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Sacramento, California, United States of America
JOB #R2201270


Senior Botanist

Northern California

We are the Environment & Planning Division. We are passionate about doing what’s right for our clients, our people, the communities where we live and work, and the environment. We are planners, scientists, program managers, communicators, economists, technologists, and strategists. We are collaborative, curious, and committed to excellence—these are qualities we value that make us who we are and inspire us to grow.  If you perform well in a fast-paced, engaging and collaborative environment, and would like to work with a diverse team of industry professionals, we encourage you to learn more about ICF ( and consider applying to join our team.      

ICF is currently seeking a Senior Botanist to be based out of our Sacramento or San Francisco office, or the option to work remotely within Northern California. You will provide botanical resources and regulatory support on a variety of energy, transportation, and water projects in California. 

Job Description

ICF is looking for a Senior Botanist that is a technically accomplished in plant ecology, botany, and wetland science to conduct small to large-scale field surveys (daily duration 8-10 hours) for vegetation mapping, wetland delineation, and rare plants throughout California and southern Oregon. The candidate uses dichotomous keys and applies federal, state, and local agency guidelines to identify plant specimens and wetland types. The Senior Botanist will work alone or in groups and may direct the work of a small number of individuals in the field. This person must have excellent data collection and oral communication skills. Current project workload is focused in northern and central California, but also includes projects in southern California.

What You Will Do

  • Conduct small to large-scale field surveys for vegetation mapping, wetland delineation, and rare plants.

  • Collect and synthesize data in the field.

  • Maintain close communication with project manager and co-workers.

What You Must Have

  • BS in Botany, Biology, or Ecology

  • Strong knowledge of California flora

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience conducting botanical surveys and wetland delineations.

  • Well versed in using dichotomous keys and applying federal, state, and local agency guidelines to identify plant specimens, vegetation communities, and wetland types.

  • Be organized and detail-oriented

  • Knowledge of special-status plant species and wetland guidance and regulations

  • Ability to walk on uneven and sometimes steep terrain in a variety of plant communities and landforms. On occasion, ability to excavate, using hand tools, soil pits to a depth of 18 inches. Ability to conduct field surveys wearing a backpack or carry up to 20 pounds of gear during field surveys.

  • Must have valid driver’s license and successfully pass a Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) check.

What We’d Like You to Have

  • MS in Botany, Biology, or Ecology

  • California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) trained

  • Construction monitoring experience

  • Experience managing or leading staff in biological or wetland projects

Professional Skills

  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal 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

  • Ability to be flexible to handle multiple priorities and to work limited overtime as necessary

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with talented and passionate individuals and to grow with a firm that believes in nurturing talent and developing long-term career success. ICF is a purpose driven company with a strong culture and underlying values that prize diversity, opportunity, equality, and respect. Our core values include Embracing Differences, and we seek candidates who are passionate about building a culture that encourages, embraces and hires dimensions of differences.

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.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

COVID-19 Policy: New or prospective U.S. employees must provide proof of complete vaccination on the date of their commencement of employment. If selected for employment, you will provide proof of your full vaccination status, defined as vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, 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.

Sacramento, CA (CA82)


Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with approximately 8,000 people across 75+ countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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