Wetland Ecologist
Job Details
Sacramento Office - Sacramento, CA
Bachelor's Degree

We are looking for a Wetland Ecologist with a minimum of 5 years of experience supporting wetland delineations, environmental planning, permitting, document writing and review for small to complex projects in the northern California Area.


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


An Ecologist or Biologist with a minimum of 5 years of experience supporting aquatic resources (wetland) delineations, environmental planning according to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), permitting, document writing, and review for small to complex projects in Northern California. You have served as the primary author on a variety of environmental documents such as aquatic resources delineation reports and functional assessments, biological resources assessments and evaluations, technical reports, and permit applications utilizing your excellent writing and communication skills. You are known for preparing documents that are clear, concise, well-written and supported and for your ability to present information understandably and speak persuasively about complex topics to clients, regulatory agency staff, teaming partners, other project stakeholders and the general public.


You hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biology or a related environmental or ecological field. Your skillset includes expertise in some or all of the following: wetlands, fisheries, wildlife, botany, restoration ecology, regulatory permitting, compliance monitoring and reporting, mitigation planning, and ecological monitoring. You perform occasional field survey work, safely operate, load and transport equipment and gear, and cross fences, creeks, and other obstacles. Experience with digital field data collection tools such as GPS, ArcGIS Collector/Field Maps, Fulcrum, Survey 123 is desired, but not required. You have experience delineating wetlands using the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manuel and Regional Supplements and evaluating waters of the State according to the California Water Boards’ State Wetland Definition and Procedures for Discharges of Dredged or Fill Material to Waters of the State.


You work collaboratively with clients and interdisciplinary teams to deliver your projects on time and within budget and have aided in or solely managed scope, schedules, and budgets. You are an effective team member and communicator who contributes constructively and cooperatively to solve project and team challenges. You provide mentoring to foster teamwork and elevate others. 


You are located in or near Sacramento.


What You Will Do for ESA


Use judgment and critical thinking to select, apply and adapt standard techniques, methods and procedures for a wide range of biological studies.


Perform and lead biological field studies including aquatic resources delineation, vegetation classification and habitat mapping, performance monitoring for habitat restoration sites, California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) documentation of pre- and post- project wetland conditions, and invasive plant surveys and monitoring. Characterize existing habitat conditions, including wetlands and riparian habitats, to support habitat enhancement and restoration project designs, characterize project impacts, and identify compensatory mitigation opportunities.


Serve as a contributing or primary author of environmental documents including technical memoranda, biological assessments/habitat evaluations, scientific discipline reports, and impact evaluations to support resource-related permit applications, including in support of Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, CEQA, and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).


Serve as a Task Lead or Deputy Project Manager. Oversee the completion of specific project tasks including coordinating the project delivery schedule, handling project logistics, disseminating and maintaining project related information. Serve as the point person for team members and client questions related to technical tasks and deliver project assignments on time and within budget.


Thrive in a fast-paced, exciting, and challenging environment and be able to manage multiple responsibilities and deadlines, while working on a team or independently. 


What ESA Will Do for You


Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of environmental professionals who contribute to outstanding projects, improve environmental stewardship, and advance 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 benefits such as medical, dental, and vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), a 401(k) plan with company match, an employee stock ownership program, and paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays, to name a few.


No matter what stage you are at 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, and we believe these efforts will not only benefit you, but will also benefit all ESA colleagues and clients. Specific programs we offer include tuition reimbursement, professional development bonuses, and attendance at conferences.


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


Our Biological Resources team includes Wildlife Biologists, Botanists, Fisheries Biologists, Restoration Ecologists, and Permitting and Environmental Compliance Specialists who provide expertise for many public agencies and non-profit organizations throughout Northern California. Our work matters because we help clients deliver projects that improve the environment and communities. We value creative thinking, teamwork, and multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement and integration.


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)