Environmental Specialist - Protected Resources Needed
Integrated Statistics is looking for an Environmental Specialist to work with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NFMS) Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO). The position supports the Protected Resources Division (PRD). The position will begin with a period of remote work to accommodate pandemic restrictions, but may be on-site in Gloucester MA after that.
The GARFO Protected Resources Division’s Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Program develops and implements measures to respond to, conserve, and protect endangered and protected marine mammals and sea turtles. The program implements recovery programs for endangered marine mammal and sea turtles through the Endangered Species Act and protects marine mammals from commercial fisheries interactions through take reduction planning under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The program also responds to animals in distress through the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program, the Atlantic Large Whale Disentanglement Network, and the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network.
The Environmental Specialist provides technical assistance to all three programs by undertaking these tasks:
Writing and editing
- Support the regional right whale recovery coordinator in planning and executing implementation team meetings.
- Support the regional take reduction team coordinator in planning and executing take reduction team meetings.
- Provide policy and analytical support for the development of policies to reduce entanglements of marine mammals through the amendment of take reduction plans.
- Collaboration, organization, and meeting facilitation.
- Prepare a final report summarizing the tasks completed under this project.
- Conduct data entry. Perform audits and quality control to ensure accuracy. Data includes stranding and disentanglement data for protected species, large whale unusual mortality events (UME), sea turtle cold stun events, etc.
- As needed, provide reports on serious injury/mortality determinations, by obtaining large whale data, compiling results and delivering reports within the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC).
- As needed, provide data summary reports that summarize data generated from stranding or entanglement events such as marine mammal UMEs and sea turtle cold stun events.
- Coordinate and support report development and analysis of gear which has been removed from marine mammals and sea turtles.
- Assist in conducting education and outreach pertaining to the MMPA and ESA.
- Provide backup coverage to sea turtle and marine mammal stranding and disentanglement coordinators on regional stranding and disentanglement response hotlines.
- Enter and track incoming review requests for permits and projects, to support PRD Grant and Scientific Permit Review Programs.
- Perform administrative support tasks including copying, mailing, filing, ordering supplies and equipment, and budget tracking.
- Perform communication support tasks including answering phones, note taking, arranging meetings, copying documents and preparing incoming and outgoing mail.
- Prepare administrative records for actions including copying, organizing, and indexing and numbering all relevant documents in support of regional records management specialist.
The position is full-time and the rate of pay is $32/hr. The position is eligible for the benefits described on the Integrated Statistics website.
- A Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management or a related field.
- 5 years of experience in writing technical reports and policy papers. A writing sample and/or test may be requested.
- Demonstrated experience working independently with relevant environmental regulations (NEPA, ESA, MMPA, MSFCA) and species or issues of concern.
- Demonstrated experience in organizing meetings, including: setup, use, and troubleshooting of various webinar and presentation platforms; agenda building; negotiated decision making; note taking; meeting summation; and debriefing.
- Experience in working collaboratively on contentious issues.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation.
- Attention to detail, excellent organization, and ability to prioritize multiple tasks.
- Database, GIS, and R programming skills are a plus.
- Knowledge and experience in negotiated decision making is a plus.
- Public communication, stakeholder engagement, and outreach experience are pluses.
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