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Mid-Level Scientist, Sacramento Region, California
Burleson Consulting, Inc., A Terracon Company
Sacramento Region, California
Full time Positions
Last Date to Apply
RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES: Responsibilities may consist of the following:
• Vegetation mapping and habitat characterization
• General botanical surveys and inventories
• Focused surveys and/or habitat assessments for special-status plant species
• Jurisdictional delineations pursuant to federal Clean Water Act Section 404; habitat delineations in support of state Section 1600 permitting
• Conducting or leading biological monitoring for construction/restoration projects.
• Drafting or leading preparation of due diligence, focused survey, habitat assessment, biological technical reports, biological sections of NEPA/CEQA documents, annual reports, restoration plans and jurisdictional delineation reports, including analyzing impacts and identifying mitigation measures.
• Assisting project managers with preparation and processing of 401/404/1600 permit applications and supporting materials.
• Maintaining accurate field notes and maps, project files, work logs, etc.
• Providing high-quality work products on schedule and within budget.
• Preparing or assisting project managers with proposals.
• Attitude and demeanor compatible with collaborative team efforts and ability to professionally interact with clients and resource agency representatives.
• Perform extensive fieldwork on potentially difficult terrain and during adverse weather conditions on field assignments ranging from a few days to weeks at a time.
• Applicant must be available and willing to work out of town on occasion. Some weekend work may be required.
QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will be a plant enthusiast with strong field survey and writing skills. Additional preferred qualifications include:
• Experience with biological resources impact analyses and mitigation identification/planning.
• Experience with natural communities and vegetation mapping, plant identification (both native California plants and non-natives), and special-status plant species taxonomy and natural history
• Though not required, preference will be given to those who have completed Wetland Delineator training (40-hour course and Arid West Supplement) or demonstrated experience conducting wetland delineations independently pursuant to Clean Water Act Section 404 protocols.
• Strong familiarity with California wetland types and systems (freshwater and tidal), northern and central California vegetation community characterization, and experience with state and federal regulatory permitting processes, including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
• Experience with GPS & GIS mapping software and post-processing
• Attention to detail, ability to work independently and strong written and oral communication skills is essential.
• Ability to conduct fieldwork in challenging terrain and weather conditions as necessary.
Candidates should have 3+ years of relevant work experience and a BS in botany, biology, natural sciences, environmental science, or other relevant discipline. Good record keeping skills and attention to detail are mandatory. Proficiency in using Microsoft Office, GIS and GPS is mandatory. Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
PHYSICAL FITNESS: Position requires long days in the field with prolonged walking and exposure to the elements. Much of the field work is off trail on uneven terrain and through thick vegetation. Must be capable of carrying a 30-pound backpack and able to lift 50 pounds.
TRAINING: Training will include 40-hour OSHA and Burleson-specific GPS protocols and post-processing of field-collected data.