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Senior Fisheries Biologist

Location: Northern California Regional Offices (San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland and Petaluma)
Job Code: NC-030118-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:

The ESA Northern California Biological Resources and Land Management group is seeking a Senior Fisheries Biologist to manage fisheries work out of one of our Northern California offices (Oakland, Petaluma, Sacramento or San Francisco). The successful candidate will be responsible for managing fisheries projects in the Northern California area and working with the Fisheries Program Manager to develop fisheries resources work. The candidate should be well-versed in issues related to CEQA and NEPA, regulatory permitting (Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, California Fish and Game Code), quantitative analysis, and restoration ecology for a variety of projects. Experience with large-scale infrastructure projects in water resources, transportation and/or restoration programs preferred. Experience in evaluating habitat impacts and interactions, restoration ecology and design, mitigation strategies, and a working knowledge of California natural resource issues and the State Water Project are strongly desired. Established and trusted working relationships with resource and regulatory agency personnel are also considered important attributes of the successful candidate.


Candidates must possess the ability to manage diverse, multi-disciplinary teams. Ability to deliver projects developed collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams. At least 10 years of experience managing projects and proven ability to win high-profile projects. Experience working with agencies involved in providing, managing, and regulating fisheries resources (i.e., the National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Regional Water Quality Control Boards). Outstanding written and oral communication skills. Qualified candidates should have at least a BA/BS in a related discipline (MS preferred.


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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