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Field Biologist

Company Description


Dragados is an international contractor established in 1941 that specializes in major infrastructure projects, including bridges, roads and highways, tunnels and underground projects, buildings, energy and environmental infrastructure, dams and hydraulic works worldwide. Dragados is the construction arm of ACS Group, one of the leading infrastructure developers in the world with presence in more than 40 countries, ranked No. 1 on ENR’s 2016 Top 250 International Contractors list.

Dragados’ success and future depends on attracting, developing and retaining diverse and skilled talent. We believe that our company’s achievement begins with great employees. Dragados began U.S. operations in 2005 and 2008 in Canada. Strategic partnerships with Schiavone, Picone, Pulice, J.F. White and Prince enhanced Dragados ability to complete large scale projects, using the latest technologies to resolve technical challenges.


Corporate Headquarters:

810 7th Avenue, 9th Floor

New York, NY 10019

Main Office: 212.779.0900


www.dragados-usa.com          www.dragados-usa.com/career

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Dragados USA, Inc. and Flatiron West, Inc. Our team, Dragados USA, Inc. and Flatiron West, Inc. collectively known as DFJV, is currently looking for an experienced biologist and/or environmental permitting specialist to join us in Selma, CA on the California High Speed Rail Construction Package 2-3. The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is responsible for the planning, design, construction and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation. The California High-Speed Rail System will connect the mega-regions of the State, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands. Construction Package 2-3 is a 65.5-mile route located within the counties of Fresno, Tulare, and Kings and the cities of Hanford, Corcoran and Allensworth. The Project calls for construction of a grade separated railway for a high speed train, relocation of existing BNSF and UPRR tracks, crossing of existing BNSF railroad tracks, construction of waterway and wildlife crossings, and roadway reconstructions, relocations, and closure as well as over a thousand utility relocations. The almost $1.5 billion design-build contract will bring thousands of jobs to the Central Valley. The route will also provide environmental benefits, relieve roadway congestion, grade separate numerous railroad crossings and spur economic development. Title: Field Biologist / Lead Compliance Monitor Reporting Office: Selma, CA and Corcoran, CA Field Work Location: Tulare County CA Duties: Work will be conducted in both field and office environments; Assist in Environmental Pre-Construction and Species Specific wildlife, plant and habitat Surveys; Observe, identify and monitor species in the field; Environmental Compliance Monitoring; Construction Monitoring; Stormwater and Jurisdictional Water Inspections; Assist in preparation of analysis, mitigation plans, regulatory compliance/ permitting documentation and land use monitoring for natural/biological resources protection Research agency records and literature; Compliance Documentation, Environmental Document QA/QC, and other office tasks; Integrating with the construction and design teams to ensure compliance with the environmental regulations; Tracking Compliance paperwork and project costs; Reporting on biological/environmental surveys, construction monitoring, sustainability efforts May compile data and information for public presentations; Assist with GIS data research and analysis; Other duties as assigned by the Environmental Segment Manager, Segment Lead, Project Manager, Environmental Manager, Construction Manager or others as needed in order to successfully complete the project deliverable or meet internal goals. Qualifications Essential skills and experience: This position requires a BS in Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology, Ecosystem Management, Natural Resources & Conservation, or related field; Able to remain flexible with the ever-changing workload, working conditions and project/agency requirements; Excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills; Strong analytical and critical thinking skills; Quantitative analysis skills; Ability to learn to organize research, collect and analyze data, generate and evaluate alternatives, reach logical conclusions, and formulate consistent recommendations; Ability to learn to compose project reports and other technical documents; Be able to mediate issues between competing groups in the field; Ability to work in a team environment; Proficient in Google Earth, MS Word, Excel and a PDF program (Acrobat pro, Bluebeam, etc.) Ability to travel to field sites and walk long distances may be required on an ongoing basis or sporadically, as needed; Visual acuity and manual dexterity. Demonstrated experience in conducting general biological field assessments (often in adverse weather / terrain conditions) including, endangered species / habitat assessments, resource constraints analyses, sensitive species protocol surveys, wildlife identification, botanical identification and inventories, vegetation mapping, GPS & GIS mapping, and monitoring to document environmental compliance of projects. A clean driving record Valued but not required skills and experience: DRAGADOS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Experience conducting Biological surveys; Experience using field equipment; Basic knowledge of GPS and GIS applications are a plus; Construction Monitoring; California General Permit and SWPPP Inspection; Species Specific Experience with threatened or endangered species of the San Joaquin Valley the following species: San Joaquin Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis); Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni); Tipton Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys nitratoides nitratoides); San Joaquin Antelope Squirrel(Ammospermophilus nelson); Ability to interact and multitask with project team members, California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority), Project and Construction Management Team (PCM), Design/Build Contractor, and regulatory agencies; Be able to solve construction delay issues while retain the projects regulatory compliance; Desire to be helpful to internal and external clients; Ability to create strong relationships, including with colleagues in other disciplines; Well organized and unafraid to work against a deadline; Proven Self Motivation
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