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San Francisco, California, United States of America
JOB #R2201733

Senior Conservation Planner

Senior Conservation Planner

Northern California, Oregon, or Washington

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 maintains a large practice in Habitat Conservation Planning and Implementation ( Our staff are dedicated to providing the full range of services necessary for integrated habitat conservation planning, from development to implementation of conservation plans and related projects. Our practice is unique in the country for the depth and breadth of our experience and for our national leadership in training and education. Our staff teach professional courses in ESA compliance, HCP preparation, HCP implementation, and NEPA compliance for HCPs.

The ICF Habitat Conservation Planning, and Implementation practice is currently seeking a Biologist/Ecologist and/or Regulatory Specialist with education and experience in conservation biology, environmental science, ecology, environmental impact analysis, regulatory permitting (Endangered Species Act and/or Clean Water Act), planning, and/or project management to support our natural resources, planning, permitting, and habitat conservation work. The desired individual would be aligned with our Northern California (Sacramento or San Francisco) or Pacific Northwest offices (Bellingham, Seattle, or Portland), and ideally would be based in one of these offices, though location is negotiable, including the option to work remotely within Northern CA and the PNW.

What You Will Do

The Biologist/Ecologist and/or Regulatory Specialist will provide technical input, project coordination, and/or project management of natural resource and conservation planning projects including but not limited to technical reports, state and federal environmental permit applications (including development of habitat conservation plans), habitat management plans, conservation design, and technical studies and sections for State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and/or National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents. Project coordination and management tasks will include developing project work plans and conducting and/or overseeing supporting technical analyses. Site visits and field work may also be required. The position may also include assisting with business development efforts to help expand ICF’s natural resources line of business within the United States. Current project workload is focused in Washington, Oregon, and/or Northern California, but could also include support for other efforts throughout the western United States.

What You Must Have

  • BA or BS degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Planning, Environmental Regulation, Biology, Ecology, or related field.

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in environmental consulting or related field with a focus on ESA, NEPA, and state-level environmental compliance.

  • Foundational knowledge in the principles of conservation biology, including concepts and methodologies used in connectivity ecology and road/transportation ecology.

  • Familiarity with Washington, Oregon, and/or Northern California environmental resources and associated regulatory environment.

  • Experience working with private and public-sector clients and regulatory agencies.

  • Proficiency in technical writing and editing (writing samples will be requested).

  • Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office suite of software (Word, Excel).

What We’d Like You to Have

  • Experience with establishment and management of project scope, schedules, and budget, including, contracting invoicing, and client communications preferred.

  • MS or PhD preferred.

  • 5 years of experience in a project management or management support role; education equivalents, including advanced degrees will be considered.

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.

San Francisco, CA (CA78)

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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