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Part-Time Biological Monitor

Location: Northern California Regional Offices (San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland and Petaluma)
Job Code: NC-032017-JT-01
# of openings: 10


Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is an environmental science, planning, and design consulting firm committed to the principles of sound science, technical excellence, integrity, and the promotion of outstanding decision making and sustainability. As a 100-percent employee-owned company with offices located in California, Washington, Oregon and Florida, continuing to meet the needs of our clients as well as the strategic aspirations of our employee-owners requires that we look to add the very best professional talent throughout our practices and offices. Specializing in project planning, environmental analysis and assessment, natural and cultural resources management, environmental restoration and design, and regulatory compliance, ESA’s scientists, historians, planners, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking and in-depth analysis to guide successful policy development, project planning, and the creation of enduring multi-objective solutions. Joining ESA means becoming part of a family of environmental professionals for whom every day involves growing your career, learning, creativity, fun, and the satisfaction knowing that you’ve contributed to outstanding iconic projects, improved environmental stewardship, and a more sustainable future for our communities and wild places.

About the Position:

ESA is seeking Part-Time Biological Monitors to monitor compliance with Federal and State of California permits. The geographic area of work is the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys of California.

Qualified candidates MUST have sufficient experience surveying, handling and monitoring to gain agency approval for at least one of the species listed below:

  • San Joaquin kit fox,

  • California tiger salamander, or

  • Swainson’s hawk.

Experience provided for these target species must include permit numbers worked under (where applicable), past project contacts and references. Experience for these target species must also include duties performed and observational information including number of survey days, number of individuals and sign type observed, number of individuals handled, etc. Include relevant workshops attended and dates.

Qualified candidates should also demonstrate compliance monitoring experience and the ability to perform all aspects of biological monitoring on large, linear construction projects.


At a minimum, successful candidates must fulfill the following requirements and duties.

  • Ability to be approved as a compliance monitor by USFWS and CDFW for San Joaquin kit fox, California tiger salamander, or Swainson’s hawk.

  • Monitor construction activities for compliance with mitigation and permit requirements.

  • Accurately communicate and document conditions.

  • Write and maintain daily monitoring and inspection logs, including entry into an online database.

  • Submit required reporting on time.

  • Identify and accurately communicate compliance concerns and potential non-compliance.

  • Enter data into an online mapping application.

  • Submit observations to the California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB).

  • Enrolled in a post-secondary educational program with an emphasis in environmental studies.


How to Apply:

In addition to filling out the ESA employment application we are requesting that all candidates complete this brief survey:

Note: you may need to cut and past the survey link into your browser to access the survey.

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

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