Research Biologist - Habitat Conservation Plan Specialist

  • WEST
  • Cheyenne, WY, USA
  • Sep 13, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Planning - NEPA Research Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description


Cheyenne, WY 82001 US (Primary)
Fort Collins, CO 80523 US
Laramie, WY 82072 US

WEST has an exciting, challenging and immediate opportunity for a full-time biologist with expertise in Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance and study of threatened and endangered species. Preference will be given to applicants that have experience developing habitat conservation plans (HCP) and biological assessments (BA), with relevant statistical experience related to impact assessment for federally listed species, demonstrated knowledge of ESA compliance, and ability to coordinate with and advise clients and agency personnel regarding Section 7 and Section 10 permitting processes.  Past experience studying federally and/or state protected species is also helpful, as is previous experience with other federal laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act. Working knowledge of federally listed bat species and other listed species is particularly helpful. 

Job Description: 
Ideal candidates will have experience in wildlife study design, environmental consulting and wildlife biology and will be responsible for preparing HCPs and BAs and managing these projects through the permitting process.  Additionally, our Research Biologist-HCP Specialist will work individually, as well as with a team of natural resource specialists, scientists and biometricians to:

  • Manage wildlife studies
  • Oversee statistical analyses related to permitting industrial developments, including analyzing data from pre-construction surveys, post-constructions monitoring or other research studies for wind and solar energy projects
  • Lead client and agency coordination for HCPs
  • Prepare technical reports for field studies
  • Prepare proposals
  • Provide assistance with quality assurance and analyses of data
  • Market WEST’s capabilities
  • Foster current business relationships and promote new business development efforts 

This position will require overnight travel. This is a general description of the functions for this position and is not inclusive of the duties which may be associated with this position. 

Job Requirements

The Research Biologist – HCP Specialist we are seeking has a great opportunity to help WEST take the next step in our growth as a premier environmental consulting firm.  The successful candidate must be a self-starter, able to work independently, who possesses:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, zoology, natural resources or equivalent.  A master’s degree is preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ESA compliance and Section 7 and Section 10 permitting processes
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience or three years of experience in environmental consulting
  • Previous project management experience, including business development, marketing, budgeting, proposal writing, and consulting work is preferred
  • A track record of maintaining positive relationships with coworkers, clients, stakeholders and agency personnel
  • Strong, competent analytical, statistical, and writing skills with the ability to pay close attention to detail and accurately report results of project investigations and scientific studies, while considering big-picture implications and project strategy
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
  • Good time management, project management and organizational skills with the ability to work well under time constraints and meet deliverable targets and deadlines
  • Ability and willingness to travel as this position will sometimes require overnight travel to attend project-related meetings with clients, federal and state agencies, and/or site-specific investigations and studies
  • Ability to follow instructions from managers and accept guidance and constructive criticism from colleagues and supervisors
  • Demonstrated regular and reliable work attendance
  • Ability to maintain flexible work hours and adhere to company policies
  • Ability to co-locate with other WEST employees at one of our primary or satellite offices

Successful candidates must be able to pass a background check; a pre-employment drug screen; and a DMV records check that meets WEST’s minimum criteria to operate a motor vehicle on behalf of the company.  A valid driver’s license will be required.  Candidates must adhere to all health and safety requirements.
Join WEST and you will discover a company comprised of dedicated employees, many of which have been part of the WEST family for over a decade. WEST is an employee owned organization with a tradition of professional integrity dedicated to a family atmosphere and a diverse workforce.

Key Benefits:

  • Competitive salary and bonus structure
  • Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • SEP IRA (100% employer contributions)
  • Life insurance, Long Term Disability and AD&D
  • Profit sharing potential
  • Excellent administrative support
  • Flexibility  

WEST provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.  Further, WEST takes affirmative action to ensure that all individuals are treated fairly, and without discrimination, for recruitment, selection, advancement and every other term and privilege associated with employment.

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