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Biological Monitor

Location: Sacramento, CA
Job Code: NC-101317-EF-02
# of openings: 3


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 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


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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