Staff Biologist

Southborough, MA
United States
Job Description

SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing, 1,650+ staff, employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services.  Our Vision (the North Star) is to make SWCA the best workplace and industry leader in sustainability, bringing sound science and creative solutions to global environmental challenges while maintaining a dedication to employee-ownership. We live our core values: we collaborate as #OneSWCA; we are #AlwaysLearning, we #NeverSettle, and we #GiveBack.


We are seeking a new team member for our Southborough, MA office.  As a Staff Biologist you will be trained to actively support projects prior to, during and after construction. This position offers a mix of field and office work, depending on project type and season. Office work may include assisting with data interpretation and tabulations, scientific report writing and permit preparation. Field work may include site assessments, construction oversight and compliance monitoring. A key element of your job will be to independently supervise environmental survey crews in the field.

This position is an hourly, full-time position working in a hybrid fashion from Southborough, MA.  This position can be hired at the following levels: 

  • Assistant Staff Biologist – Typically with at least 1 year of relevant experience and expertise.
  • Staff Biologist – Typically with at least 2 years of relevant experience and expertise.


Qualified candidates must submit a Letter of Interest along with a current resume in order to be considered for the position.

What you will accomplish

Conduct a variety of natural resources field studies including wetland delineations, vegetation and habitat surveys, threatened/endangered species assessments, and avian/wildlife surveys.  Conduct detailed fieldwork, organize and save field data in digital formats, and write technical reports and permit applications for approvals under the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, and other resource planning/permitting, and/or natural resource disciplines. 

  • Supervise a small crew while conducting environmental fieldwork. This includes:

    • independently assigning and directing the activities of others on behalf of SWCA, often in remote areas without immediate guidance from senior managers, to ensure quality and on-time delivery;
    • ensuring that employees understand their responsibilities and delegated tasks and being held accountable if crew members under your supervision are not performing their activities correctly, productively, and safely;
    • serving as a conduit of communication between employees and senior managers, including communicating issues to relevant senior managers;
    • receiving and resolving complaints from employees in the field; and
    • monitoring team productivity and providing timely performance feedback, including deciding when disciplinary action is necessary and delivering discipline.

Experience and qualifications for success

Required Qualifications: 

  • At least 1 year of experience in environmental consulting.
  • A bachelor's degree in an environmental related field.
  • Proficient in MS Office products and technical writing.
  • Valid driver’s license, good driving record and your own transportation.
  • Ability to be flexible, travel and work outside in most weather conditions.

 Preferred Qualifications: 

  • At least 2 years of experience in environmental consulting.
  • Experience leading natural resources field work focused on threatened/endangered species, wetland delineations and aquatic resources assessments.
  • Extensive working knowledge of botanical species taxonomy and ability to identify species in the field.

SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms.  SWCA provides a range of services including ecological design, landscape architecture, environmental site assessment, resource identification, environmental planning, permitting, mitigation, restoration, and remediation. The Firm employs designers and scientists with expertise, interest, and experience to perform tasks with professional acumen and attention to detail.

If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the online application process due to a disability, please email or call 480-581-5378. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response. 


SWCA is committed to salary equity and salary transparency for all its employees.  In alignment with this commitment, SWCA posts good faith pay ranges in all its advertised job postings to promote pay equity and transparency.


An employee in this Southborough, MA-based position can expect an hourly rate of $21.53–$27.83/hour at the Assistant Staff Biologist level or an hourly rate of $24.15 -$31.50/hour at the Staff Biologist level. Actual pay within this range may depend on experience, qualifications, geographic location, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law. Regular-status employees are also eligible for performance bonuses. Candidates are also encouraged to consider SWCA’s Total Rewards package, which includes a competitive Benefits package, forward-thinking workplace flexibility, outstanding corporate culture, award-winning career development, and more.


EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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