Mid-Level Biologist
Job Details
Orange County, Riverside County - _, CA
4 Year Degree

We are looking for a mid-level Biologist to join our team in the Orange County or Riverside area. This person has 5+ years of biological field studies and project monitoring experience, preferably including habitat mapping, special status species assessments, compliance monitoring, and nesting bird surveys. This position will include approximately 60% field work; office work will be comprised of data entry and analysis and report preparation. This opportunity places a high value on collaborationdelivery, and the desire to learn and grow.


Who We Are


ESA is a 100% employee-owned environmental consulting firm delivering work that matters.

We plan, design, permit, mitigate, and restore—for projects across our communities, infrastructure systems, open spaces, and wildlands. 


Our scientists, planners, historians, archaeologists, engineers, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking, in-depth analyses, and committed follow-through to guide successful policy development and project planning and deliver enduring multi-objective solutions.


At ESA, we believe every employee has a unique combination of knowledge, skills and experience that contributes to our success.


We value diversity and inclusion and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique. Our culture is built on mutual respect, recognizing that the collective sum of our individual differences and life experiences fosters our continued success and achievement, for our employee-owners and our clients.


Collaborating with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives leads to better solutions and opportunities for everyone. We celebrate the differences—age, color, physical ability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, language, national origin, race, religion, veteran status, and other characteristics—that make each of us unique.


Who You Are


You hold a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Wildlife Biology, Ecology or a related environmental or ecological field and have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience which includes monitoring permit compliance and mitigation implementation, habitat restoration monitoring, performing biological surveys, mapping, aquatic resources evaluations, nesting bird surveys, general plant and animal species inventories, and conducting focused surveys for special status species in the Southern California area.


You are an effective team member and communicator who contributes constructively and cooperatively to solve project or team issues while working collaboratively on multi-disciplinary teams.


You have served as the primary author or major contributing author on a variety of environmental documents such as biological survey reports and assessments, technical studies, and sections of NEPA and CEQA analyses utilizing your excellent writing skills. You have experience monitoring and reporting on a variety of biological surveys and compliance with mitigation measures.  Experience with data collection applications such as Fulcrum, Collector, and Survey 123 is desirable but not required.


You are known for preparing documents that are clear, concise, well-written and supported and for your ability to present information understandably and speak credibly about complex topics to clients, agency staff, teaming partners, and other project stakeholders.


You work collaboratively with clients and interdisciplinary teams to deliver your projects on time and within budget and have developed and tracked scope, schedules, and budgets.


You enjoy field work and are able to walk long distances carrying a backpack, safely operate, load and transport equipment and gear, and cross creeks and other obstacles.  


You are located in the Orange County or Riverside area and have a valid California driver’s license.


What You Will Do for ESA


Perform or lead general biological surveys, nesting bird surveys, endangered species surveys and documentation, native flora and fauna surveys, and vegetation classification and mapping.


You will lead compliance monitoring and reporting activities for on-going construction projects; you may work in close proximity to heavy equipment.  You will prepare submit daily monitoring reports and observe work activities to see that activities are in compliance with applicable mitigation measures, permit conditions, and habitat mitigation/restoration plans.


Use judgment and critical thinking to select, apply and adapt standard techniques, methods and procedures for a wide range of lower to moderately complex biological studies. You will serve as a technical specialist, peer review the work of others, and provide supervision to more junior team members.


Serve as a primary or major contributing author on environmental documents potentially including technical memoranda, biological assessments/evaluations, focused survey reports, aquatic resource delineation, sections of NEPA or CEQA analyses, and resource-related permit applications.


You will serve as a Task Manager, Deputy Project Manager, or Project Manager as needed. You will coordinate, or assist in coordinating, tasks and project delivery schedules, handling project logistics, disseminating and maintaining related information and resources, assisting with budget tracking, meeting with team members to gauge progress toward task completion, serving as the point person for team member or client questions, preparing or directing project research and analysis, supporting efforts to deliver project assignments on time and within budget.


What ESA Will Do for You


Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of environmental professionals knowing that you have contributed to outstanding projects, improved environmental stewardship, and advanced a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and wild places.


At ESA, we spend our days helping to keep the environment in balance, and we want to help keep your life in balance, too by providing medical, dental & vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), a 401(k) plan with company match, a performance bonus program, an employee stock ownership program, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays to name a few.


At every stage in your career, we provide opportunities for continued growth, development, and recognition. Whether you want to further your technical expertise, sharpen your business acumen, or help lead the next generation of employee-owners, we want to support you in reaching your career goals. We believe these efforts will not only benefit you, but all ESA colleagues and clients. Specific programs include Tuition Reimbursement, Professional Development Bonuses, and attendance at Conferences.


What’s Special About Our Biological Resources Team in Southern California


Our Biology Team includes Wetland Biologists, Wildlife Biologists, Environmental Scientists, Ecologists, and Resource Policy Specialists that provide expertise for many municipalities throughout Southern California. Our work matters because it helps communities shape a positive future for their citizens. We value creative thinking, teamwork, and multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement and integration.


To read about some of the exciting projects we have recently completed check out these links:  Ballona Wetlands Restoration and Big Canyon Coastal Habitat Restoration.


In accordance with ESA’s duty and responsibility to provide and maintain a safe workplace that is free of known hazards and to minimize the exposure to potential hazards, any employee who works from an ESA office or conducts any other in-person ESA work-related activity is required to submit their proof of vaccination status or have received an approved exemption and accommodation.


ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.  (EOE M/V/F/D)