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San Diego, California, United States of America
JOB #R2002915

Senior Biologist

Senior Biologist/Project Manager

Southern CA

Job Description

The Southern California Natural Resources Team includes wildlife biologists, botanists, aquatic resource biologists (waters, wetlands, and riparian areas), restoration ecologists, and regulatory specialists. The overarching team is subdivided into groups that specialize in a specific discipline; however, all staff work across groups, offices, and the Team to provide the most effective, comprehensive, and efficient solutions for our clients and there sources. ICF is looking for a seasoned and technically accomplished biologist, botanist, ecologist, wetland scientist or similar to take the role of Senior Biologist/Project Manager.

Key Responsibilities

  • Writing technical reports and public environmental documents.
  • Leading project teams and overseeing project staff, including subconsultants, on project tasks, including field surveys, agency coordination, and report and deliverable preparation.
  • Managing all aspects of a project including client contact, agency coordination, budget control, invoicing, schedule, personnel allocation/planning, public interest facilitation, technical approach, and subcontractor involvement.
  • Performing QA/QC review of project documents, reports, presentations, technical memorandums, and other work products with a focus on technical adequacy, client-specific requirements and regulatory compliance.  
  • Participating in business development. He/she will build relationships with clients and substantially contribute to business development in natural resource planning throughout California and in other states as appropriate.  He/she will support business development activities including proposal preparation, interview participation, and strategic business planning.
  • Providing mentoring and training to staff in all aspects of the position, including but not limited to technical expertise, project and client management skills, writing, business development and other consulting-specific skills.


  • BS in biology, ecology, conservation biology, environmental science or related discipline.
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in the field completing species surveys, vegetation mapping, site analysis, habitat assessments, wildlife movement assessment, and/or similar technical qualifications that demonstrates a strong knowledge and technical competence of biological resources in southern California.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience managing or leading staff in biological or regulatory projects.
  • Minimum of 10 years of project or task order management for biological or regulatory projects.
  • Detailed knowledge and demonstrated experience with the state and federal ESA regulatory permitting (e.g., FESA Section 10/7, CESA 2081, NCCP).
  • Experience preparing CEQA/NEPA Biological Technical Reports and Sections.
  • Competitive Proposal Writing
  • Demonstrated Business and Client Development Capabilities
  • Public Speaking/Presenting Capabilities

Additional Preferred Skills/Experience

  • 10(a)(1)(A) permits
  • Competence with Aquatic Resource Regulations, including Sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act, the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, California Fish and Game Code Sections 1600-1602
  • Waters and Wetlands Jurisdictional Determinations
  • Must have valid driver’s license and successfully pass a Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) check.

Professional Skills

  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision making capabilities, including ability to identify existing or potential problems and recommend solutions
  • Team player with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Sound business ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information
  • Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients and vendors
  • Proficiency in MS Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel)
  • Ability to be flexible to handle multiple priorities and to work limited overtime as necessary

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). For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

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.

San Diego, CA (CA74)

Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with +7,000 people across +70 countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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