Wetland Regulatory Permitting Analyst (Remote/Hybrid)

Michael Baker International

Santa Ana or Temecula, California

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $66,000-$99,000
Deadline Dec 31, 2023
Required Experience 2 - 6 years


Michael Baker International is a leading provider of architectural, engineering and consulting services, including design, planning, environmental, construction and program management. The company provides its comprehensive range of services and solutions to support U.S. federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients. Michael Baker’s more than 3,000 employees across nearly 100 locations are committed to a culture of innovation, collaboration and technological advancement to help solve challenges for clients and communities throughout the country. To learn more, visit https://mbakerintl.com/.


We create, integrate, visualize and communicate planning concepts as they move from the initial vision through implementation. Our planning professionals build strong client partnerships, working with residents, businesses, developers, educational and medical organizations, state and local governments, the military and other federal agencies to successfully plan the future of their communities or institutions. At Michael Baker International, we focus on people and places, improving communities and creating more sustainable, convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places.


Michael Baker International is seeking a Regulatory Permitting Analyst to support aquatic resource assessments for development, maintenance, ecosystem restoration, and conservation projects located in the southern California region, specifically Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties. The ideal candidate would have a strong working knowledge of field survey techniques, technical reporting standards, and regulations protecting wetlands and waters of the U.S./state. This position requires completing aquatic resource delineations, identifying plant species, summarizing field-collected data, compiling reports, processing regulatory permit applications, and interacting with federal and state agencies for permit approvals. Additionally, the position requires critical thinking and solution-oriented approaches to problems, daily planning of assignments and tasks, and additional duties as assigned.


The successful candidate would be part of a team that services a variety of projects associated with land development (e.g., residential, commercial), public works (e.g., flood control, transportation, water resource), habitat restoration, and other market sectors. The Regulatory Permitting Analyst would assist with day-to-day project needs and work collaboratively with Michael Baker’s extensive network of in-house professionals including other natural resource experts, environmental planners, land development specialists, engineers, hydrologists, and GIS analysts. 

A balance of field survey days and WFH/office days will vary from week-to-week and seasonally. Field work averages 2 to 3 days a week and is typically performed within a two-hour drive from office locations.

Typical tasks may include, but not be limited to:

  • Conduct field work to map wetland and stream resources
  • Research and prepare technical studies (primarily aquatic resource delineation reports for Federal and State Waters)
  • Prepare and process regulatory agency permit applications for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Boards, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and California Coastal Commission
  • Manage personal workload and coordinate schedule with group manager
  • Compliance coordination and monitoring during the construction phase of a project
  • Environmental analysis and report writing to support other groups in the Planning Department is also anticipated. 


  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Botany, Ecology, Resource Management, or related field
  • 1-5 years of experience with biological services-oriented work including involvement and proficiency with regulatory permitting and compliance per CEQA, NEPA, CWA, MBTA, CFGC, FESA, and CESA 
  • Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) or CRAM Trained Practitioner preferred, but not mandatory
  • General knowledge of biology, botany, fluvial geomorphology, and hydric soils is the southern California region. 
  • Desire to learn and grow as a professional
  • Ability to travel and perform in different weather conditions and moderately difficult terrain while meeting set project schedules and budgets
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to articulate technical knowledge and analyses in reports, team meetings, and client interactions
  • Strong computer skills using the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Working knowledge of ArcGIS tools and search functions

The salary range for this position is $66,000-$99,000. This will be dependent on the experience and expertise of the incoming candidate.
We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:  

  • Medical, dental, vision insurance  
  • 401K Retirement Plan
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability  
  • Professional and personal development
  • Generous paid time off  
  • Commuter and wellness benefits  

WORKPLACE FLEXIBILITY: Whether you want to work in the office, at home, or in a hybrid model, we accommodate a variety of preferences. We recognize our employees face many factors when it comes to selecting the best work location, and we are passionate about providing options and flexibility.



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