Biologist

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Your Opportunity

Stantec is seeking a Biologist to join our Ecosystems Practice in Southern California. The position is to be based out of our Bakersfield, CA office.

As a Biologist, you will provide biological resources knowledge to help with public and private projects including pipeline, renewable energy facilities, large transportation projects, and oil and gas exploration. You will provide support for biological assessment, Endangered Species Act compliance, Wetland and other waters delineations, Clean Water Act, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife Section 1600 permits for environmental projects. In this position, you will serve as a team member working with scientists, engineers, project managers, and junior project staff. Each day, as an environmental professional, you will contribute to multi-disciplinary project teams in all phases of the execution and delivery of environmental projects. You should be a self-motivated professional and should also have a desire to grow personally as well as professionally with each project.

Your Key Responsibilities

  • Participate in health, safety, and environment (HSE) policies, procedures, and standards in the execution of all work.
  • Contribute to, and lead business development activities, including proposals, pre-qualifications, and relationship building with clients, prospective clients, and industry colleagues.
  • Manage and draft biological resources assessment documents and communications under Federal ESA and CESA permitting and assessment.
  • Assist with consultation and draft permits associated with federal and state waters under CDFW, RWQCB, and USACE jurisdiction.
  • Lead, conduct, and/or review pre-construction surveys, protocol level surveys, construction monitoring/training, plans, species relocation, monthly/annual compliance reporting, and jurisdictional delineations. Apply technical knowledge and methods to develop creative, effective, and economical solutions to address current and potential project issues.
  • Manage field staff tasking and schedules. Provide supervision, training, technical direction, and mentoring to junior staff.
  • Manage advanced tasks and projects according to approved scopes of work and deliver quality deliverables on schedule and within budget. Assist in analyzing current and emerging technical issues, and implement actions to proactively address market, business, regulatory, and/or economic issues.
  • Provide technical advisory related to Southern San Joaquin valley and southern California natural science and biology on multidisciplinary projects. Conduct quality review for moderate and large deliverables.

Your Capabilities and Credentials
  • Basic Qualifications
  • Experience with review and analysis of scientific data, maps and drawings.
  • Experience with local species and regulatory guidance.
  • Ability to identify opportunities and build relationships with clients.
  • Environmental consulting experience.
  • Experience working directly with clients.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience leading and contributing to environmental projects; conducting focused wildlife and botanical surveys, biological assessments, biological resource technical reports, drafting and implementing survey plans, monitoring, and ESA compliance.
  • Experience leading environmental permitting of oil and gas operations, pipelines, and/or other linear projects in the western United States including: USACE 404 wetland permitting, CDFW 1600 Agreements and CESA permitting, RWQCB 401 certifications, ESA Compliance and other environmental permitting.
  • Demonstrated technical competence and project experience in biological resources for environmental projects.
  • Must have a good driving record and valid Driver's License.
  • OSHA HAZWOPER 40 certification preferred or ability to obtain prior to employment.
  • Prior to employment, this position will require the successful passing of a pre-employment physical and drug screen.
  • Preferred Qualifications
  • Direct experience with California oil and gas firms, linear utilities, independent power producers, utilities, and relevant California regulatory agencies.
  • Experience leading teams of staff for biological resource assessment and compliance.
  • Experience leading teams conducting wetland delineations and focused botanical surveys.
  • Established relationships with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies.
  • General understanding of geographic information systems.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in teams ranging from 2 to 60 staff.
  • Ability to direct staff technicians regarding data collection, preparation of figures and maps, and report production.
  • 10(a)(1)(A) permit holder for Southern San Joaquin Valley species a plus
  • Professional Wetland Scientist a plus
  • Must have a good driving record and valid Driver's License.
  • OSHA HAZWOPER 40 certification preferred or ability to obtain prior to employment.
  • Prior to employment, this position will require the successful passing of a pre-employment physical and drug screen.

Education and Experience

BA/BS degree in Biology, Botany, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies or a related field. Minimum 5 to 8 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education (e.g., advanced degree) and experience.

Typical office environment working with computers and remaining sedentary for long periods of time. Field work may include exposure to the elements including inclement weather. Ability to lift and move items and equipment up to 50 lbs.

This description is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required of the employee and other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned or may be changed at any time with or without notice.

Stantec is a place where the best and brightest come to build on each other's talents, do exciting work, and make an impact on the world around us. Join us and redefine your personal best.

Job: Biologist

Primary Location: United States-California-Bakersfield

Employee Status: Regular

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Schedule: Full-time

Req ID: 1900027I


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