June – November 2022

The Resource Conservation District of Monterey County (RCDMC) is hiring Wildlife Biologists to conduct surveys for special status species and habitats along the Salinas River as part of the Salinas River Arundo Control Program. Work in 2022 will begin in mid-June and go through August. Ability to work full time during this time period (four 10-hr days/week) is preferred but part-time availability may be considered. Depending on qualifications, Wildlife Biologists may continue working part time on the Salinas River Stream Maintenance Program through mid-November 2022. Additionally, Wildlife Biologists may have opportunities to work on other RCDMC projects throughout Monterey County, such as fire fuels management and fish passage projects in Carmel Valley and Big Sur.  

About the Resource Conservation District: RCDMC is a non-regulatory special district whose mission is to conserve and improve our natural resources, integrating the public interest in environmental protection with the needs of agricultural and urban users. We work collaboratively with public and private entities on resource conservation and environmental restoration projects throughout Monterey County.  Our Salinas River invasive plant removal and vegetation management work began on the ground in 2014, with a goal of improving ecological conditions, reducing flood risk to adjacent landowners, and increasing water availability in the Salinas River. See our webpage for more information. 

Position is open until filled, no later than June 3, 2022. We will begin reviewing applications on May 9, 2022.


Wildlife Biologists will work with other RCDMC staff and consulting biologists to conduct permit-mandated pre-activity surveys for nesting birds, wildlife, and sensitive habitats throughout the Salinas River riparian zone prior to vegetation management activities. The Wildlife Biologist will flag no-disturbance buffers in the field and map locations of sensitive species and habitats using an ArcGIS mapping app.

Work will occur in the Salinas River on private property, mostly between King City and Soledad. Work schedule is expected to be four ten-hour days per week, including travel from the office to work sites, but may be more or less depending on overall progress in relation to project goals.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to identify species and habitats of concern in the Salinas River riparian area, including nesting birds, reptiles/amphibians, mammals, and their nests/burrows
  • Prior experience with California Central Coast vegetation and wildlife
  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently and with coworkers
  • Excellent communication skills and problem-solving ability
  • Desire and ability to work long hours in the field and walk several miles per day in difficult terrain that contains poison oak, thick brush, and sandy soils
  • Bachelor’s degree in biological or ecological sciences/management, or other environmental sciences, or equivalent experience
  • Experience with GIS mapping technology

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous approval from US Fish and Wildlife Service, or sufficient experience to gain approval, to survey for or handle species of concern in the Salinas River riparian area, particularly California red-legged frog, San Joaquin kit fox, California tiger salamander, Monterey spineflower, and least Bell’s vireo. Other RCDMC projects may require Service-approval to survey for marbled murrelet, California yellow-legged frog, and spotted owl.
  • Previous experience conducting pre-activity wildlife surveys for construction or vegetation management projects
  • Experience using Collector for ArcGIS or ArcGIS Field Maps
  • Excellent field navigation skills

 Other requirements:

  • The RCDMC follows all COVID-19 safety guidelines required by the US Department of Agriculture. All employees must be willing to comply with required safety protocols, which may include wearing masks and/or providing proof of vaccination or undergoing regular COVID-19 testing. Required safety measures are based on the COVID-19 Community Level (CDC) and are subject to change.
  • Applicants must have a valid driver license, insurance, and a reliable form of transportation to the RCD office
  • Applicants must be willing and able to adjust to schedule changes on short notice

Compensation and benefits: Wages depend on experience, and will range from $30-42/hr. Overtime will be paid for work over 10 hrs per day or 40 hrs per week including travel time from the RCDMC office to work sites. Mileage in personal vehicles from the RCDMC office to work sites will be compensated if traveling in personal vehicles is deemed necessary. Lodging is not provided. For Seasonal Employees, RCDMC provides liability and Workers’ Compensation coverage, minimum state-mandated paid sick leave, and potentially tax-deferred savings account options.  

To apply: Send a single document (PDF preferred) including a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Emily Zefferman. The cover letter should describe previous relevant experience, interest in this position, any constraints on availability, and a list of the Monterey County special status species and habitats you are comfortable identifying and whether you have been given USFWS approval for conducting surveys for any of these species.

The Resource Conservation District of Monterey County is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to creating an inclusive work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Hiring decisions are made based on candidates’ qualifications without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, genetics, veteran, parental, or disability status.