Botanist - Santa Ana

  • Psomas
  • Santa Ana, CA, USA
  • Feb 12, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

Psomas, one of the top-ranked consulting engineering firms in the nation, providing surveying, engineering, construction management and environmental services throughout the Western United States, has an opening for a Botanist in our Santa Ana office. 

Description:  The Botanist will be responsible for assessing the botanical resources on project sites throughout Southern California. Fieldwork will include general biological resource assessments, vegetation mapping, habitat restoration monitoring, and focused surveys for special status plant species. Office tasks will include conducting literature reviews and documenting survey findings in the appropriate technical report for submittal to our clients and the resource agencies. Candidates should be prepared to demonstrate that they are familiar with common plant species and vegetation types in the region.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Reviews California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) and California Native Plant Society (CNPS) database output and submits proposed list and database results to Supervisor for review.
  • Assess habitat suitability of a site for special status plant species.
  • Conducts vegetation mapping/general plant surveys; vegetation map/plant compendium reviewed by Supervisor.
  • Monitors status of habitat restoration sites.
  • Assists with focused surveys; may lead a secondary team.
  • Occasionally work irregular hours. Some travel required.
  • Identifies unknown plants by keying them.
  • Writes technical reports to be reviewed by Supervisor.
  • May attend meetings with resource agencies to provide technical information.
  • Coordinates with project team members.


  • 2-5 year's experience
  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Botany, or related field
  • Working knowledge of common Southern California plant species in all life stages
  • Working knowledge of special status plant species (e.g., Threatened, Endangered, Rare, and those with a California Rare Plant Rank)
  • Experienced with keying plants
  • Working knowledge of California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) survey guidelines
  • Working knowledge of vegetation mapping and classification
  • Working knowledge of habitat restoration and monitoring
  • Working knowledge of most common wildlife that rely on common habitat types of the region (e.g. coastal sage scrub, riparian, grassland)
  • Working knowledge of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), and how they are applied
  • Excellent technical writing skills
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Proficient time-management skills (i.e., efficient, organized, and has the ability to prioritize)
  • Detail-oriented without losing sight of the big picture
  • Good interpersonal communication skills; team player with professional attitude
  • Dedicated, motivated, and proactive; self-motivated learner
  • Proven ability to work in physically challenging work settings and is in good physical condition
  • Valid State-issued driver's license and clean driving record

Additional Desirable Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of common plant species outside the Southern California region (e.g., Sierra Nevada, Arizona)
  • Working knowledge of jurisdictional water resources, wetland delineation techniques, and the regulatory permitting process
  • Working knowledge of Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) requirements in the area

Benefits: Psomas offers excellent opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package. 

  • Medical, dental, prescription drug and vision coverage
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible and alternative work schedules
  • Paid time off (PTO) and paid holidays
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical and dependent care
  • Company-paid life insurance
  • Company-paid short and long-term disability
  • Professional development and licensing reimbursement
  • Performance and career development programs

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