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Wetland Biologist

Wetland Biologist

Walnut Creek, CA (Hybrid) - Full Time, Mid to Senior Level

ERM is hiring a Wetland Biologist to perform biological surveys and prepare documentation in support of permit applications for projects located in Northern California. The successful candidate must be trained and experienced in the performance of wetland delineations in California, have strong botanical knowledge, and be flexible and responsive to a challenging and changing work environment where schedules, site locations, and tasks fluctuate. The role requires technical skills, as well as organizational, and communication skills. Strong writing skills are essential, and prior experience preparing permit applications and drafting biological analyses for CEQA documents is preferred.


-Perform wetland delineations.
-Perform biological surveys for sensitive CA species (including botanical).
-Perform nesting bird surveys.
-Electronic data collection.
-Handheld and sub-meter accurate GPS data collection.
-Compile data into reports suitable for submission to regulatory agencies.
-Other duties as assigned or required, including supporting environmental impact analyses.


-3+ years of experience in field biology.
-Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline. Or equivalency of 8+ years related experience.
-Certified wetland delineator through the Society of -Wetland Scientists 40-hour wetland delineation course, such as those offered by the Swamp School, Wetland Training Institute, or similar.
-Two years of experience as a wetland delineator in a California mapping waters of the U.S., waters of the State, and CDFW jurisdiction.
-Working knowledge of the permitting and mitigation requirements for Clean Water Act Sections 401 and 404, State Water Board, and CDFW.
-Experience identifying wetland and riparian plant species, wetland soils, and wetland hydrology indicators.
-Experience with biological surveys for CA species, in particular botanical species.
-Experience drafting biological analyses and other documentation in support of permit applications.
-Familiarity with nesting bird survey protocols and/or general bird identification skills a plus.
-Ability to work safely outdoors in variable weather conditions and on challenging terrain.
-Working knowledge of sub-meter accuracy GPS technologies and map interpretation skills (e.g., NWI, USGS, aerial photography).
-Must have a strong attention to detail in documentation of work.
-Must have strong organizational and communication skills.
-Willingness and ability to travel with overnight stays possible.
-Demonstrated independent and effective problem solving and decision making skills.
-A strong commitment to safety and safety procedures.
-Possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
-Ability to pass pre-hire background check and drug test.

Who We Are:

As the largest global pure play sustainability consultancy, we partner with the world’s leading organizations, creating innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and unlocking commercial opportunities that meet the needs of today while preserving opportunity for future generations.

At ERM we know that creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment is an essential part of making our company a great place to build a career. We also see our diversity as a strength that helps us create better solutions for our clients. Our diverse team of world-class experts supports clients across the breadth of their organizations to operationalize sustainability, underpinned by our deep technical expertise in addressing their environmental, health, safety, risk and social issues. We call this capability our “boots to boardroom” approach for its comprehensive service model that allows ERM to develop strategic and technical solutions that advance objectives on the ground or at the executive level.

Please submit your resume and brief cover letter. Based on review of these responses, shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews.

ERM does not accept recruiting agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, ERM employees or any other company location. ERM is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

ERM is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Thank you for your interest in ERM!

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Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level

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