Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan Field Biologist

Santa Ana Watershed Association
Riverside, CA
Job Category
Full time Positions
$23.67/hr – $30.30/hr
Last Date to Apply
This effort will provide an opportunity to make significant contributions to the BMP throughout western Riverside County in California. This position will require the incumbent to be a self-starter with proven biological monitoring experience, excellent communication skills, and a strong work ethic. The successful candidate will work both independently and with a team of biologists, under the direct supervision of the BMP Biologist Supervisor. The Field Biologist works in the field (80%) and on associated office tasks, including data entering and checking (20%). Job duties include field data collection and data entry for bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian, invertebrate, and plant species that are covered under the MSHCP on conserved lands. Primary duties include: 1. Conduct biological surveys for covered wildlife, rare plant species and native vegetation communities. 2. Prepare maps using ArcGIS and Google Earth; prepare survey station waypoints for upload to GPS units. 3. Collect field data in the prescribed manner, following established protocols. 4. Digitize data using an established Microsoft Access database, and perform quality assurance checks on entered data. 5. Assist with report preparation. 6. Attend meetings and training as assigned. 7. Complete assigned tasks with minimal supervision in a timely fashion. 8. Expected to operate 4WD vehicles, digital equipment and GPS units, 9. May conduct the following activities, with support of other lead staff: design and oversee short- term field survey efforts including protocol writing, training of inexperienced staff, and management of day-to-day field survey logistics; conduct and interpret statistical analysis of survey data; write survey summaries or reports.
Basic Requirements: 1. Two years of experience conducting biological surveys, preferably for more than one taxonomic group. 2. Knowledge of southern California flora and fauna, and the ability to identify targeted and co-occurring species in western Riverside County, is particularly desirable. 3. Experience conducting surveys for, and handling rare, sensitive, and federally- or state-listed wildlife or plants. 4. Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office products and mapping programs including ArcGIS and Google Earth. 5. Ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with a variety of groups and individuals. 6. Ability to work cooperatively with others, and independently with little to no supervision. 7. Ability to record data clearly and accurately. 8. Ability to work long days and occasional evening shifts. 9. Ability to work under, and tolerate exposure to, variable environmental conditions (e.g., rough uneven terrain, aquatic environments, seasonally harsh temperatures, etc.), and be capable of carrying a 25 to 30-pound backpack. 10. Must complete training for, and be willing to use, Wilderness First Aid and CPR. 11. Possession of a valid U.S. Driver’s License and U.S. citizenship or the ability to work legally in the U.S. (Declaration of Permission to Work form required). Education: Successful completion of a full four-year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s degree that included a major field of study in ecology, biology, botany, wildlife management, or other closely related field. Supervision: The Field Biologist is a full-time hourly position that works under the direct supervision of the Biologist Supervisor. Compensation: Position Salary Range: $23.67 – $30.30 Employment Requirements: o Valid state driver’s license with current proof of driving record. o Final candidate will be subject to a physical exam, drug screening test and background check. To Apply: E-mail (1) cover letter describing qualifications for the position and interest in SAWA (2) complete CV/resume, and (3) contact information (including phone numbers and e-mail addresses) of three references to: Jennette El Morsy at Please include “MSHCP Field Biologist - Your Name” in the subject line. Or mail to: J. El Morsy, Santa Ana Watershed Association, 1835 Chicago Ave., Suite C, Riverside, CA 92507 Application Deadline: Open until filled. First round of application review begins February 27, 2023
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