Mojave Desert Tortoise Biologist -Lake Havasu

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Transcon Environmental
Year Round
Job Overview

Established in 1999, Transcon Environmental, Inc. (Transcon), offers environmental consulting services throughout the United States. With offices in Arizona, California, Utah, Wyoming and Virginia, we are available to our customers where needed. Our highly successful team of environmental planners, biologists, GIS analysts and archaeologists provides environmental planning, surveys, permitting, and compliance services as well as infrastructure siting, environmental construction management, and monitoring.


Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is conducting construction on the Topock Compressor Station and surrounding areas to remediate the soil, sediments, surface water, and groundwater for the release of hazardous substances resulting from historic operations at the Topock Compressor Station. Activities relate to Investigation and a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Facility Investigation (RFI) to investigate the release of hazardous substances and hazardous wastes at or from the Topock Compressor Station.


Our biologists are the lead biological monitors for the project. The entire 960-acre remediation site is habitat for the Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni), ring-tailed cat (Bassariscus astutus), Townsend’s big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii), and there is habitat along the Colorado River for southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii), western yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus), Yuma clapper rail (Rallus longirostris yumanensis), razorback sucker (Xyrauchen texanus) and bonytail chub (Gila elegans).


Main tasks include:

  • Provide daily field inspection and monitoring for desert tortoises and other sensitive species
  • Perform site clearance for all remediation construction activities
  • Complete site assessment reports before construction commencement
  • Developed and presented environmental trainings for all field personnel
  • Coordinate with PG&E, contractor personnel, and other consultants to ensure sufficient monitoring coverage
  • Avoidance and minimization recommendations to avoid impacts to sensitive species
  • Work with the contractors to resolve compliance issues and design projects to avoid impacts
  • Surveys for native plants and plants of cultural significance
  • Documenting all native tree trimmings and removals
  • Maintained best management practices
  • Report any dead or injured special status species to USFWS, CDFW, AGFD and BLM
  • Maintain Geographic Information System data for the project


*Transcon is seeking candidates with knowledge of Mojave Desert flora and fauna, particularly with experience with Mojave desert tortoise, or other federally listed threatened or endangered species. Preference will be given to Authorized or previously approved Mojave desert tortoise biologist that currently reside in the vicinity of Needles, California, including Lake Havasu City, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada; and surrounding areas of San Bernardino County, California area or are willing to relocate. The successful candidate is comfortable working independently and can also work cooperatively with other biologists and specialists from various departments within Transcon and outside agencies and organizations.


Work will be conducted under the supervision of the Lead Biologist or Project Manager. The position will require approximately 20% office work and 80% field work, however, this may vary depending on the work load. Office tasks include data entry, organization, and analysis, scientific/technical report writing and editing, and miscellaneous administrative tasks. Candidates must have excellent writing skills and be proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Some weekend work may be required.


Depending on the project activity, the job may require carrying a pack weighing up to 35lbs, hiking on mountainous/rugged terrain, exposure to extreme environmental conditions, and exposure to dangerous organisms, but no remote work.


Job Type: Full-time


Salary: $22.00 to $28.00 /hour


Candidates should possess a bachelor’s degree in biology, botany, ecology, natural resources, and/or a closely related discipline. Applicants must have a clean driving record for at least 5 years prior to the start of work. Employees will be reimbursed for mileage, hotels/lodging and travel time. Wage is negotiable based on relevant experience and work location but will likely range from $22-$28 per hour. Transcon offers a very competitive Benefits and 401k package to full time employees. Offers of employment will be contingent on the candidate passing drug and alcohol testing and background check.