Critical Areas Biologist @ David Evans and Associates, Inc.

Critical Areas Biologist


DEA is currently seeking a Critical Areas Biologist to join our Environmental Planning and Compliance group in our Bellevue, WA office. This position is full-time and is located in the Bellevue office, but could also be co-located in a project office in the region and telecommute as allowable given project-specific workload requirements.

The primary focus of the person in this position will be supporting existing scientists in conducting field work and preparing critical area reports and other similar documentation for some of the most exciting transportation, transit, water, energy, and land development projects in the region. Successful candidate will work closely with senior biologists to gradually increase responsibilities until able to work largely independently. Roles and responsibilities will include the following:

  • Conduct wetland delineations and ordinary high water determinations within urban and rural settings following state and federal protocols.
  • Prepare Critical Area Reports for local jurisdictions.
  • Conduct wetland mitigation monitoring and document results in annual reports.
  • Prepare wetland delineation reports, functional assessments, and mitigation plans.
  • Prepare permit applications.
  • Conduct water quality monitoring related to construction of projects.
  • Prepare NEPA- and SEPA-related technical reports.
  • Coordinate with team members and regulatory agencies as directed.
  • Conduct literature searches and compile information.
  • Conduct a variety of science-centered field work and document the results.
  • Assist in preparing scopes of work and estimating level of effort for task completion.

Desired Skills:

  • Excellent technical writing skills and strong attention to detail.
  • CESCL certification or ability and willingness to become certified.
  • Experience with water quality monitoring and equipment.
  • Knowledge of and experience with state/federal permitting procedures, NEPA documents, technical reports, wetland delineations, and mitigation requirements.
  • Enthusiasm in providing high quality customer service.
  • Ability to work in a highly flexible, team-oriented environment.
  • Knowledge of and experience preparing permit applications for transportation, development, and energy projects and documenting environmental permit compliance during construction
  • Knowledge of and experience with Northwest plants, fish, and wildlife.
  • Knowledge of and experience with GIS and with GPS equipment and software a plus.
  • Familiarity with project design plans and specifications a plus.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Ecology, or related field.
  • Minimum 5 years of biology, environmental science, environmental permitting and/or compliance experience in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office programs: Word, Excel, Outlook.
  • Ability to work outdoors in adverse conditions across the western states; must be available for occasional travel (up to 30%).


  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability and Life Insurance
  • Health Savings and Lifestyle Spending Account with employer contribution
  • Support for continuing education and training opportunities
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)/Holiday Pay
  • 401k and Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP)
  • Flexible 9/80 (every other Friday off) work schedule available
  • Holistic Wellbeing Program with a focus on physical, emotional, financial, career and community health
  • Opportunity for growth with support and mentoring to help with professional goals

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Bellevue, WA, USA




2021-09-03 00:00