Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist


San Francisco Bay Area, California

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details DOE
Required Experience 2 - 6 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 actively searching for a Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist to become the next member of our team. This opportunity will be exciting for someone who has some hands-on experience conducting field work and wants to grow their career as an environmental consultant. This position is based in either WRA’s San Rafael or Emeryville office. The person hired for this role will be expected to be onsite at various locations throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area for monitoring or other related project requirements at varying times of day. 

In this role, you will be provided the training and support to take on the following tasks:

  • Perform water quality monitoring and sampling to support fisheries related projects
  • Work in industrial shipyards as well as urban settings to perform and lead fish rescues and relocations
  • Conduct fish and wildlife habitat assessments 
  • Perform special-status species surveys, nesting bird surveys, and biological monitoring
  • Perform field work across a variety of landscapes throughout the Bay Area
  • Write monitoring logs, survey and technical reports as well as environmental documents
  • Perform environmental trainings for construction crews
  • Assist project managers with documenting and reporting project compliance 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Biology, or other Natural Resources-related field
  • 1-3 years of prior experience conducting field work
  • The ability and willingness to consistently work onsite, either at one of our offices or at field sites throughout the Bay Area
  • The ability and willingness to accommodate a schedule that regularly includes working early mornings, nights, and weekends, particularly during busy field seasons
  • Prior fisheries experience is required along with a willingness and interest in learning fisheries related tasks. This will include nights and weekend work at a variety of facilities and project locations 
  • Following a training period, the ability to work independently and to self-direct.The ability to methodically solve problems and clear obstacles using logic and creativity. Prior experience having solved problems onsite while conducting fieldwork will be very helpful 
  • Experience surveying for or identifying native California fishes is preferred this may be in an academic or professional capacity
  • Experience surveying for an identifying other california wildlife taxa is also a plus
  • The ability to walk, hike, and work outside for long periods of time
  • Willingness to take on assignments that may require working extended hours

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.

We have posted a salary range that corresponds to the appropriate level for this position. In your first conversation with our recruiter, we will discuss leveling and compensation with you to make sure that our expectations are aligned. 

*The salary range for this position is $60,000-$70,000 depending on experience. 

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 Fisheries, Hydrology, Wildlife
Tags Environmental Consulting