SNEI is 51% Women & Minority owned and is currently certified through the WRMSCD, CPUC and NDOT as: WBE, MBE, DBE & SBE


Wildlife Biologist 

SNEI, a 30-year-old Biological Consulting firm based out of Las Vegas NV, is seeking to hire full-time qualified field biologists to become part of our team,  working throughout the Mojave Desert (primarily southern Nevada and southern California).

Upon hire, and depending on the level of experience, the applicant will attend field and classroom training, and then be placed on projects, where they will shadow a biologist(s) to learn the process of the job and gain a thorough understanding of what will be expected of them. Some of the duties to be expected may include; construction monitoring, performing desert tortoise surveys, desert-tortoise fence checks, avian surveys and sensitive plant surveys. Once the lead biologist on the project feels that the applicant is ready to perform his or her duties, they will be assigned their specific duties on the project. Or in some cases, you will need approval from Fish and Wildlife to perform the duties of a wildlife biologist. Experienced desert tortoise biologists will have a modified training period.

Construction monitoring in desert tortoise habitat involves having biologists present on construction sites (pipelines, electrical transmission lines, solar projects, highway paving, etc.) making sure workers adhere to the state and federal permits of their project, to remain in compliance.

Extreme working conditions

All SNEI biologists are expected to work the project’s schedule. Our team often works overtime (over 40 hours per week) and sometimes on weekends. We work outside in all types of conditions including extreme heat (*120 degrees F)*, relentless sunshine, cold, rainy, and very windy conditions. Our team must complete field surveys on tight schedules and must mirror construction schedules during the construction phases of projects. These schedules tend to be last minute and change often, therefore our biologists need to be very flexible in order to meet the needs of our clients. If you are adaptable, knowledgeable, hard-working and willing to go at a moment’s notice, SNEI might be the right firm for you.


· Bachelor’s degree in a science or related field such as biology, wildlife, environmental science, ecology, botany, etc. , OR have experience doing surveys and construction monitoring, in desert tortoise habitat.

· Able to tolerate standing and/or walking while monitoring heavy construction machinery for 10 hours or more in a single day. Must be able to work outdoors in all types of conditions, including extreme heat and cold for extended periods of time. Must be able to walk 8+ miles per day, sometimes over rough terrain.

· Must be able to work and communicate well with construction crews and other biologists and be a team player.

· Applicant must live in (or relocate to) the Las Vegas or surrounding area.

· Must have own personal transportation to commute to and from SNEI’s office. Work vehicles are provided for fieldwork to and from the work sites. Knowledge and the ability to drive 4WD vehicles over rough terrain is a plus (DMV driving record for past 3 years required).

· Applicants must be self-motivated, well organized, detail oriented, possess a strong work ethic, and be enthusiastic about conservation.

· Experience with GPS is preferred.

SNEI will provide hotel accommodations when working away from the general vicinity of Las Vegas. SNEI also provides employees with a new model 4×4 work truck to commute to and from the office and project site.

Compensation & Benefits

Upon hire, applicants will be paid as W-2 employees and will be paid every two weeks. SNEI offers a benefits package to permanent, full-time employees after a probationary period. Benefits include health insurance, and a 401(k) plan with employer matching. Accrued paid vacation and paid holidays are offered after an additional period with SNEI.

Salary: Starting at $16+ per hour, depending upon experience. Employees are paid for travel time, to-and-from the job site /office. Per diem and travel bonus are given when working ‘out-of-town’ and staying in a hotel.

Qualified applicants should submit a brief cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to [email protected]

Experienced Applicants:

In addition to our training groups for those with little to no experience, SNEI is always interested in receiving resumes of qualified, experienced applicants in the fields of wildlife biology, particularly desert tortoise biologists.

Biologists needed for projects within the Mojave Desert to monitor and conserve affected natural resources. Duties to include surveying and monitoring activities for sensitive flora and fauna species, monitoring of construction activity to maintain compliance of state and federal stipulations, relocation of sensitive species, assess and document environmental quality and communicate with contractors and agencies to maintain project stability.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Mojave Desert including experience working with the desert tortoise, experience using a GPS and other survey applications such as Field Maps and Collector, ability to create detailed field notes, and be able to work under extreme field conditions in the desert heat. Candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree in a wildlife science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.

SNEI is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace. Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected].


It is the policy of SNEI to comply with all federal and state laws concerning the employment of persons with disabilities and to act in accordance with regulations and guidance issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Furthermore, it is the company policy not to discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in regard to application procedures, hiring, advancement, discharge, compensation, training or other terms, conditions and privileges of employment.