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Posted: 01/14/2011

SWCA Environmental Consultants
Natural Resources

SWCA Environmental Consultants is an employee-owned company of cultural and natural resource scientists and planners. Our professionals specialize in natural and cultural resource management, environmental planning, regulatory compliance, and sustainability services. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, SWCA has offices throughout the West, Pacific Northwest, Pacific Islands, and provides services on projects throughout the U.S. and its territories. Since 1981, SWCA has achieved a national reputation for providing its clients with professional integrity as well as creative solutions based on sound science. SWCA ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms. We offer an informal, team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, and a competitive benefits package, including a stock ownership plan.

Field Biologist - Southern California
Professional Opportunity
Bakersfield, CA

We are seeking qualified individuals for the position of Field Biologist for project work in Southern California coordinated out for our office in Pasadena California. The Field Biologist will be required to conduct sensitive species surveys and monitoring primarily in the Bakersfield area, but may also work in other areas of southern California. Familiarity with sensitive plant and/or wildlife species of the San Joaquin Valley is a must. Surveys will include mapping sensitive species locations, documenting findings on data forms, and recording data using Trimble GPS units. This position involves hiking up to 10 miles per day in extreme conditions. This is a temporary position that may require 40 hours per week or more.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

• Conduct surveys and collect data concerning sensitive wildlife and habitats.

• Coordinate daily with seismic survey crews

• Daily attendance at morning safety/organization meetings

• Record data on field site forms or other forms and manage these data.

• Use Trimble GPS units to navigate to survey locations and collect data.

• Assist the lead field monitor/project manager in data organization.

• Use topographic maps, aerial photographs, GPS units, and other maps and scientific tools and equipment under arduous field conditions.

• Operate SWCA vehicles in a safe manner, during on and off-road conditions. Notifying appropriate person when vehicle requires maintenance.

• Cooperate with other team members.

• Complete daily and weekly updates for the lead field monitor/project manager.


• Minimum of B.A. or B.S. in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, or related field.

• Experience surveying for California sensitive species and familiarity with species of the San Joaquin Valley is required; experience with southern California plants is extremely beneficial.

• Available for work to start in immediately.

• Prefer 1-3 years of experience in related fieldwork.

• Ability to record complete and accurate data.

• Candidates must be able to conduct fieldwork for long hours, in sometimes inclement weather conditions, including walking at least 10-miles in rugged terrain, and be able to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 20 pounds.

• The successful candidate should have flexibility and willingness to learn company procedures, ability to try new, improved techniques, make independent decisions when appropriate to the situation and make adjustments as a member of a team in order to complete tasks in the most efficient and accurate manner.

The pay rate is commiserate with qualifications and experience. Depending on projects, a per diem may also be provided in addition to base pay. Applicants will be accepted until positions are filled.

Visit SWCA’s web site, www.swca.com, and discover why SWCA is a great place to work for environmental professionals interested in sound science and creative solutions. SWCA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans to apply.

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How to apply
How to Apply: Resumes received through our online application system will receive priority consideration. Please use the link below to apply online. By clicking on new resume you can upload your cover letter and resume. If you need assistance or accommodations to apply, please contact us at recruiting@swca.com.

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