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Human Resources Generalist (California)

We are looking for a human resources generalist to handle HR initiatives, policies, and processes for our privately held ecological consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The new HR generalist would be a key member of our business management team which provides human resources, accounting, finance, business analysis, marketing, administration, geographic information science, health and safety, and IT support to the work of our company’s ecologists and landscape architect consultants. This position will report to our Senior HR Manager and Business Analyst. This position may be a hybrid of remote and in-person based out of our Los Gatos office.

What you’ll do
Our Human Resources generalist will advocate for, care for, and support our employees. This position is responsible for independently carrying out and implementing company policies and programs - ensuring we continue to be fair and consistent in our practices, stay current with our policies, and compliant with HR regulations. You will lead the onboarding of new employees and the employee evaluation process; manage medical and other leaves; serve as the liaison with benefits providers and process benefit elections; maintain personnel records and aspects of our HRIS / ADP database; participate in payroll; coordinate recruiting, and more. The HR generalist will participate in regular business management meetings with senior practice leaders and make presentations in company all staff meetings. 
Ideal qualifications
Training and skills: 
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution 
  • 3-5 years of work experience demonstrating increasing responsibility in HR
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws (CA and HI) and regulations pertaining to HR management and wave laws
  • Experience with HRIS and payroll processing system; ADP WFN is a plus
  • Proficient with using spreadsheets to perform data analysis
  • Exceptional verbal communication 
  • Strong writing skills

  • The ability to connect with full range of employees 
  • A positive and professional demeanor
  • The ability to juggle multiple tasks while remaining productive
  • A proactive and persistent approach to getting information needed to complete a process or project
  • Positive and empathetic interpersonal dynamic
  • Flexibility and adaptability 
  • Highly organized 
  • Commitment to confidentiality

Any of the following would be a great plus! 
  • An interest in and awareness of the natural world and/or science
  • Prior work with scientists and other technical experts
  • Recruiting experience

How to apply
Please send us your resume and a complete cover letter which addresses the following:
  1. The most important skill or experience you believe you’d be bringing to this job
  2. Your favorite place to spend time, near or far
  3. Anything else you’d like us to know about you that isn’t reflected in your resume
N.B. Please combine your resume and cover letter into one file. 

Note: There will be a 15 minute online standardized test as part of the interview process and ultimately, we will request references and potentially academic transcripts. 

Employment Package, Benefits, and Work Culture
We strive to support employees' career goals and their health and wellness. Our employment package includes a competitive salary and a generous benefits package. 

Health insurance
H. T. Harvey & Associates has always placed a strong emphasis on health and wellness. At the center of these offerings is our top-notch medical coverage (Cigna PPO and Kaiser Permanente HMO plans) along with Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Savings Account (FSA) options. For full-time employees who opt in to one of our plans, we cover 100% of the premiums for that employee. Additional options include 50% premium coverage for spouses, domestic partners, and children. The package also includes dental and vision coverage at no cost to the employee. Pro-rated plan options are available for those who work at least 50% time. 

Retirement benefits
We offer a 401(k) plan with an employer match (an especially high percentage for a company of our size!). The plan offers nearly 50 fund choices including a notable number of socially responsible investment fund options. 

Time off
In addition to paid time off, employees receive 10 more paid company holidays, including Martin Luther King Day for voluntary participation in a National Day of Service.

Professional development
We support ongoing professional development with peers and senior leadership and through external training. We encourage participation and membership in scientific and professional associations and offer presentation, poster, and publication bonuses. 

Flexible work arrangements
We offer flexible scheduling options during the work week, with employees working from both company and home offices. Our goal is to facilitate collaboration and accommodate business needs while providing flexibility to employees. 

About H. T. Harvey & Associates 
H. T. Harvey & Associates is an ecological consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area, with four offices in California and one in Hawaii. The Los Gatos headquarters office is listed as a Santa Clara County Green Business. Our core areas of expertise are wildlife ecology, plant ecology, aquatic ecology, restoration ecology, and landscape architecture. We hire people who strive to be the best in their fields and provide training, support, and work opportunities to grow their expertise. This year we are celebrating more than 50 years of cultivating excellence in our staff and work in pursuit of our mission to create ecologically sound solutions to our clients’ complex natural resource challenges.

H. T. Harvey & Associates is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law. We encourage people of all backgrounds and abilities to apply.