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Assistant Staff Biologist

SWCA Environmental Consultants
United States, Oklahoma, Tulsa
233 S Detroit Ave Bldg 3rd (Show on map)
Jun 04, 2023

Assistant Staff Biologist

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Natural Resources/Biology/Ecology

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About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is looking for an Assistant Staff Biologist to support our projects in Oklahoma. SWCA offers a unique work environment and specializes in Oil & Gas, Transmission, Generation and Renewable Energy. We are expanding our team and looking for dynamic individuals who are following their passion in delivering the highest-quality project work. If you thrive in the pursuit of ensuring excellence in environmental consulting services, this is a great opportunity for you!

This is a regular, full-time, hourly position located in Oklahoma as a distributed employee.

What you will accomplish

    Assist with conducting a variety of natural resources field studies including threatened/endangered species assessments, wetland delineations, and avian/wildlife surveys
  • Conduct fieldwork, organize and transfer field data, and write technical reports and permit applications related to Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and other resource planning/permitting, and/or natural resource disciplines
  • Assist in the writing and development of written deliverables related to project work
  • Use topographic maps, aerial photographs, GPS units, and other maps and tools during fieldwork
  • Safely operate SWCA-owned and rental vehicles, including 4-wheel drive vehicles
  • Complete individual tasks of medium complexity or duration with oversight
  • In the field, oversee a crew or work independently on standard tasks, under the direction of a Project Manager
  • Mobilize field crews and equipment
  • Coordinate land access, field crew progress, and data transfer and management
  • Execute data collection in the field through self and others
  • Perform a broad range of tasks related to a variety of wildlife, plant, upland, and aquatic resources
  • Complete field data QA/QC
  • Conduct research
  • Perform basic data synthesis and analysis
  • Write deliverable sections under direction
  • Apply broad knowledge of regulations or guidelines to job
  • Train junior staff
  • Communicate with client or agency as directed by Project Manager
  • Troubleshoot routine problems independently
  • Oversee the implementation of the safety plan in the field

Experience and qualifications for success

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Botany, Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife Science, Ecology, or related field.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience in wildlife/environmental fieldwork to include wetland delineations.
  • Previous experience with linear surveys.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in wildlife/environmental fieldwork to include wetland delineations.
  • Completion of 38-hour wetland delineation training course.
  • Knowledge and environmental survey experience in Oklahoma and surrounding region ecology.
  • Familiarity with mapping software such as ArcGIS and GPS devices.

Additional Information:

  • Ability to travel to a location, walk and conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather and over rugged terrain.
  • Ability to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Frequent travel will be required for the position, with field work sometimes reaching 80% of your time.

SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record's Top 200 Environmental Firms.

If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the online application process due to a disability, please email accommodations@swca.com or call 1-480-581-5378. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response.

SWCA is committed to salary equity and salary transparency for all its employees. In alignment with this commitment, SWCA posts good faith pay ranges in all its advertised job postings to promote pay equity and transparency.

An employee in this Oklahoma-based position can expect a hourly rate of $20.25-26.50/hour. Actual pay within this range may depend on experience, qualifications, geographic location, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law. Regular-status employees are also eligible for performance bonuses. Candidates are also encouraged to consider SWCA's Total Rewards package, which includes a competitive Benefits package, forward-thinking workplace flexibility, outstanding corporate culture, award-winning career development, and more.

EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.



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