Ecologist - Fish Habitat Restoration Needed
Integrated Statistics is looking for an Ecologist to support the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) in South Central Alaska. The Ecologist serves as the lead Fish Passage and Partners biologist, a steering committee member, and USFWS point of contact for National Fish Habitat Partnerships (NFHPs) and/or other watershed partnerships within the Mat-Su and Southwest Alaska area. The position is based at the Anchorage FWS office, though it will lead off with a period of telework.
- Organize meetings with stakeholders (landowners, non-profit organizations, and cooperating agencies) to identify, prioritize and pursue opportunities for conservation projects that meet the strategic goals of the Fish Passage and Partners Programs.
- Perform site visits to assess project viability, identify potential obstacles to success, and collect preliminary data for cost estimating and fund raising. Work with stakeholders to identify and pursue outside funding opportunities. Provide grantees assistance with preparing proposals for outside funding sources. (Design team will assist with cost estimating).
- Manage project timelines ranging from one to five years and budgets ranging from $10k to $10 million dollars per project. Multiples sites may be grouped into one project. Track project expenses by categories, review grantee expenses, and adjust project scope as necessary to meet timelines and stay within available funding.
- Provide project management assistance to grantees to obtain the services of engineering consulting firms and construction inspection services. Assist partners in setting up design review meetings with stakeholders, applying for construction permits, preparing bid documents for construction, selecting consultants and contracting firms, and purchasing long lead items. Provide biological technical assistance during construction. (Design team will assist with technical assistance on hydrology and engineering).
- Collaborate with Alaska Department of Fish and Game Biologists and work closely with private landowners to secure landowner agreements and implement habitat restoration projects on private lands. Assist private landowners with project development, cost estimates, permitting, technical instruction in methods and funding reimbursement.
- Review project designs and provide guidance to ensure fish passage, streambank restoration, and invasive plant management projects meet biological objectives in both riparian and instream habitats.
- Act as a project officer for cooperative agreements or other appropriate contracting mechanisms used to fund projects and track those agreements through completion, including necessary reporting, contract performance reports and agreement closeouts.
- Complete annual needs forecasting, target setting and accomplishment reporting in FIS and HabITS databases as needed.
The Ecologist must possess these skills and qualifications:
The position is expected to last until 10/31/21, and is eligible for the benefits described on the Integrated Statistics website.
- Bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Management, Fisheries or Wildlife Management, or a closely related subject.
- Work history that includes experience in financial management, habitat restoration, and fisheries management.
- An understanding of salmonid habitat needs. Knowledge of bioengineering techniques and riparian plant species is a plus.
- Track record of successfully coordinating work projects involving varied stakeholders.
- Demonstrated skill in implementing field biology projects.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to work as part of a team, but also be a self-starter.
- US citizenship or green card.
- Knowledge and/or experience of FWS field biology projects in Alaska is highly desirable.
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