Senior Biologist

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Your Opportunity

Stantec is seeking a Senior Biologist to join our Impact Assessment, Permitting, and Compliance Practice in Northern California. The position is to be based out of our Redding, Chico Petaluma, Walnut Creek, San Jose, or Sacramento 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 be responsible for the contribution and management of 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 oversee and provide expertise in field biology, regulatory strategy, CEQA/NEPA analysis, and permitting strategy. Specific background and expertise should consist of strong botanical, wetland, or wildlife technical expertise, familiarity and experience with regulatory permitting, and project and client management.

This position requires coordination with clients, resource agencies, and environmental and technical staff. Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and organizational skills are essential. This role will require overseeing all aspects of project management, biological impact assessment and mitigation strategy development, and preparation and review of biological resources documents.

Your Key Responsibilities

  • Manage tasks and projects according to approved scopes of work, and deliver quality reports on schedule and within budget
  • Contribute to and lead business development activities, including proposals, pre-qualifications, and relationship building with clients and prospective clients and industry colleagues.
  • Have established relationships with clients and regulatory agency staff
  • Assignments/projects are advanced in nature and require the application of mature knowledge.
  • 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.
Your Capabilities and Credentials
  • Proficient in and consistently demonstrates and promotes policies and procedures for HSSE, including client-specific training (if applicable).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision making capabilities.
  • 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.
  • Established relationships with local, state, and federal permitting agencies.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and reviewing biological technical reports, environmental impact evaluation, siting reports, and environmental permit applications, including field surveys and reporting, and resource and impact evaluations.
  • Demonstrated experience with the California and Federal Endangered Species Act consultation processes.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting CEQA and NEPA analysis and preparation of associated documentation.
  • Demonstrated 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.
  • Demonstrated technical competence and project experience in natural resource fields applicable to commercial (primarily conventional or renewable energy generation/transmission) siting and licensing or environmental permitting of other infrastructure projects.
  • Possess California-specific biology experience (minimum 8 years).
  • Experience with California Tiger Salamanders, California Red-legged Frogs, Giant Garter Snake, San Francisco Garter Snake, Alameda Whipsnake 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.
  • Experience with CPUC and/or CEC.
  • 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.
  • Good driving record and valid driver's license required.
  • At least four years of experience successfully executing technical aspects of medium to complex projects.
  • Proficient in MS Office applications
Education and Experience BS or MS degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology or a related field.
Possession of Scientific Collecting Permits for species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act and a State of California Scientific Collecting Permit, or Certified wetland scientist

Minimum 10 years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education (e.g., advanced degree) and experience.
Demonstrated experience managing projects, including cost and schedule management, proposal development, and quality.

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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