Biologist/Wetland Scientist; ESA

Job Title: 
Biologist/Wetland Scientist
Job Location: 
Seattle, Washington

Who We Are


ESA is a 100% employee-owned environmental consulting firm delivering work that matters.


We plan, design, permit, mitigate, and restore—for projects across our communities, infrastructure systems, open spaces, and wildlands. 


Our scientists, planners, historians, archaeologists, engineers, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking, in-depth analyses, and committed follow-through to guide successful policy development and project planning, and deliver enduring multi-objective solutions.


At ESA, we believe every employee has a unique combination of knowledge, skills and experience that contributes to our success.


We value diversity and inclusion and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique. Our culture is built on mutual respect, recognizing that the collective sum of our individual differences and life experiences fosters our continued success and achievement, for our employee-owners and our clients.


Collaborating with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives leads to better solutions and opportunities for everyone. We celebrate the differences—age, color, physical ability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, language, national origin, race, religion, veteran status, and other characteristics—that make each of us unique.


Who You Are


You are an effective team member and communicator who works collaboratively on multi-disciplinary teams.


You have education, training and experience in natural resources management including some or all of the following: wetlands, fisheries, wildlife, and vegetation surveys and management. 


You enjoy field work and are able to walk long distances carrying a backpack, safely operate, load and transport equipment and gear, and cross fences, creeks and other obstacles.    


You are known for preparing field reports and other documents that are clear, concise, well-written and supported and for your ability to present information understandably about basic or low complexity topics to project team members.


You have used your strong writing and editing skills to contribute to a variety of environmental documents such as wetland delineation reports, critical areas reports, biological assessments, monitoring reports, and sections of SEPA or NEPA analyses.


You deliver your project assignments on time and within budget and have assisted with the development and tracking of scopes, schedules and budgets under a Project Manager’s direction.


You hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biology or a related environmental or ecological field and have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience which includes performing critical areas assessments and aquatic resources investigations in the greater Seattle area. Training or experience in wetland science and regulatory services is required including wetland delineation, functional assessment, rating, and ordinary high water mark determinations in the Pacific Northwest.   


What You Will Do for ESA


Perform wetland delineations, stream surveys, wildlife surveys and habitat assessments, and prepare environmental permit applications and supporting documentation.   


Apply critical thinking and problem solving to select and apply standard techniques, methods and procedures for a wide range of basic to lower complexity biological studies. You will collect, interpret and analyze field survey data and may serve as a technical/resource specialist in one or more natural resource disciplines.


Serve as a contributing author of environmental documents potentially including technical memoranda, biological assessments/evaluations, scientific discipline reports, sections of SEPA or NEPA analyses, and resource-related permit applications.


Complete specific project tasks including the technical or logistical aspects of delivering specific components of a project’s scope, meeting with team members to gauge progress toward schedule, scope and budget, serve as a point of contact for team members with basic task questions and provide status reports to the Deputy Project Manager or Project Manager.


What ESA Will Do for You


Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of environmental professionals knowing that you have contributed to outstanding projects, improved environmental stewardship, and advanced a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and wild places.


At ESA, we spend our days helping to keep the environment in balance, and we want to help keep your life in balance, too by providing medical, dental & vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), a 401(k) plan with company match, a performance bonus program, an employee stock ownership program, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays to name a few.


At every stage in your career, we provide opportunities for continued growth, development, and recognition. Whether you want to further your technical expertise, sharpen your business acumen, or help lead the next generation of employee-owners, we want to support you in reaching your career goals. We believe these efforts will not only benefit you, but all ESA colleagues and clients. Specific programs include Tuition Reimbursement, Professional Development Bonuses, and attendance at Conferences.


What’s Special About Our Biological Resources Team in Seattle


Our team includes Wetland Biologists, Fisheries Biologists, Environmental Scientists, and Resource Policy Specialists that provide expertise for many municipalities in the Puget Sound and Washington state regions. Our work matters because it helps communities shape a positive future for their citizens. We value creative thinking, teamwork, and multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement and integration.


To read about some of the exciting projects we have recently completed check out these links:  Sound Transit On-call Environmental ServicesBlackjack Creek Watershed Assessment & Restoration PlanMill Pond Dam Removal & RestorationUAV Mitigation and Monitoring Program, and SE 62nd Street Extension and Improvements.


ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.  (EOE M/V/F/D)

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