ERM is hiring multiple experienced Field Biologists to conduct habitat suitability assessments and pre-construction clearance surveys for utility projects in Riverside County, CA. This role is a temporary contract position. Successful candidates must be flexible and responsive to a challenging and changing work environment where schedules, site locations, and tasks fluctuate according to the needs of the project. The role of a consulting field biologist requires technical skills, as well as, strong organizational and communication skills. This is a full-time, limited-term, 1-year consulting role with possibility of renewal.
Conduct pedestrian field surveys including pre-construction clearance surveys for nesting bird, special status species as well as habitat assessments and construction monitoring within the Southern California Edison (SCE) service territory in Riverside County.
Construction monitoring will require coordination with construction crews and working on an active construction site in order to provide direction to crews for maintaining project compliance and other client requirements.
Experience with collecting field data using sub-meter accuracy GPS technologies and sound map interpretation skills (e.g., NWI, USGS, aerial photography).
Complete reporting and detailed survey results on a daily basis.
Other duties as assigned or required.
Compliance with ERM’s rigorous safety program.
Biologist may also be tasked with conducting desktop constraints analysis using ArcGIS Online. Desktop constraint reviews require an understanding of digitally available resource layers and ability to learn quickly in a high-paced environment.
At least 2+ years of Avian Biology Experience required. Expertise related to any of the following species a plus: Southwestern Willow Fly Catcher, Burrowing Owl, Spotted Owl, Eagles/raptors, Least Bell’s Vireo, California Gnatcatcher and Western yellow-billed cuckoo.
Familiarity with nesting bird survey protocols and/or general bird identification skills required.
Experience with other special status species preferred but not required: Fairy shrimp, Western Spadefoot, Arroyo toad, CA Red-Legged Frog, Yellow Legged Frog subspecies, San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat, Stephen’s Kangaroo Rat, Western Pond Turtle, and Desert Tortoise.
Previous Construction Monitoring experience is highly preferred.
Familiarity with and/or work experience in the Western Riverside MSHCP is preferred, but not required.
Ability to work safely outdoors in variable weather conditions and able to navigate challenging terrain on foot is required.
Work locations are often remote and requires the ability to work independently.
Must be detailed in written documentation of field survey processes and results.
Must have strong organizational skills and written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to work in the field for extended periods and maintain a positive attitude.
Willingness and ability to travel with overnight stays possible.
Demonstrate independent and effective problem solving and decision making skills.
Excellent time-management and follow-through skills
Ability to adapt to a fast-paced and changing work environment