, species surveys, habitat evaluations, jurisdictional delineations, CEQA, NEPA
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology or related field.
  • Minimum 15 years of experience of conducting biological resources impact analysis and regulatory permitting in California.
  • Experience with wildlife species and habitats in Southern and Central California.
  • Prior experience working with local, State, and Federal agencies.
  • Applied knowledge of ecological assessment, environmental impact analysis, environmental due diligence studies, natural/biological resources management and habitat conservation planning.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and experience with the use and management of GPS equipment and ArcGIS or similar mapping programs.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrable technical writing/editing ability, and commitment to quality in both work processes and products.
  • An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Project Management experience a plus
  • Master's degree in Biology or closely related field.
  • Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS), Certified Environmental Professional, or Certified Wildlife Biologist.
  • Botanist and plant taxonomist
  • Experience in habitat restoration, including aquatic and upland habitats


At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

We provide a comprehensive benefits package that promotes employee ownership, employee health, performance, and success, which includes medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, an employee assistance program, paid time off, parental leave, paid holidays, 401(k) retirement savings plan with employer match, employee referral bonuses and tuition reimbursement. The expected compensation range for this position is $150,000- $170,000 annually depending upon skills, experience, education and geographical location. Stated benefits are for full-time regular positions. Temporary and part-time roles eligible for limited benefits.
  • Job Field: Water
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Employee Status: Regular

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