SWCA's Southern California Natural Resources group is actively seeking a botanist or biologist with wetland and stream delineator experience to join our multi-disciplinary team in Pasadena, California. In this role you will be expected to perform wetland and stream delineations, as well as grow into leading and managing larger field efforts, work with other technical staff, complete permit applications for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and produce high-quality reports, permit applications, and documentation for a variety of public and private sector clients/projects. As an integral member of SWCA's Natural Resources Program, you will collaborate with peers and learn aspects of project management, scoping, and budgeting proposals. Work will be done both in and out of the office throughout Southern and Central California, and in varying field conditions including desert, mountain, and coastal environments.
This is a regular, full-time hourly position, and pay will be based on an individual qualifications and experience. Our Pasadena office offers a unique work environment and specializes in Natural Resources, Cultural Resources, and Permitting.
Conduct field work related to wetlands and streams, including jurisdictional delineations, vegetation community mapping, and functional assessments.
Lead and manage field teams.
Prepare and review technical documents, including permitting documentation, wetland delineation reports, mitigation plans, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) supporting documentation and relevant sections.
Assist with proposal scope and budgets.
Coordinate agency review of wetland and stream permit applications.
Work as a task lead as part of a multi-disciplinary team on larger-scale projects.
Manage budgets and deliverables for both small and large projects.
Bachelor's degree in a biological science or closely related field.
Graduate of a Society of Wetland Scientists approved 40-hour wetland delineation course, such as those offered by the Swamp School, Wetland Training Institute, or Richard Chinn Environmental Training.
Two years of progressively responsible experience as a wetland and stream delineator in a California-based consulting or a similar work environment, mapping waters of the U.S., waters of the State, and CDFW jurisdiction.
Understanding of permitting and mitigation requirements for Clean Water Act Sections 401 and 404, State Water Board, and CDFW.
Working knowledge of wetland and riparian plant species identification, wetland soils, and wetland hydrology indicators.
Mapping wetland and water boundaries to sub-meter accuracy using Collector with a precision GPS receiver.
Excellent verbal, written and problem-solving skills.
Able to conduct fieldwork for long hours in inclement weather conditions and walk up to 10 miles per day, including travel throughout Southern and Central California, and possession of a valid driver's license
Able to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
ISA Arborist certification is a plus.
SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full-spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record's Top 200 Environmental Firms.
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