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Terracon Staff Scientist in Sacramento, California


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PROJECT or MID-LEVEL BIOLOGIST /SCIENTIST POSITION : Burleson Consulting Inc., A Terracon Company is seeking a motivated Biologist, ideally with a strong botany or vegetation background, with critical thinking skills and a strong work ethic to join our Sacramento office. Burleson provides CEQA/NEPA, biological consulting/management services, habitat restoration, regulatory permitting, environmental compliance monitoring, and GIS services to both the public and private sectors. The title and pay for this position are dependent on previous experience and ability to work independently. The work will be a blend of field surveys (vegetation and wildlife, including protocol-level special status species surveys), data entry and management, construction monitoring, and technical report writing. Field work will be performed often off trail, and in all weather conditions. Upon hire, the successful candidate could begin full-time work as early as August 2022.

RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES : Responsibilities may consist of the following:

  • Vegetation mapping and habitat characterization

  • General botanical surveys and inventories

  • Focused surveys and/or habitat assessments for special-status plant species

  • Jurisdictional delineations pursuant to federal Clean Water Act Section 404; habitat delineations in support of state Section 1600 permitting

  • Conducting or leading biological monitoring for construction/restoration projects.

  • Drafting or leading preparation of due diligence, focused surveys, habitat assessments, biological technical reports, biological sections of NEPA/CEQA documents, annual reports, restoration plans and jurisdictional delineation reports, including analyzing impacts and identifying mitigation measures.

  • Assisting project managers with preparation and processing of 401/404/1600 permit applications and supporting materials.

  • Maintaining accurate field notes and maps, project files, work logs, etc.

  • Providing high-quality work products on schedule and within budget.

  • Preparing or assisting project managers with proposals.

  • Attitude and demeanor compatible with collaborative team efforts and ability to professionally interact with clients and resource agency representatives.

  • Perform extensive fieldwork on potentially difficult terrain and during adverse weather conditions on field assignments ranging from a few days to weeks at a time.

  • Applicant must be available and willing to work out of town on occasion. Some weekend work may be required.

QUALIFICATIONS : The ideal candidate will be a plant enthusiast with strong field survey and writing skills. Additional preferred qualifications include:

  • Experience with biological resources impact analyses and mitigation identification/planning.

  • Experience with natural communities and vegetation mapping, plant identification (both native California plants and non-natives), and special-status plant species taxonomy and natural history

  • Though not required, preference will be given to those who have completed Wetland Delineator training (40-hour course and Arid West Supplement) or demonstrated experience conducting wetland delineations independently pursuant to Clean Water Act Section 404 protocols.

  • Strong familiarity with California wetland types and systems (freshwater and tidal), northern and central California vegetation community characterization, and experience with state and federal regulatory permitting processes, including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

  • Experience with GPS & GIS mapping software and post-processing

  • Attention to detail, ability to work independently and strong written and oral communication skills is essential.

  • Ability to conduct fieldwork in challenging terrain and weather conditions as necessary.


  • Candidates should have 3+ years of relevant work experience and a BS in botany, biology, natural sciences, environmental science, or other relevant discipline.

  • Good record keeping skills and attention to detail are mandatory.

  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office, ArcMap, and GPS is mandatory.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

PHYSICAL FITNESS : Position requires long days in the field with prolonged walking and exposure to the elements. Much of the field work is off trail on uneven terrain and through thick vegetation. Must be capable of carrying a 30-pound backpack and able to lift 50 pounds.



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Regular, Full Time

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Sacramento, CA

About Terracon:

Terracon is a 100 percent employee-owned consulting engineering firm providing quality services to clients. Since 1965, Terracon has evolved into a successful multi-discipline firm specializing in environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services. Terracon currently has more than 5,000 employees in more than 150 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon’s growth is due to valued employees exceeding expectations in client service and growing their careers with new and exciting opportunities in the marketplace.

Terracon’s vision of “Together, we are best at people” is demonstrated through our excellent compensation and benefits package. Based on eligibility, role and job status, we offer many programs including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) plan, paid time off and holidays, education reimbursement, and various bonus programs.

EEO Statement:

Terracon is an EEO employer. We encourage qualified minority, female, veteran and disabled candidates to apply and be considered for open positions. We do not discriminate against any applicant for employment, or any employee because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, disability, age, or military status.

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Terracon's COVID-19 Safety Response:

Committed to Our Employee Safety!

Terracon is passionate about your safety before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic. As Terracon continues to move forward and grow through this time, we are continuing to take every precaution to ensure the safety of our employee-owners. If you are as committed to your success as we are committed to your safety, then Terracon is the company for you!

Our goal has not changed. For Terracon, our guiding principle has been and will continue to be the safety of our employee-owners. It’s that simple. We want our employees to be able to work safely in every situation and go home safely each night. As we continue our vision of being “Best at People,” here are some of the things Terracon is doing to safeguard every employee-owner:

  • On-going communication with ALL employee-owners on a dedicated COVID Response page, and a portal for their families to have access to resources as well

  • Requiring specific COVID-19 Pre-Task Safety Planning Protocols for all tasks and projects

  • Empowering employees to speak up and say “no” to working in unsafe conditions

  • Providing an additional 40 hours of sick leave to anyone impacted by COVID-19, including those impacted by daycare and school closures

  • Ensuring proper PPE and sanitation on all project sites by providing field employee-owners with mobile hand washing stations and supplies, masks, and sanitizing kits

  • Utilizing technology for more remote work opportunities and innovation using everything from video conferencing to drones

  • Following all CDC guidelines including social distancing on job sites, in offices, and in our labs

If your passion lies in working with a company that truly cares for your safety, and if you’re interested in belonging to a 100% employee-owned organization that will help you grow and quickly progress in your career, consider Terracon and apply today!