Senior Restoration Ecologist
Job Type

Are you an ecological restoration practitioner with at least 7-10 years of experience on increasingly complex projects in California? Are you knowledgeable about California and federal environmental regulations? Are you passionate about restoring and enhancing landscapes? 

Job Description


Great Ecology is looking for a mid- to senior career ecologist with a strong background in environmental restoration project management to join an interdisciplinary team of scientists and landscape architects working on restoration and natural resource management projects throughout the United States. This position will be based in our San Diego office and will assist with assembling teams and managing projects company-wide. 

Key Responsibilities


We are seeking applicants who are comfortable and confident with the following responsibilities:

  • Lead as program or project manager for large, multi-year contracts and provide superior client service and management;
  • Assemble, lead, and mentor technical and field teams to provide design services, obtain approvals, implement restoration and mitigation projects, and oversee and manage monitoring efforts;
  • Act as client point of contact; 
  • Guide the preparation of and provide senior review for technical reports; and
  • Support business development, as needed.


Candidates must have the following: 

  • Master’s degree in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, or related field (years of experience will be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree);
  • Previous ecological consulting experience with a demonstrated ability to manage large, complex ecologically-focused projects;
  • At least 5-7 years of relevant experience managing the planning, permitting, and/or design or construction of ecological restoration projects outside of academia; 
  • Deep knowledge of the flora of southern California;
  • Experience  managing multi-faceted, ecologically-focused teams of at least 5-10 people with varying skillsets and job responsibilities;
  • Exceptional organizational skills;
  • Critical thinking with strong problem-solving skills and experience contributing towards complex restoration planning;
  • Excellent cross-functional communication skills: confidence in dealing with clients and team members at all levels and functions of the organization;
  • Works well both independently and in a team environment;
  • Self-starter who can work independently and is rigorously detail-oriented; and
  • Advanced experience in MS Office Suite, including Microsoft Project.

Preferred but not required


  • Demonstrated successful relationships with relevant regulators and regulatory agencies in southern California;
  • Formal training in CRAM and/or USACE 40-Hour Wetland Delineation
  • Ability to assess areas for their potential as viable restoration or mitigation sites and understand the local, state, and federal regulations that will guide the project; 
  • Familiarity with mitigation and/or conservation banking;
  • Proficient in GIS ArcMap, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, and construction documents;
  • Demonstrated experience in networking with regional organizations that would promote Great Ecology’s brand in the development of new business.
Salary Description
$100,000 - $115,000 per year