Providing environmental solutions for a developing World

Bargas is an environmental consulting firm that combines seasoned leadership
experience with skilled project management to help our clients navigate regulatory processes.

Services

TECHNICAL
STUDIES

 

Bargas performs a wide range of technical studies to support our clients’ needs in developing their projects:

  • Protocol-level special-status species surveys, including vernal pool fairy shrimp, burrowing owl, Swainson’s hawk, giant garter snake, etc.)
  • Biological, Cultural, and Paleontological Resource Assessments
  • Due diligence reviews related to property transfers
  • Desktop reviews
  • Field-based reviews
  • Formal habitat and aquatic resources delineations
  • NHPA Section 106 cultural resource reports and CEQA
  • Tribal cultural resources evaluations
  • Arborist surveys
  • CEQA/NEPA – Biological, Cultural, and Paleontological Resources reports and sections
  • GIS and digital mapping
Agency
Coordination
& Permitting

 

At Bargas, we differentiate ourselves from other firms by providing clients with alternative approaches to prevent needing permits for their projects. We offer a full range of environmental permitting services:

  • Permit avoidance and minimization strategies
  • Clean Water Act permitting and compliance, including Section 404 dredge and fill permits, Section 401 water quality certifications, Section 408 flood control support
  • California Fish and Wildlife Section 1602 Streambed Alteration Agreements
  • Federal Endangered Species Act biological assessments and compliance
  • Cultural resources – Section 106 and CEQA tribal cultural resources consultations
  • Regulatory Agency consultation and coordination
Construction
Support

 

During the construction phase of projects, we offer services to help our construction contractor clients comply with environmental protection measures required for these activities:

  • Biological and cultural resource support for vegetation management activities, including utility lines, roadways, weed abatement, and vegetation management projects
  • Preconstruction surveys and studies include nesting bird surveys, water resources reviews, special-status species surveys, and cultural and paleontological resources surveys
  • Cultural and paleontological resources mitigation plans
  • Contractor liaison services
  • Contractor environmental awareness programs
  • Contractor compliance with environmental requirements
  • Contractor-supplied biologists
  • Pre- and post-construction photo documentation and permit compliance reporting
  • Mitigation monitoring and reporting
  • Fossil documentation, significance evaluations, salvage, preparation, identification, analyses, and curation coordination

Representative Clients

Land Development/
Private Entities

• Taylor Builders
• Signature Homes
• Richland Communities
• Petrovich Development
• Thomas Law Group
• Golden State Properties
• Galaxy Hotel Group
• Outward Bound California

Energy and
Renewable Energy

• Pacific Gas & Electric
• Sacramento Municipal Utility District
• Southern California Edison
• Southern California Gas

Local Government

• Orange County
• San Bernardino County
• Sacramento County
• El Dorado County
• City of Citrus Heights
• City of Rancho Cucamonga
• City of Shasta Lake

State and Federal
Government

• Caltrans
• California Department of General Services
• US Army Corps of Engineers

About Us

Pioneering Environmental Solutions with Integrity

Bargas’ mission is to provide environmental solutions for a developing world. We accomplish this through the implementation of ethical scientific applications, sound safety standards, employee appreciation and engagement, and local community involvement. We have built a company of trust, appreciation, and collaboration. Our growing team of talented subject matter experts contributes to creative solutions and exceptional work efficiency through innovative online collaboration, in-person retreats and training, and continuous growth and experience.

Bargas is a federal- and state-certified minority woman-owned small business. In 2017, Bargas received the “Women-Owned Small Business of the Year” award from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Sacramento, and the “Latina Excellence in Business” award from the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Meet Our Leadership

Headshot of Angela DePaoli, President and Founder of Bargas Environmental Consulting.

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Principal Scientists

Principal Paleontologist Courtney Richards Profile Photo

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Headshot of Dr. Joseph El Adli, Principal Paleontologist at Bargas

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Profile photo of Lily Arias, Principal Archaeologist at Bargas Environmental Consulting

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Matt Behrend, RPA, Principal Achaeologist

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Gabriel Bargas

Our Inspiration

“I founded Bargas as a testament to, and in recognition of, my grandfather Gabriel Bargas. The firm’s name – Bargas continues the legacy of my grandfather for without his guidance, sacrifice, and fortitude, the Bargas family would not have migrated from Progreso, Mexico to San Francisco. My grandfather left Mexico in the mid-1940s leaving his wife and six daughters behind until he could save enough money to move his family to join him as soon as possible.

His purpose for coming to the United States was a similar story to many other immigrants; to obtain an education and career that would further the possibilities for his family. From the time of his arrival in the United States to his death in 2010, Gabriel was adamant that his family appreciate the many opportunities provided to them, such as the chances for higher education so that we could share what we have learned with our communities.

During decades of family growth and relative prosperity, he continued stressing to his daughters, and his grandchildren, the importance of being self-sufficient through the pursuit of education and establishing a career. Gabriel instilled in the Bargas family the importance of having a life-long work ethic and purpose and leading one’s life from a place of service.

I miss his guidance and seeing the pride in his face, but I know that his legacy and spirit live on in Bargas Environmental Consulting. For that, I owe him my commitment to continue his journey.”

Angela DePaoli
President/CEO of Bargas

Projects

Citrus Heights Electric Greenway Trail Improvement Project No. 20-18-00 – City of Citrus Heights

The Citrus Heights Electric Greenway Project is an Active Transportation Program (ATP) grant funded project. The Electric Greenway is a 2.9-mile multi-use trail between Sunrise Boulevard and Wachtel Way largely following an existing Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) electric corridor. The project, in the City of Citrus Heights and unincorporated Orangevale, connects several neighborhoods to seven parks, several schools and the Sunrise Marketplace. Bargas staff biologists conducted botanical surveys and then processed data and identified plants found in the field. A post-field data analysis was conducted, as well as a rare plant survey.

City of Citrus Heights multi-use trail, electric transmission corridor, biology and CEQA project

 

San Bernardino County – On-Call Biological Services

Bargas staff were retained by the County of San Bernardino to serve as the Biological Resources Task Manager responsible for overseeing the biological studies, surveys, compliance monitoring, and documentation in support of County projects. Specific special-status species of concern included desert tortoise, burrowing owl, Mohave ground squirrel, nesting birds and rare plants.

Electric transmission towers across wetlands

Caltrans – Highway Construction Support in Sierra County

Bargas provided biological and cultural resources support for various construction projects. For each project the work included preparation of a Natural Resources Protection Plan which include a description of local biological resources, as well as requirements for addressing concerns related to special-status species. The work also included conducting preconstruction surveys for sensitive species as well as daily monitoring during construction activities. At the completion of each project a post-construction survey and report that documented conditions at each project site and provided recommendations regarding continuous improvements for improving species protection measures.

Upper Westside Master Planned Development – 2,078-acres in Sacramento County, CA

The Upper Westside Master Planned Development is located in Natomas, Sacramento County and incorporates 2,078-acres. Although in Sacramento County, the proposed project abuts the City of Sacramento and is bordered by Interstate 80 along the south, Garden Highway and the Sacramento River on the west and city limits to the north and east. The conceptual plan proposes 10,219 residential units, five million square feet of commercial development, 185 acres of schools and 510 acres of park. A unique feature is a one-mile long canal that is at the center of the commercial core and is proposed to have 4-5 story retail and office buildings along it. Bargas biologist and cultural resource specialists conducti sede surveys in support of regulatory compliance staff preparing Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act permit applications for appropriate state and federal agencies review and approval.

Southern California Edison power pole replacement

PG&E – Pipeline Inspection Project

Bargas provided construction support for a PG&E in-line inspection, cleaning, and retirement of a gas transmission pipeline located in the Delta Region, crossing under the San Joaquin River at Sherman Island, Sacramento and Contra Costa County. Primary responsibilities included pre-construction nesting bird surveys and biological monitoring of construction activities near suitable habitat for western pond turtle, giant garter snake, and in proximity of active nesting birds.

PG&E – El Cerrito Creek Emergency Cleanup Project

Bargas provided permitting support for a PG&E emergency cleanup project related to the explosion of a transformer next to a waterway. Primary responsibilities included completing applications and materials for CDFW Fish and Game Code Section 1602 Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement, Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 Water Quality Certification, and CWA Section 404 Pre-Construction Notification.

 

Construction monitoring

Sacramento Area Sewer District – Creek Protection Project

Bargas was retained to provide biological support for the Sacramento Area Sewer District’s Creek Protection project to complete maintenance on sewer pipes at creek crossings in Sacramento County to prevent accidental sewer discharge into local waterways. Primary responsibilities included pre-construction surveys for nesting birds and wester pond turtle, and biological monitoring of construction activities in proximity of an active acorn woodpecker nest.

Glenn County – Glenn County Bridges

Glenn County, with Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration, retained Bargas Environmental Consulting to provide environmental permitting services for the replacement of four bridges within the County. Bargas provided CEQA permitting services by preparing the necessary permit applications (Clean Water Act Section 401 Certifications) to allow the projects to proceed to implementation. Bargas, with County staff, coordinated with the Central Valley Water Quality Control Board to secure the certifications.

Bridge over Suisun Marsh

PG&E Managed Projects

Bargas provided support to PG&E Project Managed program for desktop environmental review of electric and gas distribution maintenance projects throughout their service area. Primary responsibilities included developing project descriptions and Google Earth maps for use in the biological, cultural, and EFS subject-matter reviews. This project involved direct communication with PG&E project managers and engineering estimators to obtain details regarding project location, construction schedule, construction methods, and scale of soil-disturbance required. Responsibilities also included investigating the presence of special-status species, protected habitats, and aquatic resources for potential projects using Google Earth and PG&E’s GIS MapGuide program. This information was then used to develop a preliminary environmental screening document and biological constraints report. Project field visits were also conducted to determine if potential habitat for special-status species or aquatic resources were present. If biological constraints to a project were identified, Bargas recommended appropriate avoidance and minimization measures to PG&E.

Orange County/Caltrans – State Route 174 Improvement Project

Bargas staff provided project management and biological support for road safety improvements. Species of concern included arroyo toad and nesting birds.  Bargas conducted biological monitoring throughout the nesting bird season. Additionally, Bargas worked with a landscape contractor to implement restoration mitigation measures including site preparation, initial plant installation, and monitoring.

Careers

We Are Hiring

Open Positions

Director of Natural Resources

Employee Type: Full-Time

Ready for your next step, somewhere you can affect change, develop a team, and help us grow to the next level? Join a team with an excellent market reputation, unique certifications that poise us for more market growth, and the infrastructure where you can be an “intrepreneur.” If you have been thinking about a move, this is your opening!

As Director of Natural Resources, you will:

  • Oversee a small team and work to develop it, identifying and onboarding new hires and mentoring the existing team of biologists throughout California.
  • Drive technical reporting and project oversight to ensure the team is meeting quality standards.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with potential clients and referral partners, including construction firms, biological companies, government municipalities, and industry associations.
  • Attend industry association meetings and networking events to market the company and further the company brand.

As Director of Natural Resources, you are:

  • A trusted leader, skilled in mentoring a biology and natural resources team, with a passion for building community relationships through networking and a visible leadership presence. Are excited and motivated to help a business grow to its fullest potential. You may have even thought about starting your own business.
  • An expert in biological, ecological, and environmental issues have successfully managed multiple, large, and complex projects from start to finish
  • A team leader – you have experience in building, developing, and mentoring a team.
  • Happy being on the road – visiting job sites, meeting with potential customers and referral partners and able to travel.
  • Relationship driven – you enjoy attending networking events, having a leadership presence in the community, and building relationships. Enjoy getting out in the community as a leader.

As Director of Natural Resources, you have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Ecology, Biology, Fish and Wildlife Science, Natural Resource Science or related field.
  • Experience working in the environmental or biological science industry.
  • You have proven expertise with environmental construction permitting (NEPA) and can contribute to the proposal process, oversee regulatory matters, and provide guidance to the team.

At Bargas, you will enjoy:

  • Base Salary of $140,000 – $175,000, plus incentive bonuses
  • Company-sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, paid time off for holidays, vacation, and sick time, and a 401(k) with company match
  • Lifestyle Spending Account, Family Dinner Night Allowance, Work From Home Allowance
  • Volunteer Day support

Join Our Team!

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@bargasconsulting.com.

Biologist (Northern California)

Geographic Area(s): Humboldt, Bay Area, Redding, San Joaquin/Central Valley

Employee Types Needed: Full-Time, Part-Time, On-call

Feeling like your biology career is stuck in “repeat”? Can you recall the last time your heart raced from discovering something new? It’s time to shake things up with Bargas! Embark on an exciting journey filled with a kaleidoscope of projects and vibrant landscapes and a supportive, rad group of people. Enjoy flexible schedules, growth galore, and perks that’ll make your friends green with envy.

As a Biologist, you will:

  • Join a dynamic team delivering comprehensive biological services for a variety of projects.
  • Conduct field surveys, habitat assessments, and environmental monitoring.
  • Conduct nesting bird surveys and assist with wetland delineations.
  • Document and analyze flora, fauna, and ecosystems.
  • Create detailed survey reports and technical documentation of findings.

As a Biologist, you are:

  • Enthusiastic about dividing your time between exciting fieldwork and impactful office analysis.
  • Eager to travel across the beautiful landscapes of California for research and projects.
  • Keen to broaden your biological expertise under the guidance of experienced professionals.
  • Proficient with modern data collection tools such as Survey123,
  • Collector/Field Maps app, or similar tablet-based data collection technology.

As a Biologist, you have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, or a related field.
  • 1+ years of experience in conducting biological fieldwork, ideally in California.
  • A proven knack for identifying, documenting, and analyzing various biological materials and ecosystems.

At Bargas, you will enjoy:*

  • Hourly Wage: $25.00 – $35.00, plus incentive bonusesCompany-sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Paid time off for holidays, vacation, and sick time
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Professional development, mentoring, and career growth opportunities
  • Lifestyle Spending Account, Family Dinner Night Allowance, Work From Home Allowance
  • Volunteer Day support

* Benefits are dependent on employee type.

Preferred Species Experience (any):

  • Giant Garter Snake
  • Fairy Shrimp
  • Swainson’s Hawk
  • Burrowing Owl
  • California Tiger Salamander

Join Our Team!

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@bargasconsulting.com.

Biologist (Southern California)

Geographic Area(s): Los Angeles/Orange County, Santa Barbara, Inland Empire

Employee Types Needed: Full-Time, Part-Time, On-call

Feeling like your biology career is stuck in “repeat”? Can you recall the last time your heart raced from discovering something new? It’s time to shake things up with Bargas! Embark on an exciting journey filled with a kaleidoscope of projects and vibrant landscapes and a supportive, rad group of people. Enjoy flexible schedules, growth galore, and perks that’ll make your friends green with envy.

As a Biologist, you will:

  • Join a dynamic team delivering comprehensive biological services for a variety of projects.
  • Conduct field surveys, habitat assessments, and environmental monitoring.
  • Conduct nesting bird surveys and assist with wetland delineations.
  • Document and analyze flora, fauna, and ecosystems.
  • Create detailed survey reports and technical documentation of findings.

As a Biologist, you are:

  • Enthusiastic about dividing your time between exciting fieldwork and impactful office analysis.
  • Eager to travel across the beautiful landscapes of California for research and projects.
  • Keen to broaden your biological expertise under the guidance of experienced professionals.
  • Proficient with modern data collection tools such as Survey123,
  • Collector/Field Maps app, or similar tablet-based data collection technology.

As a Biologist, you have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, or a related field.
  • 1+ years of experience in conducting biological fieldwork, ideally in California.
  • A proven knack for identifying, documenting, and analyzing various biological materials and ecosystems.

At Bargas, you will enjoy:*

  • Hourly Wage: $25.00 – $35.00, plus incentive bonusesCompany-sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Paid time off for holidays, vacation, and sick time
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Professional development, mentoring, and career growth opportunities
  • Lifestyle Spending Account, Family Dinner Night Allowance, Work From Home Allowance
  • Volunteer Day support

* Benefits are dependent on employee type.

Preferred Species Experience (any):

  • Rare Plants
  • Bats
  • Least Bell’s Vireo
  • California Gnatcatcher
  • Desert Tortoise
  • Swainson’s Hawk
  • Burrowing Owl
  • California Tiger Salamander

Join Our Team!

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@bargasconsulting.com.

Paleontologist (Southern California)

Geographic Area(s): Southern California

Employee Types Needed: On-call

We are seeking energetic and experienced paleontologists with a minimum of one (1) year of demonstrated experience identifying and documenting paleontological resources, and/or experience performing paleontological field surveys, fossil salvage, and paleontological construction monitoring. Paleontological mitigation experience in California is preferred.

As a Paleontologist, you will:

  • Join a dynamic team conducting field surveys.
  • Perform construction monitoring and prepare daily logs.
  • Record and salvage paleontological resources.
  • Assist with paleontological report sections.
  • Participate in monthly meetings to help shape the new paleontological program at Bargas, discuss ongoing projects, paleontological mitigation, and regulations, and provide feedback on procedures.

As a Paleontologist, you are:

  • Proficient in recognizing and documenting various types of fossils and performing field tasks.
  • Experienced in describing and interpreting sediments and stratigraphy in the field.
  • Skilled with modern data collection tools such as Survey123, Collector/Field Maps app, or similar tablet-based data collection technology.
  • Enthusiastic about traveling for projects across beautiful landscapes.
  • Capable of managing paleontological data and preparing fossil locality forms and technical reports.
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office 365 applications and possess strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented, demonstrating integrity, and able to work effectively both independently and in a team.
  • Ready to take ownership of tasks from start to finish, ensuring completion.

At Bargas, you will enjoy:*

  • Hourly Wage: $25.00 – $35.00
  • Professional development, mentoring, and career growth opportunities*

* Benefits are dependent on employee type.

Join Our Team!

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@bargasconsulting.com.

Principal Archaeologist / Project Manager

Employee Type: Full-Time

Has your job become routine? Can’t remember why you fell in love with Archaeology? Join the Bargas team and spice up your life with diverse projects, variety of landscapes, a supportive team, mentoring, flexibility, career growth opportunities, and competitive benefits and wages!

As Principal Archaeologist, you will:

  • Be part of a dynamic team providing a full range of archaeological services for diverse projects.
  • Manage and oversee archeological surveys, excavations, and monitoring.
  • Mentor archaeologists and review their work products.
  • Prepare work plans, research designs, complex technical reports, and impact assessments.
  • Conduct client coordination, project management, and business development.

As Principal Archaeologist, you are:

  • An expert in the analysis and documentation of complex archaeological data.
  • A team leader experienced in supervising and mentoring archaeologists.
  • Familiar with federal and state cultural resources regulations.
  • Happy being on the road at times– visiting job sites and meeting with potential customers.

As Principal Archaeologist, you have:

  • Master’s Degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, or related field.
  • 10+ years of experience in cultural resources management in California.
  • Proven skills as a Project Manager/Principal Investigator.

At Bargas, you will enjoy:

  • Base Salary of $90,000 – $120,000, plus incentive bonuses
  • Company-sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Paid time off for holidays, vacation, and sick time
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Professional development, mentoring, and career growth opportunities
  • Lifestyle Spending Account, Family Dinner Night Allowance, Work From Home Allowance
  • Volunteer Day support

Join Our Team!

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@bargasconsulting.com.

To Apply

Submit your resume and cover letter demonstrating your qualifications, salary requirements, and any unique areas of expertise to jobs@bargasconsulting.com. In your cover letter, please describe why you feel you are a fit for the Bargas team and how your skills and experience relate to the job description. Please also provide three (3) professional references.

No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

We will review your submittal and notify you of our receipt of your resume. If there isn’t a position currently open that meets your qualifications, Bargas will retain your resume on file for future reference.

Bargas is an equal opportunity employer.

Core Values: Our Commitment to Excellent and Integrity
  • Safety
  • Clients
  • Communication
  • Responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Learning
  • Quality
  • Sharing
  • Environment

 

Bargas Gives Back

We are committed to helping our community through our “Bargas Give Back” program.

www.Bargas.com

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Certifications

Woman Minority Business Enterprise (WMBE) Certification #12050063
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification #41165
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Certified Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB)
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

DUNS Number: 067259694

Supplier Education and Economic Development (SEED) Certified
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

Small Business Supplier #1765601
California Department of General Services (DGS)

DIR Registration No. 1000055852
California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)
Public Works Contractor (PWC)

Gold Shovel Certified

ISNetWorld Vetted and Compliant

CORPORATE OFFICE

 

3604 Fair Oaks Blvd., Ste 180
Sacramento, CA 95864
(916) 993-9218

SERVICE AREAS

 

Sacramento Valley | Inland Empire
Greater Los Angeles | San Diego |San Francisco Bay

 

Paleontology: Arizona | Colorado | New Mexico | Montana | Nevada | Oregon | Utah | Washington | Wyoming

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