ManTech (MSRS) is a leader in advanced technologies to help government and industry manage and protect information, support and maintain critical systems, and develop integrated, cybersecurity systems to handle complex needs.
However, ManTech also has a small team (~30 people) of biologists, ecologists, restorationists, environmental planners and GIS professionals based out of California who work on federal contracts with various Department of Defense (DoD) installations across the Western region. This satellite team works with military and civilian personnel on federal landholdings to responsibly and effectively manage land and wildlife for conservation. ManTech's website does not reflect the day-to-day environmental/conservation work that our office conducts.
Our team is currently seeking a full-time, exempt Conservation Biologist with experience and expertise with sensitive California flora and fauna and a strong familiarity with invasive species. The primary responsibilities for this field-based position will be to support a construction monitoring project as a biological monitor (~60% of time) and habitat management projects (~40%) on Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc in Santa Barbara County.
Duties and Responsibilities:
~60% of employee's time:
-Work with construction crews and environmental resource leads to document compliance levels related to environmental regulations
-Oversee the installation and maintenance of environmental exclusion fencing if needed, wildlife fencing if needed, and sediment and erosion control devices
-Work collaboratively with construction personnel and MSRS project managers to develop solutions while implementing permit conditions
-Collect spatial data in Collector for ArcGIS such as vegetation mapping or sensitive species localities, including handling and relocating
~40% of employee's time:
-Work independently and under supervision of various project leaders on a broad array of habitat restoration projects to remove non-native grasses, broadleaf species, and trees, and manage irrigation systems.
-Apply herbicide and use handheld power equipment, including chainsaws and brush cutters
-Follow specific data collection protocols and utilize Collector for ArcGIS to input invasive plant and restoration data
Our work is mostly funded through federal natural resource contracts, therefore specific job duties may evolve throughout the year and will be supplemented with other duties that require strong cooperation and collaboration. This position is split 60/40 between construction monitoring and invasive plant management to offer a full-time, long term opportunity to a well-rounded individual field biologist who enjoys variability in their monthly & seasonal tasks. This position will be contingent on successfully acquiring a CA Dept. of Pesticide Regulations Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC) to legally apply herbicides on DoD lands.
-B.S. in ecology, biology, or related subject (work experience may qualify in lieu of applicable degree);
-5+ continuous years of professional work experience (consulting and/or federal contracting experience is a plus);
-Previous biological inventory, site assessments, impacts analyses, biological monitoring (preferably for utilities), and/or habitat restoration experience;
-Strong, demonstrable written and oral communication skills, including the editing, oversight or preparation of technical reports;
-Proficient in MS Word and MS Excel;
-Strong data management and organizational skills;
-QAL or QAC license with Category B is preferred; however, we will support the right person to obtain this license.
This is not an entry-level position and applicants with no previous pertinent experience will not be contacted.
Please apply first by contacting Katrina.Olthof@ManTech.com with a cover letter describing your applicable experience with biological monitoring along with an up-to-date resume.