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Restoration Ecologist

Turlock CA

River Partners’ helps local communities reconnect and revitalize floodplains and river landscapes across the state of California. We are a private, non-profit organization with offices in Chico, Sacramento, Turlock, and San Diego. As a project-focused company, we believe in the power of demonstrating environmental improvement through large-scale river restoration and empowering others through partnership and collaboration.


Position Description:

River Partners’ Turlock office is looking for a qualified Restoration Ecologist to help us on our habitat restoration projects on the San Joaquin River. The Restoration Ecologist works with River Partners’ biology, field implementation, and development teams to identify, develop and execute riparian habitat restoration projects. Here are some of the essential functions and responsibilities of this position:

• Managing complex large-scale restoration projects

• Developing and building good rapport with external partners

• Writing quality plans, reports, and articles

• Managing multi-million-dollar budgets for restoration, mitigation and consulting projects

• Assisting in the development of new restoration projects

• Providing recommendation for problematic soil conditions on existing projects

• Evaluating soil conditions for new projects to assist in project planning

• Managing the Enterprise geographic information system (GIS)

• Proactively communicating with team members to improve habitat restoration and implementation techniques

• Securing permits from local, state and federal agencies

• Conducting vegetation and biological monitoring and studies

• Training and supervising entry-level biologists and interns

• Meeting multiple and competing deadlines and providing outstanding customer relations

• Developing and delivering presentations to the scientific community, government agencies and the public

• Attending public events, fairs and meetings to promote the organization and its mission

• Working independently in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

• May involve travel and/or long hours and weekends in a variety of field conditions.

• Other duties as assigned.


Essential Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

• Possess the enthusiasm and drive to assist River Partners in fulfilling its mission

• Enjoy working with diverse people and organizations to get things done

• Creatively solve problems and delight in learning new skills

• Effectively communicate complicated soil science findings orally and in writing

• Possess knowledge of and experience with basic irrigation techniques and a knowledge of soil chemistry, physics and plant science

• Possess advanced knowledge of California native plants, riparian ecology, and river hydrology

• Proven ability to work effectively with a team and independently

• Possess an understanding of statistics, experimental design and data collection

• Experience collecting, organizing, and analyzing field data

• Demonstrate good organizational skills, ability to work under multiple deadlines, and flexibility to handle changing priorities

• Be able to remain dedicated and focused on multiple tasks

• Advanced skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and other programs



• M.S or equivalent work experience in ecology, plant biology, soil science, agriculture or natural resource science or related science and

• Three to five years of appropriate work experience

• Successful candidates must possess a valid driver’s license with no restrictions


To apply email your resume, cover letter and 3 references to:


Or send an application via mail to:

River Partners

Attn: Turlock Ecologist

580 Vallombrosa Ave

Chico CA 95926


Please no calls on this position.

Posted November 10, 2020

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