Senior Wildlife Ecologist

  • Sacramento, CA
  • Permanent
  • $99,000 – $116,000 per year
  • Renewable Energy

Job Description

The Senior Wildlife Project Manager will spend time both in the field and in the office with the firm’s team of professionals. As the office’s lead wildlife ecologist, this role involves collaboration with other wildlife ecologists, restoration ecologists and landscape architects, plant ecologists, and aquatic ecologists on projects across Central, and some Northern California regions. In addition to leading project teams, responsibilities include supporting the growth and development of our office by preparing proposals and managing business development efforts related to wildlife ecology, environmental compliance, and permitting; and recruiting and training staff.


  • NEPA/CEQA documentation for projects with unique or challenging issues
  • Federal and California Endangered Species Act  (FESA/CESA) consultations
  • Compliance support, includes providing recommendations to minimize constraints on project activities; coordinating pre-activity surveys; ensuring compliance with avoidance and minimization measures from project permits (including surveys, environmental training sessions, construction monitoring, etc.); and drafting compliance documentation.
  • Assessment of biological constraints on proposed projects, including potential mitigation measures that may be necessary under CEQA or that could be incorporated as conservation measures in California or federal Endangered Species Act approvals
  • Supporting and leading efforts with, mitigation and monitoring plans, as well as efforts with specific Sacramento Valley species and surrounding areas.
  • Natural resource management plans—incorporate wildlife issues into plans that describe the long-term management and monitoring of conservation lands
  • Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan development and implementation
  • Develop new project opportunities in your areas of expertise and interest

Desired qualifications
  • A degree in biological studies, natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology or equivalent
  • Minimum five years of professional experience in biological or ecological consulting
  • Detailed experience and knowledge of CEQA/NEPA documentation and FESA/CESA compliance
  • In-depth knowledge of special-status wildlife of the Sacramento Valley and surrounding areas.
    Prior experience in regulatory agency coordination (CDFW, USFWS to negotiate permit conditions and secure incidental take permit approval for a variety of projects)
  • Prior Management experience
  • Exceptional technical writing skills