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Assistant Staff Biologist - Wetland Science

Company: SWCA Environmental Consultants
Location: Baton Rouge
Posted on: March 18, 2023

Job Description:

About the opportunity:SWCA Environmental Consultants is an employee-owned company of cultural and natural resource scientists and planners. Our professionals specialize in natural and cultural resource management, environmental planning, regulatory compliance, and sustainability services.
Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, SWCA has offices throughout the West, Pacific Northwest, Pacific Islands, and Central-East regions and provides services on projects throughout the U.S. and its territories. Since 1981, SWCA has achieved a national reputation for providing its clients with professional integrity as well as creative solutions based on sound science. SWCA ranks among Engineering News-Record's Top 200 Environmental Firms. We offer a team-oriented work environment and competitive compensation.
SWCA is seeking an Assistant Staff Biologist - Wetland Science to join our growing Baton Rouge, LA Office. This is a full-time, temporary position that will perform biological field surveys, assist with data collection and data entry, and with report writing for a variety of natural resources projects.. The selected individual will be part of the Gulf Coast Natural Resources team supporting various projects in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and across the Central-East Region. We work to support our client's needs across multiple service areas including renewable generation, oil & gas, transportation, site development, and ecological restoration. The position requires the ability to work long hours in harsh conditions and be on the road for several days or weeks at a time.
Employees may be required to pass client specific drug and alcohol screening.What you will accomplish:

  • Assist with a variety of natural resources field studies including wetland delineations, stream assessments, vegetation and rare plant surveys, avian and wildlife surveys, aquatics surveys, and wildlife habitat assessments
  • Record data on GPS units and field site forms or other forms.
  • Use topographic maps, aerial photographs, GPS units, and other maps and tools to determine exact locations of project areas, habitat types, and associated landforms.
  • Photograph and record appropriate habitat, species, and landforms.
  • Operate SWCA vehicles in a safe manner including the operation of 4-wheel drive vehicles on rugged, backcountry roads.
  • Assist project managers in data organization, interpretation, and report preparation, as needed.
  • Adhere to SWCA's safety procedures and standards of scientific and professional ethics.Experience and qualifications for success:Required:
    • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, or related life sciences field is required, or proof of equivalent experience.
    • Up to one (1) year of relevant professional experience and expertise working in the field of wetland science and/or conducting biological field studies.
    • Valid driver's license and the ability to safely drive a 4WD vehicle on backcountry roads.
    • Ability to travel to a location, hike to remote locations and conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather, rugged terrain, and the ability to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds.
    • Familiarity with GPS devices and digital data collection, and/or mapping software such as ArcGIS.
    • Flexibility and willingness to learn company procedures.
    • Ability to try new, innovative techniques, and to make independent decisions when appropriate to the situation or make adjustments as a member of a team in order to complete tasks in the most efficient and accurate manner.
    • Ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.Preferred:
      • Attendance at an approved Wetland Delineation Training Course.
      • Experience in terrestrial wildlife an/or avian surveys in the southeastern U.S.
        If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the online application process due to a disability, please email or call 480-581-5378. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response.
        SWCA is committed to salary equity and salary transparency for all its employees. In alignment with this commitment, SWCA posts good faith pay ranges in all its advertised job postings to promote pay equity and transparency.
        An employee in this Baton Rouge-based position can expect an hourly rate of $20.50-$26.50/hour. Actual pay within this range may depend on experience, qualifications, geographic location, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law. Regular-status employees are also eligible for performance bonuses. Candidates are also encouraged to consider SWCA's Total Rewards package, which includes a competitive Benefits package, forward-thinking workplace flexibility, outstanding corporate culture, award-winning career development, and more.
        EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Keywords: SWCA Environmental Consultants, Baton Rouge , Assistant Staff Biologist - Wetland Science, Other , Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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