Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 26, 2018

Botany Job Announcement


Nomad Ecology is seeking a mid-level to senior Botanist to assist with the firm’s projects and studies relating to floristic inventories, rare plant surveys, vegetation mapping, post-fire sampling, statistical analysis of field data, and other botany related work. As a member of Nomad Ecology, the person filling this position must be dedicated to having an understanding and appreciation of the flora of California and promoting the use of sound science and current technologies available to restoration science and floristic professionals. The work will be both office-based and in the field throughout various locations in California. This individual would primarily be working with Nomad senior botanist Heath Bartosh. It requires an individual who is organized, collaborative, accustomed to physical field work, and enthusiastic about the conservation of California’s biological resources.

The successful candidate will work with dedicated staff, principals, sub-consultants, and clients to scope projects; write grant applications and proposals; conduct botanical related field work; research current rare plant, floristic, and fire ecology information and practices; build and maintain databases; conduct statistical analysis of botanical related data; GIS mapping and cartography; remote sensing; prepare reports; direct staff; and assist with other tasks typical of a small “all hands on deck” environmental consulting firm.Although candidates lacking this experience will be considered, the candidate must have strong willingness to learn these aspects of botanical resource work.

This opportunity is primarily geared toward work in the park district, Habitat Conservation Plan, land trust, and public utilities sectors. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to work on projects for non-profit organizations. Nomad prides itself on being a “development neutral” firm focused on public utilities and public works sectors as well as natural resource management arenas. Nomad does not pursue large-scale development projects (e.g. housing or commercial development).


Develop and Manage Projects (Senior-Level Candidates only)

  •   Assist in project scoping and budgeting for new projects, grant proposals, and Requests for Proposals.
  •   In coordination with Nomad principals, develop schedules and timelines for new and current projects.
  •   Work with Nomad principals and staff to plan seasonal fieldwork, schedule staffing, and otherwise coordinate field work.
  •   Coordinate with Nomad’s clients, principals and staff to ensure tasks are completed and contractual obligations are met.Botany and Floristics
  •   Apply laws and regulations relevant to rare plants and sensitive natural communities.
  •   Efficiently but comprehensively conduct and compile baseline inventories of botanical resources.
  •   Conduct reconnaissance-level surveys in support of biological resources documents/products.
  •   Evaluate the results of the reconnaissance-level surveys, in conjunction with scientific literature, to make scientifically sound recommendations for protocol-level surveys.
  •   Understand and execute current rare plant survey protocols.
  •   Conduct habitat assessments, surveys, and other fieldwork pertaining to a wide variety of sensitivebotanical resources.
  •   Conduct rare plant habitat modeling utilizing GIS.


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  •   Conduct impact assessments and develop mitigation measures for sensitive botanical resources in a CEQA and NEPA context.
  •   Develop and implement rare plant sampling and monitoring protocols.
  •   Execute vegetation mapping and classification using the CNPS method.
  •   Identify sensitive natural communities.Post-Fire Studies
  •   Keep up to date on current scientific research related to post-fire ecology in chaparral ecosystems of California.
  •   Design, implement, and execute sampling protocols for post-fire studies.
  •   Establish plots and collect data in harsh post-fire environments.
  •   Understand database structure and development to input, and update if necessary, Nomad’s post-fire database.
  •   Conduct statistical analysis of post-fire sampling data from multiple sites, over several years, using R or similar data analysis packages.
  •   Interact with agency personnel related to post-fire study arenas.
  •   Prepare reports and journal articles detailing the results and analysis of sampling data consistent with, and expanding upon, Nomad previous post-fire work.
    .GIS Mapping and Remote Sensing
  •   Use GIS software, primarily ArcMap.
  •   Create and manage feature-based GIS datasets / databases for various types of botanical related projects.
  •   Use segmentation software such as eCognition or Spatial Analyst tools in ArcMap.
  •   Create attractive maps for reports and presentations.Other Responsibilities
  •   Assist writing biological resource documents for baseline resource inventories and management plans, CEQA and NEPA related biological resources documents, land-use planning documents, and constraints analyses.
  •   Assist in the development of GIS spatial databases and map production in support of other types of natural resource documents.
  •   Occasionally prepare daily or weekly monitoring reports for construction and restoration monitoring projects.
  •   Prepare rigorous and scientifically defensible comments in response to CEQA or NEPA documents.
  •   Develop scientifically sound and innovative goals and objectives during the development of natural resources management plans.REPRESENTATIVE QUALIFICATIONS
  •   Bachelor’s degree in Botany, Environmental Studies or related field with at least 3-10 years of experience as a professional biologist; or
  •   Master’s degree in Botany, Restoration, Environmental Studies or related field with at least 2-5 years of experience as a professional biologist.
  •   Broad knowledge of the flora and vegetation communities of California, especially the San Francisco Bay area, with strong competency in field identification.
  •   Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  •   Strong computer literacy and data entry/analysis proficiency (i.e., Word, Excel, Adobe Photoshop, Google Earth, GIS (preferred), and statistical programs, among others).
  •   Strong analytical, organizational and time management skills, with excellent attention to detail.


Nomad Ecology, LLC is a Certified Microbusiness / Small Business and Woman and Minority Business Enterprise

  •   Ability to independently and efficiently plan and manage multiple complex projects simultaneously.
  •   Ability to work independently and as part of the Nomad team; demonstrated ability to be a self- starter and exercise mature judgment; while at the same time understanding the Nomad brand and expectations of Nomad’s principals.
  •   Knowledge of CEQA, NEPA, ESA and other environmental laws and regulations.
  •   Ability to work as part of a team in a small office.ADDITIONAL DESIRED SKILLS/INTERESTS
  •   When necessary attend interviews during the competitive bid process.
  •   The ability to help market Nomad’s services by demonstrating and communicating your expertise and experience.
  •   Experience coordinating field staff and sub-contractors.
  •   Strong project management experience.
  •   Experience performing public presentations.
  •   An interest in volunteering with environmental organizations.
  •   Knowledge and appreciation of local and statewide environmental issues.
  •   Outgoing personality and sense of humor.ADDITIONAL JOB REQUIREMENTS
  •   Work may require travel throughout California (travel expenses are reimbursed).
  •   Some evening and weekend work may be required to meet deadlines or adhere to agency endorsed survey protocols but this would be highly unusual.
  •   Possess valid California driver’s license.
  •   Access to a motor vehicle for work related travel.
  •   Ability to hike, occasionally on rugged terrain.
  •   Ability to work outdoors and in inclement weather.
  •   Ability to lift, carry/move small boxes, field equipment, and supplies up to 50 lbs.STATUS AND SUPERVISION

    This is a full- time staff position eligible for benefits, based out of our office in Martinez. The position will be supervised by Nomad principal Heath Bartosh, and at times will require the person who fills this position to supervise sub-contractors and other staff.


    This is a mid- to senior-level position. This position will serve a key role among Nomad’s small group of professionals. Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Nomad Ecology offers benefits that are competitive with other environmental consulting firms of comparable size.


    Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and three professional references to The subject line of your email should read “Botany Application.” Upon review of your submittal you may be asked to supply writing samples prior to the first round of interviews. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2019, and interviews will begin in mid to late-December.


Nomad Ecology, LLC is a Certified Microbusiness / Small Business and Woman and Minority Business Enterprise


Nomad Ecology, LLC is a small environmental consulting firm that specializes in natural resource studies, biological resource documentation for public review documents, and Geographic Information System services. Located in downtown Martinez, California, we are well positioned to provide services in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Nomad provides biological resources expertise from the beginning phases of project design, helps clients minimize impacts to biological resources, assists clients with obtaining permits from relevant agencies, provides biological monitoring throughout project construction, completes restoration design and implementation after project construction, and conducts long-term monitoring to comply with permit conditions. For nearly fifteen years we have provided services that comply with applicable State and federal environmental regulations including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal and State Endangered Species Acts, the California Coastal Act, and the Clean Water Act, among others.

The natural resource related services offered by Nomad support the objectives of privately-owned companies, public agencies, and municipalities. Our services are also well suited in the non-profit world by enriching the knowledge of land and resource managers, park agencies, and non-governmental organizations in the facilitation of meaningful stewardship-driven land management. Our approach integrates biological expertise, professional integrity, and advanced technology, allowing us to produce quality products on time and within budget, and cultivate long-term relationships with our clients, business partners, and regulatory agencies.

Nomad Ecology, LLC is a Certified Microbusiness / Small Business and Woman and Minority Business Enterprise

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