Field Biologist (Sacramento Valley)

We’re looking for field biologists to join our Sacramento Valley office. Candidates may be based in counties of the Sacramento Valley or Sierra Foothills, or Contra Costa, Solano, San Joaquin, or Napa Counties. The anticipated pay range for a full-time position is $63,000―$72,000 annually plus a generous benefits package and bonus program. Part-time and on-call candidates are also encouraged to apply.

What it’s like to work with us

H. T. Harvey & Associates has a reputation for deep scientific expertise and a high caliber of work in pursuit of our mission to create ecologically sound solutions to our clients’ complex natural resource challenges. The field biologists will become part of the 7-person Sacramento office, which is perched along the scenic Sacramento River levee in Sacramento’s South Natomas neighborhood. Our projects are in the Sacramento Valley as well as in the broader Bay Area, Central Valley, Sierra Nevada, and Cascade Mountain regions. The Sacramento office team has particular experience in projects focused on ecological restoration and on the long-term stewardship and monitoring of watersheds, rare and endangered species, habitat preserves, and similar conserved lands, often within the context of working agricultural lands or other multi-use landscapes.

Candidates may be based in counties of the Sacramento Valley or Sierra Foothills, or Contra Costa, Solano, San Joaquin, or Napa Counties. Our field biologists spend time primarily in the field but also working at a desk (working remotely or from an H. T. Harvey office). When in the field you might work on special-status population surveys for species like vernal pool branchiopods, California tiger salamanders, or California red-legged frogs; managing data and field notes; coordinating with on-site personnel; and biological monitoring. Desk work could consist of preparing technical reports or contributing to the preparation of permit application packages or habitat management or restoration plans. We prioritize ongoing development of the skills and ecological knowledge of our field staff, providing opportunities to learn from and work with experts in a range of ecological disciplines.

Types of projects and habitats the Sacramento Valley team works on

  • Providing long term monitoring and supporting stewardship programs of conservation lands for water agencies
  • Supporting the development of renewable energy projects in the Central Valley
  • Assessing meadows and watersheds in the Sierra Nevada and designing restoration projects to improve ecological functions
  • Developing and overseeing integrated invasive plant management programs
  • Implementing the conservation programs of regional Habitat Conservation Plans and other large-scale habitat conservation programs
  • Leading survey, population monitoring, and permitting projects involving Swainson’s hawks, burrowing owls, California red-legged frogs, California tiger salamanders, salmonids, native bumble bees, and vernal pool branchiopods
  • Working with large private landowners to develop mitigation and conservation banks

Competencies, skills, and experience

We aim to hire team members who strive for excellence in their everyday work and who are interested in continually improving their scientific knowledge and collaborating with experts in other fields. In addition to having a degree in biology, ecology, or related fields, the ideal candidate should have a combination of some or all of the following:

  • At least 1-2 years of field experience with some of the wildlife, invertebrate, and botanical species found in Northern California, such as: Swainson’s hawk, American goshawk, Foothill yellow-legged frog, California red-legged frog, Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, vernal pool branchiopods, insects such as the Valley elderberry longhorn beetle or native bumble bees, and California native flora
  • Highly organized
  • Strong writing aptitude
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • A drive to deepen your ecological knowledge and experience

A few other nitty gritty details

This position requires the future employee to:

  • Follow best practices for field safety
  • Hold a valid driver’s license with no major traffic violations or multiple minor violations
  • Walk over varied terrain for surveys and work in inclement weather

How to apply

We welcome your application so we can learn more about you! To start the application process, please submit your resume and a cover letter through our applicant portal. In your cover letter please tell us:

  • about the species or habitats you are most interested in
  • what you hope to get from your next position
  • whatever else you’d like to share that isn’t obvious from your resume

Ultimately, we’ll ask candidates who move forward in the process for references and academic transcripts and potentially writing samples, but if you don’t have them handy now, they can be submitted later.

Please combine your cover letter and resume into one file and apply here.

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