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Wildlife Biologist, Cardno

Santa Barbara, California

Job Description:  Join Cardno’s Science and Environment team in Santa Barbara, CA to play an integral role in reviewing of utility projects for potential environmental impacts and collaboration with a large interdisciplinary team of scientists to complete clearances on a timely basis. Cardno is seeking a Wildlife Biologist in our Santa Barbara, CA office to assist a multidisciplinary team of accomplished environmental scientists, including engineers, biologists, ecologists, archaeologists, and planners on a variety of projects in Southern California out of our Santa Barbara, California office. Primary duties include review of utility projects for potential environmental impacts and collaboration with a large interdisciplinary team of scientists to complete clearances on a timely basis.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Obtain clearance through client background check to access online system (upon employment).
Comply with all Cardno and client policies including those related to safety, anti-harassment, and drug use.
Review client requests for environmental clearance to ensure they provide adequate information.
Conduct desktop reviews for environmental clearance work and ensure proper reviews and/or surveys are completed by Cardno staff or subcontractors according to client schedule.
Engagement in the process and willingness to identify process improvements to provide benefit to our client.
Complete desktop reviews to determine appropriate levels and types of environmental reviews needed for new projects.
Must be authorized to work in U.S. without company sponsorship.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 4 plus years’ experience required.
  • Bachelor degree (or higher) in biology, ecology, environmental studies or related field.
  • Excellent oral and written communication.
  • Outgoing personality to network with Cardno and subcontractor staff.
  • Strongly proficient in computer software including Excel, MS word, and various Cardno and client systems.
  • Strong quantitative skills.
  • Self-motivated; strong initiative.
  • Solid time management and follow-through skills, with the ability to simultaneously work on and manage multiple tasks/projects with tight deadlines.
  • Willingness to travel and work in a variety of field conditions within California for multiple weeks.
  • Must be physically fit and able to navigate rugged conditions on foot (day and night surveys may be required).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • GIS (Arc View)
  • Experience with desktop analysis for determination of field survey needs for projects
  • Field survey experience including for wildlife/ plant species/ wetlands

For more information, please visit the posting here.

Tahoe Basin Restoration Crew, The Great Basin Institute

Reno, Nevada

Job Description: The Great Basin Institute (GBI), in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU), is recruiting 1 crew leader and 3 crew members to serve as part of the Tahoe Basin Restoration Crew. The job is physically arduous with work being done outdoors every day to implement a variety of Forest restoration projects.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Installation of temporary erosion control measures (such as erosion control fence, willow wattles, etc.),
  • Revegetation of restored channel, meadow, and upland forest surfaces (including planting of rooted stock, hydro seeding, hand seeding and mulching, installation of sod plugs)
  • Construction of small in-channel stabilization structures such as check dams and wood debris structures
  • Installation and maintenance of temporary stream flow diversion structures, and temporary irrigation systems.
  • Conifer removal through thinning with hand operated tools
  • Variety of labor tasks such as digging; raking, pounding in fence posts; shoveling and carrying various materials (i.e., fencing, Fiber Rolls) by hand or in a wheelbarrow.
  • Work hard to ensure the timely accomplishment of assigned tasks in accordance with established priorities, methods, and deadlines.

Restoration Crew will occasionally assist with trail crew work duties, including building and repairing trail structures requiring dry masonry (no cement) such as rock retaining walls, rip-rap steps, bridge abutments, barriers, causeways, water bars, and check dams; perform basic carpentry work in the maintenance and construction of handrails, curbs, bridge beams, log causeways, boardwalks, foot bridges, and other wood structures.

Applicants will use and maintain a variety of power tools, hand tools, and small equipment, such as chainsaws, gasoline powered rock drills, jackhammers, power winches, rotary saws, chippers, hydro-seeders, and water pumps.

The job requires the use of safety equipment such as gloves, goggles, and hardhats. Crew members will be expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow workers, or property with which entrusted.

For more information, please visit the posting here.

Wildlife Biologist, Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions, Inc.

Riverside, California

Job Description Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. (Wood) is an international engineering firm that specializing in oil and gas, transportation, and energy projects and is currently recruiting for an On-Call Wildlife Biologist in our Riverside, California office. This position will support our high-quality senior staff by assisting in completing biological monitoring, plant and wildlife surveys, and document preparation. This position will require extensive work outside in a range of ecosystems ranging from aquatic habitats to desert scrub areas throughout southern California.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Will be responsible for conducting field surveys, collecting appropriate data
  • Assist in analyzing data to comply with CEQA and NEPA requirements including local MSHCPs
  • Assist in conduct Reconnaissance-level Biological Resource Surveys in a variety of habitats
  • Recording field data in a standardized notebook
  • Document plant and wildlife species identified during field surveys
  • Prepare appropriate biological resource documents including MSHCP, NES, and BRARs
  • Maintain and Track required Federal and State Permits
  • Conduct biological monitoring for construction and restoration projects.
  • Prepare daily monitoring forms


  • Bachelor s Degree in Biological Sciences or equivalent
  • Able to work on their feet for up to 16 hours
  • Able to walk a minimum of 7 miles/day


  • Previous monitoring experience is a plus
  • Able to work with a team of biologists

May Also Include:

  • Weekend work
  • Overnight work with expense reimbursement

For more information, please visit the posting here.

Environmental Construction Compliance Monitor, Dudek

Multiple Positions, California


We are seeking entry to mid-level professionals to provide environmental construction compliance services. Candidate would have expertise in a specific environmental resource area including but not limited to storm water, biology, hazardous materials, air emissions, noise monitoring, etc.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with construction crews and environmental resource leads to document compliance levels related to environmental regulations
  • Oversee the installation and maintenance of environmental exclusion fencing, wildlife fencing, sediment and erosion control devices and material and waste management
  • Ability to work collaboratively with construction personnel and regulatory personnel to develop solutions while implementing permit conditions
  • Record and take notes of any observations on a Dudek platform to be used for reporting purposes
  • Follow all Dudek and construction site safety protocols

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, or other related field OR at least 3 years of field experience in construction compliance monitoring

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Must demonstrate solid written and verbal communication skills
  • Understanding of environmental regulations
  • Highly organized with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Self-motivated with an interest to learn and grow as a project team
  • Certifications in sediment and erosion control
  • Certifications in dust monitoring
  • Proficient in noise monitoring
  • Qualified biologist to survey and monitor for special-status wildlife and plant species.
  • Proficient in construction monitoring and inspection experience
  • Proficient in performing nesting bird surveys
  • Hazardous materials inspections
  • Third-party oversight monitoring

For more information, please visit open positions here.


Biologist, Dudek

Oakland, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Auburn, CA

Job Description: Dudek is currently seeking a full-time Mid-Senior Level Biologist to join our biological resources team in conducting a variety of field surveys and assessments and to prepare biological reports and biological resource sections of environmental documents and assist with resource agency permitting.  Project work can occur throughout the state of California. Overnight and out of region travel may be necessary.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, or related natural resources field.
  • Must have a minimum of 5 years professional experience working in the environmental consulting, land use planning and/or resource/regulatory agency sector.
  • Attention to detail, ability to work independently and as part of a team and strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Project management skills (budget, schedule, client communication)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with special-status species(plant and/or wildlife) of California
  • Familiarity with California wetland types and systems
  • Experience with biological resources impact analyses and mitigation identification/planning
  • Experience with state and federal regulatory permitting processes, including laws regulated and enforced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  • Ability to conduct fieldwork in challenging terrain and weather conditions and throughout California.

For more information, please visit open positions here.

Wildlife Job Websites

The Wildlife Society’s Job Board
The Western Section of TWS’s Job Postings
Texas A&M Job Board
Humboldt State University Wildlife Job Opportunities
Conservation Job Board
USFWS Student Employment Opportunities
USFWS Work for Wildlife
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Job Board
Society for Conservation Biology Job Board
Federal Jobs and Internships