Project Biologist (Project Based / Seasonal)

Project Delivery – Wildlife and Fisheries Team /
Project Based Hire /
WRA’s Compliance Monitoring Team supports our clients by helping to implement their permits through surveys, compliance monitoring, and fulfilling reporting requirements. We are looking to expand our compliance monitoring team by bringing on seasonal Project Biologists who have experience with the special status species and environments of California. We will review applicants on a rolling basis as project volume and demand increases. We are currently prioritizing projects in the Santa Rosa, San Rafael, and greater Bay Area, though we have ongoing projects throughout northern California.  

This position is a seasonal part time role for project based work. WRA may not always have projects for you to work on, either due to project availability or specialization required. Additionally, you are under no obligation to accept the work we offer you. Applicants with hands-on experience with special-status species in California (e.g. California tiger salamander, California red-legged frog, (north)western pond turtle, and salt-marsh harvest mouse) will be prioritized in the application process.

Compensation: $25-43 per hour depending on experience, with overtime as per CA labor laws.

In this role, you will be:

    • Monitoring construction crews, often working night shifts
    • Doing occasional physical labor
    • Spending full days (sometimes 12 or more hours) in the field
    • Completing daily paperwork on time and with high attention to detail
    • Interfacing and communicating effectively with crews and project managers

To be successful in this role, you will need:

    • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field OR relevant professional experience
    • Willingness to work night shifts
    • Ability to work outside for long periods of time
    • Steel-toed boots
    • Willingness to work in construction environments where safety, schedule, timeliness, and attention to detail are top priorities
    • Commitment to working extended hours, up to six days a week, per project needs
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Ability to communicate skillfully, confidently, and with high emotional intelligence 
    • Ability to provide training to groups
    • Technological aptitude and willingness to learn new software programs
    • Must have a valid driver's license and reliable transportation

Special consideration will be given to applicants who have the following experience:

    • SWPP implementation or monitoring (QSP)
    • Fish salvages
    • Acoustic monitoring
    • Air quality monitoring
    • Grade checking and/or RTK proficiency Protocol-level Ridgway’s and/or black rail surveys
    • Protocol-level rare plant surveys
    • HAZWOPER certification
    • Extensive experience with California tiger salamander (including adult handles and burrow excavation experience)
Who are we?

WRA’s an employee-owned environmental consultancy. We are a tenacious team of planners, engineers, and scientists, and we aim to leave the lands we love better than we found them. 

Our clients and partners hire us because we’re skilled at navigating through challenging projects involving wildlands, parks, community spaces, and infrastructure. We bring over four decades of expertise, long-standing relationships, and connections to our local communities to make sure that projects are pursued in responsible ways where both people and the environment thrive. 

As an organization, we believe that independence and interdependence are not mutually exclusive. We invest in systems, processes, and employee programs to support our staff’s collective engagement and success. At the same time, we encourage our employees to operate with an ownership mindset, taking responsibility for outcomes and being true to our commitments. 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.