Biologist (ESA Specialist)
Title: Biologist (ESA Specialist)
Location: Anchorage AK
Part-Time or 40 hours Acceptable
This position will be responsible for undertaking actions necessary to satisfy the Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation requirements of NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region’s Protected Resources Division (PRD) for informal and formal consultations. These informal and formal consultations shall consider, coordinate, and respond to impacts from federal actions to threatened and endangered species for which NOAA Fisheries bears responsibility. Alaska Region has primarily consult regarding 13 species of whales and seals with the majority of them having designated critical habitat in Alaska.
The successful candidate will have experience preparing ESA Section 7 Consultations and a strong knowledge of Alaska’s marine mammals and their habitats. This role requires (5) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling (9) years combined education and experience. Master’s Degree in related field plus (1) year experience or Ph.D. may be substituted for experience.
- Providing early technical assistance to federal agencies, or their designated non-federal representatives, consultants, or applicants regarding ESA section 7 consultation requirements and measures to minimize, mitigate or avoid the taking of listed species,
- Providing responses to inquiries of federal agencies or their designated non-federal representatives, concerning the presence of ESA species within their project action areas (i.e., "species lists")
- Conducting ESA section 7 informal consultations
- Conducting ESA section 7 formal and programmatic consultations, and
- Conducting tasks related to the recovery of ESA-listed marine mammals, including outreach, data entry, and participation in working groups addressing recovery of ESA-listed species.
- Experience preparing Section 7 consultations as required under the ESA
- Knowledge of AKR’s ESA‐listed species and their habitats, with emphasis on marine mammals
- Knowledge of NMFS Acoustic Criteria for exposure to underwater and airborne noise
- Strong understanding of the coastal and marine ecology of Alaska
- Critical thinking and the ability to assess potential impacts to ESA resources associated with coastal and marine activities (e.g., oil & gas exploration and development, dredging, harbor construction, pile driving, military operations)
- Proficient with common databases and office productivity programs, such as Word, Excel, Gmail, Google docs, and Endnote
- Strong organizational skills with ability to work independently and comply with project deadlines
- Strong communication skills and the ability to work well with others, including a diverse array of federal action agencies
- Strong professional writing skills and the ability to express both biological and regulatory concepts in plain language
Minimum of a B.S. in an environmental science or associated discipline
- Fisheries biology
- Marine biology
- Natural resource management
- Conservation biology
- Landscape ecology
- Restoration ecology
- USFWS - CSP3116‐Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species
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IBSS offers a competitive benefits package including paid vacation, medical, dental, vision and prescription drug coverage with company-paid deductible, matching 401K plan, tuition/training reimbursement, and Flex-Spending (FSA)/Dependent Care Account (DCA) options.
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