Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 11, 2021

Job Opening:Wildlife Biologist/Botanist

Wildlife Biologist/Botanist

About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That’s why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

Primary Responsibilities

HDR is looking to add exceptional entry-level wildlife biologists and botanists to our friendly and highly collaborative Northern California team. Candidates that strive for excellence in their day-to-day work, scientific practice, and careers; as well as those individuals that are interested in continuing to expand their scientific knowledge through collaboration and continued learning will integrate nicely into our biological resources practice. Our biologists spend time in the field and in front of a computer throughout the year. Our field work includes biological resource surveys, floristic surveys, vegetation mapping, and aquatic resources delineations that are performed to support impact assessments, impact avoidance, longterm biological monitoring, regulatory permitting efforts, and pre- and post-construction compliance. When we are at our computers, we analyze the data collected in the field and use those data to prepare biological resource reports and study plans, mitigation and monitoring plans, biological resource sections of environmental documents, regulatory permit applications, and other technical papers as needed. Our biologists are supported by senior biologists, as well as other members of the team and resource experts across the country that bring a diverse range of expertise that is critical to our commitment to excellence. If this sounds like you, and you have the skills and experience outlined below, we look forward to talking to you.

In the role of Biologist 1, we’ll count on you to:

  • Perform routine scientific/environmental project assignments requiring application of standard techniques and procedures
  • Complete projects with clear, specified objectives and limited variables
  • Work independently on small projects, or assist more-senior scientists on larger projects
  • Give direction to clerical and technical personnel as needed
  • Perform biological field surveys or assessments, data interpretation, and analysis and report writing as needed
  • Work on assignments that require dealing with diverse working conditions while in the field as needed
  • Perform other duties as needed




Required Qualifications

  • Strong academic background with a B.S. or B.A. in biological studies, natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology, botany and plant ecology, or an equivalent subject.
  • Minimum 3 seasons conducting focused floristic and/or wildlife surveys through an academic institution, ecological consulting firm, resource agency, or similar in California, or other areas of the western U.S.
  • A broad knowledge of California’s flora and/or fauna.
  • Demonstrated field experience.
  • Willingness to work in inclement conditions and travel for up to two weeks at a time for field work. Travel out of state may be required.
  • Must be able to navigate rugged conditions on foot for extended periods of time (8-10 hours). Day and night surveys may be required.
  • Exceptional and demonstrated technical writing ability. Experience drafting technical documents such as scientific papers, survey findings reports, compliance documentation, or similar required.
  • Good organizational and data handling skills, along with proficiency in MS Excel and Word. Experience with ArcGIS software a plus.
  • Self-motivated, positive, flexible, team-oriented attitude with a willingness and desire to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • An attitude and commitment to be an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience in environmental, wildlife, coastal or fisheries


At HDR, we know work isn’t only about who you work for; it’s also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other’s contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

Primary Location: United States-California-Sacramento

Industry: Environment/Sciences

Schedule: Full-time

Employee Status: Regular Business Class: Water Supply Management

Job Posting: Mar 4, 2021

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