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Job Title: Wildlife Biologist/Biological Monitor

Salary: $35.00-42.00/hour
Location: Madera County, CA
Job Type: On-call, Part-time
Job Number: 22-0209-01


Sapere Environmental is seeking biologists with California tiger salamander handling and burrow excavation experience, biological construction, and environmental compliance monitoring for a Federal Highway Administration project located near Chowchilla in unincorporated Madera County, California.

The position is a part-time, project-specific position requiring periods of full-time work during the project preconstruction phase and initial ground disturbing activities with an anticipated duration of two months. Candidate will also have opportunities to work on other projects located in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento Valley. Work will primarily be in the field, but qualified candidates may be tasked with report writing, as needed. Previous monitoring and surveying experience is required, and previous approval as a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) -approved biologist is required. Responsibilities will primarily include supervising and participating in California tiger salamander burrow excavation, environmental compliance monitoring for active construction projects, nesting bird surveys, special-status plant and animal surveys, and daily/monthly reporting. Job training provided for project-specific construction monitoring, preconstruction and protocol-level surveys, Geographic Information System (GIS), reporting, and more. Prefer candidates with a 10(a)(1)(A) recovery permit and CDFW MOU for California tiger salamanders.

Hiring is contingent upon a candidate’s approval by the USFWS, CDFW and Federal Highways Administration as a qualified biologist or approved biological monitor. Applicants must submit a resume documenting their relevant work experience with California listed and special-status species, handling permits (if applicable), construction monitoring and other relevant experience. Preference will be given to biologists with close proximity to the project.

Required Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in fisheries, wildlife biology, ecology, environmental studies, wildlife management, or related field;
  • Experience and working knowledge of California flora and fauna;
  • Experience with environmental compliance and/or construction monitoring;
  • Survey and handling experience with California tiger salamanders;
  • Burrow excavation experience preferred;
  • Must be capable of working safely, responsibly, and attentively on a construction site in remote areas;
  • Ability to work outside for extended periods, subject to natural elements;
  • Must be willing to work 8-10 hour workdays up to 6 days a week including nights and weekends; and
  • Able to develop and maintain sound working relationships with diverse people and personalities.

Duties Include:

  • California tiger salamander surveys, capture & relocation in accordance with California Tiger Salamander Mortality Reduction & Relocation Plan;
  • Assist with hand excavating burrows within suitable habitat along the highway right-of-way;
  • Construction & environmental compliance monitoring;
  • Surveys (protocol-level & preconstruction) for burrowing owls, California tiger salamander, San Joaquin kit fox, Swainson’s hawks, and nesting birds and raptors;
  • Burrow flagging and mapping;
  • Complete daily environmental compliance monitoring datasheets for submittal to the Federal Highways Administration, California Department of Fish & Wildlife and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service;
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with construction personal; and
  • Be reliable and be punctual.

Employment Standards:

  • Sapere’s SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan requires candidates to work based out of their homes with access to a computer and high-speed internet;
  • Proper respiratory etiquette and practicing good health hygiene is mandatory for all workers;
  • Ability to safely lift and carry heavy objects up to 50lbs;
  • Knowledge and application of safe driving rules and practices; and
  • Mileage will be reimbursed at GSA published rates for privately-owned vehicles.

Additional Requirements:

  • Valid driver's license and good driving record;
  • Has a reliable source of transportation; and
  • Valid U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 10(a)(1)(A) Recovery Permit, California Department of Fish & Wildlife Scientific Collecting Permit with MOU for handling California tiger salamanders.

To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume and three references.