Biologist, Durango and Hotchkiss/Western Slope offices.

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Do you have a passion for biology? Being active in the beautiful Colorado outdoors? How about backpacking? How does combining these passions to solve intricate challenges through teamwork and technical expertise sound? Sound great? If so, ERO is for you. We are seeking a mid- to senior-level Biologist (Biologist I) for both our Durango and Hotchkiss/Western Slope offices.
At ERO, we have been solving environmental problems for 40 years. Our diverse team of scientists, planners, and subject matter experts work together to craft innovative solutions within the regulatory framework while balancing change in our region with natural and cultural resources protection. Did we mention ERO is a small women-owned business certified in Colorado?
We’re always looking for dynamic and engaged people to join our team! Bring your expertise, your ingenuity, and your vision. Let’s see the positive impact we can create, together.


Position Overview
At ERO our Biologist I’s are knowledgeable in data collection, analysis, and interpretation of scientific information and environmental regulations and prepare environmental documents including wetland delineation reports, technical reports, sections of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents and environmental permits, and are responsible for agency coordination. They have experience in the entire scope of project management from business development, proposals and cost estimates, and client/agency collaboration to final deliverables. They have a natural ability to step into a leadership role and manage staff both in the field and the office. Not only do our biologists have a desire to continually learn and collaborate on innovative solutions that allow for progress in their field, but also have a desire to conserve our natural resources. This position will include both fieldwork (25 to 50 percent) and office duties (25 to 50 percent).
The Biologist l position at ERO is responsible for undertaking multiple project responsibilities, including field direction and project management, and are expected to carry projects from proposal to completion with little supervisory oversight.


Minimum Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree in biology, botany, environmental science, ecological restoration, natural resource planning, or similar discipline.
• Master’s degree preferable.
• Typically, 7 to 10 years of applicable experience, with preference for Colorado-based experience.
• Experience completing NEPA documents preferred.
• Specialization in botany/ecology, with experience in wetland delineation preferred.
• In-depth understanding of natural resource regulations, including Clean Water Act, NEPA, Endangered Species Act, and Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
• Use applicable manuals, guidelines, or assessment methods to identify, document, and evaluate natural resources.
• Experience interfacing with state and federal agencies, including the Corps, BLM, USFS, USFWS, CPW, CDOT, and others.


Responsibilities
• Build and maintain strong positive relationships with clients and agencies to enhance business development opportunities.
• Complete thorough, accurate, and defensible scopes of work, schedules, and cost estimates in response to proposal requests.
• Initiate, conduct, and manage project tasks, and conclude projects, including coordination with internal ERO team (GIS, administrative, and specialists) to complete database reviews, field surveys, and reporting.
• Maintain and ensure scientific and regulatory integrity.
• Oversee all tasks during fieldwork, including completion of field forms, photography, mapping with a GPS unit, and documenting site conditions.
• Comply and/or verify team compliance with ERO’s Safety Plan and completion of Safety Checklists.
• Prepare and complete large technical reports such as wetland delineations, biological assessments, individual permit applications, and technical reports for NEPA projects, with little direction needed from project managers or principals.
• Be proactive, take initiative, and assist with ERO’s Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plan.
• Mentor and provide training opportunities to junior staff in scoping (including budgeting, scheduling, and staffing); technical expertise/methods; regulations; reports; and client/agency communications.
• Assist leading resource meetings, stay up-to-date with regulations and agency guidelines, and help develop standards/guidance documents for the team.


Skills, Abilities, and Competencies
• Excellent writing skills.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite products and Adobe Acrobat.
• Proficiency in digital data entry using Microsoft Access, Trimble GPS units, and tablets.
• Effective communication skills – written and verbal.
• Proficiency in organizing projects, managing multiple priorities, and overseeing project staff and deliverables.
• Proven ability to conduct project management tasks and handle multiple priorities including overseeing project staff and deliverables.
• Proficiency in leading field crews.
• Ability to collaborate with field teams and across disciplines throughout the company and with clients and regulatory agencies.
• Ability to manage and complete complex wetland delineations, large technical reports such as individual permits, biological assessments, and technical reports for NEPA projects and other fieldwork independently with few errors or edits required by project managers.
• Experience in participating and undertaking field projects to develop technically sound scopes of work and reasonable cost proposals.
• Maintain relationships with federal, state, and local regulatory and advisory agencies, including the USFWS, Corps, FEMA, BLM, USFS, BOR, CDPHE, CPW, counties, and municipalities


Physical Requirements
The Biologist I position includes approximately 25 to 50 percent of time in the field. The project areas may be located at high elevations in rugged terrain. Applicants must be physically capable and possess the skills necessary to perform all aspects of fieldwork including strenuous hiking with a backpack in rugged terrain up to 10 miles a day, collecting digital data, completing standard resource forms, performing in-field data analysis, and taking photographs.


ERO employees receive a generous benefits package, including:
• Competitive salary range: $65,000 to $90,000.
• A hybrid work schedule based on business needs and arranged with the supervisor.
• Health, dental, and vision insurance.
• Annual profit sharing and a retirement (401k) plan.
• Learning and development programs, training, career opportunities, and a highly regarded tuition reimbursement program.
• Vacation, sick leave, and comp time.
• Opportunity to work independently and collaboratively on a variety of projects of various sizes and complexity.
• 10 hours/month paid time off accrual.
• Seven paid holidays and office closure between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
• Cell phone, home office, and field equipment stipends
• Relocation assistance is available for the right candidate
Qualified applicants should send an email with a PDF cover letter, and resume to Opportunities@eroresources.com with Biologist I – Durango in the subject line. Only potential candidates will be contacted for interviews.
ERO participates in e-verify and pre-employment background screening services. ERO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. For more information about ERO, please visit our website at www.eroresources.com.