Senior Fisheries Biologist

Los Angeles, CA

Stillwater Sciences seeks a highly motivated, senior-level fisheries biologist based in the greater Los Angeles region to provide native fish restoration planning, design, and implementation services focusing on the following species:  arroyo chub, Santa Ana sucker, unarmored three-spined stickleback, speckled dace, southern steelhead trout, tidewater goby, Pacific lamprey, and other aquatic species.

The Senior Fisheries Biologist will be responsible for:

  • Representing Stillwater in public forums on technical and resource management issues;
  • Developing new projects and client relationships
  • Marketing, project and client management, and proposal preparation
  • Developing study designs for fisheries projects; monitoring and inventory of fish populations and other aquatic resources
  • Performing habitat evaluations and fish surveys
  • Analyzing and presenting aquatic resource data
  • Lead authorship on fisheries-related technical reports
  • Preparing environmental compliance (e.g., CEQA/NEPA/ESA/FERC), habitat conservation plans, and permitting documents
  • Participating in interdisciplinary teams for watershed assessment, resource inventory, impact analysis, and natural resource management planning projects
  • Performing literature and database searches
  • Mentoring junior staff on technical, project management, and career development matters

Qualified applicants should possess:

  • PhD in Biology, Environmental or Physical Sciences, or related field and 4+ years’ experience; MS in Biology, Environmental Sciences, or related field and 8+ years’ experience; or BS with 15+ years’ experience in the environmental field
  • A long-term career vision that involves senior leadership in southern California fisheries issues
  • Demonstrated excellence with verbal and written communications
  • Experience with identifying anadromous and resident fishes common to the western U.S.
  • Permitting and regulatory compliance experience
  • Willingness to travel and work long hours in the field or office to meet project needs
  • Proven ability to work well with groups
  • Experience with the following: fish passage design, dam removal, fish stranding and rescue, fish translocation, barrier assessment, pit tagging, fish population sampling techniques, hydrological measurements, stream channel assessment, instream flow studies, river restoration and enhancement, aquatic habitat assessment, feasibility study design, water quality measurements, CEQA/NEPA/ESA/FERC regulations
  • Environmental consulting and project management experience preferred

About Stillwater Sciences:

Stillwater Sciences ( is an employee-owned environmental consulting firm specializing in scientifically-based solutions to aquatic, terrestrial, and watershed resource managementWe assist government agencies, NGOs, and private clients with environmental problem solving, planning, and permitting using a multi-disciplinary approach that integrates physical and biological processes.  We have approximately 65 full-time dedicated and enthusiastic employees located along the West Coast in six offices. We maintain a collaborative work environment that promotes productive and rigorous applied scientific research. We pride ourselves on defining and shaping our individual careers in a way that provides a healthy rhythm of work and life responsibilities. Success at Stillwater requires a healthy blend of passion, initiative, commitment, flexibility, and teamwork. Stillwater Sciences is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

How to apply

Availability, Compensation and Application Details:

Full-time position with benefit package.

Occasional out-of-town work required (field, meetings, and conferences).

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Stillwater Sciences provides a competitive compensation package including a 401(k) plan and full health and dental care. 

Please send a cover letter (including your requested salary range) with a resume, writing sample in MS Word or PDF format to:

Resumes without a cover letter and writing sample will not be considered.

Position will remain open until filled.

Electronic submissions preferred.