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    BFSA has immediate employment opportunities for a Senior Staff Biologist. We are looking for a highly motivated and self-starting individual to join our team. Responsibilities will include: performing field surveys for common and rare plant and wildlife species, preparing vegetation maps, impact analyses and reports for CEQA/NEPA review, permit compliance monitoring, monitoring success of habitat restoration sites, and organizing and analyzing field data. Other duties may include wetland delineation and permit processing, resource agency consultation, sensitive species surveys, and mitigation plan preparation.

    QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in Biology, proficiency in wildlife and/or botanical identification, knowledge of southern California vegetation communities, ability to work independently and strong writing skills. Preferred qualifications: advanced degree in Biology or closely related field, 1-3 years (minimum) consulting experience working with southern California flora/fauna, construction and mitigation monitoring experience, wetland delineation and permitting experience, and permits and/or sufficient experience to conduct surveys in compliance with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protocol for one or more of the following species: coastal California gnatcatcher, San Diego and Riverside fairy shrimp, light-footed clapper rail, arroyo southwestern toad, red-legged frog, southwestern willow flycatcher, desert tortoise, Stephen's kangaroo rat, and/or western Pacific pocket mouse. Experience with GIS, database management, Excel, MS Word, and other software also a plus.

    Compensation will depend upon qualifications and ability. Please send or fax a current vita and references.


    Archaeological Lab Technicians primarily participate in historic artifact identification, cataloging and analyses, and will assist in the writing of relevant portions of technical reports; some prehistoric artifact analysis may occasionally be required. Under supervision, Technicians will perform assigned standardized procedures including sorting of material, identification and cataloging of historic specimens, data entry, and producing elements of standard reports. Technicians may conduct pre-field or post-field research regarding the analysis of historic artifacts/assemblages or deposits, will act as a member of the laboratory team, coordinate with others in collecting and analyzing archaeological data, and write portions of technical reports. Technicians should be able to take initiative and contribute to problem solving in order to assure tasks are completed in the most effective manner.

    QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology/Anthropology or a related field and at least one year of lab experience in the identification and cataloging of historic artifacts is required. Equivalent experience instead of the degree will be considered. Some experience in both field and lab roles within a Cultural Resource Management environment is preferred. The successful candidates will have the ability to work effectively under supervision and to apply standard methods and procedures associated with processing, researching, and curation of historic period artifacts. Ability to label, organize, and store artifacts to curation standards and to accurately distinguish and catalog most artifact types under study, including various types of historic material (such as ceramic, glass, metal, etc.), and fragments of artifacts. Knowledge of prehistoric materials and various types of lithic material (such as chert, obsidian, sandstone, etc.), shell, and bone will be helpful. Other qualifications that will be helpful include knowledge of historic diagnostic criteria, glass bottle identifications, historic ceramic types, and/or other historic artifact specialties, and the ability to prepare short reports in MS Word and Excel. Some field excavation of historic features/deposits may also be required on an occasional basis.

    These positions are regular, full-time hourly positions. Compensation will be based on individual qualifications and experience.


    This position is intended for a qualified individual with experience in California archaeology and capable of bidding, directing, researching, and reporting for projects of all sizes. The individual should be capable to direct surveys, significance testing and data recovery projects, track laboratory analyses, and prepare detailed technical reports.

    QUALIFICATIONS: Must have an M.A. in Anthropology, with an emphasis in archaeology or southwest prehistory, with ample experience to demonstrate abilities listed above. Critical factors in candidate selection will include report writing experience, experience in southern California, and the ability to meet project schedules and budgets.

    This is not a temporary position, and we are looking for individuals interested in accepting responsibility and acting independently towards achieving project goals. Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience. Please send or fax a cover letter summarizing interest and experience, brief resumé, salary history and references.

    Field Archaeologists, Archaeological Monitors, Paleontological Monitors, Laboratory Technicians, and Project Archaeologists for prehistoric and historic projects.

    Several positions to be filled as soon as possible. Positions require a B.S. or M.S. in Anthropology, Archaeology, Geology, Paleontology, or a related field, and field experience in southern California or Arizona. Experience in technical writing is desirable for applicants for Project Archaeologist positions.

    Compensation will depend upon qualifications and ability. Please send or fax a current resumé and references.

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