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Wetland Botanist or Vegetation Ecologist

Wenatchee WA

Four Peaks Environmental Science & Data Solutions, LLC (Four Peaks) is a growing environmental science and engineering firm serving public and private entities nationwide. We help clients solve challenges in the aquatic environment requiring expertise in aquatic research, water resource management, data science, and regulatory compliance. Our work environment is fast-paced and dynamic with opportunities for career growth. Our mission is to provide data-driven, cost-effective solutions, while providing the highest level of customer service to our clients. People are who we are and collaboration, trust, and personal and professional growth are core values that the Four Peaks team shares.


The Opportunity

Four Peaks has an opening for a wetland botanist to support their growing wetland, riparian, and aquatic habitat practices. The position will be field-based in 2021 with trainings to occur in Wenatchee or North Bonneville (near Portland), Washington. The wetland botanist will support environmental data collection and analyses around wetlands, floodplain physical habitat, hydrologic monitoring, and fish and aquatic ecology, and environmental compliance tasks on projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and U.S. This role will support vegetation data collection for the National Wetland Condition Assessment for Oregon, Idaho, and northern California (2021). The wetland botanist will work within a four-person crew to identify plants to the species level using dichotomous keys.

We expect to fill this vacancy initially as a project scientist who operates under the direction of project managers and principal scientists, but exhibits a high degree of independence and self-direction while working in a team. We will prioritize candidates with sound field skills, experience identifying plants in diverse wetland and floodplain monitoring projects, and an enthusiasm for taking on new challenges. This position will be field based (80%) with a modest office component (20%) that reflects seasonal project needs around the EPA National Wetland Condition Assessment.


Summary of Duties

Successfully implement field campaigns as a part of the Environmental Protection Agency's National Wetland Condition Assessment for Idaho, Oregon, and northern California in 2021

Lead botanical (75%) surveys and participate in wetland soils, hydrology, and water quality monitoring and evaluations

Perform wetland delineations using standardized sampling techniques including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wetland delineation methods and Washington State Department of Ecology wetland rating methods

Plan botanical aspects of field campaigns, including staffing, equipment, access, logistics, landowner coordination, vehicles, and accommodations

Provide field data quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) on vegetation data

Work with a peer colleague and Senior Scientist to coordinate field season logistics across multiple field sites


Required Qualifications

B.S./B.A. degree or higher in a natural science related to natural resources, ecology, environmental science, fisheries, or a related field


3 years of experience performing botanical surveys in wetland environments across Washington, Oregon, or Idaho

Familiarity with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wetland delineations and the Arid West and Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coasts regional supplements

Experience with botanical or forestry survey protocols

Capacity to work with fellow botanical crew in plant identification using dichotomous keys

Familiarity with the regional flora of at least one of Oregon, Idaho, or northern California

Experience performing soil classification and using Munsell color charts for identification of hydric soil types in the field

Knowledge of wetland types of the Pacific Northwest ecoregion

Safe driving record, ability to trailer a boat or ATV, and ability to operate watercraft in lake and river environments


Desired Experience

Knowledge of the watersheds, rivers and fish, and forests and trees of the Pacific Northwest and northern Rocky Mountain ecoregions

Knowledge of the principles of QA/QC using data visualization and statistical software

Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications and willingness to maintain/renew

Training in the principles of swiftwater safety


Summary of Employee Benefits

Performance-based incentive compensation

8 paid holidays and a generous paid time off program


The salary for this position is $20-$25/hour, but experienced candidates may be considered at higher salary levels. Successful performance on the National Wetland Condition Assessment and availability of ongoing work opportunities may result in this role transitioning into a staff scientist.


Fine Print

If you are interested in joining our dynamic, growing team please consider applying today by submitting your resume and one-page cover letter. We will begin conducting interviews in December or early January 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged.



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Posted December 31, 2020

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