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Environmental Inspector / Biologist

Company name
SWCA Environmental Consultants

Half Moon Bay, CA, United States

Employment Type

Gis, Sciences, Environmental

Posted on
Apr 30,2019

Valid Through
Aug 13,2019


About the opportunity
Do you thrive in the pursuit of ensuring excellence in environmental consulting services for your clients? SWCA Environmental Consultants is expanding their team and looking for a dynamic individual who is following their passion in delivering the highest-quality project work.
SWCA is seeking an Environmental Inspector/Biological Monitor to support a construction project in Alpine, California. Work hours may vary seasonally, and depending on project needs and your skills. As our Natural Resources team continues to grow, additional opportunities for advancement will be available.
This position is hourly and temporary, lasting the duration of the project, which is anticipated to be approximately 6 to 9 months.  Pay is dependent on experience. 
What you will accomplish
Communicate effectively with SWCA project managers, construction crews, and other environmental specialists to complete the field work and reporting requirements. Understand project environmental requirements as outlined in the Final Environmental Impact Report, Monitoring and Reporting Program, as well as other applicable laws and regulations protecting biological resources.
Work closely with CPUC third-party monitors, Client staff, construction contractor staff (including construction supervisors and inspectors), archaeological and Native American monitors and the SWCA Environmental Compliance Supervisor to coordinate field efforts and ensure project compliance with CEQA documents, plans, permits, conditions, and mitigation measures. Coordinate and manage field staff\u2014including scheduling\u2014of pre-construction surveys and monitoring. Conduct environmental compliance inspections, stormwater inspections, biological monitoring, nesting bird surveys, and biological evaluations and assessments. Collect field data, record and identify fauna and flora. Use topographic maps, aerial photographs, GPS units, and other maps and tools to determine exact locations of project areas, habitat types, and associated landforms. Photograph and take detailed notes of habitats, species, and landforms. Follow industry-leading safety check-in and reporting procedures.
Experience and qualifications for success
Required Qualifications

Minimum of a Bachelor\u2019s degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, or a related life sciences field required
Knowledge of common and special status California fauna and flora is required and experience working in Southern California is a plus
Prior work experience as a lead level environmental inspector and/or lead biologist on a California regulated project
Qualifications and ability to be approved by CPUC to serve as an Environmental Inspector and biologist.

At least two years of field experience in construction monitoring and environmental inspections on electrical infrastructure projects
Experience conducting pre-construction wildlife and nesting bird surveys (including raptors)

Local to the project area to afford maximum flexibility to project work schedule
Prior experience with GIS software (ArcPad) and sub-meter GPS units and ability to use technology for data collection
Ability to travel to a location, walk and conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather, and ability to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds is required
Excellent communication and organizational skills
Familiarity with Microsoft Office Word and Excel

Preferred Qualifications

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) inspection experience and general understanding of erosion control practices
Minimum of four years or field seasons of experience completing biological surveys (including nesting bird and/or raptor surveys), fieldwork, habitat assessments, wetland delineations, and/or construction monitoring; experience in Southern California / San Diego County is preferred
Report or other writing experience
Familiarity with local flora and fauna

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\u2019s Top 200 Environmental Firms.
If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the online application process due to a disability, please email or call 800-828-8517. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response.
EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Company info

SWCA Environmental Consultants
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Company Profile
For three decades, SWCA has provided comprehensive environmental planning, regulatory compliance and natural and cultural resource management services to businesses and government clients across the United States. We are an employee-owned firm of scientists, planners, and technical specialists. We combine scientific expertise with sound technical skills to provide solutions to a full spectrum of environmental projects.

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