Associate Botanist/Plant Ecologist
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Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is a dynamic, growing, 100% employee owned environmental planning, science, and design consulting firm with a reputation for leading complex, innovative and rewarding projects. Our unique employee-ownership culture forms the foundation of our commitment to do work that matters, technical excellence, outstanding client service, and relentless professional development. With more than 500 professionals located in offices across the western United States and Florida, ESA has over 45 years of experience providing meaningful solutions and products that raise industry standards. At ESA we specialize in all aspects of project planning, environmental analysis and assessment, natural resource management, environmental restoration and design, and regulatory compliance. Our scientists and technical specialists have provided critical thinking and measured analysis to guide successful policy development, project planning, and enduring solutions. The successful candidate will join a team of exceptional professionals who have built a legacy and reputation for outstanding work on the most exciting, high-profile, and challenging projects in Northern California
About the Position:
Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is currently seeking an Associate-level Botanist / Plant Ecologist to work in our Oakland office. Job duties may include: conducting biological and natural resource field surveys collecting observational data concerning a variety of plant species or natural communities; using GPS units, tablets, topographic maps, aerial photographs, and other tools to perform vegetation/habitat mapping; pre-construction surveys and compliance monitoring for special-status plants and wildlife; assisting with wetland delineations or protocol-level presence/absence surveys for sensitive plants; preparing biological resource components of environmental analyses under CEQA and NEPA; supporting the preparation of permit applications for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, BCDC, Coastal Commission, and the Regional Water Quality Control Board; and assisting in the design, implementation, and monitoring of habitat restoration projects.
1-4 years related work experience; bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, wildlife conservation or related discipline; strong field skills; GIS and quantitative analysis skills consistent with mapping and report preparation; experience in working with biological resources, and wetlands in Northern California; experience with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 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 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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