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    This announcement is amended to change the closing date from 7/5/19 to 7/12/19 to allow the opportunity for additional applications.

    The Office of Habitat Conservation actively promotes, influences, and enhances Federal actions related to conservation, protection, management, and mitigating damage to NOAA trust resources, including species and their habitats. It also establishes partnerships to generate scientific information that forms the basis of technical comments on aquatic habitats. 

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    The Director of the Office of Habitat Conservation will exercise full supervisory control over three divisions, including the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Program Office.  The incumbent will: 

    1. Performs a variety of functions including development and implementation of policies, procedures, and regulations in connection with the foregoing legislation and related programs.

    2. Evaluates plans, programs and budgets of Regional Administrators and Science Center Directors for marine habitat protection and conservation programs and recommends priorities based on national needs.
      Maintains a continuous overview of habitat research activities of the NMFS to assess their relevance to national goals and to ensure that adequate information is available on a timely basis. Coordinates environmental activities and NMFS responses to natural or man-induced environmental crises which may threaten marine habitat or species.

    3. Maintains a close liaison with other government departments, the Congress, State and regional officials, the scientific community and all other organizations that are concerned with marine habitat issues.

    4. Provides the principal technical expertise to advise the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries on environmental matters of concern to NMFS contaminant effects and related issues, energy production effects on living marine resources and their habitats, and coastal planning and development programs.

    5. Assists coastal state agencies in the development of living marine habitat research, protection, and conservation programs. Develops habitat conservation management systems and policies that are of interest to the United States.

    6. Prepares reports and develops procedures and regulations required by statute, including the Administrative Procedures Act, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, and Executive Order 12291.

    7. Recommends U.S. policy on marine habitat protection and participates in international negotiations on these issues in cooperation with State Department officials.
    8. Develops and/or recommends, reviews, and comments on proposed legislation concerning habitat conservation under Department of Commerce jurisdiction.

    9. Participates in the development and execution of policies and guidelines designed to facilitate implementation of habitat conservation programs and to promote efficient performance of duties in this area which are assigned to Headquarters and Regional personnel.

    10. Originates and reviews operating policies and procedures which serve to guide office personnel in the efficient performance of their duties.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Position requires occasional travel

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/535553800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.