Will provide high-level professional and technical support to accomplish the ESA Section 7 consultation process; ensure that informational requirements for completing Section 7 consultation are met for incoming consultation requests; collaborate with others to ensure that consultations are consistent, biologically accurate and defensible, legally sufficient, achieve conservation goals.
* Discuss project methodologies and designs with applicants and federal agencies and recommend reasonable approaches, alternatives, and/or modifications to the proposed action, to reduce impacts to listed species and their habitats and to streamline the consultation process.
* Draft agency response documents using Microsoft programs, including requests for additional information letters (RAIs), LOCs, and BO's).
* Conduct scientific literature reviews to obtain background information necessary to conduct and write up credible, legally and biologically defensible, project-effect analyses for Section 7 consultation documents (i.e., LOCs and BOs).
* Provide meeting and conference coordination and support.
* Support data management, documentation and analysis for Section 7 consultations.
2 + years of experience in marine science. Must have an understanding of the ESA Section 7 consultation requirements and Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act; knowledge of Southeast US species-related habitats (ocean, nearshore marine, estuarine, or rivers where species occur). Strong organizational skills and professional writing skills, required. Strong understanding of the coastal ecology and marine biology of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic and knowledge of aquatic habitat restoration or aquatic habitat impact assessment, preferred.
Must be able to pass a background investigation to obtain a security badge to enter the applicable government facility.
BS in marine biology, related discipline, or equivalent
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