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Sacramento, California, United States of America
JOB #R2301241

Senior Aquatic Resource Biologist

Senior Aquatic Resource Biologist/Caltrans District 5 Adjunct support

San Luis Obispo, CA

Job Description

We are the Environment & Planning Division of ICF. 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 looking for a Senior Aquatic Resource Biologist to work to work as an ICF employee within the Caltrans District 5 office in San Luis Obispo on a full-time basis with approximately 70% office and 30% field duties. The position is mostly office, with some telework accepted and will extend from April, 2023 to at least June 30, 2024. Telework may be permitted upon approval on a part-time basis. You will delineate jurisdictional resources and engage in all phases of project development and permitting, and monitors and reports on projects during and after construction to ensure that permitting commitments are met. This work includes analysis of the environmental impacts of transportation improvement projects and preparation of biological reports and permits for all types of projects, including those with complex, controversial or large impacts.

What You Will Do

  • Lead field reviews and delineation of aquatic resources consistent with the most current regulatory guidance and policies;

  • Prepare permit applications / notifications such as Streambed Alteration Agreements and Clean Water Act permits (401 Certification and 404 permits);

  • Perform construction monitoring and prepare necessary permit reporting during construction;

  • Develop and implement mitigation and monitoring plans, conduct post-construction monitoring, and prepare monitoring reports;

  • Evaluate projects with respect to relevant biological laws and regulations for determining impacts to wetlands, other waters, riparian areas, and other biological resources;

  • Interpret maps, site and building plans and specifications, graphs and statistical data;

  • Collect geographic data, prepare clear maps to convey necessary permit information, and perform quantitative analysis of geographic information;

  • Assist with field surveys for special-status plant and animal species;

  • Conduct, field surveys including, but not limited to walking transects, trapping, collecting specimens, digging soil pits, and visually identifying plant and animal species;

  • Assist with protocol level surveys for sensitive, threatened, and endangered species;

  • Maintain organized project files, inclusive of all field photos, field notes with copies saved in digital format, and mapping files; and

  • Provide the task order manager and Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisor) with a weekly summary of work completed and upcoming priorities for the following week. Accept Department feedback on shifting priorities from week to week.

Basic Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience in environmental planning, research, analysis, or evaluation of natural science elements. (A master's or doctorate degree in a relevant natural sciences field, defined in education above, may be substituted for one year of required experience.)

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences or Environmental Sciences with a concentration in animal biology, plant biology, ecology, fisheries management, wildlife management, watershed management, or related field.

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

Additional Skills/Experience

  • Principles and concepts for applied natural science techniques and methodologies.

  • General principles behind planning for the conservation and preservation of natural resources

  • General principles and techniques of research and statistical analysis

  • Jurisdictional delineation methods, including indicators of wetland vegetation, soils and hydrology and problematic indicators.

  • Methods and techniques for evaluating and mitigating jurisdictional impacts.

  • State and federal laws, regulations, and policies relating to the environment and environmental permits.

  • State, local and regional governmental organizations as they relate to environmental planning and permitting.

  • GIS/GPS technologies

  • Various types of construction techniques and their potential effects on species and habitats

  • Trends in Federal, State and local environmental assessment and mitigation reports, impact statements, and/or negative declarations

  • Special-status plant and animal species that occur on the Central Coast

  • Identify wetland and riparian plant species.

  • Adapt and apply formal natural sciences methods and principles to applied practical nature.

  • Analyze environmental situations accurately.

  • Gather and analyze data.

  • Prepare written reports and permit applications.

  • Work effectively with others as an interdisciplinary team member.

  • Coordinate environmental planning, research, and analysis of proposed projects.

  • Conduct baseline assessment of existing environment for comparison with post-construction monitoring.

  • Hike in uneven terrain up to 5 miles per day

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with talented and passionate individuals within both ICF and Caltrans District 5 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.

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:  Know Your Rights and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Pay Range - There are multiple factors that are considered in determining final pay for a position, including, but not limited to, relevant work experience, skills, certifications and competencies that align to the specified role, geographic location, education and certifications as well as contract provisions regarding labor categories that are specific to the position. The pay range for this position is:

$64,372.00 - $109,432.00

California Remote Office (CA99)


Who is ICF?

A global consulting and technology services company with approximately 9,000 employees, but we are not your typical consultants.

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