Principal Biologist

  • Althouse and Meade, Inc.
  • Paso Robles, CA, United States
  • Apr 10, 2017
Full time Biology/Ecology Environmental Science/Engineering Environmental Protection Management Natural Resources Sustainability Wildlife/Endangered Species

Job Description

Job Summary:   Senior level management provides a high degree of direction to staff.  Oversees, facilitates, engages in, and administers projects, proposals, field work, and reports.  

Job Requirements:

  • Excellent knowledge of and experience with plant and wildlife species of California.
  • Professional writing experience and communication skills.
  • Work collaboratively in a team environment. Able to provide leadership and direction on projects and staff. Ability and desire to mentor staff.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information and approaches to project managers, clients, agencies, and non-technical staff in a clear manner orally and in writing.  Publish research and present findings at meetings.
  • A minimum of ten years of experience in environmental consulting in the California market with at least eight years of post-graduate professional experience in biology with an emphasis on botany and/or zoology.
  • Experience preparing technical reports, including biological sections for CEQA/NEPA and FESA/CESA documents. 
  • Contract compliance. Plan, organize, supervise, and participate in contract compliance and biological requirements for projects.
  • Project Management. Coordinate and track assignments, scopes, schedules, budgets and deliverables.

Added Value Experience:


  • Habitat and rare plant restoration
  • Manage large surveys and projects
  • Certification as Wildlife Biologist/Ecologist
  • ESA 10(a)(1)(a) listed species handling permit for species such as California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, fairy shrimp, blunt nosed leopard lizard, giant kangaroo rat, San Joaquin kit fox, elderberry long-horn beetle, El Segundo blue butterfly, southwestern willow flycatcher, California Gnatcatcher, California Desert tortoise, steelhead, tidewater goby,.

Working Conditions:

Primary work location is at office in Paso Robles. Approximately 70 percent of time will be in office environment and 30 percent will be working in the field with staff.  Field work may require occasional overnight excursions.

Field surveys may require walking 5 to 8 miles a day in difficult weather conditions (hot/cold/windy/rainy). May be asked to lift and move items that weigh up to 50 pounds.

 Required education:

Ph.D. degree in biology, botany, zoology, ecology, wildlife biology or a related discipline from a recognized university.

Job Level

Senior-level, Executive-level





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