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Plant Ecologist / Botanist

Plant Ecologist / Botanist

We are looking for an exceptional botanist for a full time position in the plant ecology group in our San Francisco Bay Area office (Los Gatos, Santa Clara County).  Our employment package includes a competitive salary and personal incentive bonus as well as medical, dental, and life insurance and a 401(k) with a generous employer match. We hire people who strive to be the best in their fields and provide training, support, and work opportunities to grow their expertise.

What you’ll do

Our scientists spend time both in the field and in the office with the firm’s team of highly trained professionals. Field work includes plant community mapping, rare plant surveys, and wetland assessments and delineations. H. T. Harvey & Associates botanists contribute to and write biological resource reports and natural resource management plans, and work on resource agency permit applications, guided by the expertise and training of senior team staff, and often in collaboration with our other groups (wildlife, restoration, fish and aquatic ecology, landscape architecture, and more).

What are some of the important projects that the botany group works on?

Our mission is to help clients address their complex ecological challenges. This is not to say every project is glamorous and exciting, but because of our 50 year history in the region and our recognized local expertise, we get to do some pretty interesting things! For example, we:

  • are uniquely positioned to work on some of the Bay Area’s large scale conservation projects, including in the Santa Cruz Mountains and in the Coyote Valley.
  • perform a fair bit of rare plant work in serpentine habitats, oak woodlands and the marshlands of the San Francisco Bay.
  • frequently work on “one of a kind” projects with unique challenges.

Who works at H. T. Harvey & Associates?

Our botany team leaders have been researching and working in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than two decades and have unparalleled expertise with the region’s species, habitats, regulatory environment, and habitat plans. A position working for H. T. Harvey & Associates is not for everyone–it is for those who strive for excellence in their everyday work, their science, and their long term careers and for those who are interested in continually improving their scientific knowledge, learning from others, and collaborating with experts in other fields of ecology. If that sounds like you and you meet the requirements below, we look forward to learning more about your ecological interests and skills during the application process!

Required experience

  • Strong academic background with emphasis in botany and plant ecology
  • Experience in some or most of the following areas: plant identification, quantitative field surveys, plant community/association mapping, wetland delineation, environmental impact analysis, and permit preparation
  • Exceptional and demonstrated technical writing ability 
  • Good organizational and data handling skills
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills

Candidates with an M.S. or a Ph.D. are preferred, but applicants having a B.S. or B.A. combined with directly relevant experience will be considered.

Desired qualifications

  • California flora identification skills
  • Understanding of and experience with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • Experience with regulatory agency permitting
  • Familiarity with the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan
  • Completion of a 40-hour wetland delineation course or equivalent experience
  • Some background in rangeland management

This position requires the future employee to:

  • Hold a valid driver’s license with no major traffic violations or multiple minor violations
  • Work occasionally on nights, weekends, and early morning hours
  • Walk over varied terrain for surveys
  • Work in inclement weather
  • Lift and carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Follow best practices for field safety 
  • Potentially travel within California for fieldwork

How to apply

First and foremost we will evaluate your technical skills and experience, and your communications skills are a close second. We ask for your academic transcripts, your resume, a cover letter, references, and a technical writing sample. In your cover letter we’d appreciate it if you share some thoughts about what you love about botany or what you are looking to get out of your next position. We really do read your cover letters–it’s an opportunity to share with us some of the things that might not come through in a traditional resume.

Please submit your application materials through our applicant portal here.