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This position is located on the Great River, Clarence Cannon, and Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge Complex. As a Forest Ecologist, you will be a member of the Region 3 Division of Natural Resources and Conservation Planning's Inventory and Monitoring Branch and responsible for providing consultation and guidance to refuge managers, developing forest management plans for National Wildlife Refuges with an emphasis on bottomland hardwood and floodplain forest habitats. You will recommend ecological forest management practices that promote biological diversity while providing habitat for endangered, rare, or species of conservation concern as well as conservation-oriented public uses. You will assist with the review of new or proposed policies, providing comments on their impact to the refuge biological program. You will maintain a high level of technical skill and knowledge necessary to ensure that recommendations for the biological program are consistent with current published literature, and you will attend public hearings and/or meetings to discuss proposed or existing practices that affect refuge biological resources.
While not all inclusive, the major duties of this position are:
- Providing consultation on forest management practices, including habitat restoration and enhancement, reforestation, and timber stand improvement
- Developing management, research, and monitoring plans and recommendations for cooperative habitat restoration, forest management, and protection of Federal trust species
- Ensuring that forest management activities are in compliance with NEPA, the Endangered Species Act, and other applicable environmental laws
- Recommending ecological forest management practices that will promote native biological diversity while providing habitat for endangered, rare, or species of conservation concern as well as conservation-oriented public uses
- Developing protocols and managing databases for forest and wildlife inventories, in accordance with the USFWS Inventory and Monitoring Policy and the Survey Protocol Handbook
- Assisting with the cooperative (multi-station or multi-agency) use and maintenance of inventories and monitoring according to approved protocol frameworks and coordinates activities with representatives of other Federal and non-Federal agencies, educational institutions, and special interest groups
- Compiling and synthesizing geographic data
- Identifying source requirements, and procuring and interpreting aerial photographs, orthophotos, satellite imagery, base maps, and resource data
- Directing technicians to ensure accurate data entry and resolve errors
- Following established procedures and standards for digitization, data interchange, and quality assurance/quality control
- Using quantitative methods to analyze findings, including natural resources information represented in geographic information systems (GIS).
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Status Candidates, Special Appointment Authority, Veterans, Individuals with Disabilities
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/488332400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.