Biological Resources Coordinator
Sapphos Environmental, Inc. is hiring a full-time Biological Resources Coordinator to conduct biological monitoring of construction activities, biological surveys, and report preparation for environmental compliance, inventory, and inspection work located in the vicinity of Selma / Fresno or Wasco / Bakersfield, California. Must have at least one year of field experience in California, appropriate permits and licenses, and an ability to produce technical writing compliant with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) / National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) guidelines. The ideal candidate would have experience working with Central Valley small mammals and/or species such as burrowing owl, Swainson’s hawk, San Joaquin antelope squirrel, Tipton kangaroo rat, San Joaquin kit fox, California tiger salamander, and blunt-nosed leopard lizard.
Demonstrate professional knowledge, skills and experiences in the field of biology and/or related natural resources disciplines:
- Biological resources regulatory framework
- Biological expertise and practices consistent with USFWS and CDFW guidelines
- Field work in various environments and diverse weather conditions
- Technical writing
- Software and equipment
- Conduct surveys and biological monitoring of construction sites and activities to ensure environmental compliance
- Attend meetings with clients at the request of project managers to provide expertise and consultation related to biological resources. Advise and assist coworkers regarding biological resources issues.
- Write technically and procedurally adequate, legally defensible, organized, accurate, and grammatically correct technical documents.
- 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. Data collected will be appropriately recorded and incorporated into technical documents.
- As required by project scope or directed by biological resources manager, coordinate with the USFWS, CDFW, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, High Speed Rail Authority, and other appropriate agencies and parties.
- Maintain appropriate permits and licenses, including state collecting permit.
- Identify appropriate resources in preparing technical documents, including primary and secondary sources.
- Maintain the administrative record for all projects as specified in company procedures.
- As required by the project scope, make competent, accurate, well-prepared, and illustrated public presentations and participate in project-related public meetings (scoping, public review, and certification).
- When required for project scope of work, identify appropriate subcontractors and supervise subcontractor work performance.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Biology or closely related field and 1+ years of biological fieldwork experience in CA.
- Background producing reports, assessments, and reviews of compliance documentation under CEQA/NEPA, USFWS and CDFW guidelines.
- Extensive knowledge of avian biology, mammalogy, and herpetofauna a PLUS.
- Experience with conducting small mammal surveys and/or live-trapping a PLUS.
- Experience with botanical resources a PLUS.
- Travel to assessment sites at least five times per week.
- Must reside within a reasonable commuting distance to Selma, California or Wasco, California.
- Work effectively under minimal supervision.
- Capacity to excel in a teamwork-driven environment.
- Strong organizational and coordination skills to deliver results in a timely manner.
- Solid written and verbal communication skills.
- State collecting permit preferred. Other species-specific permits a PLUS.
- Location: Selma / Fresno or Wasco / Bakersfield CA
- Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
- Status: Exempt
- Benefits: medical, dental, and vision coverage. 401k/Roth retirement accounts, flexible spending account, generous PTO package with up to 12 paid holidays (2 more after one year), annual training allotment, annual gym allotment, monthly public transportation stipend, and more.