Senior Biologist/Scientist
Denver, CO  / Lakewood, CO 
Posted 4 days ago
Position No Longer Available
Position No Longer Available
Job Description
Who do we want to join our team?
Pinyon prides itself on its culture—our team is dedicated to each other and the communities in which we live, work, and serve. We are actively hiring people who are excited about developing themselves and creating a long-lasting and fulfilling career. At Pinyon, successful team members are creative problem solvers and life-long learners. Pinyon eagerly tackles challenging problems for our clients (our motto is, “we run towards the problem”) and we strive to keep staff engaged by bringing in meaningful and interesting projects for our staff to work on for great clients.
You will join a flexible work environment that is focused on providing you with opportunities to achieve your career and life objectives, while helping our clients design and build environmentally sustainable projects. Our firm is extremely proud of a culture founded in the principal values of character, efficiency, personal responsibility, quality, responsiveness, team, and timeliness. We have a passion for the environment and our communities, and we are proud to work on some of the most visible, unique, challenging, and rewarding projects in the Western United States and beyond. You will join a team of highly respected professionals and a highly regarded firm with an outstanding reputation. We continuously strive to create a fun and collaborative work environment that makes us all excited to come to work every day.  

About the Position
Pinyon seeks a full-time senior-level biologist (10+ years’ experience) to conduct biological surveys and technical analysis for a variety of project types across all Pinyon’s market areas. As this position requires client and agency coordination, some field work, and team management, this position would ideally be located out of our Lakewood, Colorado office, but we may be open to individuals located elsewhere on Colorado’s front range (between Colorado Springs and Fort Collins). Duties may entail conducting field work and evaluating habitat for wildlife, wetlands, noxious weeds, and sensitive plant species. Knowledge of flora and fauna in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West is highly desirable. The ideal candidate will have experience coordinating with clients and agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and be proficient in compliance with and navigating key regulations such as the Endangered Species Act, Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and others. In addition, the ideal candidate will be proficient in field data collection using Collector for ArcGIS, be able to work outdoors for long hours in occasional adverse weather conditions, work in remote locations, and be available for periodic travel in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West. Work may be conducted independently or in a team setting – the candidate should be comfortable in either situation. Excellent communication skills are essential, including technical writing abilities.

Essential Responsibilities
  • Perform most aspects of biology tasks (e.g., habitat assessment, wetland delineation, botany survey) to support construction-related projects.
  • Understand and accurately address client needs and project purpose.
  • Manage projects from start to finish.
  • Lead and supervise field teams, providing guidance and mentoring to junior biologists.
  • Create scopes and fees for all aspects of biological work.
  • Plan and design biological/ecological surveys and field studies.
  • Analyze field data and summarize in reports, which may include tables, maps, photologs, and other appendices.
  • Provide recommendations that allow the client to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impacts to biological resources.
  • Assist with coordination with agencies and acquire appropriate permits and clearances that allow clients to comply with a variety of federal, state, and local regulations including but not limited to the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Birds Treaty Act, Senate Bill 40, and Noxious Weed Act.
  • Stay updated with current research, regulations, and industry trends.
  • Represent the company at professional conferences and public meetings.

Education, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology, Botany, Ecology, Fisheries Biology, Environmental Science, or a related field.
  • 10+ years’ experience in biological sciences; 5+ years of Project Management experience.
  • Wetland delineation and permitting experience preferred, including experience with the Colorado Stream Quantification Tool (CSQT).
  • Experience in natural resources restoration (e.g., revegetation/restoration, wetland mitigation, stream restoration) is highly desirable.
  • Experience in wildlife movement analysis and crossing recommendations is desirable.
  • Experience as a subject matter expert in the application of NEPA (e.g., Environmental Assessments and/or Environmental Impact Statements) is desirable.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member and team leader.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Strong problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
  • Valid driver’s license is required.
  • Some projects may require workers to be fully vaccinated and boosted (if applicable) against COVID-19.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated biology field and reporting experience in Colorado or surrounding states. Examples include raptor nest surveys, prairie dog management plans and oversight, burrowing owl surveys, avian and bat surveys, wetland delineations and permitting, vegetation surveys, noxious weed mapping, general habitat assessments, and associated permitting, technical reporting, and mitigation development. 
About Pinyon
Pinyon was established in 1993 by Lauren Evans, PE, and she has grown Pinyon from a one-woman outfit based out of her garage, to a thriving and growing environmental consulting firm. The firm now employs over 80 environmental professionals and support personnel and has expanded from its headquarters in Lakewood, Colorado (near Denver) to include branch offices in Loveland and Colorado Springs, Colorado, as well as a satellite office in Phoenix, Arizona. Pinyon is a client-centric environmental consulting firm that works towards collaborative solutions to advance our clients’ needs while protecting environmental health and safety. Pinyon supports private and public sector projects for commercial and industrial, energy, public works, federal, and transportation clients. Our team is energized by working in a flexible, fast-paced, and collaborative environment – solving complex problems for our clients. Given the depth and breadth of our technical team, we are the go-to firm for permitting and compliance on the local level and looking to expand our NEPA qualifications across multiple market sectors. Pinyon is committed to continue to expand our portfolio of projects both in our current geographies and elsewhere in the United States.

Pinyon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Position No Longer Available
Job Summary
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Hours per Week
Salary and Benefits
$75,000 - $90,000 DOE
Pinyon offers comprehensive range of benefits including accrued vacation, sick, and paid holidays; health insurance through United Health; life insurance; long term disability; and employer matching 401k.  Pinyon also offers several bonus programs including an overtime bonus program, profit share program, and a spot bonus program.
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
10+ years
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