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THE GREAT BASIN INSITUTE
Cottage Grove, Oregon, United States (on-site)
30+ days ago
THE GREAT BASIN INSITUTE
Cottage Grove, Oregon, United States
(on-site)
30+ days ago
Job Type
Contract
Job Duration
1-2 Years
Salary
$28.50
Industry
Wildlife Damage Management
Min Experience
3-5 Years
Min Education
BA/BS/Undergraduate
Required Travel
10-25%
Salary - Type
Hourly Wage
Job Function
Wildlife Biologist

Description

The Great Basin Institute (GBI), in partnership with US Forest Service (USFS), is seeking a Wildlife Specialist to support a post fire assessment for NEPA planning efforts on the Umpqua National Forest in southern Oregon. This dynamic position partners with a FS interdisciplinary resource specialist team to support a mid level assessment across the fire impacted forest.  As a field assessment team member, the successful candidate must possess a working knowledge of field survey and assessment protocols that support adherence to environmental law, public land policy, and best management practices in wildlife resources and forestry planning.

The mid-level assessment is an intermediate analysis between forest land management planning and project specific assessment for recent fire activity on the Umpqua National Forest.  The process provides the Forest Service (FS) leadership and resource specialist teams with a systematic means by which to compare desired conditions and objectives from the Forest Plan to the existing condition of a project area.  This process informs management recommendations for ecosystem functionality and resource needs.  The assessment includes a broad range of resources to gain an overall understanding of the intended project area under analysis.

Duties will be both office-based (~20%), with opportunities to support with ongoing NEPA field assessments and wildlife field work (~80%). Office-related work may include data entry and verification, data organization and management, summarizing information, preparation of figures, report writing, mapping of treatment areas, and other tasks related to the completion of NEPA planning for expedient implementation of forest projects.

Field assignments require assessment of wildlife populations; considerations of potential treatment applications; model validation and ground truthing; imagery ground truthing; fire history applications to past, current and future resource trend and condition.  Analysis of wildlife status for resource planning for desired condition of TES species will be critical component of this work.

In conjunction with USFS, the specialist will maintain the organization, integrity and accuracy of project data. A successful applicant will also need the skills and confidence to make decisions and exercise independent judgment to safely implement field tasks according to established protocols. This position will be responsible for creation and review of preliminary wildlife NEPA document sections, while developing guidelines, design features/criteria, and provide an appraisal of necessary instructions for species protections measures for the implementation phase of post fire recovery projects.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Apply understanding of federal, state, and local regulatory requirements to determine the permitting strategy for projects;
  • Perform research, strategic planning and document preparation for the development of NEPA deliverables;
  • Analyze potential environmental impacts of proposed project activities and develop baseline data synthesis for subsequent environmental planning documents;
  • Review and interpret technical reports on a variety of subjects primarily silviculture, forest resources/management, and fuels/fires (as well as air quality, archaeology, biology, botany, geology, historic resources, hydrology, public lands, recreation, soils, terrestrial wildlife, etc.) and summarize in non-technical language understandable to a layperson;
  • Develop recommendations for forest restoration actions for wildlife benefits utilizing guidelines derived from agency directives and current research;
  • Promote effective internal and external communication between the Institute and the USDA Forest Service


Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or a Bachelor’s Degree and a combination of academic and/or field experiences related to Wildlife and/ or Biology or related field; knowledge of the principles of federal resource management policy: field data collection protocols; Proficiency in the maintenance of research databases; Proven ability to evaluate data for accuracy, relevancy, and importance, and relate the significance of the results to the higher objectives to which the activity is related.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the editing, oversight, and preparation of technical reports;
  • Ability to perform analysis of spatial data (e.g., home range calculation);
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in wildlife management best practices as related to
    logging impacts to species and habitat;
  • Excellent critical thinking skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a team in a fast-paced and demanding
    environment;
  • Ability to work independently with a strong work ethic;
  • Excellent oral, writing, communication, presentation, strategic thinking, and team skills;
  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record with experience operating 4WD trucks on and off paved roads, including narrow, mountain forest roads – use of ATVs could be expected in some winter conditions (training provided).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in wildlife and or forest resources/management, successfully managing and preparing environmental document sections and associated technical studies;
  • Experience with, and an understanding of, the environmental regulatory framework of the Northwest Forest Plan, applicable state and federal laws and USFS monitoring protocols for the Region 6;
  • A working understanding of wildlife plans for forest health projects and post-fire recovery efforts; experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Experience with conducting resource surveys, data capture, database management and the interpretation of these data for NEPA planning.
Job ID: 72207525

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