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Staff Natural Resource Scientist/Biologist (Entry Level) at ERM West Inc in Irvine, California

Posted in General Business 18 days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

ERM is seeking a highly motivated Natural Resource Scientist / Biologist to join our consulting firm in Irvine, California. The successful candidate will work on a variety of projects related to natural resource impact assessment and permitting across industry sectors. This is a great opportunity to work with ERM's technical experts to deliver solutions for our clients relating to the planning and permitting of their capital projects, while building the required experience to expand and develop your career.


  • Conduct projects that include natural resource field work data collection and reporting.

  • Perform wetland delineations, wildlife habitat evaluations, water resource or habitat assessments, sample collection (soil, sediment, ground water, and surface water) and other forms of field data collection and mapping.

  • Coordinate and direct surveying, laboratory and other subcontracted services.

  • Assist in data interpretation and preparation of site work plans, spreadsheets, figures, technical reports, and permits.

  • Focus on team project delivery, taking direction primarily from Project Managers.

  • Work within quality/budget/schedule expectations and scope-specific assignments.

  • Assist in ensuring compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

  • Communicate with subcontractors, regulatory agents, land owners/occupants, and clients during field activities.

  • Provide support for field activities such as:

    • Wetland delineations;

    • Stream delineation and aquatic surveys;

    • Wildlife habitat evaluations;

    • GPS equipment use and data management;

    • ArcGIS project creation, spatial analysis, and data management;

    • Site screening and impact assessment;

    • Routing and environmental screening;

    • State and federal agency permitting;

    • Threatened and endangered species assessments;

    • Erosion and sedimentation control best management practices;

    • Stormwater runoff and management best management practices.


  • Bachelors in Environmental Science, Ecology, Biology or related discipline; Masters a plus. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

  • 0-3 years of relevant work experience, including willingness/interest in field assignments.

  • Willingness to travel.

  • Effective written/verbal communication and organization/analytical skills; experience recording/writing detailed technical data and reports a plus.

  • Strong commitment to safety, including following established Health and Safety protocols.

  • 40-hour HAZWOPER training a plus.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint  

  • Ability to succeed in a consulting pace, handling multiple project assignments, and maintaining flexibility, while meeting strict deadlines.

  • Valid driver’s license and a good driving record.

Who We Are:

As the largest global pure play sustainability consultancy, we partner with the world’s leading organizations, creating innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and unlocking commercial opportunities that meet the needs of today while preserving opportunity for future generations.

At ERM we know that creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment is an essential part of making our company a great place to build a career. We also see our diversity as a strength that helps us create better solutions for our clients. Our diverse team of world-class experts supports clients across the breadth of their organizations to operationalize sustainability, underpinned by our deep technical expertise in addressing their environmental, health, safety, risk and social issues. We call this capability our “boots to boardroom” approach for its comprehensive service model that allows ERM to develop strategic and technical solutions that advance objectives on the ground or at the executive level.

Please submit your resume and brief cover letter. Based on review of these responses, shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews.

ERM does not accept recruiting agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, ERM employees or any other company location. ERM is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

ERM is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. 

Thank you for your interest in ERM!

Pay Transparency (CA, CO, WA, NY, NJ):

The typical hiring range for this role is $52,000 to $63,033.  This is the typical hiring range we in good faith believe we would pay for this role at the time of this posting.  We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range, and the range may be modified in the future.  An employee’s pay position within the salary range will be based on several factors including, but limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, seniority, geographic location, performance, shift, travel requirements, sales or revenue-based metrics, any collective bargaining agreements, and business or organizational needs. This job is also eligible for bonus pay.

We offer comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance, 401(k), and any other benefits to eligible employees.

You can apply for this role through or through the internal careers portal if you are a current employee.

Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, or any other form of compensation that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company’s sole discretion, consistent with the law.

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