Free Fisheries Biologist

Published date: July 21, 2020
  • Location: Idaho, United States

Fisheries Biologist-Southern Snake Basin Branch Fish Biologist Support

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a Biologist to provide support to the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) West Coast Regional Office, at Southern Snake Basin Branch Office, Boise, Idaho. OAI supplies personnel support services on contract to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species.
The Interior Columbia Basin Office, Southern Snake Basin Branch Office provides interagency consultation to other federal agencies pursuant to the authorities of Endangered Species Act (ESA), Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA), and Federal Power Act (FPA). Federal “action agencies” bring their proposed future actions which may affect marine migratory species (principally salmon and steelhead) to NMFS for scientific assistance in predicting likely future effects, minimizing adverse impacts, and maximizing positive effects. The office also implements ESA recovery plans through technical support in evaluating nonfederal proposals to various grant programs.

Travel is anticipated.
Start of Position: October 1, 2020
Location: Boise field office 800 E. Park Blvd, Plaza IV, Suite 220
Boise, ID 83712
Salary and Benefits: This is an hourly position, with generous employee benefits. Salary commensurate with experience.

Key tasks include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
• Writing Biological Opinions to action agencies related to their Biological Assessments for listed salmon and steelhead.
• Writing Letters of Concurrence to action agencies related to their Biological Assessments for listed salmon and steelhead.
• Reviewing biological assessments from action agencies for listed salmon and steelhead.
• Reviewing applications from action agencies to enroll in existing programmatic consultations and drafting letters or emails to enroll applicants into the programmatic consultations.
• Reviewing proposed habitat restoration projects to implement Recovery Plans and the FCRPS habitat program.

Other Duties:
• Draft and final biological opinions to action agencies.
• Draft and final letters of concurrence to action agencies.
• Comments on biological assessments from action agencies.
• Documentation of enrolled applicants into programmatic consultations.
• Comments on proposed habitat restoration projects.
• Monthly progress report to include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following: accomplishments, issues encountered, travel (including purpose, significant outcomes, action items), and recommendations, if applicable

Required Knowledge and Experience
Selected individual(s) must have the following minimum qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree and four (4) years’ experience, or Master’s degree, from an accredited college or university in biology or field of study relating and two (2) years’ experience relating to the specific task order.

Additional required qualifications include:
• Knowledge of salmonid general life cycles and habitat requirements.
• Highly proficient English language composition skill.
• Skill in most common software applications to include Microsoft Word and Google Suite.
• Valid state driver’s license.

Additional preferred qualifications include:
• Expert knowledge of Snake River Basin salmonid specific life histories and geographic distributions.
• Experience in aquatic habitat conservation.
• Skill in fish habitat restoration methods.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, you MUST APPLY THROUGH OAI’s WEBSITE ONLY. Go to OCEANASSOC.COM, click on Careers, then click on Job Openings, find the position you wish to apply for.
Only qualified applicants that meet minimum experience or background requirements stated above need apply. When applying for this position you will be asked to upload your resume at the end of this online application.

Applicants should submit a resume that includes the following:
• Cover letter that briefly describes how you meet the required and preferred qualifications listed.
• Work history for past 10 years or since last full-time education.
• Education.
• Previous experience or training with similar requirements.
• Three professional references.
• Include your name in the document file name.
• Upload your resume in readable, not scanned, PDF or Word format (PDF is preferred).

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States, complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire, and successfully complete a federal government background check. Ocean Associates Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran or any status or condition protected by federal or state law.
Ocean Associates Inc. is a government contractor and is required by law to invite applicants to self-identify their race, gender, national origin, disability status and veteran status. Ocean Associates Inc. is required to use the information they collect as part of their future affirmative action efforts in hiring. The information is collected anonymously by computer and is not connected to your application. You will see a place to check certain boxes in the online application for this position. Even though the information is anonymous, self-identification is voluntary. You can always check the box that says you decline to self-identify.
Note: If you are not selected, your materials may be retained for present or future opportunities. We may use your resume in bidding on a project and if we are awarded the work we will contact you before seeking further applicants. If you do not wish us to retain or use your resume to seek work for you, please let us know in the "Notes" section on the second page of the online application.

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