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Biological Monitor

Location: Sacramento, CA
Job Code: NC-101317-EF-01
# of openings: 3


Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is a 475-person environmental consulting firm with a national reputation as an industry leader with offices located in California, Washington, Oregon and Florida. We currently have strategic growth trajectory expected within the next 5 years that will increase our staffing numbers and office locations. ESA specializes in all aspects of project planning, environmental analysis and assessment, natural resource management, environmental restoration and design, and regulatory compliance. For more than 45 years, our scientists and technical specialists have provided critical thinking and measured analysis to guide successful policy development, project planning, and enduring solutions. Our skilled managers, scientists, planners and engineers provide the kind of critical thinking, objectivity, dedication and responsiveness that is essential to a sustainable future and good environmental stewardship. ESA was founded on the principles of sound science, technical excellence, integrity, and credibility.

About the Position:

ESA is seeking Biological Monitors who must be experienced with one or more of these species: San Joaquin kit fox, California tiger salamander, or Swainson’s hawk. The Biological Monitor should be sufficiently experienced with one or more of these species to gain agency approval. Qualified candidates must demonstrate compliance monitoring experience and the ability to perform all aspects of biological monitoring on large, linear construction projects. The geographic area of work is California’s Central Valley, primarily the vicinity of Fresno, California. Direct experience surveying, handling and monitoring San Joaquin kit fox, California tiger salamander and/or Swainson’s hawk is preferred. Experience provided for each of these species must include permit numbers worked under (where applicable), past project contacts and references. Experience for 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.


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

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

  • Monitor construction activities to ensure compliance with mitigation/permit requirements

  • Accurately communicate and document conditions

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

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

  • Enter data into an on-line GIS mapping application

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

  • Present an education program

Note: Applicants must clearly state in their cover letter whether or not they have experience with any of these species: 1) California tiger salamander, 2) Swainson’s hawk, or 3) San Joaquin kit fox


ESA is owned entirely by its employees, creating a unique ownership culture rooted in a commitment to do work that matters, technical excellence and professional development.  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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