Career Opportunities

Biologist - Wildlife

Forestry Division - Ryderwood District
Centralia, WA
Close:  10/01/2018
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description

At Sierra Pacific Industries, we understand our greatest strength is the people who choose to build a career with us.

And, what does it mean to be part of the Sierra Pacific family? It means you are a valued team member and part of a growing third-generation family-owned forest products company built on hard work, innovation, and wise investments.
With over 5,000 crew members in over 30 states, Sierra Pacific offers many opportunities for personal and professional growth; from entry-level to skilled trades, from truck drivers to sales managers, from foresters to engineers – for everyone!  We invite you to learn more about our history, our 2 million acres of forestlands, and our state-of-the-art wood product and window manufacturing facilities at

Currently, our Forestry Program has an opening for a Wildlife Biologist to help manage over 290,000 acres of forestlands in western Washington. The position will be based at our Centralia, WA office. 

About the Position
Oversee and manage our multi species Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) 
o Plan, conduct and/or oversee all owl, raptor, mammal, amphibian, stream temperature and fish surveys 
o Analyze data and prepare reports for various survey efforts
o Assist in developing land management strategies to best achieve goals of HCP
Provide operational support for our timber harvest program 
o Review harvest units as needed to ensure they comply with HCP/WA Forest Practice requirements  
o Conduct required biological surveys and supervise the efforts of contractors
o Attend harvest review meetings with regulators as needed
o Train other members of the Forestry Division on biological issues
Lead wildlife regulatory and policy matters 
o Maintain effective relationships with regulatory and government agency personnel, as well as various industry groups.
o Review proposed regulations and assess impact to our business, as needed
Ensure that all WA timberlands are compliant with SFI wildlife and biological standards and objectives
Perform field work in a safe manner such as hiking in rough and steep terrain, conducting surveys (day or night) and working in remote locations in all types of weather conditions

Bachelor degree in wildlife biology or related natural resource field
Proven ability to interpret maps and photographs 
Experience associated with the primary duties listed above
Familiarity with spotted owls, goshawks, marbled murrelet, amphibians and other wildlife species found in western Washington
Familiar with SFI standards and objectives
Ability to identify fish and wildlife species in the focus geographic area
Familiarity with Washington Forest Practice Application process
Ability to successfully work with state and federal regulators
An understanding of federal and state rules and laws dealing with timber and wildlife
Proficient in Microsoft Office products (Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint) and ARC GIS
Personable with excellent verbal and written communication skills
Valid driver license required and quad/snowmobile experience is desirable

Why Join Our Team? 
Because this is more than an invitation, it's a commitment to offer opportunities for personal and professional growth to everyone! We ask people to grow with us and make the company even better.

We provide an excellent benefit package including a full Health Benefits Plan with low cost premiums, a 401(k) with Company Match, additional Retirement Contributions, and company paid Life Insurance.

In addition, for over 38 years, the Sierra Pacific Foundation has provided scholarships to help the children of our crew members with education expenses. Each year, we give an average of $500,000 in scholarships. 

How To Apply
If you are qualified and would like to join our team, please send a cover letter referencing this position and a resume by October 1, 2018 to:

Sierra Pacific Industries
Paul Niemer, Human Resources
PO Box 496011
Redding, CA  96049
(530) 378-8107

Sierra Pacific Industries is a third generation family-owned company based in Northern California. Sierra Pacific owns and sustainably manages nearly 2 million acres of timberland in California and Washington. We are growing forests for our future, planting over 6 million new trees every year. Our forests are managed under a 100-year plan by Registered Professional Foresters, Wildlife Biologists, Botanists, and other professionals.

Sierra Pacific effectively utilizes nearly 100% of every piece of wood we bring to our mills. In fact, the small amount that isn’t turned into windows, millwork, lumber, or landscaping material is actually converted into electricity in our seven biomass-fueled power plants.

As part of our safety in the workplace policy, an offer of employment is subject to a negative drug screen result. We are also proud that all Sierra Pacific facilities follow our tobacco-free policy. We verify the social security number of all newly hired employees. Sierra Pacific is an (EOE) Equal Opportunity Employer, including those with a disability and veterans.

Hear from our valued SPI family, in their own words and through their own stories, what it's like to build a career at Sierra Pacific Industries.