• Vernal Pool Ecologist

    Job Locations US-CA-Sacramento
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  • Overview

    RES is the nation’s largest and most experienced provider of ecological restoration and water resource solutions. To date, we have restored over 294 stream miles and 58,000 wetland acres and conserved and preserved 9,100 acres of endangered species habitats. RES operations include planting over 14,000,000 restorative trees and reducing over 250 tons of polluting nutrients. RES ecological solutions enable a of balance economic development and ecological sustainability.


    RES has an immediate opening in our Sacramento office for a full-time Vernal Pool Eologist. This person will primarily conduct monitoring and management of several vernal pool preserves and mitigation/conservation banks in Northern California.  


    The Vernal Pool Ecologist will be responsible for the management of the preserves and banks by conducting plant community mapping, invasive species mapping, special status plant surveys, wetland delineations, vernal pool crustacean surveys, and California tiger salamander surveys.

    Vernal Pool Ecologists are responsible for collecting data regarding the ecological status of the preserves/banks, making recommendations to achieve performance standards and habitat goals, and coordinating with cattle operators and maintenance crews to implement recommended management actions.


    Required qualifications

    • Academic background with emphasis in botany, plant ecology, or range management
    • Experience in some or most of the following areas: plant identification, quantitative field surveys, plant community mapping, wetland delineation,  digital field data collection, and general GIS, Google Earth, and/or ArcMap
    • Demonstrable technical writing ability
    • Good organizational and data management skills 
    • Strong communication and collaboration skills 
    • Willingness to travel throughout California
    • Ability to transfer results from collected data to management actions and ultimately implementation.

    Candidates with an M.S. or B.S. with direct experience managing preserves and/or mitigation sites preferred.

    Additional qualifications:

    • Valid driver’s license with no major traffic violations or multiple minor violations
    • Willingness to work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late nights)
    • Ability and willingness to work in all types of weather conditions, walking over varied terrain, bending, lifting, and carrying upwards of 50 pounds, and otherwise maintain good physical condition
    • Willingness to work at other times in an office environment preparing monitoring and resource management reports
    • Familiarity with field safety and low impact protocols


    Prior Experience in the Following Areas a Plus: 

    • California flora
    • Mitigation and conservation banking
    • Regulatory agency permit compliance tracking
    • 40-hour wetland delineation course or equivalent experience
    • Section 10(a)(1)(A) recovery permit for vernal pool crustaceans and California tiger salamander
    • Range management and coordination with cattle operators


    VEVRAA Federal Contractor


    RES is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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