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Southern California Ecologist

San Diego CA

River Partners is a private, nonprofit corporation located in Chico, California with offices in Turlock and San Diego. River Partners’ mission is to create wildlife habitat for the benefit of people and the environment.

Position: The Ecologist works within the Science Department and in coordination with the entire organization to identify, evaluate, implement and complete restoration, mitigation and consulting activities. The Ecologist also interacts with agency staff, neighbors, project partners, research scientists and the public.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does have supervisory responsilities.



Develop site-specific and ecologically-focused restorations plans; present plans to external partners to build project support; translate plans for efficient field implementation; attain environmental permits for projects; monitor and report on project success to funders and partners

Develop forecasts of annual plant material needs throughout the region; plan and manage plant materials collection and maintain the inventory of native plant material to support the region’s projects

Plan, coordinate and participate in educational activities for the public; attend and coordinate public events (such as festivals and fairs) to promote projects, the organization and its mission

Recruit and train entry-level Biologists and Interns to plan restoration projects and monitor, evaluate, and report on restoration project success

Supervise and organize schedules of Biologists and Interns to meet contractual obligations and deadlines

Work with Finance Department and implementation managers to track project budgets

Develop data collection and monitoring/experimental protocols; communicate outcomes publicly and with target audiences

Work with public and private sector biology, ecology, engineering and other professional partners to efficiently manage project implementation

Assist the Development Department to conceive new projects, new approaches, and new partnerships

Develop and deliver strategic presentations to the scientific community, government agencies and the public

Establish and coordinate productive partnerships with the agricultural community, conservation organizations, and local, state and federal agencies

Develop and post original content and articles and links through River Partners’ social media networks, our website, and our quarterly Journal

Working long hours and/or weekends in a variety of field conditions.

Traveling to multiple restoration projects for planning and monitoring, which may include, which may include River Partners’ other branches.

Other duties as required.



M.S. or PhD. in biology, ecology, environmental science, or related science

Three years of related work experience

Creative problem solving

Efficient on-the-job learning

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Excellent organizational skills and ability to work under multiple deadlines

Experience in project budgeting and contracting

Competency in professional networking using social media

Driver’s license with no restrictions

Possess the ability to communicate in basic Spanish (preferred, but not required)

Proficiency with Microsoft Office

Ability to work effectively in a team environment



Must enjoy working with diverse people and organizations to get things done

Effectively communicate complicated biological findings orally and in writing

Possess knowledge of California plants, riparian ecology, hydrology, soils and /or wildlife.

Possess experience working with California and Federal environmental permitting including NEPA/CEQA, ESA, CDFW Code, California Water Code, Clean Water Act Section 404/401, etc.

Experience collecting, organizing, and analyzing field data

Experience with MS Access or other relational database programs

Understand effective use of GIS information

Demonstrate an understanding of statistics, experimental design, and data collection

Integrity and ethics beyond reproach

Commitment and enthusiasm to carry out River Partners mission


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Posted November 3, 2017

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