Staff Biologist – California

McCormick Biological, Inc.
Bakersfield, CA
Job Category
Full time Positions
$20-$30/hour DOE
Last Date to Apply
McCormick Biological, Inc. (MBI) is a biological consulting firm based out of Bakersfield, CA, that specializes in the biological resources of Central California. We are seeking applicants for an hourly position. The position is expected to be 30+ hours per week. An application package is required to proceed with the review process for this position. Please scroll to the bottom for instructions on how to apply. General Job Description: Under the supervision of senior staff, staff biologists will work on teams to conduct transect surveys following agency-approved methods for the detection of state- and federal-listed species. In addition, staff biologists regularly prepare written evaluations of biological resources, identify plants and wildlife observed during surveys, evaluate potential for species occurrence, and monitor construction in compliance with biological/environmental avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures. Staff biologists are responsible for documenting field activities, completing field forms, and preparing reports pursuant to agency and client requirements. Duties may also include general maintenance/preparation of field equipment, data entry, and other administrative tasks as assigned. Staff biologists are expected to lead survey crews and will be progressively assigned more responsibility leading into project management. Physical Demands and Work Environment: Work will be conducted in both field and typical office environments. This position is based in Bakersfield, CA, but field sites may be distributed throughout Central California. Occasional over-night travel may be requested. Field work may be pre-scheduled up to 1-week in advance, and crew departure times will be coordinated by crew leaders the day before field work is conducted. Staff biologists are classified as non-exempt, with overtime paid at time and a half. This is an hourly position that averages between 30 and 40 hours per week during the course of the year. Field work will be completed over an 8-hour work day. Overtime (more than 8 hours in a day) may be requested to accommodate for longer travel times to specific field sites, or due to biological constraints and/or client requirements. MBI offers no minimum guarantee of work hours. Transect surveys will consist of hiking up to several miles per day under variable weather conditions (e.g., heat, sun, fog, cold, rain, etc.) and potentially in steep terrain. Applicants must be physically capable of performing these tasks. Field attire appropriate for hiking is required (e.g., shirts with sleeves, long pants, hat, sunglasses, and hiking boots). Many field sites require additional personal protective equipment (PPE) including, but not limited to, high-visibility vest, safety glasses, fire-resistant clothing (FRC), steel-toed boots, hard hats, and H2S monitors. All required safety equipment will be provided by MBI. Potential hazards in the field may include high or low temperatures, poor air quality, uneven terrain, biting insects, rattlesnakes, and barbed-wire fencing, among others. Staff biologists are expected to understand and follow agency-required protocols for focused biological surveys, when available. Some surveys will require a thorough understanding of species life history and habitat requirements to assist in survey design. Other tasks include, but are not limited to, maintaining/preparing field equipment (e.g., taking company vehicles through car wash, cleaning ice chests/binoculars/etc., bagging ice for field crews), office and warehouse maintenance, gathering recyclables, and shredding paper.
Required Qualifications: -B.S./B.A., M.S./M.A. from an accredited college or university with emphasis in the biological sciences, ecology, plant or wildlife biology, or a related field. -5+ years of field experience with endangered and threatened species of Central California. Permits (or the ability/experience to obtain permits) to handle state- and federal-listed threatened and endangered species. -Demonstrated knowledge of environmental regulations such as state and federal endangered species acts, the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, etc. -Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office and Google Earth Pro software. -Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, including active listening. -Experience with team situations, working independently; and fast-paced, high turnaround project environments. -Ability to arrive at the office and be ready to depart for field activities at a pre-determined time. -Ability to work under supervision and be self-directed when needed. -Exhibit initiative, responsibility, flexibility, and leadership (willing to train, mentor and lead others, and be open to coaching and feedback). -Strong organizational and time management skills. -Ability to operate a Windows-based computer for word processing, data entry, and/or accessing the Internet. -A working cell phone or land line for daily communications. -Possession of a valid state-issued driver’s license (or ability to obtain a license) is required. -Reliable transportation to and from MBI’s office. -Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of employment. -Employment is conditional on successfully passing a drug test administered at an off-site laboratory. -Position is subject to educational and criminal background check. Preferred Qualifications: -Experience serving as a qualified biologist, designated biologist (or other agency-authorized biologist) authorized under agency permits such as federal biological opinions or state incidental take permits. -Experience with GIS and/or other mapping software. -Experience in map reading, orienteering, and/or wilderness survival. Location: Bakersfield, CA Type: Full-time, hourly, non-exempt Salary: $20–$30/hour, DOE Benefits: -Sick leave, health insurance (partial premium), paid time off, Simple IRA plan, etc. upon meeting qualifications. -Employees will be provided with a $10 per month cell phone use stipend, and company vehicle transportation to and from field sites. How to Apply: -To access the application form go to and scroll down to click “Join Our Team!” -Do not fill out the application using a Web browser, instead, download the PDF and fill it out using Adobe Reader. -When you’re done filling out the application, click “Submit” at the bottom of the form, and attach your resume and cover letter to the email that is generated before you submit. -If any problems are encountered while submitting your application, please call our office at 661-589-4065 and ask for Alan.
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