Regulatory Permitting Specialist – Marine/Aquatic Sciences

We are looking for a Regulatory Permitting Specialist with Marine/Aquatic Sciences focus to join us on a full-time basis in our San Rafael, Emeryville, or Petaluma office.  The successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of project managers to conduct a variety of work, including preparation of regulatory permit applications, water quality sampling, surveying submerged aquatic vegetation, conducting desktop and/or field-based habitat assessments, assessing and quantifying biological resources impacts, and developing mitigation strategies.  Knowledge of Bay Area marine or estuarine ecology, as well as California and federal environmental regulations is strongly preferred.  Experience with water quality sampling and monitoring programs is also preferred.  This position requires a valid California driver’s license and current automobile insurance.  This position provides opportunities for advancement to Project Manager.

Essential Duties Include:

•    Managing project tasks 25-50% time;

•    Performing fieldwork that may be extensive and seasonal in nature;

•    Serving as primary author of technical reports and permit applications;

•    Coordinating closely with GIS specialists;

•    Assisting with fieldwork in other specialties as needed, depending on staffing requirements;

•    Providing oversight and guidance to fieldwork completed by staff;

•    Advising clients and project managers on project issues, in consultation with subject-matter experts, to build business with existing clients;

•    Supporting proposal efforts under Project Manager guidance to generate new business.

Physical Demands Include:

This is not an entirely sedentary role; however, some filing is required, which would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary. While performing the office duties of this job, the employee is:

•    Regularly required to sit, talk, see and/or hear

•    Frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel

•    Regularly required to stand and walk, as well as reach with hands and arms.

While performing the field duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to:

•    Operate passenger vehicles and light trucks, including operating four-wheel-drive vehicles

•    Load and transport small watercraft (e.g., kayak, inflatable boats) by hand, and vessels up to 20 feet in length by trailer

•    Launch and operate small watercraft (e.g., kayak, inflatable boats, and vessels up to 20 feet in length) in lakes, rivers, sloughs, and bays

•    Carry and operate electronic scientific devices (e.g., water quality monitoring devices, GPS units, underwater video equipment)

•    Collect and carry (on foot or by boat) water quality samples from streams, rivers, sloughs and bays

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position Type:

This is a full-time exempt position. Pay is based on a 40 hour work week. Business hours are currently Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Exempt salaried employee may be required to work additional hours depending on the nature of work assignments.


We offer an excellent salary and benefits package in a positive, progressive work environment.  Our employment package includes options for 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance; FSA, voluntary life, voluntary accident, critical illness and pet insurance; commuter program, cell phone reimbursement program, free parking, profit sharing, discretionary bonuses, and 401K with generous match.  WRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Required Skills:

•    Bachelor’s degree or higher in biology, aquatic sciences, marine biology, estuarine ecology, or related field.

•    Two to five years’ experience as a biological or aquatic resources technician.

•    Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite: Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint; G-Suite: Email, Docs, Drive, Calendar, etc.

•    Knowledge of techniques, skills, equipment, procedures, and systems.

To Apply:

Interested candidates please follow the link to apply: