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Wildlife Ecologist / Mammalogist

Wildlife Ecologist / Mammalogist

We are looking for a wildlife ecologist with extensive mammalogy expertise for a full-time position in our San Francisco Bay Area office (Los Gatos, Santa Clara County). 

What you’ll do

Our wildlife ecology team is a local industry leader known for our ecological expertise and high standard of excellence. As an ecologist in our wildlife group, you will be responsible for conducting surveys and monitoring for special-status wildlife species (especially mammals); completing habitat assessments; working on CEQA/NEPA projects; and drafting written reports. This position will sometimes require a person to navigate varying and rugged terrain safely and potentially alone in a variety of weather conditions. It may require occasional overnight travel and weekend work.

What are some of the typical projects that the wildlife group works on?

Our mission is to create ecologically sound solutions to our clients’ complex natural resource challenges. Typical projects you would work on include: 

  • NEPA/CEQA documentation for local agency projects, development projects located in sensitive areas, and projects with unique or challenging issues (e.g., related to wetlands, riparian setbacks, bird-safe design, and endangered or sensitive wildlife species)
  • Federal and California Endangered Species Act consultations
  • Compliance support, including providing recommendations to minimize constraints on project activities; conducting pre-activity surveys; supporting 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 to proposed projects, including potential mitigation measures that may be necessary under CEQA/NEPA or conditions of anticipated permits or Endangered Species Act approvals
  • 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

Who works at H. T. Harvey & Associates?  

Our wildlife team leaders have been performing research and working with clients in the San Francisco Bay Area 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, 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, the safety of our staff, 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 and project management skills during the application process!

Required Skills and Experience  

  • Academic background (B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. preferred) in biological studies, natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology, or an equivalent subject
  • Expertise with California mammals, especially bats, salt marsh harvest mice, San Francisco dusky-footed woodrats, and/or other mammals, as well as other wildlife species of central California. Ideal candidates would have sufficient expertise to be listed on a CDFW letter permit to handle bats and salt marsh harvest mice. 
  • A minimum of 2 years of applicable professional experience in biological/ecological consulting or with a regulatory agency, ideally in California   
  • A curiosity about the natural world that includes ongoing personal development in local wildlife ecology and your area of expertise
  • Ideal candidates would have prior experience authoring and editing technical reports, with demonstrated exceptional writing ability (e.g., via transcripts, personal references, or a submitted writing sample)

This position requires the future employee to: 

  • Hold a valid driver’s license with no major traffic violations or multiple minor violations
  • Work nights, occasional 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.