Environmental Specialist - Section 7 Water Quality Needed
Integrated Statistics is looking for an Environmental Specialist to work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in the Greater Atlantic Region Field Office (GARFO). The Environmental Specialist will be engaged in Section 7 consultations, focusing on water quality issues.
*** This position is concerned with regulatory and analytical processes, rather than with field research. ***
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) directs federal agencies to utilize their authority to carry out programs for the conservation of threatened and endangered species. Federal agencies must also consult with NMFS on activities that may affect a listed species. These interagency, or Section 7 consultations, assist federal agencies in ensuring that federal actions do not jeopardize the continued existence of a species or destroy or adversely modify critical habitat.
The Environmental Specialist will assist with ongoing and new efforts in the Protected Resources Division of GARFO dealing specifically with issues pertaining to water quality and the Clean Water Act (CWA), while collaborating with staff at GARFO, NMFS Headquarters, and with federal partners at EPA. The contractor will specifically work with GARFO staff to proactively and efficiently evaluate potential effects of federal actions on ESA-listed whales, sea turtles, and fish within GARFO’s jurisdiction (Maine through Virginia). Federal actions may include promulgation of water quality standards, issuance of discharge and water withdrawal permits, etc. The contractor will also have the opportunity to lead efforts on identifying where data gaps exist, to address compliance issues with existing section 7 consultations, and to develop innovative methods to streamline technical assistance and section 7 consultations on EPA actions.
Qualifications and Skills
These qualifications and skills are required:
These skills and qualifications are desired:
- A Bachelor's degree or higher in natural resource management, biological science, or a closely related field. Master’s degree preferred.
- Five years of work experience in the implementation of the ESA, focusing on regulation and analysis. Experience with EPA and the CWA desired.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills. A writing sample may be requested.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills.
- Ability to work independently and proactively.
- Excellent problem solving skills and demonstrated ability to distill complex information into easily understandable formats.
- Advanced experience with Microsoft Excel or R (database management and data analytics).
The position will be full-time, 40 hours per week, with an initial period of performance of one year. It will be eligible for the benefits described on the Integrated Statistics website. The rate of pay will be approximately $27/hr, depending on experience and qualifications.
- Intermediate/Advanced level training in ArcGIS and spatial analysis.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the requirements of the ESA, CWA, and functional knowledge of EPA’s Water Quality Standards.
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