Careers in the Plant Sciences

Environmental Services Biologist, Senior Advisor  [HYBRID]

Southern California Edison (SCE) - Rosemead, CA, United States

Position Title: Environmental Services Biologist, Senior Advisor  [HYBRID]
Position Type: Permanent Position
Application Review Begins: Monday, June 27, 2022
Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Institution: Southern California Edison (SCE)
Department/Division: Environmental Services
Field (e.g., systematics):
City: Rosemead, CA, United States
General Information: very day, we at SCE are working hard for our communities, our environment, and our future. As one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, we’re bringing more clean and renewable sources of energy to Southern California, modernizing our electric grid for a more secure and reliable energy future.

We’re a national leader in solar delivery and battery storage. And we’re supporting greener transport and helping to make electric vehicles more affordable. We’re cutting emissions and greenhouse gases to provide cleaner air for everyone. And in everything we do for businesses, customers, and communities, we’re offering more flexibility, more choices, and more ways to save. We’re making substantial investments in a clean energy future, for ourselves and for the next generation.

It’s an investment in our employees, our customers, and our communities. We’re all on one team and together, we’re building tomorrow’s energy foundation today.
Qualifications/Requirements: The essentials

• Bachelor’s degree or higher in biology, botany, or closely related field
• Ten or more years of experience in providing biological/botanical project support (planning, surveying, monitoring, data management, reporting, etc.)
• Experience working with state and/or federal wildlife resource agencies (i.e., California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, etc.)
• Experience supporting biological resources compliance by using standard biological and botanical resource data sources, conducting desktop resource reviews, and field survey methodologies
• Experience analyzing, interpreting, and implementing regulations, developing guidance for complex projects, and reaching agreement with external stakeholders including agencies
• Experience using ArcGIS and Google Earth Pro (or similar tools)
• Valid U.S. Driver's License

The preferred

• Experience working with state and federal land management agencies (e.g., U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, California State Parks, etc.) and the California Public Utilities Commission
• Experience supporting biological resources compliance for electric utility maintenance and/or large construction projects
• Experience with species consultation and incidental take permitting
• Experience with rare plant identification and vegetation community characterization and mapping using the Manual of California Vegetation
• Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with business partners, cross-functional project teams, peers, all levels of managements, and external stakeholders
• Strong ethics, influence and negotiation, leadership, interpersonal skills, communication, and the ability to effectively manage stress and multiple priorities, and engage in continuous learning
• Excellent writing skills and ability to explain technical compliance requirements and resource management strategies to a technical or non-technical audience
• Strong skills with standard office software such as MS Word, MS Excel, etc.
• Strong project management, problem solving, negotiation, and critical thinking skills

You should know

• Work Mode: When a return-to-office date has been determined, this position’s work mode is hybrid.  The employee will report to an SCE facility for a set number of days with the option to work remotely on the remaining days.  Unless otherwise noted, employees are required to reside in the state of California.  Further details of this work mode will be discussed at the interview stage.
• Visit our Candidate Resource page to get meaningful information related to benefits, perks, resources, testing information, and hiring process, and more!
• This position requires testing and applicants who are identified to continue through the selection process will be invited to test via email. Please access our Information Guides, to reference Edison Individual Contributor Workstyles test 8203. Candidates who have previously passed these assessment(s), in some cases, may not need to retest again for this position.
• Position will require up to 20% traveling and being out in the field throughout the SCE service territory.  

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Responsibilities: Join the Clean Energy Revolution

Become an Environmental Services Biologist, Senior Advisor at Southern California Edison (SCE) and build a better tomorrow. In this job, you’ll ensure biological resources compliance while providing safe and reliable energy to SCE customers.  

We are looking for a passionate individual to support work in the Biological and Archaeological Resources (BAR) Section within SCE’s Environmental Services Department. The BAR Section serves as SCE’s technical experts in the fields of biology and archaeology and provides project specific assistance, company-wide guidance and direction, and innovative solutions through technological and programmatic approaches. The successful candidate will serve as a senior biologist responsible for managing biological resources, with an emphasis on botanical resources, for multiple projects including large capital projects, operations and maintenance programs, wildfire prevention projects, emergencies, as well as agency engagement in support of SCE’s environmental protection, reliability, and affordability goals. This work includes interfacing with project managers, regulatory agency staff, and consulting biological specialists to provide in-depth analysis and recommendations for complex resource and/or regulatory issues that often lack precedent and require advanced scientific and/or regulatory knowledge to resolve. Critical thinking, collaboration, and the ability to provide creative solutions are required skills needed to manage SCE’s botanical resources program. 

As a Senior Advisor your work will help power our planet, reduce carbon emissions and create cleaner air for everyone. Are you ready to take on the challenge to help us build the future?

A day in the life - Get ready to think big, work smart and shine bright!

• As a member of the BAR Section’s Biological Resources Program team, develop company-wide regulatory compliance guidance in collaboration with SCE’s biologists and other environmental professionals to support utility projects and programs
• Work collaboratively with environmental project managers and other internal/external partners to develop balanced solutions that will allow SCE to complete projects in a timely and cost-effective way while minimizing impacts to botanical and other biological resources
• Develop strategies to ensure compliance with the Federal and California Endangered Species Acts, the National Environmental Protection Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, Fish and Game Code, and other regulations pertaining to biological resources
• Provide oversight and guidance to consulting biological specialists and SCE environmental project managers
• Ability to manage and negotiate high level, politically sensitive, technically complex projects and issues, while working under pressure and managing competing priorities
• Conduct QA/QC reviews of biological resource reports and data
• Develop and review biological resource management measures and guidance documents
• Advance programmatic solutions to provide consistency, clarity, and predictability for project work across SCE’s service territory
• Ensure Biological Resources Program guidance is implemented consistently by internal and external stakeholders
• Negotiate and overcome challenges with agencies on biological resource and regulatory issues
• Build trust-based relationships with land management and resource agency counterparts
• Manage biology/botanical data, contracts, and budgets
• Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): Apply via link provided:
Compensation Range:
Contact Name: Kathryn Santos-Herrera,