Associate Biologist

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# of Openings
Office Location
US-CA-San Luis Obispo
Natural Resources/Biology/Ecology
Hire Type

About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking an associate-level Biologist with experience in natural resource management and biological studies for our San Luis Obispo, CA office.  We are seeking a candidate who is looking to develop or continue a long-term consulting career that combines high-level technical expertise, business acumen and the potential for leadership. Responsibilities may include participating in field surveys, natural resource planning, writing technical reports, and coordinating with a multi-disciplinary team. It is anticipated that low to moderate travel will be required for the position.


This position is a regular, full-time salaried position. Pay rate will be competitive, based on individual qualifications and experience, and based on the candidate’s potential to succeed in the position.


What you will accomplish

  • Work closely with a project team to complete biological resource management tasks.
  • Take initiative and resolve issues in an independent manner.
  • Participate in biological survey efforts.
  • Work to develop project management or technical lead skills on a variety of biological resource projects.
  • Use GPS units, and other maps and tools during fieldwork; and,
  • Identify and pursue new business opportunities; and,
  • Work closely with SWCA’s other resource scientists, planners, on natural and cultural resource projects throughout the company.


Experience and qualifications for success

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, or a related field required.
  • Three to six years of progressively responsible experience in biological surveys and resource management in either the public or private sector.
  • Experience of working with scientists, planners, engineers, contractors, and agency specialists.
  • Experience in writing technical reports.
  • The ideal candidate will also possess strong wildlife and/or plant identification skills; familiarity with the Endangered Species Act, excellent writing skills, and ability to record accurate field notes required.
  • Ability to take initiative, resolve problems and ensure tasks are completed in the most effective manner; and,
  • Ability to work as member of a team and independently to make decisions and complete tasks in the most effective manner.
  • Willingness to learn and grow into increased project-management and supervisorial responsibilities.

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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