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Field Biologist (Field Based)


This is a Full-time position in Sacramento, CA posted May 26, 2020.

Location: Sacramento, CA  or San Francisco, CA

ERM is hiring a Field Biologist to perform biological surveys, nesting bird surveys and construction monitoring near Sacramento, CA and the Bay Area in CA. This role is a temporary contract position. Successful candidates must be flexible and responsive to a challenging and changing work environment where schedules, site locations, and tasks fluctuate according to the needs of the project.  The role of a field biologist requires technical skills, as well as, strong organizational and communication skills. Local candidates preferred.


  • Perform nesting bird surveys.
  • Conducting nesting bird counts.
  • Perform biological surveys for CA species (including botanical)
  • Biological monitoring for construction projects
  • Electronic data collection.
  • Handheld and sub-meter accurate GPS data collection.
  • Daily reporting and survey report compilation.
  • Potential to help with office/desktop work as needed
  • Other duties as assigned or required.


  • 3+ years of experience in field biology.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline.
  • Experience with nesting bird and raptor surveys
  • Experience with biological surveys for CA species. Botany is a plus.
  • Experience with construction monitoring.
  • Familiarity with nesting bird survey protocols and/or general bird identification skills required.
  • Ability to work safely outdoors in variable weather conditions and on challenging terrain.
  • Working knowledge of sub-meter accuracy GPS technologies and map interpretation skills (e.g., NWI, USGS, aerial photography).
  • Must have a strong attention to detail in documentation of work.
  • Must have strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Desire to work in the field for extended period and maintain a positive attitude.
  • Willingness and ability to travel with overnight stays possible.
  • Demonstrated independent and effective problem solving and decision making skills.
  • A strong commitment to safety and safety procedures.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Ability to pass pre-hire background check and drug test.