Natural Resource Specialist
SDSE - San Diego, CA

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Organization: SDSE
Location: San Diego, CA 92132
Type: Full-Time Position
Compensation: Competitive Salary; Full Benefits

Preparation of Documents – Provide contactor input and technical support to development of installation documentation to comply with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidance and Navy regulations. Provide technical assistance to natural resource program studies and investigations at the designated installation and other assigned special areas, and aligned conservation operations to ensure the installation is fully compliant with all environmental regulatory requirements.
Data Collection – The NRCS shall collect, verify, and compile data to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. The NRCS shall prepare a written summary of findings following the data collection effort.
Technical Support – The NRCS shall provide technical support for government led compliance inspections associated with natural resource conservation and agricultural lease programs. The NRCS shall provide technical assistance to management regarding agricultural leasing matters with lessees. The NRCS shall monitor the agricultural lessee's adherence to the lease requirements including the compliance with the installation Soil and Water Conservation Plan and the timely accomplishment of conservation projects and practices as described in specifications and schedules of the lease agreement. The NRCS shall provide written recommendations to Government personnel.
Field Investigations – The NRCS shall conduct on-site inspections of leased areas to ensure proper utilization of the resources and full compliance with the conditions of the lease. The NRCS shall provide a Field Investigation report.
Coordination - The NRCS may interact with other federal agencies, State and Federal regulatory agencies, such as the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Farm Service Administration, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CA Dept of Fish and Game, and CA Dept. of Water Resources, as well as installation departments and tenant commands. The NRCS shall work closely with natural resources staff and installation Bird Air Strike Hazard (BASH) coordinator, as required, to comply with the standards for conservation and management of natural resources. The NRCS shall provide written communication summary reports.
Meetings/Conferences – The NRCS shall participate in meetings with Contractors, regulatory agencies, clients, and team members, and prepare meeting notes.
Briefings – The NRCS shall participate in briefings. The NRCS shall prepare and deliver briefs to Government personnel.
Updates - The NRCS shall provide written project updates as required in the applicable database or document.

Required Education, Skills, and Experience:
The NRCS must possess a bachelor's degree in Soil Science, Agricultural Science, Plant Ecology, or Restoration Ecology required. An advanced degree is highly desirable. A minimum of 3 years of practical work experience in the resource conservation field is also highly desirable. The NRCS must possess knowledge of and the ability to understand, interpret, and apply environmental laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act (CWA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The NRCS must demonstrate practical experience with Navy conservation policy guidance, identification of stakeholder issues, and the development of permits and projects related to Section 7 Consultations, Biological Assessments and Opinions, Critical Habitat and Integrated Natural Resource Management Plans (INRMPs). The NRCS shall possess knowledge of plant ecology, agricultural practices, restoration of natural habitats, and soil science.
The NRCS must be capable of applying knowledge and experience to develop a wide variety of written studies, reports, procedures, plans, permits, correspondence and briefing materials.The NRCS must be able to effectively communicate orally, including making presentations, actively participating in project teams / work groups, leading small meetings, and briefing high ranking officials and outside entities such as regulatory agencies or professional associations.The NRCS shall have the ability to persuasively communicate information to senior level military officers and civilians. The NRCS shall possess networking skills to facilitate communications with government and private sector points of contact to resolve related issues and to produce deliverables related to natural resource projects. The NRCS must be able to communicate effectively in writing, including daily written correspondence and the preparation of reports, briefs, and other documents. The NRCS shall possess advanced project management (PM) and leadership skills, such as managing budgets, schedules and contracts.

Applicants must also have a:
Valid driver's license.
Strong communication skills in the English language, both written and oral.
U.S. citizenship or resident alien. Proof of US Citizenship or resident alien card will be required.
U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) certification and appropriate refresher (if needed).
Ability to perform regular and recurring field inspections, investigations, or surveys in which there is a considerable amount of walking, stooping, bending, and climbing.
Ability to perform work in an office setting, with occasional visits to construction sites. Work involves moderate risks of discomforts that require adherence to safety precautions.
Ability to acquire a Common Access Card (CAC).

Company Profile:
SDSE is an 8(a) Veteran-Owned Small Business headquartered in the Washington DC metro area with offices nationwide and about 300 employees. SDSE is an award-winning professional services firm with a proven record of enhancing government and business operations; delivering effective, cost conscious solutions while adhering to strict standards of quality to ensure mission success. Core competencies include Management & Business Support Services, Information Technology, Administrative & Facilities Management, and Engineering Services. We deploy a responsive, flexible, and innovative approach to achieve the needs and goals of our clients and pride ourselves on the support we provide our employees to be successful.
SDSE is an equal opportunity employer (EEO)