The Environmental Specialist – Field Biologist is a two year - limited term contract position. Specific duties derive from natural resources management, monitoring, and reporting activities. The position is dedicated mostly to the Prado location and Santa Ana watershed area duties with a focus upon vegetation and vireo data collection, analysis, and reporting. Responsibilities include conducting and helping coordinate the Brown-headed Cowbird trapping program, conducting biological monitoring, management, and surveys for listed species under state and federal permits. Conducting aquatic, mammalian, avian, herpetological, and plant surveys as needed. Assist with ecological restoration projects. Assist with the native fish recovery program and the native plant nursery. Monitor permit requirements on all assigned OCWD projects. Assist with compiling data for mitigation reports. Develop reports and maps of monitoring, management, and study results and for assigned OCWD projects. Collect, analyze, and assess biological and ecological data. Plan and implement actions for restoration of fish and wildlife resources and their habitats under various ecosystem-based authorities. Assist the Santa Ana Watershed Association in execution of biological monitoring and management watershed wide.
Must be able to work in the field with minimal supervision. Must be able to communicate effectively with landowners, contractors and agency personnel and write strong coherent reports summarizing work results. Must be able to work weekends as needed. Must be able to work with others on a team. Ability to follow written and oral directions. Establish, maintain, and foster positive working relationships with those contacted during work.
Education/Training: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in a course of study at an accredited college or university in one of the following: biology, botany, ecology, environmental science, or related field; OR relevant field experience.
Experience: One year of related environmental or applicable field experience or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.
Must possess current California driver’s license and have reliable vehicle for use on dirt roads. Must be able to obtain any necessary permit(s) or be able to be placed on an existing permit required by U S Fish & Wildlife Service or California Department of Fish & Wildlife for monitoring of fish and/or wildlife.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Physical: Positions in this class typically requires Ability to hike in uneven terrain for long distances. Incumbent’s duties require sufficient physical ability to work in the field under sometimes extreme wind, heat, cold, or rain; travel over uneven terrain carrying heavy loads; also, in an office setting; stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; operate office equipment including use of a computer keyboard; push, pull, lift, and/or carry light amounts of weight; verbally communicate to exchange information.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents; and to operate assigned equipment.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
Schedule: 8/80 - Monday-Friday; or 9/80 - Monday-Friday with alternating Friday off
Hourly Rate: $32.00 - $40.00
How to Apply:
You must submit an OCWD online employment application to be considered. Please visit www.ocwd.com to complete an application. A valid California driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance is required. Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number apply. EOE