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Wildlife Biologist Project Hire (Eastern San Luis Obispo)

Wildlife Biologist Project Hire (Eastern San Luis Obispo)

We are looking for wildlife field biologists for a project in eastern San Luis Obispo County, California. The on-call position will be from August 2021 to December 31, 2021, with the possibility of an extension to December 31, 2022. 

What you’ll do

This is an on-call position in support of compliance with environmental requirements during the operation of a solar energy project. You will be part of our Central Valley team and conduct field studies, including listed species (San Joaquin kit fox, giant kangaroo rat, and San Joaquin antelope) surveys, 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.

Who works at H. T. Harvey & Associates?  

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. A position working for H. T. Harvey & Associates is for those who strive for excellence in their everyday work and for those who are interested in continually improving their scientific knowledge and learning from others. 

If this sounds like you and you meet the requirements below, we look forward to learning more about your ecological experience during the application process!

Required experience and skillset

  • 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, and San Joaquin antelope squirrel, including trapping and burrow excavation 
  • 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
  • Previous experience working as an authorized Designated Biologist for San Joaquin kit fox, giant kangaroo rat, and San Joaquin antelope squirrel 
  • Prior experience working on a construction site

This position requires the future employee to: 

  • Hold a valid driver’s license with no major traffic violations or multiple minor violations 
  • 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
  • Walk over varied terrain for surveys
  • Occasionally dig with a shovel
  • Perform job duties in inclement weather
  • Follow best practices for field safety

How to apply

Interested candidates should respond by submitting a resume, academic transcripts, and a cover letter. In the required cover letter, please share some observations about your favorite species. Submit your application here.