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Botanist - On Call

Botanist (San Diego) – On Call

For more than 40 years, Harris & Associates has helped to improve communities and create better places to live through smart, safe, more sustainable planning, design and construction solutions. Harris is a 100% employee-owned company focused on solving today's complex challenges in planning, design, and construction. Our offices and project sites span the West Coast in California, Nevada, Hawaii, and Washington with a staff of over 230 employee-owners focused on serving clients in the municipal, water, transportation, and education markets.

Harris’ growing Environmental, Engineering, and Consulting Division does industry-leading work in environmental planning and compliance, community planning and housing solutions, engineering design, municipal and district finance, and one water solutions. Harris continues to expand the scope of these services while also building new capabilities in planning, climate change/adaptation, hazard mitigation, resilience, and management consulting. If you are a passionate and motivated professional looking for a collaborative environment at a firm that invests heavily in your growth, you could be a perfect fit for Harris & Associates.

Harris & Associates is looking for a Botanist (San Diego)

Harris has an opening for an experienced on-call botanist to join our Environmental Planning and Compliance Group to assist the staff Senior Biologist. The Botanist will be responsible for conducting floristic surveys, including vegetation mapping, surveys for rare plants and mapping of invasive plant species in southern California. Potential for other biological resources work is possible.

The ideal candidate will be familiar with San Diego County habitat and vegetation types, native and rare plant species, as well as non-native plant species. The candidate must have several years of experience with rare plant surveys directly within San Diego County. They must be able to show experience mapping vegetation and conducting quadrat/plot vegetation surveys. The candidate will be skilled in plant identification in-field and must be skilled in using keys to identify species not otherwise identifiable. The ideal candidate will have experience with rare plant population counts. The candidate must also have experience implementing biological resources mitigation measures including pre-construction surveys, construction monitoring, habitat restoration and ecology, and post construction restoration monitoring. Relocation of sensitive/rare species including cacti species is also desired.

The successful candidate will have a proven record of accomplishment, preparing well-written technical analyses, working collaboratively in a team environment, and demonstrating strong client interaction skills.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead rare plant surveys and mapping efforts.
  • Invasive species mapping.
  • Lead restoration ecology efforts.
  • Conduct habitat and vegetation mapping.
  • Identify plants utilizing keys.
  • Work closely the Harris Geographical Information System (GIS) team to set up field Global positioning systems (GPS) and coordinate data analysis and table and figure outputs.
  • Mentor biology staff.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Familiarity with coastal, foothill, mountain, and desert ecosystems.
  • Education, training, or field experience with rare plants.
  • Vernal pool ecology and phenology.
  • Experience in southern California vegetation mapping with the Holland Vegetation Classification for California, Manual of California Vegetation, and the Vegetation Classification System (VCS) for San Diego County.
  • Experience with ArcCollector and sub-meter field data collection.
  • Experience preparing and implementing Habitat Conservation Plans.
  • Experience implementing the City of San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP), County of San Diego MSCP, and/or the Northwestern San Diego County Multiple Habitat Conservation Program strongly preferred.

Qualifications & Skills

  • Minimum of 15 years of experience as a botanist.
  • Experience with restoration ecology & vernal pool ecology.
  • Experience with vegetation and plant data collection and analysis.
  • Bachelor’s degree in botany.
  • Proficient use of Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Google Earth, GPS units/software, ArcGIS, and other related software.
  • Experience conducting rare plant surveys and other rare plant work in San Diego County.
  • Experience working in southern California.
  • Familiarity with the flora and fauna of southern California.
  • Experience working with construction crews conducting biological monitoring.

Compensation & Benefits

This on-call position is not benefit-eligible. We offer competitive salaries and benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. Harris is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an EEO/AA employer.  We invite resumes from all interested and qualified candidates including women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Harris & Associates is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, marital status, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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