Golden, Colorado, United States of America
JOB #R2000801

Conservation Biologist

ICF partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the energy and climate change; environment and infrastructure; health, human services, and social programs; and homeland security and defense markets. Our Environment and Planning division provides a range of consulting services in environmental analysis and compliance (e.g., NEPA, ESA Section 10, ESA Section 7, MBTA, BGEPA), and other emerging market sectors. Our clients include federal, state and local agencies, and private energy and utility companies. The firm combines passion for its work with industry expertise and innovative analytics to produce compelling results throughout the entire program life cycle, from research and analysis through implementation and improvement. For over 50 years, ICF has been serving government at all levels, major corporations, and multilateral institutions. More than 7,000 employees serve these clients worldwide. ICF's Web site is

Job Description

Our Environmental and Planning Division seeks an experienced conservation biologist based in either our Golden or Fort Collins, Colorado office. The candidate will act as lead biologist and/or deputy project manager on habitat conservation plans (HCPs) and eagle conservation plans (ECPs). In addition, they will support the biological requirements for other projects, including preparation of biological sections required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as well as preparation of Biological Evaluations (BEs) and Biological Assessments (BAs) for the purposes of consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This position requires an understanding of NEPA and ESA and current Department of Interior policies under these statutes with the ability to facilitate negotiations with permitting agencies on behalf of clients. Occasional travel is required to conduct project site visits and to attend project and agency meetings.


  • The candidate must demonstrate leadership, possess clear written and oral communication skills, and have the ability to empower staff and work within a team environment.  They will need to communicate complex technical information and approaches to clients, non-technical staff, and the public.
  • The candidate will develop HCPs, ECPs, and other conservation planning products for clients through technical writing and overseeing work products of technical staff. This includes project and task management to develop technically sound HCPs, ECPs, BAs, BEs, and other biological environmental review documents in compliance with relevant regulatory agency policy.  Examples of candidate’s responsibilities include: designing and implementing impact analyses for multiple species and habitats over large spatial and time scales with best available scientific data; designing, overseeing, and analyzing data from focused field studies to address key data gaps in conservation planning; designing and implementing models (often GIS-based) to assess habitat suitability; and designing complex monitoring studies and programs.
  • The candidate will participate in business development though building relationships with clients and regulatory agency staff. They will support business development activities throughout the Mountain West including client meetings, proposal preparation, interview participation, and strategic business planning.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education Requirements: Bachelors degree (Masters degree preferred) in conservation planning, conservation or wildlife biology, ecology, natural resources management, environmental science, or related degree.
  • Technical Background: 4-8 years professional experience, preferably working in environmental consulting or for a federal/state environmental regulatory agency. Knowledge of biological resources in the Mountain West, field biology skills, familiarity with excel-based and/or GIS-based analysis, experience with endangered species or the ESA, or experience in conservation planning. A history working with private, public sector clients, and regulatory agencies. Experience with HCPs or ECPs is strongly preferred.
  • Project Management: 2-4 years in a project management or management support role for projects that involve regulatory compliance under the federal ESA, MBTA, and BGEPA. Must be able to oversee, direct, and mentor junior staff to meet technical, financial, and schedule project goals.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent organizational, problem-solving, analytical, communication, and writing skills are essential; ability to work independently and with a team; and ability to be responsive to changing project needs and roles. Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity)

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Golden, CO (CO15)

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