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Sacramento, California, United States of America
JOB #R2200058

Principal Botanist

Principal 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 Principal 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. 

What You Will Do

  • Mapping and identification of vegetation and special-status plants of northern California.

  • Prepare biological reports (e.g., Caltrans Natural Environment Study reports, USFWS Biological Assessments, USFS Biological Evaluations). Prepare mitigation plans and monitoring reports.

  • Evaluate projects with respect to relevant biological laws and regulations for determining impacts on endangered species and other botanical resources.

  • Conduct field surveys for special-status plant species, noxious weeds, and vegetation types throughout northern California in typical terrain and habitat. Conduct wetland delineations. Field surveys include, but are not limited to walking transects, digging soil pits, and visually identifying plant species. Prepare technical reports documenting field surveys. Plan field surveys, direct individuals and/or teams responsible for conducting field surveys and preparation of biological studies to the standards necessary for state and federal endangered species clearances.

  • Develop biological mitigation and monitoring reports that identify the methods and monitoring strategies planned to accomplish the proposed mitigation.

  • Perform environmental compliance monitoring, as needed.

What You Must Have

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences or Environmental Science with a concentration in plant biology, ecology, and resource management.

  • 10+ years of experience in environmental and natural resource consulting or government.

  • Experience with the flora and ecology of northern California, including identification of special-status plants.

  • Knowledge of principles and concepts for natural science techniques and methodologies as applied in a planning setting.

  • Project management experience.

  • Experience with methods for wetland delineations.

  • Methods and techniques of evaluation of environmental impacts.

  • Knowledge of State and Federal laws and regulations relating to biological resources (including CEQA, NEPA, Clean Water Act, California Fish and Game Codes, and applicable Executive Orders).

  • Experience of working with the federal and state agencies, including Caltrans, as well as utility companies and the USFS.

  • GIS/GPS technologies.

  • 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

  • Proficiency in MS Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel)

  • 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 +7,000 people across +70 countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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