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Senior Wildlife Biologist



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12701 Whitewater Drive Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN

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Sr. Wildlife Biologist - Minneapolis, MN

Westwood Professional Services, Inc.


Westwood Professional Services, Inc. a Sr. Wildlife Biologist with demonstrated experience in renewable energy projects, including biological assessments, avian and bat studies, eagle conservation plans, habitat assessments, and regulatory permitting. The successful candidate will be seeking growth opportunities, working on various development projects across the country. We are looking for an individual with enthusiasm for their work and a strong commitment to client service and technical excellence. Westwood is a multi-disciplined firm that provides services across the country to develop land and energy projects. This position will serve a leadership role in the environmental services group, interact with project design professionals, and mentor junior staff.

Duties and Responsibilities:


The qualified individual will provide a mix of project management, technical direction of staff, and leading regulatory negotiations. Key tasks include:

  • drafting proposals and work plans
  • leading document preparation in a team environment
  • participating in regulatory meetings to support the planning, design, and approval of renewable energy and oil and gas pipeline projects.
  • tracking and participating in developing wildlife guidance initiatives
  • preparing wildlife assessment work plans
  • coordinating with regulatory personnel
  • site research
  • performing site assessment work in person and with project staff
  • client meetings
  • report preparation
  • environmental assessment, plan of development preparation for NEPA compliance

The position will involve periodic travel, typically 1-3 days per trip periodically.

Required Experience

  • Master’s Degree in biology or related natural sciences field
  • 10-15 years of wildlife assessment experience
  • technical proficiency in avian and bat studies
  • working knowledge of state and federal regulation
  • experience with GPS equipment
  • familiarity with US Fish and Wildlife Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines
  • familiarity with eagle conservation planning documents.
  • experience with wind energy pre-and post-construction monitoring protocols is desired
  • experience with NEPA process for various federal agencies is desired



About Westwood Professional Services, Inc. (Westwood)

Westwood is a multi-disciplined national surveying and engineering services provider for commercial and residential development, public infrastructure, wind energy, solar energy, energy storage, and electric transmission projects. Westwood was established in 1972 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has grown to serve clients from multiple U.S. offices across the nation. In 2020, Westwood ranked on the top 150 design firms on Engineering News-Record (ENR), #4 on Zweig Group’s Hot Firm’s List, and #9 on Best Firms to Work For, all national industry lists record-breaking rankings for the firm.


Westwood provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. We believe that diverse backgrounds strengthen our business. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

This position is located at 12701 Whitewater Drive Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN. View the Google Map in full screen.