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    Senior Biologist / Ecologist at Westervelt Ecological Services

    Senior Biologist/Ecologist

    Westervelt Ecological Services creates mitigation and conservation banks and provides environmental mitigation and habitat planning services to landowners, businesses, government agencies, and land trusts. Our established industry leaders excel in the field of wetland and endangered species mitigation services, to create a nationwide habitat mitigation company.
    We are currently searching for an experienced Senior Biologist/Ecologist in our Sacramento, California office. The purpose of the Senior Biologist/Ecologist position is to support the Ecological Resources Manager with all aspects of the department's objectives. This position also provides a high level of technical support in the fields of biology, ecology, and habitat restoration in support of the development and long-term stewardship of WES western region projects. The Senior Biologist/Ecologist may also both guide and conduct investigations and generate the data necessary to convey the conservation and/or restoration potential of proposed projects to both internal and external parties. This person also conducts biological resource monitoring in support of WES’ conservation and restoration projects and report results to applicable natural resource agencies in support of credit releases.
    Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
    -Manage biological monitoring efforts for WES' western region with an emphasis on compliance with project documentation and credit release metrics.
    -Communicate ecological and biological data on WES' projects to natural resource agencies (i.e., US Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, etc.) as part of project development, stewardship, and credit releases.
    -Develop and implement biological and ecological surveys and/or studies to document conditions of natural resources on proposed and existing projects in WES' western region.
    -Prepare wetland delineations following applicable USACOE guidance in support of restoration project permitting as well as monitoring for wetland mitigation projects.
    -Review potential project sites with other team members to provide insight on biological and habitat restoration opportunities or constraints.
    -Provide significant input to habitat restoration and conservation plans including development of performance standards and monitoring programs for WES' projects.
    -With Entitlement Process Coordinator, develop permitting strategies for mitigation banks and other WES projects.
    -Supervise outside consultants preparing specialized biological resource related documentation.

    Required Qualifications:
    • Masters Degree in Botany, Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Conservation Biology, Range Science, or related field.
    • 8 or more years experience with California and federal Endangered Species Act, wetland regulations, and project permitting.
    • Additional years of experience may substitute for Masters Degree.
    • Documented experience in developing, implementing and monitoring biological resource mitigation or conservation projects.
    • Field based experience with commonly employed survey methods for California plants and wildlife.
    • Ability to clearly communicate often complex ecological or biological data to both internal and external parties.
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Ability to adapt quickly to change.
    • Proven working relationship with state and federal agency representatives.
    • Ability to perform extended work in the field environment often as a lone worker.

    Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation

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