Field Biologist (Field Based) at ERM West Inc in Irvine, California

Posted in General Business 16 days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

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

  • Possess a valid driver’s license.

  • Fluency in English and Spanish highly preferred.