Senior Biologist

  • Environmental Science Associates (ESA)
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • Oct 26, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Environmental Planning - NEPA Environmental Science - Engineering Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description


Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is a 500-person environmental consulting firm with a national reputation as an industry leader with offices located in California, Washington, Oregon and Florida. We currently have strategic growth trajectory expected within the next 5 years that will increase our staffing numbers and office locations. ESA specializes in all aspects of project planning, environmental analysis and assessment, natural resource management, environmental restoration and design, and regulatory compliance. For more than 45 years, our scientists and technical specialists have provided critical thinking and measured analysis to guide successful policy development, project planning, and enduring solutions. Our skilled managers, scientists, planners and engineers provide the kind of critical thinking, objectivity, dedication and responsiveness that is essential to a sustainable future and good environmental stewardship. ESA was founded on the principles of sound science, technical excellence, integrity, and credibility.

About the Position:

The ESA Southern California Region is seeking one or more Senior Biologists to work in the San Diego office. The preferred candidates will have a strong background and experience in biological resource surveys, permitting and endangered species documentation, leading biological report or CEQA/NEPA biological section preparation, business development, client management, and project/on-call contract management. Additional biological expertise including having USFWS 10a permits, and/or experience conducting USFWS protocol surveys, nesting bird survey surveys, vegetation classification mapping surveys, rare plant surveys is a plus but not required. You'll work on exciting and challenging projects including parks and preserves, land management planning, water and wastewater, commercial and residential development, energy, transportation, monitoring, and restoration.


The ideal candidate must possess effective problem-solving ability, exceptional writing and editing capabilities, and relationships with clients and agency personnel in the greater Los Angeles area. Experience effectively managing schedules and task/project budgets desired, as well as strong knowledge of and experience with CEQA and NEPA compliance. This role requires the initiative, confidence and tenacity to uphold ESA’s strong work-ethic and to work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary, team environment. Qualified candidates should have at least a BA/BS in a related discipline, a minimum of 8 years’ experience; or Masters and a minimum of 6 years’ experience.


ESA is owned entirely by its employees, creating a unique ownership culture rooted in a commitment to do work that matters, technical excellence and professional development. ESA’s comprehensive compensation and benefits program reflects our commitment to our employees. Our benefits include: 401(k) Salary Deferral Plan with company match program, Employee Stock Ownership Plan, medical and dental insurance vision care, paid vacation, sick leave, 9 paid holidays, group term life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, commuter/transit incentives, healthcare and daycare Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement assistance, performance bonus plan, and employee referral bonus program.


At ESA, we value diversity, inclusion, and the solutions that come from collaborating with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. With a culture built on mutual respect [for one another] and the opportunity to grow our careers, ESA celebrates differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employee-owners unique.

ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. (EOE M/V/F/D)

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