Wildlife Ecologist, San Joaquin Valley (On-call)

We are looking for an on-call wildlife ecologist for projects in the San Joaquin Valley and eastern San Luis Obispo County, California. The anticipated pay range for this position is $30.00 per hour – $45.50 per hour. Actual compensation within the range will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

What it’s like to work with us

This is an on-call position in support of compliance with environmental requirements for a variety of projects. You will be part of our Central Valley team and conduct field studies, including surveys for listed species (San Joaquin kit fox, giant kangaroo rat, San Joaquin antelope, and blunt-nosed leopard lizard), nesting bird surveys, and construction monitoring. Work will include data collection and contributing to client reports. The successful candidate will work with experienced senior ecologists as part of a collaborative project team.

Our regional team leaders have been researching and working in the Central Valley for more than three decades and have unparalleled expertise with the region’s species, habitats, regulatory environment, and habitat plans..

Competencies, skills, and experience

  • A demonstrable background in ecology or wildlife management and broad knowledge of the biology of desert fauna
  • Previous experience with San Joaquin kit fox, giant kangaroo rat, San Joaquin antelope squirrel, blunt-nosed leopard lizard preferred
  • Bird identification skills
  • Experience with field data entry on mobile devices
  • Attention to detail
  • Clear and precise writing skills
  • A collaborative approach to work and communication

Desired qualifications

A bachelor’s or master’s degree in biological studies, natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology, or an equivalent subject.

If you don’t have all the items above, but have a good portion of them, we still welcome you to submit your application so we can learn more about you and see if it’s a good fit!

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
  • Flexibility to work up to 5 days/week in the project area (on-call position)
  • Work early morning hours, and occasional nights and weekends, as needed

How to apply

To start the application process, please submit your resume and a cover letter through our applicant portal.

In your cover letter please share some observations about your favorite species.

Ultimately, we’ll ask for references and a work sample and potentially academic transcripts, 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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