Biological Field Technician (Botanical Specialty)

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About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants has an exciting opportunity for field biologists with particular experience completing botanical surveys in the southwest. We are looking for biologists for both Tucson and Phoenix offices. This is a temporary, hourly position depending on workload needs, with the potential for career growth. 




What you will accomplish

  •  Under the supervision of a botany crew leader, the successful applicant will survey and map plants in the southwestern deserts, including native and non-native species. These surveys will be conducted in various vegetation types throughout central and southern Arizona and southern New Mexico.
  • Tasks required include field surveys (primarily for vegetation, but also wildlife when needed), data collection such as photographing and documenting field site conditions, habitat, identification of species and landforms. Use topographic maps, aerial photographs, GPS units, and other maps and tools to determine exact locations of project areas, vegetation and habitat types, and associated landforms. Photograph and record appropriate habitat, species, and landforms.
  • Operate SWCA vehicles, assure they will perform safely, and notify appropriate person if vehicle needs maintenance. Ability to drive a 4-wheel-drive vehicle on rugged, back-country roads.
  • Ability to be able to work in remote field locations and be willing to travel, or be working remotely when needed. Applicants must also be willing to work full days.


Experience and qualifications for success


  • Enviro survey hill_croppedMinimum of B.A. or B.S. in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management preferred
  • Must have experience with vegetation identification, accurate data collection procedures, and data entry QA/QC
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Word and Excel
  • Ability to travel as needed for projects throughout Arizona


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 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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