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Your Opportunity Stantec is seeking a Mid-level Biologist to join our Impact Assessment, Permitting, and Compliance Practice in Northern California. The position is to be based out of our Walnut Creek, Sacramento, Redding, or Chico Office. Stantec offers flexible work locations, flexible work hours and a robust compensation and benefit package.
As a Biologist, you will work in a highly dynamic team environment with other biologists/ecologists/water resource specialists, and land planning and regulatory experts. This position will include opportunities for both field and office work; it may also involve field work during construction of projects and implementation of ecosystem restoration projects.
In this position, you will contribute to multi-disciplinary project teams in all phases of the execution and delivery of siting and licensing of energy production, including renewable energy, and electric and gas transmission projects, as well as natural resource planning and management projects. As a biologist/ecologist, you will provide support and expertise in field biology, regulatory strategy, CEQA/NEPA analysis, and permitting. Specific background and expertise should consist of strong botanical, wetland, or wildlife technical expertise, and/or familiarity and experience with regulatory permitting.
This position requires strong skills as a self-starter, with ability to balance work on multiple projects simultaneously. Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and organizational skills are essential. This role may also include support to project management teams on dynamic critical infrastructure projects.
Your Key Responsibilities
- Environmental consulting experience
- Experience working directly with clients.
- Possess California-specific biology experience (minimum 5 years).
- Manage tasks and projects according to approved scopes of work, and deliver quality reports on schedule and within budget
- Interact and interface with environmental regulators
- Assignments/projects are advanced in nature and require the application of mature knowledge.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Responsible for planning and conducting assignments/ projects having broad scope for independent accomplishment and coordination of difficult tasks.
- Develop, manage, and implement projects related to wetlands, biophysical impact assessments, environmental assessments, and regulatory approvals.
- Provide senior technical advisory relating to natural science and biology on multidisciplinary projects.
- Applies technical and business knowledge and methods to develop creative, effective, and economical solutions to address current and potential project issues.
- Assists in analyzing current and emerging technical issues, and implementing actions to proactively address market, business, regulatory, and/or economic issues.
- Present results to clients and regulators.
- Participate in Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Policies, Procedures, Standards and Guidelines in the execution of all work
- Recommendations are reviewed for soundness of judgment; accepted as accurate and feasible.
- Provide supervision, training, technical direction and mentoring to more junior staff
- Executes specific technical tasks or requirements for medium to large projects.
- Qualifies as a Quality Reviewer and undertakes Quality Reviews of moderate to large deliverables.
- Contribute to and lead business development activities, including proposals, pre-qualifications, and relationship building with clients and prospective clients and industry colleagues.
- Experience leading and contributing to biological technical reports, environmental impact evaluation, siting reports, and environmental permit applications, including field surveys and reporting, resource and impact evaluations, preparation of NEPA/CEQA analysis and documentation, and Section 7 ESA Consultation.
- Experience leading environmental permitting of energy facilities, pipelines, and/or linear infrastructure projects in the western United States including: USACE 404 wetland permitting, CDFW 1600 Agreements and CESA permitting, RWQCB 401 certifications, and other environmental permitting.
- Experience with California Tiger Salamanders, California Red-legged Frogs, Giant Garter Snake, San Francisco Garter Snake, Alameda Whipsnake, San Joaquin Kit Fox, California Yellow-legged Frogs are a plus.
- Experience with and extensive knowledge of the biota in the western intermountain, coast, and desert region of the US, with knowledge and experience of state and federal wildlife protection regulations and guidelines for listed species.
- Experience with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
- Manage communications and deliverables under the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
- Review design and construction plans for consistency with permits and review and process amendments as required
- Review preconstruction surveys, protocol surveys, monitoring, plans, species relocation, monthly/ annual compliance reporting, jurisdictional delineations, and construction notifications
- Assist with preparation of CEQA/NEPA documentation
- Perform species-specific trainings
- Perform field audits and assist with managing field staff
- Assess and resolve compliance concerns
- Assist in performing construction schedule analyses
- Be a self-starter and team-oriented.
- Proficient in and consistently demonstrates and promotes policies and procedures for HSSE, including client-specific training (if applicable).
- Advanced skills in technical writing.
- Skilled in communications and technical information exchange with clients, engineers and scientists, government regulators and agencies, and academia, as well as non-technical communication to the public.
- Disciplined approach to project execution and technical excellence.
- Ability to provide written and verbal direction on project delivery.
- Shows leadership in striving to continuously improve technical performance.
- Champions new ideas and initiatives, and creates an environment that supports creativity and innovation.
- Builds and maintains productive professional and personal networking relationships.
- Drives collaborative efforts within the region and beyond to deliver consistent, high quality and appropriately scoped technical work.
- At least five years of experience successfully executing technical aspects of complex projects.
- Proficient in MS Office applications.
- Good driving record and valid driver's license required.
- OSHA 40-hour training required.
- Prior to employment with Stantec, a successful passing of a physical and drug screen will be required.
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.
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