The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Inventory & Monitoring (I&M)Program (https://www.fws.gov/refuges/naturalresourcepc/iandm/)supports biological surveys throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System (https://www.fws.gov/refuges/) to asses status and trend of habitat, vegetation, and wildlife, and to evaluate responses to management actions. Developing and maintaining Natural Resource Management Plans requires survey and analysis of previously implemented I&M protocols for each wildlife refuge. GBI is recruiting an Inventory and Monitoring Protocol Support Specialist to perform survey protocol documentation and data management to advance priorities of the FWS PSW Region I&M program through performance of the following scope of work:
The I&M Protocol Support Specialist will document biological survey protocols, evaluate availability and condition of data, and track project out comes in support of the Pacific Southwest Region National Wildlife Refuges, starting with the San Francisco Bay Complex National Wildlife Refuges.
Specific activities and approaches include:
The position will be primarily working on Refuges that have completed or are in the process of developing a Natural Resource Management Plan, and on regional I&M planning efforts. About 75% of the time will be spent working on writing standardized protocols and evaluating data for existing surveys and assisting with planning efforts. The remaining time could include participating in field surveys to better understand the protocols, and travel to refuges to meet with staff.
Career development: GBI’s Research Associate Program presents emerging professionals with career-enhancing opportunities in natural/cultural/recreation resource management, ecological conservation, environmental stewardship, and related fields. This position provides opportunities to interact with USFWS I&M and Refuge staff, support science-based approaches to conserving natural resources and gain exposure to policies and initiatives for managing public lands.
Contract Timeline:• Annual appointment: December 2018 – December 2019; possibility of an annual extension pending performance and funding availability
• Full time, 40 hours per week
Location:This work will be performed predominantly at the USFWS I&M Program Office and the USFWS Pacific Southwest Regional Office in Sacramento, CA, with occasional travel to Pacific Southwest Region National Wildlife Refuges such as the San Francisco Bay Complex: Farallons, San Pablo Bay, Marin Islands, Antioch Dunes, Don Edwards, Salinas River, and Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuges.
Compensation and Benefits:• Rate of Pay: $26.50/hour
• Health and dental benefits
• Paid time off (holidays, vacation, and sick)
FWS requires a qualified Inventory and Monitoring Protocol Support Specialist with strong technical writing and organizational skills, an ability to develop and meet documented data standards, and familiarity with developing workflow processes. To provide such expertise, GBI seeks an individual who fulfills the following qualifications:
· Master’s degree (minimum) in natural resource management or related discipline;
· Experience in field implementation of detailed protocols for sampling wildlife, vegetation, habitat characteristics, or other environmental features;
· Experience in data collection and management, subjecting data to quality checks, and data compilation, analysis, and interpretation;
· Familiarity with organizing legacy data records and documenting survey protocols;
· Experience following standardized protocol templates and instructions;
· Ability to develop standardized processes/workflows, and keywords/taxonomy to compile and organize legacy data from multiple sources;
· Experience in summarizing and documenting program outcomes;
· Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals of the USFWS.
The successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.
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