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Wetland Regulatory Specialist

Wetland Regulatory Specialist

Primary Responsibilities

HDR is looking to add an exceptional mid to senior level wetland regulatory biologist to our inclusive, diverse, and highly collaborative Northern California team. We work with a variety of clients from power, transportation, to water with a range of complexity. Candidates that strive for excellence in their day-to-day work, scientific practice, and careers; as well as those individuals that are interested in continuing to expand their scientific knowledge through collaboration and continued learning will integrate nicely into our biological resources practice. While the focus of this role is to lead aquatic resources delineations and associated regulatory permitting, biologists on our team have the opportunity to crosswalk all facets of project delivery including wildlife and fisheries, as well as project scoping and client development.

Our team spends time in the field and in front of a computer throughout the year. Field work includes biological resource surveys, floristic surveys, vegetation mapping, and aquatic resources delineations that are performed to support impact assessments, impact avoidance, long term biological monitoring, regulatory permitting efforts, and pre- and post-construction compliance. When we are at our computers, we analyze the data collected in the field and use those data to prepare biological resource reports and study plans, mitigation and monitoring plans, biological resource sections of environmental documents, regulatory permit applications, and other technical papers as needed. Our biologists are supported by senior biologists, as well as other members of the team and resource experts across the country that bring a diverse range of expertise that is critical to our commitment to excellence. If this sounds like you, and you have the skills and experience outlined below, we look forward to talking to you


Required Skills & Experience

  • Strong academic background with a B.S. or B.A. in biological studies, natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology, botany and plant ecology, or an equivalent subject.
  • For a mid-level position, 5 years minimum experience conducting focused aquatic resources delineations and permitting through an ecological consulting firm, resource agency, or similar in California, or other areas of the western U.S. is required.
  • A broad knowledge of California’s flora and/or fauna.
  • Demonstrated field experience, including leading field teams for aquatic resources delineations and defense of the delineated boundaries with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Regional Water Quality Control Boards, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  • Ability to coordinate with multi-disciplinary technical teams to minimize impacts on biological resources and effectively incorporate into overall project schedule.
  • Developing compensatory mitigation strategies as well as negotiating permit terms and conditions with resource agencies including the Corps, Water Board, CDFW, USFWS, and NMFS (preferred).
  • Experience in the Bay Area, with BCDC, and/or the Coastal Commission is a plus.
  • Willingness to work in inclement conditions and travel for a few days at a time for field work.
  • Exceptional and demonstrated technical writing ability. Experience drafting technical documents such as scientific papers, survey findings reports, compliance documentation, or similar required.
  • Good organizational and data handling skills, along with proficiency in MS Excel and Word. Experience with ArcGIS software a plus.
  • Self-motivated, positive, flexible, team-oriented attitude with a willingness and desire to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • An attitude and commitment to be an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must.

Senior Level Skills & Experience:

  • 8+ years of experience.
  • Experience and desire to manage, coach, and mentor junior staff.
  • Proficiency navigating complex regulatory scenarios.
  • Experience developing permitting strategies including scope, schedule, and budget development.
  • Ability to function as task lead and QC reviewer on a variety of biological resources studies and deliverables.
  • Desire and willingness to function as a key team member in helping to cultivate and grow our practice in the Bay Area and Northern California region is a plus.

Preferred Qualifications

• MS preferred

About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.


At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for; it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.  


Primary Location

: United States-California-Sacramento

Other Locations

: United States-California-Walnut Creek, United States-California-Folsom


: Environment/Sciences


: Full-time

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Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level

Job Function : ""

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