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Natural Cultural Resource Associate Director

FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS), an ADEC Innovation, is focused on improving the world we live in by advancing sustainable practices globally. It's our goal to improve the lives of all people we work with, whether they are clients, partners or colleagues. By joining FCS, you will work with highly skilled, technical teams that are dedicated to doing what it takes to meet our clients' needs. FCS is focused on advancing the skills and experiences of our staff and has opportunities that expand the globe.

FCS is searching for a Natural Cultural Resource Associate Director to oversee the Natural and Cultural Resource Management (NCRM) Division. The successful candidate will have specific experience defining, developing, and implementing a strategic plan to grow and retain a highly effective and engaged Natural and Cultural Resources team, focused on consistently delivering high quality technical solutions to our clients; proven experience leading and managing a team of technical specialists, including day to day oversight, mentoring, and follow-up to meet expectations for report quality, project schedule, and submittal of administrative requirements such as timesheets, expense reports, invoicing, etc.; a proven track record of developing and/or implementing natural and/or cultural resource management plans; experience in the application of proven methodologies to promote, protect, and/or preserve biological and/or cultural/historic resources; and relevant certifications, registrations, licenses, and permits for their area(s) of specialty. This is an excellent opportunity for a self-motivated individual with superior communication and hands-on skills to excel in a team environment!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Hire, mentor, grow, and manage a diverse technical staff of environmental and cultural resource professionals
  • Establish and grow market presence throughout the State of California through marketing and business development, including the development of high quality biological and cultural resource-related proposals, Statements of Qualifications, and general marketing materials
  • Develop existing and new clients in collaboration with other leaders
  • Lead staff and sub consultants in the successful execution of projects, including meeting scope, schedule, budget, and quality standards
  • Coordinate and contribute to the development and execution of our company’s strategic growth plan with office managers and practice leaders
  • Prepare and manage financial budget for department and allocate resources accordingly
  • Serve as a technical expert to mentor and train project managers and technical staff
  • Conduct technical studies and define compliance approaches toward acquisition of approvals, permits, and clearances pursuant to federal, state, and local laws and regulations
  • Lead and coordinate technical work in natural and cultural resources
  • Write and produce reports or documents, review the work of others
  • Develop resource management recommendations, assess project effects on resources, address, complex resource problems and issues that require advanced technical or regulatory knowledge
  • Collaborate with an integrated team with engineers, scientists, planners, regulators, and other stakeholders
  • Engage in a reasonable amount of travel, typically in-state


  • Must have the desire to grow a practice serving government and private clients
  • Must be able to develop environmental/technical reports and report templates, manage subconsultants, manage natural/cultural resource and planning staff, develop technical and cost proposals, develop/deliver presentations to clients, and perform business development
  • Must be able to write strategically and present ideas in a well-thought out and comprehensive manner
  • Extensive knowledge of natural and/or cultural resources and associated regulatory requirements, especially for federal agencies with primary oversight
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to effectively develop and implement a team leadership and development strategy to retain a highly effective and motivated team
  • Strong relationships with private, public sector clients, and regulatory agencies
  • Ability to translate between science, planning, engineering, and policy
  • Working knowledge of CEQA, NEPA, NHPA, ESA, CESA, CWA, and other state and federal environmental regulations
  • Ability to plan, scope, and implement natural and/or cultural resources studies with limited input
  • Demonstrable experience in business development is critical.

 Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school in Natural/Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, Archaeology, Historic Preservation, Planning, Environmental Policy, or related discipline is required, A Master’s degree, CEP, AICP or related certifications are a plus
  • 10+ years of experience in the Environmental, Biological, or Cultural Resources field(s)
  • Significant experience working with governmental agencies to successfully manage and execute projects
  • Knowledge of general principles and application of natural and/or cultural resource management methodologies
  • GIS methods and use of GPS systems
  • Proven record of developing sustainable action plans regarding the protection of natural and/or cultural sites

 Work Environment

Work is performed within a general office environment 75% of the time.

Field work is required on occasion where work may be conducted outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions. Some lifting (up to 25 lbs.) may be required as needed. This role routinely uses standard office equipment, but may also use field work equipment including but not limited to GPS, Trimble, sifting screens, binoculars, as well as safety equipment including hard hats, vests, etc.

 Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Work is generally sedentary in nature, but may require occasional standing, walking, reaching with hands and arms and hand/finger dexterity. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may spend extended periods of time sitting in front of the computer.

 How to apply:

Please email your résumé with cover letter to with “NCRM, Last Name, First Name” in the subject heading.

FCS is an equal opportunity employer.

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