This position is located within the Division of Natural Resources and Conservation Policy and Planning, under the Assistant Director for the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS), with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or FWS) in Baileys Crossroads, VA.
This position is being established as interdisciplinary, with the series to be assigned upon selection. Series covered GS-0408, Ecologist; GS-0480, Fish and Wildlife Administrator; and GS-0486, Wildlife Biologist. The Climate Change Coordinator for NWRS is responsible for development, coordination, leadership and integration of a broad spectrum of climate science and policy activities in an effort to assist the NWRS and its conservation partners in mitigating atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases, helping fish and wildlife adapt to climate change, and engaging NWRS and Service staff and external partners on climate change issues and ways of reducing its effects on fish and wildlife through education and communication.Duties
Serves as principal coordinator for climate change science within the NWRS, as advisor to senior NWRS management for integrating climate change into operation policies and management, and as principal liaison between the NWRS and other national conservation agencies and organizations, industry and the public
Provides coordination of activities for the NWRS to ensure relevance and excellence in the integration of climate change science into national, regional and programmatic policies, plans and operational programs
Encourages consideration and application of climate change science in NWRS activities including land acquisition, refuge operations and maintenance, and refuge planning in bringing the best science available into its conservation efforts
Maintains close, significant and frequent professional contacts with other federal agency and university scientific personnel; FWS's climate change science and policy staff; and colleagues in various natural resource fields, individuals of national reputation who represent nationally or regionally significant public and private science organizations and agencies
Designs and collaborates with the NWRS leadership, FWS Science Advisor, climate change science and policy staff to implement strategies for communicating climate change science information within the NWRS and with external partners and the public
Represents the NWRS at national and international scientific meetings, interdepartmental and intergovernmental meetings, legislative conferences, meetings with state officials and private research foundations, meetings with other governments, and serve on national and international panels, task forces and committees to solve complex issues involving climate change science
Facilitates identification of high-priority NWRS climate change science and policy needs, including policy and science expertise, additional science capacity, funding, policy, authority and collaboration
Reviews national programmatic and regional climate change strategic plans, operational plans and proposed decisions and policies, when requested by the NWRS leadership, to ensure they are consistent with national science policy and direction
Coordinates closely with the NWRS leadership and the Service climate change policy and science staff on climate change science budget formulation and allocation, and on science performance evaluation, and on resolving policy and management issues that arise from implementation of the NWRS' climate change science programs and policiesTravel Required
Some travel required
Relocation Authorized- Yes
Closes Friday 12/2/2016
Salary Range $92,145 to $141,555/yr. Series & Grade GS-0408, 0480, 0486-13/14.