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Marine Habitat Restoration Specialist

Earth Resources Technology, Inc

Silver Spring ,  Maryland

Will support the NOAA Restoration Center (RC) in fisheries habitat restoration under the NOAA Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (DARRP). Responsibilities will include:

  • Planning and coordinating agency policies, activities, and operations to restore coastal and marine resources damaged by oil spills, hazardous substance releases, or vessel groundings through NOAA's DARRP.
  • Supporting the implementation and development of program policies and guidelines to effectively carry out agency responsibilities under the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).
  • Supporting case progress tracking and communication of key milestones and issues to management. Assists with the regular review and prioritization of program caseload.
  • Providing advice and recommendations on natural resource damage restoration issues to program management and key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Providing support for RC and Office of Habitat Conservation (OHC) programs and initiatives including the development and execution of training opportunities and documentation of institutional knowledge base.
  • Supporting cross-line office activities to further the goals of the DARRP and NMFS and communicate the program mission, goals, and performance to internal and external audiences, as well as assist the RC in the development of communication and briefing materials as it relates to programmatic and project-level habitat restoration activities and accomplishments.

Required Skills
2+ years of specialized experience directly related to marine habitat restoration. Must also have:

Knowledge of fish biology, ecology, coastal and marine ecosystems and ability to apply that knowledge to coastal habitat restoration and resources, including the Great Lakes.
Strong project management skills including project scheduling and budgeting; ability to handle multiple, concurrent, and competing projects and responsibilities; strong communication skills, both oral and written; and the ability to work independently, be a reliable self-starter that is self-motivated, and have a strong attention to detail.

Proficiency in computer use including email, electronic file management, calendaring, databases, workflow-based and collaboration software, and Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Desired Skills
Specialized knowledge including an understanding of and experience with Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) cases and legislative drivers including OPA and the CERCLA; experience with habitat restoration approaches and techniques to carry out projects such as wetland restoration and hydrologic reconnection, fish passage, dam removal, and/or coral reef restoration; and experience in applying the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other federal, state, and local environmental compliance regulations to assess the impacts of habitat restoration activities. Experience working in a government office or large organization and technical writing skills, also desired.

Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and be able to pass a background investigation to obtain a security badge to enter the applicable government facility.

BS in coastal or aquatic sciences, fishery biology, fish ecology, hydrology, water resources, related discipline, or equivalent.

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