Stantec Nevada City, CA, U.S.
Feb 13, 2017Full time
Your Duties: As a Junior Biologist based in the Sierra Nevada, you will work in a highly dynamic team environment with other biologists, ecologists, water resource specialists, and regulatory experts. Based in Nevada City, you will contribute to environmentally conscious infrastructure and recreation planning, as well as support a diverse array of projects throughout the state. This position will include opportunities for both field and office work. In the field, our biologists conduct surveys on foot, via kayak, and by helicopter. In this position, you would support more senior biologists conducting nesting bird surveys, special status species surveys, fisheries assessments, wetland delineations and tree surveys. Fieldwork may also involve construction-related environmental compliance monitoring and field support of ecosystem restoration projects. In this position, you will contribute to multi-disciplinary project teams by executing field biology work throughout the Sierras and northern California and possibly beyond. As a junior biologist, you will provide support and expertise in field biology for baseline assessments, impact assessments and environmental permitting and compliance. Your specific background should consist of wildlife ecology and field survey expertise. Familiarity with regulatory permitting and compliance is a plus. This position requires strong skills as a self-starter, with ability to balance work on multiple projects simultaneously. Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and organizational skills are essential. Our Biologists: Are knowledgeable ecologists and respected scientists. Demonstrate success with research, analysis, and reporting. Are motivated, team-oriented professionals with excellent written and communication skills. Are familiar with review and analysis of scientific data, maps, and drawings. Provide support in delivering high quality work products to Stantec’s multi-disciplinary project teams. Have the ability to identify opportunities and build relationships with clients. Care about the environment and facilitating regulatory compliance. Are extremely safety conscious. Your Capabilities and Credentials: Basic Qualifications: Education: BS in Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology, or other related field. Years of Experience: 1 to 3 years Must have a good driving record and valid driver’s license Prior to employment with Stantec, this position will require the successful completion of a physical and drug screening. Primary Skills: Experience with and knowledge of the biota in the western intermountain, coast, and desert region of the U.S. Experience performing various biological field surveys. Able to safely conduct field surveys and perform strenuous activities in variable, rough, and remote terrain, including streams and lakes under various weather conditions. Experience with species listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), California Endangered Species Act (CESA), and California special status species is a plus. Demonstrated technical competence in baseline biological data collection, including use of a GPS. Experience conducting nesting bird surveys. Experience contributing to biological technical reports, environmental impact evaluation, siting reports, or environmental permit applications, including field surveys and reporting or resource and impact evaluations and documentation. Self-motivated and team-oriented. Adept at data entry and excel-based data analyses. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Willingness to travel for field survey work. Preferred Qualifications: Education: Bachelors or Master’s degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology, or a related field Years of Experience: 1 to 3 years Primary Skills: Northern California-based biological field survey experience. Key species surveys include nesting migratory birds, western pond turtle, foothill and/or Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, anadromous fish, giant garter snake, salmonids, and small mammals, among others. Additional southern California and Nevada-based biological field survey experience a plus. Knowledge and experience of state and federal wildlife protection regulations and guidelines for listed species. Familiarity with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and experience conducting point count and nesting bird surveys. California and Nevada avian species familiarity beneficial. Experience serving on and/or leading teams of field scientists for biological surveys in California. Water quality field data collection experience. Experience performing aquatic resource studies and delineations. Experience conducting environmental monitoring (baseline monitoring and environmental compliance monitoring). Possession of a state [Scientific Collecting/MOU] or federal permit [10(a)1(A)] for listed species. An understanding of biology-related concepts associated with the California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act. An understanding of environmental permitting in California including: US Army Corps of Engineers Clean Water Act Section 404 waters of the US permitting, Regional Water Quality Control Board Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certifications, California Department of Wildlife DFG Code Section 1600 et seq. Streambed Alteration Agreements, CESA permitting, and other environmental permitting. Established, respected relationships from local, state, and federal permitting agencies a plus. General understanding of GPS - based data collection and GIS analyses and mapping. Experienced in using ArcGIS, statistics programs such as “R”, Excel, Word, and Powerpoint for data analyses, report writing, and presentations. Ability to work independently, as well as in teams ranging from two to 60 staff. CPR and Wilderness First Aid Certification a plus. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com