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Permitted Wildlife Biologist

North Wind Resource Consulting

United States ,  All

Job Responsibilities
North Wind Resource Consulting is seeking a mid to senior level wildlife biologist that has a current Federal, Threatened and Endangered Species Permit for, at a minimum, surveying the southwestern willow flycatcher (SWFL) and the yellow-billed cuckoo (YBCU) and monitoring SWFL nests, and a Arizona Game and Fish Department Scientific Collecting Permit. The geographic region covered under the permits is the intermountain west and southwest (AZ, NM, NV, and CA). A permit covering addition species in the geographic region noted herein is desired but not mandatory.

The position will require participating in managing and directing fieldwork, managing biological field staff and coordinating with natural resource interdisciplinary teams supporting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation through the direction of the Project Manager. In addition, the preparation of biological resource sections of a NEPA document as well as biological assessments in support of a NEPA project is required. The position requires the ability to travel, to conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather, rugged terrain, high altitudes; and the ability to carry equipment and supplies. Per diem and lodging are provided for all project work requiring overnight stays away from employee’s home office.

Duties

  • Researches and reviews existing site-specific wildlife survey and habitat data. Designs and conducts wildlife and habitat field surveys to obtain required data for evaluation of wildlife and habitat resources.
  • Responsible for the identification of impacts to wildlife and plant habitat and Threatened and Endangered Species.
  • Works closely with agency biologists on coordination issues with local interest groups, Tribal Staff, and other federal and state agencies on matters pertaining to the impact of biological resources, habitat conservation and laws and regulations.
  • Serves on an interdisciplinary team where they are responsible for writing and reviewing required biological resources text in environmental impact statements, environmental assessments, and supporting biological assessments, decision documents (FONSIs and RODs) as well as the development of protective stipulations.
  • Provides technical support to the clients regarding ESA Section 7 Consultation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Qualifications

Requirements:

  • Bachelors of Science degree in Wildlife Biology or closely related natural resource or ecological field.
  • At least five years of experience as a Wildlife Biologist preferred including a background in botanical resources to conducting baseline species and vegetation surveys in the Southwest Region and/or the Intermountain West and the ability to support NEPA documentation.
  • Knowledge of the theories, principles, and concepts related to wildlife and plant biology. The position also requires the employee to relate to the knowledge to other professional bodies of knowledge such as zoology, surrounding ecology and conservation/restoration of habitat of wild animals as well as coordinating wildlife and plant management with other land activities.
  • Knowledge of the requirements of Federal Laws relating to wildlife and plant resources including NEPA and the Threatened and Endangered Species Act as well as agency or state level special status species policies.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, orally and in writing, to the public, other government employees and entities.
  • Proficient in ArcGIS spatial data collection and mapping.


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