The Protected Resources Division (PRD) of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Southeast Regional Office is charged with administering the agency's responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act in the Southeast U.S., and is responsible for the coastal areas from North Carolina through Texas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The division's goals are the preservation of the species protected under these Acts, along with their ecosystems, and the recovery of endangered and threatened populations.
The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment is likely to result in a large number of projects to restore natural resource injuries resulting from the oil spill. The PRD is responsible for consulting on all federally authorized and/or funded activities that may affect NMFS listed species and their designated critical habitats.
ERT is seeking a candidate to carry out the consultation requirements of section 7 of the ESA for federal actions related to the DWH oil spill and Restoration Plan. The species involved include six species of large whales, five species of sea turtle, smalltooth sawfish, Gulf sturgeon, and Elkhorn and staghorn corals. Providing professional and technical support to accomplish PRD's ESA section 7 consultation obligations for the DWH Oil Spill restoration activities shall include the following responsibilities:
* Reviewing biological assessment and National Environmental Policy Act documents provided by federal agencies and other environmental analyses regarding proposed DWH federal actions;
* Ensuring that informational requirements for completing section 7 consultation are met for incoming DWH consultation requests;
* Conducting scientific literature reviews to obtain background information; collecting, compiling, and analyzing data; and entering data and conducting quality control reviews;
* Discussing project methodologies and modifications with applicants and federal agencies and developing project design criteria (PDC) recommending approaches to reduce impacts to listed species and their habitats and to streamline the consultation process;
* Collaborating with consulting biologists, species recovery coordinators, reviewers in the Habitat Conservation Division, and the Office of General Counsel to ensure that consultations are consistent, legally sufficient, and achieve DWH restoration and conservation goals;
* Drafting agency response documents including requests for additional information letters, concurrence letters, and biological opinions;
* Coordinating and communicating, both orally and in writing, with agency staff and other non-governmental organizations; attending meetings, conferences, conference calls, and site visits (overnight travel may be required);
* Organizing, compiling, and maintaining filing/e-filing systems of consultation documents that comply with document retention and IT security requirements;
* Conducting data analysis and preparing summary reports, graphs, geographic maps, and interpreted information products for a variety of audiences;
1 - 3 years in marine policy analyses and preferably with marine fisheries habitats. Must have an understanding of the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Must have excellent research, oral and written communication, and organizational skills. Must be proficient with Microsoft Office software programs. Must be able to coordinate with a diverse group of individuals. Any experience with Deepwater Horizon is a plus.
Must be able to pass a background investigation to obtain a security badge to enter the applicable government facility.
BA/BS in Marine Policy, Fisheries Science, Biology, related discipline, or equivalent.
Earth Resources Technology, Inc - 12 months ago