Stantec Biologist - Senior Level in San Francisco, California

Your Opportunity

2,500 Environmental Services staff. 20 technical specialties. 900 professional associations. An international team with local expertise. You could say we know a little something about the environment. Our passion for it drives our work. Grounded by safety, quality, and ethics, we come up with solutions that perfectly fit the site. We know what it takes to balance competing project interests with creativity and efficiency. We know what to look for. And, we know how to get the job done—the right way. Join a team that has the environment down to a science.

Stantec is seeking a Senior Biologist to join our Impact Assessment, Permitting, and Compliance Practice in Northern California. The position is to be based out of our San Francisco, Petaluma, Walnut Creek, or Sacramento Office. Stantec offers flexible work locations, flexible work hours and a robust compensation and benefit package.

Your Duties

As a Biologist, you will work in a highly dynamic team environment with other biologists/ecologists/water resource specialists, and land planning and regulatory experts. This position will include opportunities for both field and office work; it may also involve field work during construction of projects and implementation of ecosystem restoration projects.

In this position, you will be responsible for the contribution and management of multi-disciplinary project teams in all phases of the execution and delivery of siting and licensing of energy production, including renewable energy, and electric and gas transmission projects, as well as natural resource planning and management projects. As a biologist/ecologist, you will oversee and provide expertise in field biology, regulatory strategy, CEQA/NEPA analysis, and permitting strategy. Specific background and expertise should consist of strong botanical, wetland, or wildlife technical expertise, familiarity and experience with regulatory permitting, and project and client management.

This position requires coordination with clients, resource agencies, and environmental and technical staff. Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and organizational skills are essential. This role will require overseeing all aspects of project management, biological impact assessment and mitigation strategy development, and preparation and review of biological resources documents.

Our Biologists :

  • Demonstrate success with research, analysis and reporting.

  • Are self-starting, team-oriented professionals with excellent written and communication skills.

  • Are familiar with review and analysis of scientific data, maps and drawings.

  • Provide support in delivering high quality work products to Stantec’s multi-disciplinary project teams.

  • Have established relationships with clients and regulatory agency staff.

Your Capabilities and Credentials

Basic Qualifications:

Education : BS or MS degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology or a related field.

Years of Experience: 10 to 15 years

  • Must have a good driving record and valid drivers license

  • Prior to employment with Stantec, this position will require the successful completion of a physical and drug screen.

Primary Skills:

  • Established relationships with local, state, and federal permitting agencies.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated experience leading and reviewing biological technical reports, environmental impact evaluation, siting reports, and environmental permit applications, including field surveys and reporting, and resource and impact evaluations.

  • Demonstrated experience with the California and Federal Endangered Species Act consultation processes.

  • Demonstrated experience conducting CEQA and NEPA analysis and preparation of associated documentation.

  • Demonstrated experience leading environmental permitting of energy facilities, pipelines, and/or linear infrastructure projects in the western United States including: USACE 404 wetland permitting, CDFW 1600 Agreements and CESA permitting, RWQCB 401 certifications, and other environmental permitting.

  • Demonstrated technical competence and project experience in natural resource fields applicable to commercial (primarily conventional or renewable energy generation/transmission) siting and licensing or environmental permitting of other infrastructure projects.

  • Possess California-specific biology experience (minimum 8 years).

  • Experience with California Tiger Salamanders, California Red-legged Frogs, Giant Garter Snake, San Francisco Garter Snake, Alameda Whipsnake are a plus.

  • Experience with and extensive knowledge of the biota in the western intermountain, coast, and desert region of the US, with knowledge and experience of state and federal wildlife protection regulations and guidelines for listed species.

  • Experience with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

  • Experience with CPUC and/or CEC.

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision making capabilities.

Preferred Qualifications:

Education : Master’s degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology or a related field

Primary Skills:

  • Possession of Scientific Collecting Permits for species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act and a State of California Scientific Collecting Permit.

  • Certified wetland scientist.

  • Experience managing projects, including cost and schedule management, proposal development, and quality.

  • Experience working on construction projects.

  • General understanding of geographic information systems.

  • Ability to direct staff technicians regarding data collection, preparation of figures and maps, and report production.

  • Ability to mentor junior staff and supervise staff.

  • Business development acumen.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Job ID 2016-26642

# of Openings Remaining 0

Location US-CA-San Francisco

US-CA-Sacramento

US-CA-Walnut Creek

US-CA-Petaluma

Experience (Years) 10

Posted Date 12/21/2016

Discipline Environmental Services