Associate Environmental Scientist

  • QK (formerly Quad Knopf)
  • Clovis, CA, USA
  • Jan 18, 2020
Full time Environmental Science - Engineering

Job Description

Position Purpose

Associate Environmental Scientists use their species specific and relevant environmental knowledge to provide important services pertaining to the health of communities and work to protect the environment from serious hazards. This position is a professional position with responsibility for gathering, compiling, analyzing, and interpreting complex data, then utilizing the information to prepare technical documents and presentations, with an emphasis on NEPA and CEQA compliance.  This position is one of a team member who works with general direction from his/her supervisor, and expresses a higher level of independence than an Assistant Environmental Scientist by performing more complex tasks with less direct oversight. The Associate Environment Scientist will assist in routine to moderately complex environmental assessment and remediation projects.  This includes the assessment of the risks of new construction to the environment that is needed in order to complete our projects. 


What You'll Do

Essential Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Conduct field surveys for threatened, endangered, or rare species, as well as species’ habitat in support of ESA, CWA, Section 404, and other environmental regulations
  • Observe and monitor species in the field
  • Conduct archival / electronic research with USFWS and other state and federal agencies
  • Conduct land use / development monitoring for natural / biological resources protection
  • Assure permits are requested and maintained appropriately
  • Provide input for those sections of NEPA and CEQA documents pertaining to environment and data collection methodology
  • Prepare leave in technical memoranda, meeting minutes, transmittals, presentations, and other written materials
  • Assist senior staff with presentations to public agencies and clients
  • Assist with teaching junior staff
  • Compile data and information for public presentations
  • Other duties as assigned or as needed in order to successfully complete project deliverables or meet internal goals


Who We Need

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Species identification and research / survey, vegetation community and habitat classification and inventory, monitoring, data synthesis and interpretations required
  • Ability to develop creative solutions to project issues
  • Ability to take direction and use initiative to complete tasks without direct supervision
  • Ability to organize, collect and analyze data, generate and evaluate alternatives, reach logical conclusions, and formulate consistent recommendations as necessary
  • Proficient in MS Word and Excel
  • Quantitative analysis skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Technical writing skills 
  • Ability to sit and stand for long periods
  • Strong ability to communicate well (in writing and verbally) with other staff, clients, and agencies to accomplish team goals
  • Visual acuity and manual dexterity
  • Ability to perform repetitive wrist and hand motions required
  • Ability to travel to field sites and walk long distances may be required on occasion


Preferred Skills and Abilities

  • Drive to be helpful to internal team members, including mentoring junior staff
  • Able to remain flexible with the ever-changing workload, working conditions and project/agency requirements
  • Well organized and unafraid to work against a deadline
  • Ability to create strong relationships, including one of a mentor / protégé capacity
  • Ability to drive one’s own career path, develop relationships with mentors, and seek opportunities for growth
  • Proven self-motivation
  • Ability to teach junior staff both agency and firm standards



  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in biology, botany, wildlife management, ecology, environmental biology, or environmental science 



  • Two (2) to five (5) years’ experience (or MA/MS and one (1) years of experience), especially in the areas of NEPA and CEQA compliance, wetlands delineations, CWA, ESA, and related federal and/or state environmental compliance regulations. Field experience in California or with CA species preferred.


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