Hope Kingma, PWS

Biology and Regulatory Permitting Director


Hope Kingma has more than 25 years of field experience working as a biologist in a wide variety of habitats, including tidal and diked salt marshes, seasonal wetlands, freshwater marshes, riparian corridors, and non-native annual grasslands. She has conducted site assessments and special-status species surveys, including salt marsh harvest mouse, California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, western burrowing owl, San Joaquin kit fox, harbor seal, and several raptor species.

Hope has extensive experience with wetland permitting pursuant to Sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act. She has prepared endangered species “incidental take permit” applications pursuant to Section 7 of the FESA, Section 2081 of the CESA, and Streambed Alteration Agreement applications pursuant to Section 1602 of the California Fish and Game Code. Hope has also prepared numerous Biological Resources Analysis Reports supporting the CEQA review of projects throughout the Bay Area. She has conducted many wetland delineations, crafted wetland creation and riparian restoration plans, performed restoration and mitigation monitoring and conducted construction monitoring in sensitive habitats.

Hope has experience performing wildlife surveys for various special-status species and construction monitoring to ensure preservation of biological resources such as salt marsh habitat, riparian corridors, and seasonal wetlands. Her construction monitoring responsibilities included direction of contractors, implementation of project plans, and problem-solving in the field.


“Identifying Habitat Parameters for Salt Marsh Harvest Habitat Restoration: Case Study at Roberts Landing, California.” Unpublished Masters Thesis, California State University, Hayward.

“Procedural Guidance for Evaluating the Performance of Wetland Mitigation and Restoration Projects in California’s Coastal Zone.” California Coastal Commission.


Estero Americano Coast Reserve, Caltrans/The Wildlands Conservancy, Sonoma County, California

Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve, The Nature Conservancy, Santa Barbara County, California

Sulphur Creek Fish Passage Improvement, Napa County Resource Conservation District, St. Helena, California

Guenoc Valley Mixed-Use Planned Development, Private Client, Lake County, California


Master of Science, Biology, California State University, Hayward

Bachelor of Science, Biology and Environmental Studies, Tufts University


Professional Wetland Scientist, 2021, Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Certification Training Program