Pierce County

Tacoma , WA
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Environmental Biologist 2

Pierce County
Tacoma, WA Full time
Posted on March 8, 2018


Environmental Biologist 2


SALARY:  $36.78 - $47.10 Hourly 


OPENING DATE:  03/08/18


CLOSING DATE:  03/25/18 11:59 PM



 **This recruitment may be used to fill other Environmental Biologist 2
 positions at Pierce County**


Are you a dedicated professional that puts customers first, thrives in a demanding environment, and displays solid teamwork? Are you interested in being part of an energetic organization that strives to deliver timely, reliable and consistent service using the latest technology--and have fun while you're doing it?
Come work for a department that develops, trains, and promotes their employees. Join the team at Planning and Public Works, and help us build a livable Pierce County for people to Live, Work, and Play.
Our staff is committed to building better, safer communities and enhancing the quality of life in Pierce County. Use your knowledge and experience with conducting site visits, identifying natural conditions of the sites and predicting future behavior of natural resources to make a difference for our residents.
Learn more about our dynamic department at


Our next successful team member can look forward to...

  • Conducting site visits, identifying natural conditions of the sites and predicting future behavior of natural resources.
  • Reading and interpreting plans, specifications, drawings, technical maps and documents.
  • Preparing, reviewing, and analyzing complex reports and mitigation plans.
  • Analyzing proposed project activity in relation to its impact on the environment and reviewing mitigation plans.
  • Providing input and direction to, monitoring, and preparation of mitigation reports, grant applications and other environmental-related analysis, studies, and reports as needed to secure local, state, or federal approvals and permits.
  • Coordinating environmental documentation and permitting activities with other section members, other County departments, and other agencies.
  • Preparing written reports, summarizes findings, and drafting a variety of memos and letters.
  • Participation in committees and technical groups.
  • Responding to and assessing surface water emergencies.

Our next successful team member should possess the following...

  •  Comprehensive knowledge of river, riparian, floodplain and watershed ecology, including fisheries biology, hydrology, water quality/water chemistry, and geomorphology. Understanding of key natural resource and endangered species issues currently affecting Pacific Northwest rivers and floodplains.
  • Broad knowledge of related scientific, engineering and technical disciplines relevant to the riverine environment and river and floodplain management.
  • Knowledge of fisheries biology, particularly of salmonid management in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Knowledge of wetland ecology, hydrology, plants and soils, and wetland classification systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in or ability to:
    • Collaborate with other professionals to develop design plans, specifications, drawings, and technical maps and documents.
    • Develop and obtain permits and approvals related to work within rivers, streams and wetlands. Develop appropriate permit strategies for complex projects.
    • Oversee environmental compliance of construction and erosion control measures.
    • Identify and monitor project or program related impacts on aquatic habitat and species and designing targeted studies to meet objectives.
    • Communicate scientific and technical project and program information to stakeholders. Facilitate successful collaboration on politically-sensitive environmental issues.
    • Develop and analyze technical information using common computer software and statistical packages including ESRI® and Microsoft® products.
    • Write reports for a range of technical and non-technical audiences
    • Conduct wetland delineations and plant identification.
    • Use field and monitoring equipment including electroshockers, multi-parameter sondes, GPS, and iPad




Our next successful team member will have...

Minimum Recruiting Requirements:

  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in aquatic biology, ecology, fisheries, environmental science, or natural resource management; or a related field and,
  • 3 years of related work experience, 
  • including 1 year of experience delineating wetlands using the Unified Federal Manual and preparing wetland reports is REQUIRED..
  • Additional education may substitute for the recruiting requirements. 
  • Union membership is required within 30 days of employment.
  • Union membership within 30 days (if applicable)
  • May be required to pass a Pierce County background check which includes a criminal history check.
  • May be required to pass a pre-employment medical examination and drug test.