• ICF International
  • San Francisco, California, United States
  • Jan 15, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Planning - NEPA Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

ICF is currently seeking a biologist with strong taxonomist skills to be based out of our San Francisco and/or Sacramento, CA office. Job DescriptionThis position involves providing biological resources and environmental regulatory support (field-based and office-based) on a variety of energy, transportation, water, and urban projects in northern California. The primary duties will include providing field and laboratory support for research and monitoring projects in the upper San Francisco Estuary and other California ecosystems. Field duties include collecting lower trophic, water quality, and fisheries data from boats and land. Laboratory duties include conducting taxonomic identification of larval fish, zooplankton, and macrocrustaceans from estuarine and riverine ecosystems. Travel may be required for projects located outside the Sacramento/Bay Area. The Biologist also will help prepare technical reports, assist with preparation of state and federal environmental permit applications, and assist in the preparation of technical studies and sections for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and/or National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents. Key Responsibilities

  • Independently and collaboratively perform field surveys for special-status fish species and lower trophic organisms in variety of aquatic ecosystems. Field days may require long days on smaller vessels or larger vessels.
  • Taxonomic identification of larval fish, zooplankton, and macrocrustaceans. Several hours of microscope time may be required daily, weekly, or monthly.
  • Prepare technical memoranda summarizing field survey results.
  • Prepare technical sections for regulatory documents, annual reports, and environmental permit applications under guidance of senior staff.
  • Provide logistical support to task managers and project managers. Logistical support may include coordinating other ICF field staff and subcontractors, scheduling construction monitors, scheduling meetings, and invoicing.


 Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences or other related field of study.
  • 3+ years of experience in conducting biological fieldwork for consulting firm, municipality and/or government department/agency. Applicant should experience working on small water craft for collecting field data
  • 3+ years of experience identifying larval fish, zooplankton, and macrocrustaceans from estuarine and riverine ecosystems
  • Proficiency in use of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Proficiency in use of GPS technology for navigation and data collection in the field.
  • Ability to swim 50 yards unassisted.
  • Valid drivers license.

Additional Preferred Skills/Experience

  • Taxonmic experience with identifying zooplankton, macrocrustaceans, and larval fish from the San Francisco Estuary.
  • Small water craft operation experience.
  • Experience with data entry and formatting.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations relating to biological resources (including CEQA, NEPA, Clean Water Act, California Fish and Game Codes, etc.).

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

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