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Senior Wildlife Ecologist (Project Manager)

Senior Wildlife Ecologist (Project Manager)

We are looking for a senior wildlife ecologist and project manager to help build the wildlife practice of our Sacramento Valley region office, located just north of Downtown Sacramento along the banks of the Sacramento River. 

Our team is developing new in-office and remote work guidelines. We anticipate that most employees will adopt a hybrid model with some time at their desks in the office and some working remotely.

What you’ll do

H. T. Harvey & Associates is a local industry leader known for our ecological expertise and high standard of excellence in ecological consulting services. In this position you’ll serve as our office’s lead wildlife ecologist. In this role, you’ll direct a diversity of projects focused on developing solutions to the ecological challenges faced by the Sacramento Valley region. Work involves collaboration with other wildlife ecologists, restoration ecologists and landscape architects, plant ecologists, and aquatic ecologists on projects both in and outside of the region. In addition to leading project teams, responsibilities include supporting the growth and development of our office by preparing proposals and managing business development efforts related to wildlife ecology, environmental compliance, and permitting; and recruiting and training staff.

What are some of the typical projects that the Sacramento Valley region team works on?

Our mission is to create ecologically sound solutions to our clients’ complex natural resource challenges. Our Sacramento Valley region office currently focuses on ecological restoration, wetland and plant ecology, and the management and monitoring of sensitive habitats and species across California. Although the exact nature of your project work would depend, in part, on your interests and strengths as our Sacramento team’s lead wildlife ecologist, typical projects could include: 

  • NEPA/CEQA documentation for projects with unique or challenging issues related to endangered or sensitive wildlife species 
  • Federal and California Endangered Species Act consultations
  • Compliance support, including providing recommendations to minimize constraints on project activities; coordinating pre-activity surveys; ensuring compliance with avoidance and minimization measures from project permits (including surveys, environmental training sessions, construction monitoring, etc.); and drafting compliance documentation
  • Assessment of biological constraints on proposed projects, including potential mitigation measures that may be necessary under CEQA or that could be incorporated as conservation measures in California or federal Endangered Species Act approvals
  • Bird-safe design assessments—assess the potential for avian collision risk with project buildings, provide design assistance to minimize collision risk, and develop bird-safe design measures to reduce impacts and comply with any bird-safe design requirements 
  • Mitigation and monitoring plans—work closely with our restoration ecologists to develop wildlife management and monitoring methods, success criteria, and avoidance and minimization measures 
  • Natural resource management plans—incorporate wildlife issues into plans that describe the long-term management and monitoring of conservation lands
  • Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan development and implementation

Who works at H. T. Harvey & Associates?  

The leaders of our Sacramento Valley region office have been performing research and working with clients in the Sacramento Valley, the San Francisco East Bay, and Sierra Nevada for more than two decades. Our team has extensive expertise with the region’s species, habitats, and regulatory environment and is particularly experienced in the ecology and management of California’s riparian and rangeland ecosystems. 

A position working for H. T. Harvey & Associates is for those who strive for excellence in their everyday work, science, and 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. At H. T. Harvey & Associates we prioritize the quality of our work, employee health and safety, and the goals and professional development of each team member. 

If you are excited about this opportunity and meet the requirements below, we look forward to learning more about your ecological expertise, business development successes, and project management skills during the application process!

Required Skills and Experience  

  • Academic background (Ph.D. or M.S. preferred) in wildlife management, wildlife biology, natural resources, or an equivalent subject
  • A minimum of 10 years of applicable professional experience in biological/ecological consulting or with a government regulatory or resource management agency, ideally in California   
  • At least 5 years of professional managerial responsibility.
  • Prior experience managing preparation of technical reports, with demonstrated exceptional writing and editing abilities 
  • Demonstrated experience in business development and client management, with experience in federal/state/local government, water, transportation, or other infrastructure industries desired (but not essential)
  • Detailed experience and knowledge of CEQA/NEPA documentation and FESA/CESA compliance
  • Prior experience in regulatory agency coordination (CDFW, USFWS to negotiate permit conditions and secure incidental take permit approval for a variety of projects)
  • Mastery of key project management skills including personal organization, ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously, critical thinking skills, and team communication
  • A curiosity about the natural world that includes ongoing development in local wildlife ecology and your area of expertise
  • Ideal candidates would have experience with special-status species in the greater Sacramento Valley Region and surrounding regions (San Francisco East Bay, Sierra Nevada, California Coast Ranges, Cascade Range) 

This position requires the future employee to: 

  • Hold a valid driver’s license with no major traffic violations or multiple minor violations
  • Occasionally work nights, weekends, and early morning hours when needed
  • Walk over varied terrain for surveys
  • Occasionally work in inclement weather when needed
  • Follow best practices for field safety

How to apply

Interested candidates should respond by submitting a cover letter, resume, and academic transcripts through our applicant portal here