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Aquatic Ecologist / Wildlife Biologist – WRA Inc.
WRA is actively searching for an Ecologist with a slant towards aquatic systems and species to become the next member of our team. At WRA, Inc., you will be at the forefront of assessing, analyzing, and protecting California’s aquatic freshwater ecosystems. Collaborating closely with a team of professionals, you will play a key role in conducting comprehensive aquatic surveys, research, and impact assessments for a range of projects. This position is a remote position, within the state of California, with particular interest in the Sacramento region. The person hired for this role will be expected to be onsite at various locations including field sites and WRA’s office locations as needed for project requirements and at varying times of day.
In this role, you will:
- Authoring, informing, and guiding the preparation of technical work products, including design parameters, performing limitation analyses and aquatic ecosystem modeling
- Evaluate presence and potential of aquatic species based on habitat characteristics and available literature
- Prepare and review written impacts and mitigation analyses in the context of state and federal laws and regulations (e.g., ESA, CESA, CEQA, LSAA)
- Prepare and review aquatic resources restoration and management plans
- Work with engineers to develop design habitat restoration criteria for fish and other aquatic species based on specific habitat requirements of target species
- Leadership, oversight, and completion of field work in support of, or to directly inform technical work products
- Mentoring, with potential for direct supervision of junior staff
- Attending field visits/meetings involving agency personnel and clients and provide technical support during stakeholder or public meetings
- Developing regional recognition for technical knowledge through contributions to the fisheries and aquatic ecology management field (e.g., publication of scientific papers, development of innovative tools or methods, presentation at technical conferences, participation in scientific panels or boards, teaching classes, etc.)
- Advising clients and project managers on key technical issues related to fisheries and aquatic ecology
- Developing and maintaining company technical work product templates for fisheries and aquatic ecology
- Tracking and providing updates to relevant WRA staff and managers regarding changing administrative/regulatory policies, field methods/procedures and literature findings related to areas of technical expertise
- Develop QA/QC standards for technical work products
- BS degree or higher in Aquatic Ecology, Ichthyology, Natural Resource or environmental planning. An advanced degree in a related and applicable field within aquatic resource management, modeling, planning is preferred
- 5-7 years of professionally relevant experience (advanced degree or demonstration of exceptional skill set may be substituted for years of experience), track record of increasing responsibility and successful technical roles on projects or studies
- Experience in the environmental consulting industry is highly preferred
- Job specific experience in Northern California is preferred, but not required
- Project management experience