San Diego, California
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As a Senior 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 work with multi-disciplinary teams focused on Investor Owned Utility (IOU) Company projects, providing sound and reasonable planning advice, and conducting environmental assessments for projects as required. As a Senior Biologist/Ecologist, you will oversee and provide expertise in field biology, regulatory strategy, California Environmental Quality Act/National Environmental Policy Act (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.
Your Key Responsibilities
- Direct, manage and deliver multi-disciplinary environmental services including general biological resources, wetlands/water resources, coastal zone permitting, hazardous tree assessments, CEQA/NEPA, FERC related documentation/permitting, and GIS support for IOU environmental projects throughout Southern California.
- Demonstrate success with research, analysis, and reporting.
- Are self-starting, team-oriented professionals with excellent written and communication skills.
- Are familiar with review and analysis of scientific data, maps, and drawings.
- Provide support in delivering high quality work products to Stantec’s multi-disciplinary project teams.
- Have established relationships with clients and regulatory agency staff.
- Must coordinate with clients, resource agencies, and environmental and technical staff.
- Responsible in overseeing all aspects of project management, biological impact assessment and mitigation strategy development, and preparation and review of biological resources documents.
Your Capabilities and Credentials
- Established relationships with local, state, and federal permitting agencies.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and organizational skills are essential.
- 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 Southern San Joaquin valley species preferred, 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.
- Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities.
- Possession of Scientific Collecting Permits for species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act and a State of California Scientific Collecting Permit.
- Wetland delineation training certificate.
- Experience managing projects, including cost and schedule management, proposal development, and quality.
- Experience working on construction projects.
- General understanding of geographic information systems.
- Ability to direct staff technicians regarding data collection, preparation of figures and maps, and report production.
- Ability to mentor junior staff and supervise staff.
- Ability to travel.
- Business development acumen.
- Must have a good driving record and valid driver’s license.
- Prior to employment, this position will require the successful completion of a pre-employment physical.
Education and Experience
BS or MS degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology, or a related field. Minimum 8 - 10 years of 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.
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