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Staff Scientist


Richmond, CA United States

NCE is actively recruiting for a Staff Scientist in our Point Richmond office. We're looking for a dynamic person who enjoys a mix of office and field work and can apply analytical and critical thinking skills in both environments. The ideal candidate is a natural problem solver who thrives in a supportive but independent work environment and must possess the innate talent to efficiently identify, review and apply large amounts of technical and regulatory material. The natural ability to communicate (written and verbal) in a team environment is essential.

At a minimum we're looking for someone who can read, interpret, and communicate permit requirements and mitigation measures to fellow team members, clients, and agency staff along with applying field protocols to ensure project compliance. Example projects may include habitat enhancement, public works, or recreational trail projects. The candidate should also have basic ArcGIS mapping and analysis skills, have experience or the ability to quickly learn to use Trimble GPS units, GPS receivers, ArcGIS Online, and ArcGIS Collector in a variety of field environments.

The candidate should possess a Bachelor of Science in biology, natural resource science, water resources, watershed science, hydrology, environmental science/engineering or related field, as well as 2‐3 years of experience performing field surveys, site inspections, and or field mapping. The candidate should be familiar with Special Status Species, environmental regulations and implementing agencies who may have jurisdiction over affected resources and projects.

The position will support regulatory compliance for environmental, infrastructure, and stormwater related projects. Position responsibilities may include:

  • Reviewing, interpreting, and supporting negotiations related to regulatory permits and mitigation requirements and plans
  • Performing field work
    • Special Status Species and habitat field surveys
    • Pre‐construction clearance surveys
    • Nesting bird, raptor, and bat roosting surveys
    • Habitat mapping
    • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) inspections
    • Collecting geospatial data for biological resources, water resources, or infrastructure
  • Preparing technical reports (field inspection reports, biological assessments, habitat assessments, avian survey reports, etc.) and permit applications
  • Analyzing geospatial data and preparing maps
  • Coordinating and communicating with technical, civil design, and regulatory agency staff
Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Environmental and Natural Resources Planning
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