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Terrestrial Biologist - ESC-Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA, US, 93301

Requisition ID # 30698 

Job Category : Engineering / Science 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Office of President & COO

Job Location : Bakersfield

Department Overview

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) strives to find new ways to improve our processes, measure our progress, communicate our performance, and partner with others to find more resource-efficient and environmentally responsible ways to meet our customers' needs.


Environmental Management includes a staff of approximately 300 land managers, surveyors, land rights and acquisition specialists, resource scientists, and environmental planners. Our goal is to ensure that PG&E's lands are well managed and our property rights are protected, that we work closely with state and federal regulators to protect the unique landscapes and environmental resources found on these properties, and that we acquire and comply with all environmental permits required to conduct activities on these properties.  Our work requires close integration between our team of planners, land specialists, and environmental scientists, as well as with legal staff, environmental policy and the gas, electric, and generation lines of business we support.


Position Summary

This is a Journey-level Terrestrial Biologist position that works under the general direction of more senior biologists and/or project managers.  The Journey-Level Terrestrial Biologist is responsible for small-to-moderate size projects consistent with technical background.  The Journey-Level Terrestrial Biologist participates on interdisciplinary teams utilizing intermediate-level knowledge of principles related to job responsibilities, utility operations, PG&E's environmental management goals and objectives, and business processes.  The position is expected to use independent judgment; enhanced verbal and written communication skills and have the ability to work with minimal supervision. The Journey-Level Terrestrial Biologist possesses an intermediate-level knowledge and understanding of local standards, ordinances, state, and federal laws that pertain to technical job responsibilities and can demonstrate successful management of multiple small to moderate sized Company projects.


In this role, people and other resources are managed indirectly as part of a project team.  The Journey-Level Terrestrial Biologist is responsible for the development and implementation of assigned projects, and may spend a portion of time participating in or directing technical work in the field.    The position requires a working knowledge of industry practices, standards, and equipment;    Responsibilities may include Privileged and Confidential work.


Assignments typically require standard solutions, but may include an increased level of innovation on a periodic basis.  Under limited general direction, independently plans work to meet assigned objectives; progress is reviewed periodically for technical accuracy and adequacy in process and upon completion.


This position will be located in Bakersfield .  Travel is estimated to be about 50% of the time throughout PG&E's service territory.


This is an ESC represented exempt classification currently subject to collective bargaining.


Job Responsibilities

Some direction and supervision is required.  The need for supervision is expected to decrease with increased time in-grade.  Job duties will include but are not limited to:




*Performs all work in accordance with PG&E safety goals and practices

*Completes all required safety training

*Promotes safety awareness

*Conducts work in accordance with all safety procedures

*Project Planning and Workload Management

*Ensures that work scope, schedule and cost are accurately defined and approved by the business partner before work proceeds on the project.

*Actively plan, estimate and manage the biological work for specific projects

*Provides timely input to project schedules identifying known or likely requirements for seasonal bio-fieldwork and seasonal work constraints due to environmental issues

*Plans and schedules all surveys, monitoring and compliance work to meet regulatory requirements

*Ensures that Project workload (including in-house and contract labor) is tracked and that targets (both schedule and budget) are met.

*Ensure the proper coordination, staff utilization and satisfactory completion of all assigned work


Project Communication:


*Ensure that consistent cost and schedule updates are provided to project leads for each project supported

*Ensure that business partners are aware of potential cost over /under runs and any project deliverable schedule delays are identified as early in the project planning and implementation process as possible


Relationship Management:


*Works closely with senior staff and other technical disciplines to develop appropriate permitting/licensing and mitigation strategies

*Represent the company in agency/stakeholder interactions and negotiations to best meet the goals and objectives of PG&E while maintaining compliance with all state and federal guidelines and laws

*Develops and/or reviews agency or public meeting presentations for projects you are assigned and ensure that the presentation is factually accurate and based on sound scientific principles

*Assists in project communications and negotiations with regulatory agencies and other stakeholders on sensitive biological issues


Technical Project Management:


*As a member of a multidisciplinary project team, develops scope, schedule, and budget as the technical lead for the biological work component

*Assists in development of strategic permitting and licensing guidance for business partners and contractors

*Develops project biological study plans and evaluate for cost effectiveness

*Manages and provides technical oversight to contractors

*Plans and manages project studies and assessments associated with specific biological work scopes associated with licensing and permitting projects

*Helps develop technical responses to agency/NGO comments or requests for data


Technical Quality Assurance:


*Ensures that all technical work (contractor or self-generated) meets the current standards required by regulatory agencies

*Supports technical consistency across lines of business, unit, and multiple projects

*Cost/ Schedule Management

*Manages cost commitments within the project budget

*Ensures project budgets are estimated and submitted as required by business partners.

*Provides technical and administrative oversight for contracted work 

*Ensures that all schedule and deliverable commitments are met on or before the planned due date


Contractor Selection:


*Develops technical scope of work and requests for proposals

*Conducts proposal evaluations and select successful bidder

*Supports company strategic sourcing and diversity supplier initiatives 





  • BS/BA degree in Natural Resources, Botany, Biology, Ecology, or related sciences with direct application to current job responsibilities
  • 4 years of relevant industry or resource agency experience
  • Must possess a valid California Driver's License
  • Must possess a working knowledge of the flora and fauna, including federal and state listed species, in the California Desert and San Joaquin Valley area.



  • Possesses intermediate-level knowledge of principles related to job responsibilities
  • Possesses an intermediate-level knowledge and understanding of local standards and ordinances, as well as state, and federal laws that pertain to biological resources
  • Effectively manages small to medium sized projects or tasks (scope, schedule and budget).  Effectively manages multiple assignments concurrently.  Prepares reports and provides recommendations to business partners based on an analytical approach.
  • Demonstrated process and procedures improvement
  • Problem solving and uses independent judgment in applying appropriate principles and techniques in a broad range of situations to arrive at optimum solutions from the standpoint of practicality and cost-effectiveness
  • Monitors and identifies potential variances from assigned budgets

Our Mission

To safely and reliably deliver affordable and clean energy to our customers and communities every single day, while building the energy network of tomorrow.

Our Vision

With a sustainable energy future as our North Star, we will meet the challenge of climage change while providing affordable energy for all customers.

Our Culture

We put safety first.
We are accountable. We act with integrity, transparency and humility.
We are here to serve our customers.
We embrace change, innovation and continuous improvement.
We value diversity and inclusion. We speak up, listen up and follow up.
We succeed through collaboration and partnership. We are one team.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, our 24,000 employees deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to nearly 16 million people throughout our Northern and Central California service area, stretching from Eureka to Bakersfield and from the Pacific Ocean to the Sierra Nevada.

More About Our Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

Nearest Major Market: Bakersfield