Endangered Species Policy Specialist - COLORADO RESIDENTS ONLY

  • Colorado Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Denver, CO, United States
  • Jan 27, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

This position exists to provide professional, high level policy and technical assistance to the Colorado Water Conservation Board on complex water resource issues under the Board's statutory authorities regarding interstate and federal activities related to Colorado's water resources. This position represents the CWCB in interstate and federal programs and partnerships, including the implementation of activities involving water supply management and endangered species recovery. This position functions as a staff authority on Endangered Species Act recovery programs including the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program and the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program. This position also assists on special projects for the Board, such as certain Recreational In Channel Diversion issues and Wild and Scenic stakeholder group participation. The position uses technical and policy expertise to interpret legislation, policies, standards, rules, and statutes in order to achieve the objectives of the Board.

This position is primarily responsible for the Board's participation in the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program (PRRIP), which has the goal to recover the Whooping Crane, Piping Plover, Least Tern, and Pallid Sturgeon in the Central Platte River Basin. The goal of the position is to take measures through PRRIP that support the delisting or downlisting of these species on the federal Endangered Species list while allowing water development under Colorado's compact entitlements and applicable state and federal law. The position also manages CWCB's role on related matters in the South Platte River basin, including involvement with the South Platte Water Related Activities Program.  

The position serves as the Board's primary representative to the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program. In this capacity, the position works on special projects involving complex water law, policy, and technical matters relating to the recovery of four endangered fish species in the Upper Colorado River basin. Partners of the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program are undertaking efforts to recover the Humpback Chub, Bonytail, Colorado Pikeminnow, and Razorback Sucker in the Upper Colorado River Basin, while allowing for water development in accordance with interstate compacts and state law. The position represents the CWCB at program coordination meetings and works with federal agencies, other states, and stakeholder groups. The goal of the position is to take measures that support the delisting or downlisting of these species on the federal Endangered Species list through the Recovery Program while allowing water development under Colorado's compact entitlements. 

The position serves as the Board's alternate to the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program (SJRRIP), the goal of which is to recover the Colorado Pikeminnow and the Razorback Sucker. This position uses expertise in endangered species management and recovery to represent the State in efforts to recover the species while maximizing the beneficial use of the San Juan River.

The Interstate and Federal Section of the CWCB employs a team approach on certain policy issues, meaning that the topic is primarily managed by one team member while another provides support. This position will provide support on: Recreational In-Channel Diversions;  the Wild & Scenic stakeholder alternatives fund and Wild & Scenic stakeholder engagement; agency review and comment on federal land and resource management plans; and duties related to implementing Colorado's Water Plan.  

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
OPEN TO STATE OF COLORADO RESIDENTS ONLY

Minimum qualifications


A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Sciences, Water Resource Engineering, Natural Resources, Watershed Science, Water Law, Hydrology, Public Policy, Environmental Policy, Political Science, or another field of study directly related to the assignment and four years of experience in water resource management that included at least one year of experience with endangered species management. 

SubstitutionsA graduate degree in one of the above fields of study or another field of study directly related to the assignment may be substituted for one year of general experience. Four years of professional work experience demonstrating competencies equivalent to the competencies learned through completion of the required education may be substituted for the education. There is no substitution for one year of experience with endangered species management.
 Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with programs and coalitions combining the efforts of states, federal agencies, water users, and stakeholders to achieve resource management objectives
  • Experience with state and/or federal resource management agencies
  • Experience with the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program
  • Experience with the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Experience with complex water law, policy and technical issues

Conditions of Employment

  • Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire
  • Must be willing and able to exert up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally to move objects
  • Must be willing and able to possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License
  • Must be willing and able to travel both in and out of the state at least once a month, often requiring 1-3 nights of overnight stays

Closing date and time: 2/12/2018 at 5:00 PM Mountain Time

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Sector

Government- State/Provincial

Salary

$6,076.00 - $7,642.00 Monthly