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    Summary

    This position is part of the R4-Asheville Ecological Services Field Office. As a Fish and Wildlife Biologist you will be responsible for evaluating environmental impacts

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    Responsibilities

    Endangered Species:
    a. Coordinates and facilitates activities pursuant to sections 4,6,7,8, and 10 of the Endangered Species Act.

    b. Plans and conducts status surveys for both listed and candidate species, in cooperation with other Federal and state agency personnel, private organization representatives, and contractors; negotiates agreements for status surveys with prospective contractors and personnel of cooperating agencies.

    c. Provides guidance to, and directs and evaluates the work of, journey level and other lower-graded biologists in matters pertinent to areas of special expertise.

    d. Acts as technical advisor to other Field Office staff on the habitat needs of rare, candidate, proposed, and federally listed species for the purpose of Section 7 consultations with other Federal agencies and designated non-Federal representatives; also consults with staff in preparation of reasonable and prudent measures, reasonable and prudent alternatives, and conservation recommendations.

    e. Coordinates wide ranging initiatives involving other Federal and state agencies, organizations, and the public in fully implementing Endangered Species Act programs.

    f. Prepares draft budget initiatives for review by the supervisor and budget personnel, especially as related to federally listed, proposed, candidate and rare species evaluations and recovery efforts.

    g. Inspects projects for compliance with policies, standards, guidelines, agreements, and plans, followed by recommendations for action to assure compliance.

    h. Reviews rules, regulations, legislation and statutes pertaining to rare, candidate, proposed, threatened, and endangered fish, wildlife, and plant resources. Recommends appropriate procedures for implementing provisions of these mandates and establishes key contacts with other agencies, organizations, and the public.

    i. Prepares written correspondence, reports, and papers for publication, based on the literature, observations made, and investigations conducted. Reports and papers are used to analyze current conditions and assess implications of future actions on rare, candidate, proposed, threatened and endangered species and their habitats.

    j. Independently conducts consultations pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. Responsible for preparation of Biological Opinions for signature by the Field Office Supervisor or Regional Director.

    k. Delivers presentations on the Service's policies and positions to other agencies and the public.
    Prepares responses to Regional, Washington Office, and Congressional inquiries.

    Federal Activities:
    a. Plans, investigates, conducts, and reviews on-site ecological investigations on a wide variety of the most complex and diverse Federal land and water resource development proposals to determine their effects on fish and wildlife resources, with special emphasis on rare, candidate, proposed, federally listed threatened and endangered species habitat, riparian habitat, wetland ecology and management, and other habitats of concern in the affected area.

    b. Conducts private lands program habitat restorations, including landowner contacts, mapping, surveying, staking, construction monitoring, seeding, and other related activities, and prepares management plans for restored areas. Responsible for review and development of conservation easements with multi-agency review teams for Farm Services Agency inventory and debt restructure properties. Develops cooperative agreements with Federal, tribal, state, local, and private individuals and organizations for large and complex wetland preservation, enhancement, and restoration projects on private, tribal, and public lands. Assists the Natural Resources Conservation Service in making wetland, minimal effect, and commenced determinations under the Swampbuster provisions of the 1985 and 1990 Farm Bills. Participates in review, evaluation, and development of plans for Wetland Reserve Program.

    c. Prepares objective and complete written reports and other documents and delivers oral presentations to Service, other agency and organization professional, and public groups based on investigations conducted, analyzing present and future impacts of various complex project alternatives on fish and wildlife resources and economic/recreational uses thereof.

    d. Participates in diverse, complex, and multi-disciplinary planning efforts with public and private groups and state, local, and Federal agencies to achieve Service policies, objectives, and goals.

    e. Negotiates mitigation of complex project impacts with project proponents and regulatory agencies, and develops reasonable and prudent alternatives and conservation recommendations or measures.

    f. Inspects projects for compliance with policies, standards, guidelines, agreements, and plans; makes recommendations for action to assure compliance.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - You may be expected to travel 25% for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/543439000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.