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Senior Terrestrial Biologist - ESC

San Francisco, CA, US, 94105

Requisition ID # 24863 

Job Category : Engineering / Science 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: General Counsel

Job Location : San Francisco

Company

 

Based in San Francisco, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. And we deliver some of the nation's cleanest energy to our customers in Northern and Central California. For PG&E, Together, Building a Better California is not just a slogan. It's the very core of our mission and the scale by which we measure our success. We know that the nearly 16 million people who do business with our company count on our more than 24,000 employees for far more than the delivery of utility services. They, along with every citizen of the state we call home, also expect PG&E to help improve their quality of life, the economic vitality of their communities, and the prospect for a better future fueled by clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy.

 

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.

 

Department Overview

Environmental Management is focused on engaging our employees to better understand our business partners and provide superior customer service. Aligning our operations and our people with the business partners we serve facilitates better planning, execution and overall service delivery. The department aligns its goals with the Company’s Mission, Vision, and Values. Some of these goals, such as environmental compliance and leadership, require the collective effort of stakeholders across and beyond the Company.

 

Environmental Management Distribution and Shared Services provides safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to our customers by helping business partners comply with environmental regulations while maintaining trusted relationships with regulatory and land management entities. Our internal business partners include Distribution Gas and Electric, Electric Vegetation Management, and Corporate Real Estate.

 

Position Summary

This is a senior-level Terrestrial Biologist who has demonstrated proficiency of the Journey Terrestrial Biologist job duties. This position will typically manage large project and complex task-level work consistent with technical background, and will often lead aspects of the development and implementation of assigned projects.

 

The senior-level Terrestrial Biologist takes a lead role for project work assignments across lines of business and manages large contracts with complex multi-task deliverables. Projects managed generally have multi-year duration, require significant risk management, and may include formal partnering agreements with outside firms. A Senior Level may direct an entire work contribution (multidisciplinary effort) for a larger project, with appropriate technical oversight by other specialists. The position requires an extensive knowledge of the biological issues associated with utility projects and requires the individual to leverage experience gained and client relationships to help meet PG&E goals and objectives. The senior-level Terrestrial Biologist demonstrates excellent project management skills, a growing reputation as a subject matter expert and problem solver, extensive contract management skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and sound judgment to independently resolve complex problems with only general direction. The position supports others on programmatic solutions outside of assigned projects, process improvements, regulatory relations, contracting strategies, and very large and/or complex projects. Assignments regularly provide an opportunity for creative or non-standard approaches. Work may be reviewed upon completion; solutions may provide an opportunity for future creative/non-standard approaches. Responsibilities may include privileged and confidential work.

 

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

 

This job is represented by Engineers and Scientists of California (ESC) and is subject to collective bargaining.

 

Job Responsibilities

Performs functions of the Journey level biologist, but for more complex, larger budget, and higher profile projects. Jobs duties will include but are not limited to:

1. Safety

  • Performs all work in accordance with PG&E safety goals and practices:
  • Completes all required safety training
  • Promotes safety awareness

2. Project Planning and Workload Management

  • For all applicable projects ensures that work scope, schedule and cost are accurately defined and approved by the business partner before work proceeds on the project.
  • Provides timely input to project schedules identifying known or likely requirements for seasonal biological fieldwork and seasonal work constraints due to environmental issues
  • Plans scope, schedules, and budgets for all surveys, monitoring and compliance work to meet regulatory requirements
  • Ensures that project workload (including in-house and contract labor) is tracked and specific classification level targets are met.
  • Ensure the proper coordination, staff utilization and satisfactory completion of all assigned work

3. Project Communication

  • Ensure that consistent cost and schedule are provided to all team leads for each project supported
  • Ensures that business partners are aware of potential cost over /under runs and that potential schedule delays are identified as early in the project planning and implementation process as possible

4. Relationship Management

  • Represents 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
  • Works closely with business partners and other specialists within the department to develop appropriate permitting/licensing and mitigation strategies
  • 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
  • When requested assists in communications and negotiations on sensitive environmental issues with stakeholders

5. Technical Project Management

  • As a member of a multidisciplinary project team, develops scope, schedule, and budget as the technical lead for biological work assignments.
  • Provides strategic permitting and licensing guidance to business partners, other technical staff in the department and contractors
  • Develops project biological study plans and evaluates for cost effectiveness
  • Manages and provides technical oversight to contractors
  • Plans and manages implementation of studies and assessments associated with specific biological work scopes associated with licensing and permitting
  • Manage studies in support of licenses, permits and compliance
  • Provide guidance and oversight for the preparation/collection of needed data to support the development of licensing and permitting applications
  • Provides technical expertise for responses to agency/NGO comments or requests for data

6. Technical Project Performance

  • Conduct or direct technical work, as required to meet project goals, using the highest standards of scientific investigation and analysis.
  • Design or collaborate with contract scientists in design of technical studies; identify/analyze project impacts; and develop/recommend protection, mitigation, and enhancement measures.
  • Prepare or oversee preparation of technical reports and input for licensing and permitting documents.
  • Work collaboratively with agencies and non-governmental organizations to resolve licensing and permitting issues.
  • Review and comment on regulatory agency or third-party environmental documents as requested.

7. Technical Quality Assurance

  • Ensures that all technical work (contractor or self-generated) meets the standards required by the regulatory agency guidelines, and as may apply utility standard practices, policies and guidelines concerning natural resources protection
  • Provide technical quality assurance for contract work
  • Supports a consistent adherence to technical and professional standards in the performance of all biological work

8. 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 contract administration oversight for all assigned work
  • Ensures that all schedule and deliverable commitments are met on or before the planned due dates

9. Contractor

  • Develops technical scope of work and submit requests for proposals
  • Conduct proposal evaluations and selection of successful bidder, or may initiate a sole source award with written justification
  • Supports company strategic sourcing and diversity supplier initiatives

 

Qualifications

Minimum:

 

  • Holds a minimum four-year BS/BA degree in Natural Resources, Botany, Biology, Ecology, or related sciences with an emphasis on terrestrial ecosystems.
  • 8-10 years relevant professional work experience.
  • Must possess a valid California Driver's License

 

Desired:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills; strong team-building and facilitation skills; strong organization skills; goal oriented, ability to manage concurrent responsibilities.
  • Applied knowledge and experience of CESA/ESA and other resource laws/regulations

 

 

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an AA/EEO employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce.

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.

Company
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

EEO
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: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland