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Ever dreamt of having the biggest, most innovative transportation project in the country on your resume? That dream can now be your reality. We are hiring for the $1.6 billion High Speed Rail project that is constructing the first high-speed rail system in our nation. Harris & Associates is managing partner of the joint-venture team working for the California High Speed Rail Authority to deliver the first 29-mile segment of this historic project—which has become a model for success across the United States. 


We are actively searching for an experienced Designated Biologist (DB) to join our growing team in Fresno, CA. We are looking of both Part-time and Full-time candidates. 

The DB will provide technical leadership, field management, and biological compliance oversight  He/she will manage project execution, logistics, and supporting efforts from the project location and oversee biological field efforts. The DB is responsible for mitigation monitoring requirements in compliance with the terms and conditions outlined in the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP) and United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) permits. The DB must provide initial notification to CDFW by calling the Regional Office if a Covered Species is taken or injured during construction. Following initial notification, a written report must be sent to the CDFW Regional Representative within two calendar days.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Scheduling and oversight of Harris and subcontractor staff for biological survey tasks.
  •  Tracking of biological project conditions and regulatory requirements and facilitation of their implementation in a timely and compliant manner 
  • Coordination and oversight of Harris and subcontractor staff for pre-construction surveys, species relocations, and construction monitoring 
  • Quality control of survey and monitoring efforts 
  • Coordination with construction team regarding schedule and biological compliance 
  • Data management and review in coordination with GIS and field staff 
  • Reporting to construction team and agency personnel in accordance with project conditions 
  • Reporting and coordination of project deliverables with project manager 
  • Implement a culture of high technical competence, accuracy, and timeliness
  • Prepare a California tiger salamander (CTS) Salvage and Relocation Plan
  • Conduct CTS Pre-construction surveys prior to starting covered activities and relocation
  • Conduct pre-construction surveys during Swainson’s hawk (SWHA) nesting season
  • Provide nesting season survey results to CDFW in a written report no more than five days prior to beginning Covered Activities
  • If a nesting SWHA is found in a Work Area or in the 0.5‐mile Work Area buffer, the DB shall be present daily for the entire duration of any Covered Activities within the Work Area to monitor the behavior of the potentially affected SWHA
  • San Joaquin kit fox (SJKF) pre-construction Surveys



  • Bachelor of Science degree in field related to Biology, Ecology, or Natural Resources.
  • Master’s degree in Biology or related field preferred
  • 5+ years’ experience performing biological services in California 
  • Experience with Central California habitats and sensitive species, specifically California tiger salamander, Swainson's hawk, and San Joaquin kit fox.
  • Experience in managing large, complex biological compliance projects and excellent understanding of State and Federal regulatory requirements as they relate to biology 
  • Experience implementing regulatory agency conditions on large construction projects 
  • Possess proven leadership and management skills of professional staff 
  • Experience with agency and client relationship management 
  • Ability to be on time and on budget 
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Strong work ethic, ability to lead and manage professional staff 
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, communication, and organizational skills

Harris & Associates is an EEO employer committed to excellence through diversity.  We offer competitive salaries and benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance.

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