Vernal Pool Ecologist

Resource Environmental Solutions LLC

About the organization

At RES, we believe that human progress and the restoration of nature’s resources can go hand in hand. Our belief made us what we are today - the nation’s leading ecological restoration company, with over 300 stream miles restored and conserved, 20,000,000 trees planted, and 15,000 acres of special-status species habitat established. We restore our land and waters with integrity and innovation, one community at a time.


The Vernal Pool Ecologist will be responsible for the management of the preserves and banks by leading plant community mapping, invasive species mapping, special status plant surveys, wetland delineations, and supporting vernal pool crustacean surveys, and California tiger salamander surveys. The Vernal Pool Ecologist will write technical reports, support preparation of permit applications, communicate with clients, landowners, RES’ Operations Team, and assist in the stewardship of all RES’s conservation bank portfolio within the Western Region.

Vernal Pool Ecologists are responsible for collecting data regarding the ecological status of the preserves/banks, making recommendations to achieve performance standards and habitat goals, and coordinating with cattle operators and maintenance crews to implement recommended management actions.

The Vernal Pool Ecologist will serve as a technical specialist, peer reviewing the work of others and providing mentoring to junior team members and other Ecologists.


Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in botany, ecology, wildlife biology, or related discipline; Master’s degree a plus.
Experience with California plant identification, quantitative field surveys, plant community mapping, and Relevé.
Experience with wildlife species (CTS, branchipods, etc.) associated with vernal pool habitats.
Experience with rangeland species and grassland habitats.
Demonstrable technical writing ability; this role requires preparation of annual monitoring reports, Biological Assessments, Biological Resource Assessments, Biological Inventories, and other written technical documents. Must be able to prepare these documents with limited instruction, seeking input from senior staff for key items.
Good organizational and data management skills.
Strong communication and collaboration skills.
Willingness to travel throughout California, Oregon, and Washington.
Ability to transfer results of collected data to management actions.
The ability to engage in self-directed learning. This position necessitates the ability to quickly learn and synthesize information through self-directed learning such as reading scientific papers, attending webinars and conferences, and reviewing past work products.
Understanding of and experience with a variety of federal and California environmental regulations (federal Clean Water Act 404/401, California Fish and Game Code 1600, federal and California Endangered Species Acts).

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