Position is located in the Washington Service Office (WASO), within the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science (NRSS) Directorate in the Biological Resource Management Division (BRMD).
The incumbent serves as a senior advisor and practitioner in plant ecology/botany to apply a systems approach to the study, analysis and conservation of plant organisms, species, communities and ecological relationships. The incumbent is responsible for program development and implementation. The individual directs an intricate program of botany and related activities that involve sensitive and complex issues that may impact a wide variety of park issues.
Represents the Biological Resource Management Divisions Restoration and Adaptation Branch when working with others on botanical/ecological matters. Develops and maintains liaisons and effective working relations with related groups and individuals, agencies, and the public in order to encourage and facilitate cooperative regional management strategies.
Provides operational assistance and botanical expertise to the service-wide Exotic Plant Management Team (EPMT) Program. Coordinates EPMT strategies with those on adjacent lands to advance ecosystem approaches to the control and treatment of invasive plant species.
Assists vegetation inventory program staff with critical review of proposed vegetation classifications, sampling designs, and accuracy assessments. Develops interpretation of vegetation inventory products to increase adoption, use, and maintenance of deliverables.
Provides critical input on native and non-native vegetation management concerns raised in planning documents and those recommended in emerging service-wide initiatives.
Assists Branch restoration ecologist to incorporate plant conservation and vegetation management considerations in addressing technical assistance requests and other project needs.
Identifies service-wide plant and vegetation management research, conservation and program needs, prepares requests for research/funding proposals or scopes of work, and provides oversight of research and other projects.
Provides expertise on issues related to Rare, Threatened and Endangered plants; including federal, tribal, and state listed.
Develops and prepares major sections of resources management plans dealing with plant conservation, vegetation management and ecological principles. Prepares specific action plans needed to manage the flora component of natural systems and managed landscapes, and controversial, sensitive, endangered or exotic species.
Based on results of inventories, in-depth studies, and monitoring, the incumbent develops and conducts scientifically credible protection, mitigation, and restoration projects needed to prevent resource damage, restore and/or maintain critical habitats, plant and animal communities, managed landscapes, and minimize human impacts.
Prepares environmental assessments (EAs) related to park projects in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. Evaluates EAs and environmental impact statements prepared by other federal agencies for projects that may affect park resources.
Works closely with education staff to incorporate new information into park, regional, WASO and partner education programs.
Provides technical support to parks for herbariums. Maintains records of park collections Works with partners on plant specimen collections works on national plant conservation goals.
For specific area and housing information, or information directly pertaining to vacancy status, contact:
Peter Budde, Branch Chief - Restoration & Adaptation, Biological Resource Management Division, 970-225-3559