Senior Biologist

Insignia Environmental Published: December 13, 2022
Encinitas, CA
Skill Level
Senior Level
Job Type
Corporate Sustainability / Certification / Project Management / Scientific

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Insignia was founded in 2004 to provide premier consulting service to our niche of energy and utility infrastructure clients facing environmental challenges.

We are a full-service boutique consulting firm of experts who provide a broad range of multi-disciplinary environmental services to utility and infrastructure clients across the U.S. while forging long-term relationships. Insignia holds performance and responsiveness paramount while partnering with clients to add value to their projects and deliver above expectations.


Insignia is looking for an experienced Senior Biologist to join our team. Responsibilities include overseeing biological fieldwork, managing projects, and coordinating the preparation of environmental review documents and permit applications. This position also supports management staff in marketing efforts, including the preparation of proposals.


  • Provide oversight of biological field surveys, including biological assessments, special-status species surveys, vegetation mapping, and wetland delineations.
  • Manage and provide technical review for the preparation of biological documents, including special-status survey reports, biological resources technical reports, and biological resources sections of California Environmental Quality Act/National Environmental Policy Act (CEQA/NEPA) documents.
  • Manage and provide technical review for the preparation of resource agency permit applications, including Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements, Clean Water Act Section 404 and Section 401 permits, and Endangered Species Act Section 7 and Section 10 documents.
  • Coordinate with project field teams to schedule and execute biological fieldwork in accordance with Insignia’s standards and project requirements.
  • Ensure work is conducted within the assigned constraints (i.e., budget and schedule) at the project and program levels.
  • Assist in the preparation of scopes and costs for project proposals.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in biology, ecology, or a related science.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in environmental consulting in a similar role.
  • Strong technical expertise in one or more aspects of field biology, such as botany, wildlife biology, or wetland biology; for wildlife biologists, species-handling permits are strongly desired.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with environmental compliance and project management on major utility infrastructure projects in California.
  • Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated experience with California species and ecosystems. At least 3 years of demonstrated experience with sensitive species in Southern California is strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated experience with leading teams of field biologists.
  • Knowledge and experience with federal and state regulations, including CEQA/NEPA, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects on time and within budget.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, as well as confidence in dealing with clients, regulators, and team members.
  • Excellent writing and technical editing skills, with advanced experience in Microsoft Office.
  • Rigorously detail-oriented and committed to accuracy.


  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Willingness and ability to travel when needed.
  • Willingness and ability to work fluctuating and/or long hours as necessary.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • While prioritizing health and safety, this position requires an individual who is able to walk and hike through varying degrees of difficult terrain. Individuals may also be required to perform their job responsibilities in inclement weather conditions.


Interested applicants should click "Apply" below to email a resume, with a brief cover letter or cover email that includes compensation expectations. Please include the phrase “Senior Biologist Resume” in the subject line of your email. We request that applicants refrain from calling our office directly regarding this position.

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Insignia is an equal opportunity employer. Insignia does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, sexual identity, mental or physical disability, genetic predisposition or characteristics, or any other characteristics protected by applicable state or federal civil rights law.

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