Regulatory Specialist/Environmental Scientist

Berkeley, Davis, or Los Angeles, CA

Stillwater Sciences is seeking a highly motivated and talented mid-to-senior level regulatory specialist/environmental scientist to join our interdisciplinary staff to support infrastructure upgrade, levee rehabilitation, habitat restoration planning, design, implementation, and other water resource management projects throughout California. We are looking for a regulatory specialist with at least 5 years of experience developing and supporting compliance documentation in California.



  • Support development of environmental compliance documents, permits, and applications including: CEQA documentation (IS/MND/EIR/PEA); NEPA documentation (EA/CatEx/EIS/FONSI); Clean Water Act Section 404 permits (including US Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permits) and Section 401 Water Quality Certifications; Federal Endangered Species Act Section 7 Biological Assessments; California Endangered Species Act Section 2081 Incidental Take Permits; and Fish and Game Code Section 1602 Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements.
  • Conduct field studies and technical analyses to support environmental documentation, based on technical expertise.
  • Assist with development of avoidance, minimization, and mitigation strategies for special-status species and sensitive habitats.
  • Write and review complex, multi-disciplinary environmental compliance documents and permit applications.   
  • Oversee, manage, and conduct construction-related monitoring and permit compliance activities.
  • Communicate with and initiate consultation with state and/or federal resource agency staff.
  • Review current and proposed legislation and evaluate impact on environmental programs.
  • Seek collaborative solutions to complex regulatory needs of clients using creative and thoughtful approaches.
  • Collaborate with other regulatory analysts and scientists within the company to provide senior review and feedback on deliverables.

Qualified applicants should possess:

  • BS or MS in environmental science or planning, biology, or natural resources management or related natural science concentration.
  • 5 years of increasing responsibilities in environmental planning, or related field, involving impact evaluations of proposed public works projects (e.g., energy, water resource, transportation, etc.).
  • Familiarity with CEQA, NEPA, CWA Section 401 & 404 regulations, CDFW Section 1602 Lake or Streambed Alteration agreements, and CPUC Proponent’s Environmental Assessments (PEA).
  • Working knowledge of Federal Endangered Species Act and California Endangered Species Act preferred.
  • Competence in working with local, state, and federal agencies to develop, negotiate, and obtain permits and develop other regulatory compliance documents; proven track record in successful permit development preferred.
  • Fisheries, wetlands, invasive species management, and/or multi-species habitat restoration experience preferred.
  • Strong leadership and excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to translate complex analyses for a general audience in written and oral formats.
  • A collaborative attitude, with the self-direction and motivation to complete work independently when needed.
  • Strong work ethic and attention to detail, with good organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Project management skills and experience are required.

About Stillwater Sciences:

Stillwater Sciences ( is an employee-owned environmental consulting firm specializing in scientifically-based solutions to aquatic, terrestrial, and watershed resource management.  We 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 dedicated and enthusiastic employees located along the West Coast in six main 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 goals. Success at Stillwater requires a 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 benefits.

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

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

Salary commensurate with experience.

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

Please write “Regulatory Specialist” in the subject line, with preferred location in parenthesis.

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

Position will remain open until filled.

Electronic submissions preferred.