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Associate Biologist

Location: Petaluma, CA or Sacramento, CA
Job Code: NC-033017-GP-01
# of openings: 1


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:

Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is currently seeking an Associate-level Biologist to be based out of our Petaluma or Oakland offices. Job duties may include biological surveys, report preparation, and construction monitoring related to compliance with biological and regulatory requirements. Central California biological field experience and compliance monitoring experience is preferred. The position may involve extensive field work, both locally and on overnight assignments. This physically demanding position will involve various working environments/conditions and requires that an individual be physically capable of canvassing large project areas by foot on various terrain and potentially in inclement weather.

The biologist will conduct biological and natural resource field surveys collecting observational data concerning a variety of wildlife species; use GPS units, tablets, topographic maps, aerial photographs, and other tools to perform vegetation/habitat mapping; perform pre-construction surveys and compliance monitoring for special-status species; and assist in protocol-level presence/absence surveys for sensitive animals and plants. Work stems from permit requirements under CEQA and NEPA, or from permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Experience with these permit requirements is preferred.


2-5 years related work experience; bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, wildlife conservation or related discipline; experience with biological construction monitoring; experience in working with biological resources, and wetlands in the San Francisco Bay Area; experience with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) strongly preferred but not required; strong technical writing, and critical thinking skills required; and ability to work both independently and as part of a team.


ESA is owned entirely by our employees, creating a unique ownership culture rooted in a commitment to do work that matters, technical excellence, outstanding client service, professional development, and life-long learning.  ESA’s comprehensive compensation and benefits program reflects our commitment to our employees. Our benefits include: 401(k) Salary Deferral Plan with company match program, Employee Stock Ownership Plan, medical and dental insurance vision care, paid vacation, sick leave, 9 paid holidays, group term life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, commuter/transit incentives, healthcare and daycare Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement assistance, performance bonus plan, and employee referral bonus program.

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

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