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Senior Restoration Ecologist, Project Manager (Los Gatos)

Senior Restoration Ecologist, Project Manager (Los Gatos)

We are looking for a senior restoration ecologist for a full time position in the restoration ecology group in our San Francisco Bay Area office (Los Gatos, Santa Clara County). Anticipated start date for this position is May 2021.

What you’ll do
Over the course of a typical week, H. T. Harvey & Associates senior restoration ecologists spend time both at their desks and in the field. Senior restoration ecologists manage all facets of our restoration projects with guidance from a principal in our restoration ecology group. Most projects involve collaborative work with other firm experts (e.g., wildlife, restoration, fish and aquatic ecology, landscape architecture, rangeland management, soil science, arboriculture) as well as with teaming partners (restoration hydrologists, engineers, restoration contractors, and others).  

The type of work you’ll do includes:

  • Directing the technical work of multi-disciplinary teams
  • Overseeing the writing of restoration technical documents as lead author, potentially with staff restoration ecologists as co-authors
  • Guiding the development of habitat restoration design plans by h. T. Harvey & associates landscape architects as well as outside partners (engineers, hydrologists, etc.)
  • Assisting with regulatory permitting of restoration projects
  • Crafting restoration site maintenance recommendations
  • Analyzing post-restoration ecological monitoring data
  • Writing annual long term monitoring reports with staff restoration ecologists as co-authors, preparing proposals
  • Managing contracts and budgets. 
  • Collecting baseline information to support restoration site selection and design;
  • Supervising field monitoring of restoration maintenance activities
  • Leading post-construction restoration monitoring. 

What are some of the important projects that H. T. Harvey & Associates restoration group works on in the San Francisco Bay Area?
Our mission is to help clients address their complex ecological challenges. As a result of our 50 year history in the region and the recognized local and unique expertise of our staff, our restoration group works on a variety of interesting and challenging projects. For example we are: 

  • Working on riparian restoration projects, including restoration design and research on the vulnerable Sycamore Alluvial Woodland habitat in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as creative integration of riparian forest restoration with flood protection projects.
  • At the cutting edge of designing ecosystem adaptations to sea level rise throughout the San Francisco Bay, working on multi-benefit projects that restore bayland habitats for threatened and endangered species, and assisting with the integration of bayland habitat restoration with flood protection. 
  • Designing freshwater and pond restoration projects to provide habitat for the federal and state threatened California tiger salamander and for the federal threatened California red-legged frog.
  • Developing highly innovative techniques for integrating large scale habitat restoration into urban development projects, such as on large business campuses.

Who works at H. T. Harvey & Associates?  
The restoration ecology team of 17 full time ecologists and landscape designers at H. T. Harvey & Associates is a highly-collaborative group which provides training and mentorship to staff and actively seeks out opportunities for professional growth.

Our ecologists have been working on restoration projects in the San Francisco Bay Area for decades and have unparalleled expertise with the region’s habitats, species, and regulatory environment. 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 this 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 in restoration, soil, and/or plant ecology 
  • At least 5-10 years of directly relevant (post academic) experience in the field of restoration ecology practice conducting and managing the planning, design, permitting, construction, and/or post-construction monitoring of ecosystem restoration projects. Lower end of the range considered if directly relevant work experience. 
  • Experience in some or most of the following areas: habitat restoration design; plant ecology; soil science; wetland ecology, riparian ecology and hydrology; statistical design and analysis; and plant taxonomy
  • Exceptional and demonstrated technical writing ability
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills within an organization and with external stakeholders and clients
  • Good organizational and data handling 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  

  • Prior experience managing the full lifecycle of at least one restoration project (proposal through construction and monitoring) of a restoration project, preferably in riverine or upland ecosystem
  • Prior experience with proposal preparation
  • Prior staff management experience of at least 2 direct reports
  • Excellent organizational skills concerning people (staff and subcontractors), schedules, project details, and budgets
  • Experience with regulatory agency permitting 
  • California flora identification skills 

This position requires the future employee to: 

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

How to apply
First and foremost we will evaluate your technical skills and experience, and we will also closely evaluate your communications skills. We ask for a cover letter, resume, academic transcripts, references, and a technical writing sample. In your cover letter we’d appreciate it if you share some thoughts about what you enjoy about restoration or what you are looking to get out of your next position or both!  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