Environmental Biologist

Office Location US-PA-Bridgeville
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# of Openings
Natural Resources/Biology/Ecology
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About the opportunity

Bird Eggs_Avian Survey_croppedSWCA Environmental Consultants currently has an opening for a an Environmental Biologist with an avian background to work and join our  Pittsburgh, PA office.


This position will primarily focus on wetland delineation, stream identification, biological evaluations and habitat assessments in support of Endangered Species Act requirements, botanical surveys, Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, and technical report writing to assist Project Managers with pre-construction, regulatory, and/or permitting requirements associated with the energy sector – particularly natural gas and oil developments within the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays.


The position will be a mixture of field and office work depending on project type. However, it is expected that up to 75% of time will be related to fieldwork. Fieldwork will be primarily in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. This position includes hiking in rugged conditions. Experience with flora and fauna native to the northeast and midwest is preferred.


This position is a full time, hourly position.  Pay will be based on individual qualifications and experience. Hours may vary depending on project workload. Travel, including overnight stays, will be required for the position. Depending on projects, overtime and per diem may also be possible in addition to base pay.

What you will accomplish

The ability to travel to work sites regionally, and accommodate multiple overnight stays to complete fieldwork efforts is required. A successful candidate should have the flexibility and willingness to learn company procedures as well as the ability to try new, improved techniques; make independent decisions when appropriate to the situation; and make adjustments as a member of a team in order to complete tasks in the most efficient and accurate manner possible.


  • Conduct environmental surveys including biological evaluations and assessments in support of Endangered Species Act requirements, baseline studies, monitoring of project sites,.wetland and stream assessments, botanical and wildlife presence/absence surveys, and Phase I Environmental Site Assessments in accordance with appropriate regulatory guidelines. 
  • Identify and collect data on avian species. Implement and interpret topographic maps, aerial photographs, GPS units, and other maps and tools to determine exact locations of project areas, habitat types, environmental features, and associated landforms. 
  • Collect observational and spatial data in the field, and prepare technical/survey reports for natural resources studies.
  • Assist Project Managers with Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Nationwide permitting efforts. Take initiative, resolve problems, and create improved procedural processes for natural resource studies.

Experience and qualifications for success

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, or a related field required.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in related fieldwork with an emphasis on avian studies in the northeast including presence/absence surveys, population and nesting studies.
  • Knowledge of species-specific avian surveys preferred.
  • Current federal permits for specific species preferred.
  • Must be able to use Trimble GPS units with minimal training; familiarity with ArcGIS and/or ArcMap preferred.
  • Ability to research and prepare technical documents.
  • Current valid driver's license required.
  • Ability to travel to a location, walk and conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather, rugged terrain, often at high altitudes, and ability to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds is required.
  • Knowledge of Federal and State environmental regulations and guidance – particularly Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio regulations – is preferred.


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. 


In support of our value of integrity, SWCA promotes a safe and drug free workplace. We participate in e-verify and pre-employment background screening services. SWCA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans to apply.


Visit SWCA’s web site, www.swca.com, and discover why SWCA is a great place to work for environmental professionals interested in sound science and creative solutions.


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