ICF is currently seeking a Botanist and/or Wetlands Specialist to be based out of our San Francisco or San Jose, CA offices. The ideal candidate will demonstrate knowledge of Northern California flora and be capable of independently conducting floristic surveys, including surveys for rare, threatened and endangered plants throughout California with a focus on the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Additionally, the candidate will be able, with minimal oversight, to conduct wetland delineations per U.S. Army Corps of Engineers protocols, prepare technical reports, and prepare technical studies and write sections on special-status plants, vegetation communities, and wetlands for CEQA and/or NEPA documents. The candidate also may be tasked with duties such as: monitoring vegetation establishment/performance at habitat restoration and mitigation sites; assessing infestations of invasive plants at habitat restoration and mitigation sites; directing contractors to manage invasive plant infestations; and preparing annual habitat mitigation monitoring reports.
Salary and title will be commensurate with level of experience and range of skills. Note that one or more writing samples related to the items listed below may be requested.
- Floristic Surveys.
- Wetland Delineations.
- Preparation of (writing) technical sections (botanical and wetland resources) for CEQA and NEPA documents.
- Preparation of (writing) technical sections (botanical and wetland resources) of Natural Environment Studies (NES) and Biological Assessments (BA) according to Caltrans Local Assistance Procedures Manual formats.
- Vegetation and wetland performance monitoring of restored habitats.
- Preparation of (writing) annual habitat mitigation monitoring reports.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Botany, Biology, Ecology or Environmental Sciences.
- 5+ years of experience in environmental consulting, natural resources management, or similar employment.
- Strong experience with native and non-native plant identification and taxonomy.
- Experience conducting floristic surveys in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.
- Working knowledge of currently accepted botanical survey methods and protocols.
- Demonstrated experience and competency in conducting impact assessments and writing technical sections pertaining to botanical and wetland resources in support of CEQA and/or NEPA documents.
- Demonstrated experience and competency in preparing (writing) technical sections pertaining to botanical and wetland resources for Natural Environment Studies (NES) and Biological Assessments (BA) according to Caltrans Local Assistance Procedures Manual formats.
- Completion of 40-hour wetland delineation training.
- Demonstrated experience preparing wetland delineation maps and reports that satisfy standards prescribed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division.
- Familiarity with the use of various GPS technology in the field for mapping and navigation.
- Working knowledge of federal and state endangered species acts and wetland permitting.
Preferred Qualifications or Skills
- Master’s degree in Botany, Biology, Ecology or Environmental Sciences.
- Wetlands permitting experience.
- Training and direct experience in California Rapid Assessment Method for riverine, estuarine and/or depressional wetlands.
- Competency in identification, mapping and management of invasive weed populations.
- Demonstrated experience in monitoring and reporting on the performance of revegetation projects.
- Experience preparing wetland delineation maps in support of Coastal Zone Act permitting.
- Certified arborist qualification in the state of California.
- Experience managing sub-consultants and contractors.
ICF offers an excellent benefits package, an award winning talent development program, and fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce. ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EEO/AA – Minorities/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities) For a listing of other career opportunities at ICF, please visit our Career Center at https://careers.icfi.com.
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