Natural Resources Specialist
Alaska BioMap is recruiting one full-time, 12-month independent subcontractor to work as a Natural Resources Specialist with the National Park Service (NPS), Denver Service Center (DSC) in support of the DSC Technical Branch of the Design and Construction Division. The Technical Branch provides quality assurance, technical support, and cultural and natural resource compliance services to the DSC, Park, and Region members of the Service.
In collaboration with DSC as well as Park and Region peers, the Natural Resource Specialist will perform a wide range of duties in natural resource management in support of NPS design and construction projects. Work will be performed both independently and as a member of interdisciplinary teams. Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
· determining the need for and preparing appropriate compliance documentation (e.g., memo-to-files, categorical exclusions, environmental assessments, and supporting documentation) for design and construction projects to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other laws, executive orders, regulations, policies, and guidelines affecting natural resources;
· providing quality assurance reviews of schematic, design development, and construction drawings in order to avoid, minimize, and mitigate potential impacts to natural resources;
· assessing the effectiveness of proposed mitigation measures; and
· ensuring conformance with project compliance requirements.
· Ability to work independently and as member of interdisciplinary teams
· Ability to work on small and large projects as workloads dictate
· Professional knowledge of geophysical, biological, and/or ecological concepts, principles, and practices
· Professional knowledge of NEPA and environmental compliance processes, policies, guidelines, and procedures
· Professional knowledge of other laws, executive orders, regulations, policies, and guidelines affecting natural resources (e.g. Endangered Species Act; Clean Water Act; Clean Air Act; Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation Act; Coastal Zone Management Act; Directors Order 12: Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis, and Decision-Making; Executive Order 11990, Protection of Wetlands; and Executive Order 11988, and Floodplain Management)
· Knowledge of the principles, strategies, and techniques of public involvement to identify and effectively involve diverse individuals, organizations, and agencies in the planning and design process as appropriate
· Skills in oral and writing communications
· Occasional travel possible to points within the US and its territories
· Successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree with at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or related disciplines appropriate to the position
· Sole or primary author of environmental compliance documentation, e.g. affected environments and environmental consequences sections of environmental assessments, categorical exclusions, findings of no significant impacts (FONSI’s)
· Interdisciplinary team member on planning, design and construction projects involving the integration of natural resources management with land use planning and visitor use management
· Sufficient professional experience to function independently
· Strong written & verbal communication skills
· Ability to pass federal background check
Period of Performance and Salary:
· April 5, 2021 to April 4, 2022 (start date negotiable and two-year extension possible)
· Hourly rate commensurate with qualifications and experience
· Work-related travel costs will be reimbursed at federal rates
· NPS, Denver Service Center, Lakewood, Colorado. Telework is approved.
How to Apply:
· Prepare a single PDF document that includes
1) a short cover letter that, at a minimum, specifies the position to which you are applying, your earliest start date, and your interest in teleworking.
2) a 1-3 page resume targeted specifically towards the performance requirements and qualifications of the job and that includes contact information for at least 3 work-related references.
· Name the PDF in the following format <LastName-FirstName_Application_NPS-NRS>
· Send the PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org with <NPS Natural Resources Specialist> in the subject line.
· Applications will be accepted through Thursday, 4 March at 2 pm AKST.
For questions, email email@example.com or call 907-321-2908