• Tetra Tech, Inc.
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Feb 23, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Planning - NEPA Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

Tetra Tech Inc. is currently seeking a dedicated professional to support our growing energy practice as a Wildlife Biologist from our Portland, OR office location. This practice includes wind, solar, and fossil fuel power generation; electric transmission lines and substations; and natural gas transmission pipelines, compressor stations, and other related facilities. The primary project focus for this position is evaluating wildlife issues related to wind and solar energy projects. Experience with avian ecology, bat ecology, risk assessments, and associated permitting issues is desired. The position would involve a combination of writing, task management, and field work.  We are particularly interested in candidates who have field experience with avian surveys, bat acoustic surveys, and botanical surveys associated with energy projects. 


  • Complete wildlife surveys and habitat evaluations
  • Analyze potential impacts of a variety of projects (esp. wind energy projects) on biological resources
  • Support senior biologists with client-agency communications
  • Develop proposals for biological-related tasks (preparing scopes, schedules, budgets)
  • Manage biology tasks (coordinating field logistics, overseeing quality)
  • Support due diligence and permitting efforts, and prepare field survey reports and support preparation of mitigation and monitoring plans, eagle conservation plans (ECPs), bird and bat conservation plans (BBCSs), habitat conservation plans (HCPs), NEPA documents (EIS/EAs), and other documents required under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able and willing to travel for field assignments




  • Masters or Bachelor’s degree in applicable field (graduate degree preferred), such as biological science, wildlife ecology, environmental science, or natural resources management
  • 5 years of professional experience related to wildlife species/habitats and ecological assessment. Minimum of 3 years of direct experience in wildlife field surveys; task management experience desirable
  • Field experience with wildlife species and habitats in the West, Northeast, or Great Plains ecosystems is essential
  • Applied knowledge of ecological assessment, environmental impact analysis, environmental due diligence studies, natural/biological resources management, and habitat conservation planning
  • Experience with GPS equipment and ArcGIS or similar mapping program is preferred
  • Technical proficiency and demonstrated experience in the following areas are essential
  • Identifying wildlife and conducting surveys (esp. birds and bats); experience with eagles preferred but not required
  • Classifying and inventorying vegetation communities (upland, riparian, and wetlands) and habitat
  • Researching and monitoring of wildlife species-habitat ecology
  • Statistical modeling preferred; and
  • Synthesizing and interpreting biological information and preparing technical reports
  • Preference given to candidates with strong statistical/modeling experience and project/task management experience
  • This position requires strategic thinking and problem-solving skills, a high level of interpersonal communication skills, organizational and time management skills; attention to detail, and the ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Demonstrable technical writing/editing ability commitment to quality in both work processes and products, and willingness to assume new roles are critical
  • Prior experience in private sector or ecological consulting business is desirable

If you are interested in joining our dynamic team, for immediate consideration please submit your resume to Tetra Tech, Inc., at  Please mention the position you are applying for in your cover letter and include salary requirements. A Pre-employment drug screen is required. Tetra Tech, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we value workplace diversity. We invite resumes from all interested parties including women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities. Please visit our website to see the array of diverse services and exciting projects we are currently working on.If you are disabled and need assistance with your job application process, please fax the position you are applying for to: (973) 630-8111.

Tetra Tech is an EOE AA/M/F/Vets/Disability employer.  Tetra Tech is a VEVRAA federal contractor and we request priority referral of veterans for available positions.

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