San Diego, CA
Atkins seeks an energetic, highly motivated, detail-oriented, self-starter to join our San Diego, CA EcoSciences Group as a Senior Biologist. The ideal candidate will be involved in a variety of planning, development and construction projects ranging from infrastructure facilities (sewer, water, highways, and rail), residential, commercial, mixed-use, institutional, redevelopment and industrial projects, renewable energy projects, general plans, specific plans, and restoration/revegetation plans. Primary role will involve supporting environmental document project managers by conducting habitat/special-status species surveys and assessments, related research and preparing biological resource reports that include impact analyses and the development of mitigation measures, along with related task management.
Work involves scientific evaluation, development of solutions to complex problems and scientific support to complex projects. Work also requires the use of advanced techniques and the modification and extension of theories, precepts and practices.
Specifically in this role, the candidate will:
• Conduct and/or direct habitat assessments, wetland delineations, vegetation mapping, general biological resources surveys, and focused species surveys for a variety of state and federally listed plant and wildlife species.
• Prepare regulatory permits and process them with various resources agencies, including ACOE, RWQCB, USFWS, and CDFG.
• Develop and prepare biological technical reports, Biological Opinions, and conservation/management plans.
• Develop and prepare biological sections for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)/National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents.
• Prepare technical proposals for various projects and assist with business development activities as necessary.
• Direct and/or conduct pre-construction and construction monitoring for sensitive biological resources.
• Develop and implement post-construction restoration and re-vegetation plans.
The appropriately qualified candidate will have the following core competencies and required experience:
B.S. /B.A. or M.S. in a field of Science to commensurate with hiring discipline; M.S. or graduate level coursework preferred. This level may be achieved by Scientists with a minimum 5 years (8 years preferred) of professional experience as a biologist or relevant technical discipline required, preferably in Southern California with demonstrated experience in San Diego County.
Professional certifications/registration strongly preferred, including but not limited to California DFW handling permits, USFWS recovery permits for regional and/or local species and CRAM certification.
Experience and Skills:
The ideal candidate must have the following skills:
• Strong analytical skills required, including the ability to assess large- and small-scale project impacts on sensitive species and habitats.
• Strong writing and communication skills and ability to interpret complex technical information and prepare explanatory materials for use in briefing project team members.
• Strong understanding of federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), California Endangered Species Act (CESA), Natural Community Conservation Planning Act (NCCPA), and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act regulations, policies, and compliance procedures.
• Experience conducting research, field surveys, and impact assessments for federally threatened and endangered species in Southern California, and more specifically San Diego County.
• Experience coordinating and performing consultations and permitting with various California state and federal agencies.
• Experience and demonstrated familiarity with resource impact assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
• Experience working with Geographic Information System (GIS) datasets required, including quality control of maps and other production materials prepared by GIS specialists, and analysis and interpretation of spatially-referenced biological and environmental datasets for impact assessment and briefing purposes.