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Lead Environmental Inspector / Biologist

Company: SWCA
Location: Fresno
Posted on: October 11, 2019

Job Description:

About the opportunityDo you thrive in the pursuit of ensuring excellence in environmental consulting services for your clients? SWCA Environmental Consultants is expanding their team and looking for a dynamic individual who is following their passion in delivering the highest-quality project work.

SWCA is seeking a Lead Environmental Inspector/Biological Monitor to support a construction project in the Fresno area. Work hours may vary seasonally, and depending on project needs and your skills. As our Natural Resources team continues to grow, additional opportunities for advancement will be available.

This position is hourly and temporary, lasting the duration of the project, which is anticipated to be 1 to 3 years. Pay is dependent on experience.What you will accomplishCommunicate effectively with SWCA project managers, construction crews, and other environmental specialists to complete the field work and reporting requirements. Understand project environmental requirements as outlined in the project's Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation, Monitoring and Reporting Program, as well as other applicable laws and regulations protecting biological resources.

Work closely with CPUC third-party monitors, client staff, construction contractor staff (including construction supervisors and inspectors) and the SWCA Environmental Compliance Supervisor to coordinate field efforts and ensure project compliance with CEQA documents, plans, permits, conditions, and mitigation measures. Coordinate and manage field staff-including scheduling-of pre-construction surveys and monitoring. Conduct environmental compliance inspections, stormwater inspections, biological monitoring, nesting bird surveys, and biological evaluations and assessments. Collect field data, record and identify fauna and flora. 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 take detailed notes of habitats, species, and landforms. Follow industry-leading safety check-in and reporting procedures.Experience and qualifications for success




  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, or a related life sciences field required
  • Knowledge of common and special status California fauna and flora is required and experience working in the Central Valley is a plus
  • Prior work experience as a lead level environmental inspector and/or lead biologist on a California regulated project
  • Qualifications and ability to be approved by CPUC to serve as a lead level inspector and biologist.




    • At least two years of field experience in construction monitoring and environmental inspections on electrical infrastructure projects
    • Experience conducting pre-construction wildlife and nesting bird surveys (including raptors)


    • Local to the project area to afford maximum flexibility to project work schedule

    • Prior experience with GIS software (ArcPad) and sub-meter GPS units and ability to use technology for data collection
    • Ability to travel to a location, walk and conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather, and ability to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds is required
    • Excellent communication and organizational skills
    • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Word and Excel

      Preferred Qualifications



      • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) inspection experience and general understanding of erosion control practices

      • Minimum of four years or field seasons of experience completing biological surveys (including nesting bird and/or raptor surveys), fieldwork, habitat assessments, wetland delineations, and/or construction monitoring; experience in the Central Valley is preferred
      • Report or other writing experience
      • Familiarity with San Joaquin kit fox and burrowing owl

        SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full-spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record's Top 200 Environmental Firms.

        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 accommodations@swca.com or call 800-828-8517. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response.

        EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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