San Francisco Bay Area, California

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details DOE
Deadline Jun 17, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

WRA’s an employee-owned environmental consultancy. We are a tenacious team of planners, engineers, and scientists, and we aim to leave the lands we love better than we found them. 

Our clients and partners hire us because we’re skilled at navigating through challenging projects involving wildlands, parks, community spaces, and infrastructure. We bring over four decades of expertise, long-standing relationships, and connections to our local communities to make sure that projects are pursued in responsible ways where both people and the environment thrive. 

As an organization, we believe that independence and interdependence are not mutually exclusive. We invest in systems, processes, and employee programs to support our staff’s collective engagement and success. At the same time, we encourage our employees to operate with an ownership mindset, taking responsibility for outcomes and being true to our commitments. 

We are hiring an early-career Biologist to work on a variety of exciting projects throughout Northern and Central California. The successful applicant will support survey efforts for rare and invasive plants, vegetation mapping, and wetland and stream delineations. Your work will take you from coastal salt marshes of the San Francisco Bay and coast, to the grasslands and vernal pools of the Central Valley, all the way to the Sierra Nevada mountains. We are particularly interested in individuals with some terrestrial invertebrate and/or pollinator ecology experience, who are excited to learn how to conduct surveys for protected bees and butterflies, and pollinator habitat assessments. 

Your work at WRA will support a variety of projects, including restoration, development, and open space to name a few. As an early-professional biologist, we are looking for someone who is motivated, intelligent, and eager to learn from our current team of experienced professionals. Are you looking to encounter some of the rarest plants and insects in the continental United States? Are you willing to travel throughout Central California, and would you like to get paid to hike and camp in scenic places? Do you want to grow your career as a professional consultant with a company full of individuals at the top of their field, who are passionate about cultivating a sustainable future? If so, apply to  join our team!

This role will need to be within commuting distance to one of our 3 Northern California offices (San Rafael, Petaluma, and Emeryville), as frequent site visits will be necessary.

In this role, you will:

  • Conduct site visits independently or with WRA field leads to assess and map existing conditions. These site visits could occur in rural or urban locations
  • Evaluate project sites for jurisdictional streams and wetlands as well as habitat for special-status species
  • Collaborate closely with WRA’s senior regulatory permitting specialists and CEQA/NEPA planners to develop environmental scopes of work and budgets
  • Collaborate with other technical staff (e.g., biologists, wetland delineators, arborists, GIS specialists) and sub-consultants (e.g., archaeologists, historians) in the completion of technical studies (desktop or field-based)
  • Work with engineers to review their designs to help avoid and minimize impacts to regulated aquatic resources and other sensitive areas
  • Prepare environmental permit applications and technical documents to support inter-agency consultations (e.g., Section 7 of the Federal Endangered Species Act)
  • Prepare letters, reports, and/or memorandums, with oversight and guidance from senior team members, which may include detailing results of surveys or assessments
  • Occasionally take on assignments in support of other WRA project needs and to meet your billable hours target, such as compliance monitoring during construction, fish salvages and relocation, and other field surveys that align with your interests and skills

To be successful in this role, you will need: 

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biology or other Natural Resources subject.
  • 1-3 years of professionally relevant experience, track record of increasing responsibility and successful technical roles on linear transportation projects and related studies
  • Direct experience with aquatic resources permitting and endangered species permitting
  • Direct experience handling logistics for remote fieldwork (e.g., travel, lodging, equipment, scheduling staff)
  • Direct experience in the identification and ecology of Northern or Southern California plants and wildlife
  • A knack for working independently as well as harmoniously with others
  • Experience substantially assisting project managers, and a desire to be mentored in managing WRA’s environmental work
  • A baseline understanding of Geographic Positioning Systems (GPS) mapping. 
  • Organized and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and G-Suite (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Drive, Calendar, etc.)
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation (while WRA has fleet vehicles that can be reserved for field use, during busy field seasons a truck may not be available)
  • The ability to walk, hike, and work outside for long periods of time
  • Willingness to learn and participate in things outside the specific job role

WRA has an established internal leveling system for our staff that maps to salary bands that have been informed by market data. Our leveling system is dependent on years of relevant industry experience, education, and the level of responsibility and autonomy at which you’re expected to operate.

*The salary range for this position is $55,400 - $76,000 which represents 2 job levels that WRA is open to considering for this role. In your first conversation with our recruiter, we will discuss leveling and compensation with you to make sure that expectations are aligned. 

Who are we?

WRA’s company vision is to cultivate a sustainable future where people and the environment thrive, and that effort starts first with our staff. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment, and we have developed flexible policies, internal practices, and are investing in programs that prioritize learning and sustainability. We aim to create conditions that allow employees to prioritize their families, lead healthy and balanced lives, and to bring their authentic selves to work every day. We believe that by creating an exceptional workplace, our employees will be able to do their best work and be able to meaningfully contribute to the sustainability of the environment and the communities in which we live.

WRA is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to creating a diverse environment. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.


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Category General / Stewardship, Restoration
Tags GIS, Wetland, Permitting, Environmental Consulting