On-call Biologist


Sapphos Environmental, Inc. is seeking on-call Biologists to conduct biological monitoring of construction activities, biological surveys, and report preparation for environmental compliance, inventory, and inspection work in central and southern California. Must have at least one year of field experience in California and appropriate permits and licenses. The ideal candidate would have experience working with special status species such as desert tortoise, southwestern willow flycatcher, least Bell’s vireo, burrowing owl, Swainson’s hawk, San Joaquin antelope squirrel, Tipton kangaroo rat, San Joaquin kit fox, California tiger salamander, blunt-nosed leopard lizard, and small mammals; vegetation mapping experience, or jurisdictional delineation certification.




  • Conduct surveys and/or biological monitoring of construction sites and activities to ensure environmental compliance
  • Conduct thorough biological surveys of project sites, often in remote locations, based on CDFW and/or USFWS guidelines. Navigate and collect data using a GPS device.
  • Travel for multiple consecutive days may be required.
  • As required by project scope or directed by biological resources manager, coordinate with the USFWS, CDFW, Bureau of Land Management, High Speed Rail Authority, and other appropriate agencies and parties for approvals on projects.
  • Maintain appropriate permits and licenses, including state collecting permit.
  • Demonstrate professional knowledge, skills and experience in the field of biology and/or related natural resources disciplines:
    1. Biological expertise and practices consistent with USFWS and CDFW guidelines
    2. Field work in various environments and diverse weather conditions
    3. Technical writing
    4. Software and equipment




  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology or closely related field and 1+ years of biological fieldwork experience in CA.
  • Background conducting surveys, assessments, and/or monitoring of compliance under CEQA/NEPA, USFWS and CDFW guidelines.
  • Extensive knowledge of avian biology, mammalogy, and herpetofauna.
  • Ability to work up to 6 days a week, 10-12 hours a day, outdoors
  • Must have valid driver license and good driving record
  • Experience with conducting small mammal surveys and/or live-trapping a PLUS.
  • Experience with botanical resources a PLUS.
  • Work effectively under minimal supervision.
  • Capacity to excel in a teamwork-driven environment.
  • State collecting permit preferred. Other species-specific permits a PLUS.



Additional Information

This position is an hourly, nonexempt, on-call position that provides work on the basis of need and does not guarantee a fixed or regular schedule. On-call employees are expected to complete all assigned duties in accordance with the job specifications as instructed by the team lead in the field and/or project manager. Qualified  applicants only, please send a cover letter, writing sample (less than 3 pages), and resume to  tgonzalez@sapphosenvironmental.com

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