Wildlife Biologist / Assistant Compliance Specialist
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, January 27, 2024
WRA, Inc. provides professional environmental consulting services in plant, wildlife, and wetland ecology; GIS; environmental planning; regulatory compliance; mitigation and conservation banking; landscape architecture; and engineering. We have been in operation for more than forty years and are in the midst of a gradual shift from a small business to a medium sized business. This means that we simultaneously benefit from having a relationship-oriented company culture while also having invested in systems, processes, and structures to support our collective success. WRA is an employee-owned company, and we are invested in long-term high-quality professional experiences for all of our staff.
WRA is unique among consulting firms in that it has developed a team specifically focused on Compliance Monitoring. The CM team specializes in project implementation and we work tirelessly to protect special status species take-avoidance in accordance with resource agency permits while preserving project timeline and budget. We have created systematic efficiencies to seamlessly integrate into the overall construction team, working with forepersons, laborers, project and construction managers, and regulators to understand, anticipate, and avoid conflicts before they happen.
We are looking to add an early-professional Wildlife Biologist with an interest in the practical application of real-world conservation to work alongside the Compliance Monitoring Team Leader. In addition to supporting our current projects, you will play an integral part in developing and expanding compliance monitoring services.
In this role you will have the option to work in person or on a hybrid remote/in-office schedule. The ideal candidate will need to be within commuting distance to one of our 3 Northern California offices (San Rafael, Petaluma, and Emeryville) for office and field site visits. Occasional travel, night work, and seasonally long days in the field will also be required.
In this role, you will:
- Manage and support compliance monitoring projects
- Implement permit conditions (e.g. Biological Opinions, CDFW Incidental Take Permits, 1602 Streambed Alteration Agreements)
- Interface with regulatory personnel
- Track projects and manage reporting requirements
- Produce required reports
- Assist with staffing and scheduling
- Coordinate and manage field staff
- Participate in marketing endeavors including preparation of proposals and business development
To be successful in this role, you will need:
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in natural resources, biology, ecology, or related field
- Demonstrated experience with construction compliance monitoring
- Experience with the special status species in California. Candidates with experience with California tiger salamander, California red-legged frog, western pond turtle, and salt-marsh harvest mouse will be prioritized in the application process.
- Interest in a broad range of taxa and ecosystems
- Demonstrated expertise with resource agency permits
- Ability to work independently and manage a team
- Demonstrable technical writing ability
- Excellent communication skills including fast response times and ability to juggle multiple lines of communication at once
- Competency in technology and willingness to learn and adopt new programs
- To be detail-oriented, organized, creative, and resourceful, with the ability to think outside the box
- The ability to provide trainings and do other public speaking A clean driving record
- Willingness to work in inclement weather with occasional long days, nights, and/or weekends, sometimes with little notice
WRA has an established internal leveling system for our staff that maps to salary bands that have been informed by market data. Our leveling system is dependent on years of relevant industry experience, education, and the level of responsibility and autonomy at which you’re expected to operate.
The salary range for this position is $66,000 - $90,000, which represents 2 job levels that WRA is open to considering for this role. In your first conversation with our recruiter, we will discuss leveling and compensation with you to make sure that expectations are aligned.
Who are we?
WRA’s company vision is “cultivating a sustainable future where people and the environment thrive” and that starts with our staff. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment, and we have developed flexible policies, internal practices, and are investing in programs that prioritize learning and sustainability. We aim to create conditions that allow employees to prioritize their families, lead healthy and balanced lives, and to bring their authentic selves to work every day. We believe that by creating an exceptional workplace, our employees will be able to do their best work and be able to meaningfully contribute to the sustainability of the environment and the communities in which we live.
WRA is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to creating a diverse environment. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.