Mid-level Biologist-Environmental


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Job Summary:
The rapidly expanding Environmental Science and Planning practice is looking for a mid-level Biologist. The position is based out of Jacobs’ Yakima or Spokane office. Some travel to project locations may be required and there is the possibility for some work to be done remotely. Staff must reside in Washington State and must be capable of meeting project-specific workload demands.
The main duties include supporting transportation, rail, water, utility, and energy sector work by assisting in stream assessments, environmental construction related monitoring, wetland delineations, biological assessments, wildlife habitat surveys, mitigation planning, ESA consultation, permitting, and restoration/mitigation site monitoring.
  • Knowledge of western flora, fauna and natural systems of Washington State
  • Stream assessment including riparian vegetation; physical in-stream habitat; biological connectivity; water quality and quantity; and fish presence, fish habitat use, and stream typing
  • Wetland identification and delineation using the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regional supplements, wetland rating using Ecology’s wetland rating systems
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA) surveys, habitat analysis, and biological assessment/evaluation report preparation
  • Mitigation and restoration plan preparation
  • Section 404/401 Clean Water Act document and permit application preparation
  • Monitoring construction projects for compliance with environmental permits and approvals
  • Independently completes data collection for biological studies and planning processes, including habitat assessments and wetland delineations
  • Prepares stream/wetland technical reports and permit applications for projects in the transportation, transit, utilities, water, and energy sectors
  • Completes ESA compliance for threatened and endangered species surveys and habitat assessments


  • BA, BS or MS in Environmental Sciences (e.g. biology, environmental science, ecology, botany) is required
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience as a scientist, biologist, or science based field technician; or similar position (a Master's degree may count as 1 year of additional experience; internships and related technical assignments may be considered for the required experience.)
  • Familiarity with Pacific Northwest flora and fauna of Washington is required
  • Excellent technical writing, verbal communication skills, and computer literacy is required
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Professional experience or assisting others in stream assessment, wetland delineation, wildlife studies, and/or mitigation/restoration plans.
  • Assisting in the completion of field assessments in support of permit applications/documents for projects in the transportation, transit, utilities, water, and energy sectors.
  • It is desirable that candidates have experience with environmental compliance monitoring during construction. This may include Water Quality Monitoring and Protection Plans (WQMPP), Best Management Practices (BMP) implementation, Temporary Erosion and Sediment Control (TESC) plans, and completion of a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) course within 30-60 days of employment.
  • Assisting in species-based wildlife and fisheries studies, generally requires species specific certifications and permits to conduct surveys.
  • Assisting in species-based plant studies including vegetation community studies such as rangeland, tidal marsh, riparian, Oregon white oak, forest land.
  • Completing or assisting in the completion of technical biology studies.
  • Experience with local (city or county), state, or federal and permitting.
  • College course(s) in wetlands, streams, and/or wildlife ecology.
  • College course(s) in local, state, and federal permitting policies.
  • Experience with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) regulations.
  • Professional registration (Wetland Professional in Training, Associate Wildlife Biologist, WSDOT ESA Junior BA Author, etc.)
  • Active in professional society/organization (SWS, SERNW, WTS, APWA, etc.)
  • Proficiency with ARC GIS, CAD, or GPS.
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