Senior Wildlife Biologist / Senior Botanist

SummitWest Environmental

Los Angeles, California

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $38 + per hour
Deadline Oct 31, 2024
Required Experience 7+ years


At SummitWest, we put people first. We are a place people want to work: caring, fun, and safety-oriented. Our success resides in our strong leadership, accountability, and transparency, which we extend to clients and team members alike.

We are a team of environmental consulting specialists offering natural resource management services, such as wildlife and botanical surveys, construction monitoring, desktop analysis, climate change studies, GIS mapping, regulatory expertise, project management, permitting and urban planning. With 100 employees, we punch above our weight in depth of knowledge and diversity of projects across the western USA.


SummitWest's mission is to pioneer strategies for the environment. Our Vision is to become established as a dynamic leader in the environmental services industry.


This position should model the “SummitWest 5 Values”:

  • Accountability
  • Flexibility
  • Strategice Thinking
  • Motivation 
  • Effective Communication


As your employer, we'll help you reach your career-goals, but we will also make sure you are attaining a healthy work-life-balance. As an employee-driven company, we uplift our staff through:

  • Mentorship and training opportunities
  • Flexible schedules
  • Career development and promotion opportunities
  • Opportunities for remote and biological desktop work
  • Proposal training and writing opportunities
  • Regular performance reviews
  • Employee engagement opportunities
  • Friendly, supportive, and collaborative team
  • Supervisor open door policy


We believe in fostering a culture of belonging that allows applicants and employees a safe place to authentically express themselves and encourages building long-lasting, meaningful relationships. We embrace our team's differences, understanding that our differing collective experiences and opinions increase our effectiveness as a whole. We believe in this effectiveness, our company culture will flourish.

SummitWest is proud to support women in STEM by empowering women to take their careers in their own hands, offering mentorship and training, and growth opportunities. SummitWest utilizes a wage calculator to ensure all staff are evaluated equally based on skills, qualifications, and education. We strive to close pay gaps and provide pay transparency for all staff.


The ideal candidate will be organized, motivated, flexible, and able to support natural resource projects throughout California, and/or occasionally in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and beyond. The Senior Wildlife Biologist will conduct botanical, wildlife, or wetland field surveys in a variety of terrains and weather conditions. They will utilize an array of data collection techniques, including ESRI software applications, QC data, and assist with data entry and report writing. The Senior Wildlife Biologist may assist with correspondence and coordination with other SummitWest employees, clients, and construction. The Senior Wildlife Biologist will work under the guidance of Project Managers, Environmental Coordinators, and Environmental Schedulers.

Senior Wildlife Biologists are assigned a variety of duties including but not limited to:

  • Construction Monitoring
  • Pre-Construction Surveys
  • Presence/Absence Surveys
  • Endangered Species Surveys
  • Biological Desktop Support
  • Assistant Project Management

The Senior Wildlife Biologist is a subject matter expert with many years of experience in specific species or areas of permitting or wetland mapping. The expertise of Senior Wildlife Biologist will guide in proposal submissions, budgeting, and project planning and management. This position trains and mentors junior staff.


  • Biological survey fieldwork for wildlife and botanical resources and habitat including endangered species, conducted alone or as part of a team.
  • Environmental compliance monitoring, including coordinating with Project Managers, engineers, and construction contractors; conducting worker environmental awareness programs, working on-site with construction crews and performing post-construction analysis.
  • Utilize electronic data collection methods and manage data, including writing daily technical reports, preparation of technical studies and full reports.
  • Working remotely, being self-sufficient, trustworthy, and upholding company standards conducting work in a safe manner pursuant to the Company’s Safety Policy, promptly and accurately billing time to assigned work projects, and complying with all Company and client policies, specifically including but not limited to, the Employee Handbook, Policy Against Harassment, and SummitWest’s commitment to diversity and equality.
  • Safely operate all Company Vehicles or personal vehicles used for Company purposes in a safe manner and pursuant to the Company’s Driving Policy.
  • Assist in the oversight of SummitWest projects or assignments.
  • QC field data thoroughly in a timely manner.
  • Mentor and train junior SummitWest staff.
  • Subject matter expert consultation and guidance.
  • Conduct protocol-level wildlife and botanical field surveys requiring the holding of Recovery permits.
  • Perform desktop reviews, create permitting documents (if applicable), and assist with GIS mapping.
  • Assist with or lead marketing proposals, bid documents, budget estimates, and attend bid interviews and client meetings.


  • PhD, or MSc in biology, ecology, environmental studies or related field, OR a cumulative 10+ years of experience in biological field work and/or environmental consulting (only 4+ years required in addition to the PhD; 8+ years in addition to the MSc).
  • 4+ years of compliance monitoring experience.
  • 7+ years working with endangered species or in endangered species habitats.
  • Must hold at least two endangered species permits (from USFWS, CDFW, or similar).
  • Technologically proficient with handheld electronic devices and proficient in computer software including Excel, MS word, Google Sheets.
  • Solid time management and follow-through skills, with the ability to simultaneously work on and manage multiple tasks/projects with tight deadlines.
  • Self-motivated; strong initiative, and ability to work remotely with only remote supervision for months at a time.
  • Must carry valid vehicle insurance for personal vehicles used for Company purposes, or be insurable under Company’s liability insurance policy for use of Company Vehicles.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. without company sponsorship.
  • Must obtain clearance through SummitWest background check (upon employment).
  • Must adhere to and support SummitWest’s commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion.
  • 4x4 driving experience preferred.


  • Must be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week
  • Must provide availability in scheduling software and communicate any changes in availability in a timely manner
  • Must check your email every day
  • Must be available by phone on your working days, during working hours
  • Must be professional, punctual, and enthusiastic
  • Must be proactive and self-directed
  • Must be a team player who uplifts and supports other team members
  • Must be able to adapt in a dynamic and challenging work environment
  • Must be able to perform your work and meet deliverables during working hours
  • Must submit all deliverables, reports, or requested changes within specified deadlines
  • Must be able to meet the physical demands required of field work, with reasonable accommodations
  • Must be able to communicate in a clear and concise manner


  • Work will be in coastal, inland, and desert environments, and can include hiking over rugged terrain and long distances, inclement weather, and driving into remote areas, on and off road.
  • Willingness to travel long distances and work in a variety of field conditions for multiple weeks at a time; while these are likely to include hotel lodging, overnight travel for work in more primitive conditions may sometimes be required.
  • Must be accepting of the fact that you may encounter a variety of Safety risks as part of the job including dangerous wildlife (e.g. ticks, bees, rattlesnakes, scorpions, mountain lions, bears), hostile public, dangerous driving conditions, construction site hazards, and extreme weather conditions (heat, cold, rain, wind, sleet or snow).


Various locations throughout California, including but not limited to Bakersfield, Fresno, Kernville, Lancaster, Victorville, and Visalia.

Occasionally, work locations may include Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and beyond. 


$38+ per hour, dependent on skills and experience.


On-call/Non-Exempt. Hours are flexible and can range anywhere up to 40+ hours per week depending on season, employee preference and availability, location, and client needs.

Full-time positions may become available with exceptional performance, contribution, and commitment to SummitWest.


  • May become eligible for Health Insurance (Medical, Dental, and Vision)*
  • May become eligible for 401(k) with matching contribution*
  • May be eligible for cell phone stipend
  • May become eligible for educational stipend
  • Paid training opportunities
  • Employee incentives and Employee Referral Program

*Eligibility is dependent on duration of work and workload (hours per week)


We believe in hiring employees based on their qualifications and skills. We do not discriminate against any protected class including, but not limited to, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability (mental or physical), sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status.



Interested applicants should submit a resume and brief cover letter detailing your interest, qualifications, three references, and any special considerations or compensation expectations. All submissions should go to recruitment@summitwestenv.com

Resumes received without a cover letter or references will not be considered.

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Category Botany , Ecology , Wildlife
Tags GIS , Environmental Consulting