• Field Biologist

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  • About the opportunity

    SWCA Environmental Consultants (SWCA) is seeking to fill a Field Biologist position for our Sheridan, Wyoming office. Our Sheridan office offers a unique work environment and specializes in providing environmental survey and permitting to federal, state, local, and private entities. The preferred work location for this position is at the Sheridan office, however working remotely from a location within the region may be negotiable for the right candidate. This position is a temporary, full-time, with the possibility for conversion to permanent status for the right candidate.


    The Field Biologist position requires an educational and experience background in biology, wildlife, range science, natural resource management, botany, or a related field. This exciting position will be a mix of field and office work, depending on project type and season, however it is primarily a field work position.


    The successful candidate will be involved in a variety of biological studies, including conducting general biological surveys, evaluations and assessments in support of Endangered Species Act consultation and Clean Water Act permitting requirements, baseline studies, and environmental monitoring. Project work may include Federal land management, oil and gas development, mining, transportation, water resources, renewable energy, transmission/pipelines, mining, habitat restoration, and watershed studies. Experience with bird identification, wetland delineation, and/or northern great plaing vegetation identification is highly desirable.


    The primarily field based work takes place in an outdoor environment, often remote, where the climate, weather and terrain can be demanding. The position may involve an irregular schedule and extended hours. It is anticipated that moderate travel, including overnight stays, will be required for the position. Field work will be primarily in Wyoming but may include travel to other surrounding states. Reporting and other office tasks will require working on a computer for extended periods.


    What you will accomplish

    Conduct biological natural resource field surveys collecting observational and spatial data concerning a variety of vegetation, terrestrial and/or avian species. Use topographic maps, aerial photographs, GPS units, and other maps and tools to determine exact locations of project areas, habitat types, and associated landforms.  Complete biological survey reports, data entry, impact assessment, and assist in Endangered Species Act, wetland delineations and/or Clean Water Act permitting.

    Experience and qualifications for success


    • Conduct field work, including vegetation, soil, and habitat transect sampling with high data collection accuracy;
    • Organize equipment and logistical arrangements for field sessions;
    • Assist project managers and other field staff in data management, analysis and survey/resource report preparation
    • Use topographic maps, aerial photographs, GPS units, and other maps and scientific tools and equipment under arduous field conditions; and
    • Follow company and client safety protocols and maintain safe working environment.



    • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife, Botany, Range Science, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, or a related field, required; Master's degree, preferred;
    • Minimum of 1 years of experience conducting natural resources field work, required;
    • Experience in vegetation, wildlife, and wetland surveys. Preferable with emphasis in the Great Plains or Midwest;
    • Knowledge of regulatory acts, such as ESA, MBTA, BGEPA, NEPA, Sage Grouse Executive Orders, etc., and the permitting requirements associated with them, preferred;
    • Coursework or knowledge of species taxonomy and field identification of birds, mammals, and other wildlife and vegetation;
    • Knowledge of survey and monitoring techniques and ability to learn new protocols;
    • GPS and digital data collection experience preferred;
    • Trailer and ATV/UTV experience preferred;
    • 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;
    • Valid driver’s license and the ability to drive a 4WD vehicle on backcountry roads required; and
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and attention to detail.

    SWCA Environmental Consultants is an employee-owned company of environmental professionals who specialize in natural and cultural resource management, environmental planning, and regulatory compliance. 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.

    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 and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans to apply.


    How to Apply:

    Resumes must be received through our online application system at www.swca.com to receive consideration.


    If you need assistance or accommodations to apply, please contact us at recruiting@swca.com.


    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.


    EEO Policy | Pay Transparency Policy StatementIf 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.



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