Support ESA Section 4 and 7 Consultations ; NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

Job Title: 
Support ESA Section 4 and 7 Consultations
Job Location: 
Anchorage, AK
Duration: 
full and part time
Description: 

Lynker Technologies, LLC is seeking a Scientist VII to provide support to the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Alaska Regional Office in Anchorage, AK. Lynker supplies personnel support services on contract to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species. The person filling this position will conduct important consultation activities aimed at protecting and preserving living marine resources in Alaska. This is an exciting opportunity to promote conservation efforts across the region, working with an experienced team of federal managers and scientists.

The Alaska Region of NMFS oversees sustainable fisheries that produce about half of the fish caught in U.S. waters, with responsibilities covering 842,000 square nautical miles off Alaska.  The Alaska Region also works to ensure the viability of protected species—principally marine mammals—and to protect and enhance Alaska’s marine habitat.

The NMFS’ Alaska Region, Protected Resources Division (PRD) regularly consults on the effects of federally permitted activities on threatened and endangered species. The person filling this position will conduct both formal and informal consultations as per section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. In doing so, the person filling this position will seek to minimize effects of federal activities on threatened and endangered species consistent with laws, regulations and policies.

Description of Services and Deliverables

The Contractor shall undertake actions necessary to satisfy the ESA consultation requirements of NMFS for informal and formal consultations. These informal and formal consultations shall consider, coordinate, and respond to impacts from these federal actions to threatened and endangered species for which NMFS bears responsibility. Each federal project assigned represents a task as identified below.

Task A:  Providing early technical assistance to federal agencies, or their designated non-federal representatives, consultants, or applicants regarding ESA section 7 consultation requirements and measures to minimize, mitigate or avoid the taking of listed species.

Task B: Providing responses to inquiries of federal agencies or their designated non-federal representatives, concerning the presence of ESA species within their project action areas (i.e., “species lists”).

Task C: Conducting ESA section 7 informal consultations, including communicating with federal action agencies or their designated non-federal representatives, review and assessment of information supplied by action agencies to meet consultation needs, assessment of project effects relative to ESA standards, preparation of Letters of Concurrence, assembling administrative records of consultations, completing NMFS consultation tracking database entries.

Task D: Conducting ESA section 7 formal and programmatic consultations, including communicating and meeting with federal action agencies, reviewing and assessing Biological Assessments and draft and final Marine Mammal Protection Act Incidental Harassment Authorizations for sufficiency, assessing project affects upon ESA-listed marine mammals relative to ESA standards, preparation of Biological Opinions, assembling administrative records of consultations, completing NMFS consultation tracking log and database entries.

Task E: Conducting tasks related to the recovery of ESA-listed marine mammals, including outreach, data entry, and participation in working groups addressing recovery of ESA-listed species.

Must Have Skills and Requirements:

Selected individual(s) must have the following minimum qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus five (5) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling nine (9) years combined education and experience. Master’s Degree in related field plus one (1) year experience or Ph.D. may be substituted for experience.

Additional required qualifications include:

  1. An understanding of the Endangered Species Act, particularly with section 7, biological and ecological concepts, NMFS-managed endangered species in Alaska and their critical habitat.
  2. A degree in Wildlife Biology or a related field
  3. Experience in scientific writing

Additional preferred qualifications include:

  1. Demonstration of good critical thinking skills.
  2. Experience in preparation of environmental analyses and assessments such as Biological Assessments, Biological Opinions, and other similar resource evaluations.
  3. Experience with marine mammal endangered species management or research.
  4. Demonstration of a basic understanding and experience evaluating underwater acoustic noise propagation.
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