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Senior Plant Ecologist / Permitting Expert

Senior Plant Ecologist / Permitting Expert

We have an immediate opening in our South San Francisco Bay Area office for an experienced senior-level plant ecologist and permitting expert to become a key member of our botany team. The position will include managing all aspects of the biological components of CEQA/NEPA assessments, rare plant surveys, wetland delineations and habitat mapping projects, Clean Water Act Section 404/401 and similar resource agency permitting projects, and resource management plans; managing staff, budgets, clients, and agency contacts; business development; marketing; proposal preparation; and staff training and supervision.

Required qualifications:

  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience in biological/ecological consulting
  • Strong project management skills, including an ease with clients and exceptional organizational abilities for tracking project details, schedules, budgets, invoices, and subcontractors
  • Academic background in plant biology, plant ecology, plant sciences, or biological sciences with emphasis in botany and ecology, solid field and/or research experience, and broad ecological knowledge
  • Experience in most or all of the following areas: California flora and habitats, plant identification, quantitative field surveys, plant community/association mapping, wetland delineation, environmental impact analysis, and regulatory permit preparation for both California and federal resource agencies
  • Solid technical writing ability
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Willingness to travel for meetings and to project sites

Candidates with an M.S. or a Ph.D. are strongly preferred, but those with a B.S. and direct relevant experience, including multiple years of project management experience in biological consulting, will be considered. Direct, recent experience coordinating with local state and federal regulatory staff will be considered a real plus.

Additional qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license with no major traffic violations or multiple minor violations
  • Willingness to work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late nights, weekends)
  • Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, walking over varied terrain, bending, lifting, and carrying upwards of 50 pounds, and otherwise maintain good physical condition
  • Familiarity with best practices for field safety and low impact principles

How to apply:

Interested candidates should respond by submitting a cover letter, resume, and references here.