Free Southern Snake Basin Branch Fish Biologist Support

Published date: July 27, 2020
  • Location: Idaho, United States

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking an individual to provide support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) West Coast Region, Interior Columbia Basin Office, Southern Snake Basin Branch Office. 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.

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 finalize biological opinions to action agencies.
• Draft and finalize letters of concurrence to action agencies.
• Provide comments on biological assessments from action agencies.
• Document enrolled applicants into programmatic consultations.
• Comment on proposed habitat restoration projects.
• Provide monthly progress reports to include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following: accomplishments, issues encountered, travel (including purpose, significant outcomes, action items), and recommendations, if applicable

Travel is anticipated.

Start Date: October 01, 2020
Location: Boise field office in Snake River Area Office 230 Collins Road Boise, ID 83702.
Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time position with benefits. Salary commensurate with experience.

Minimum Required Knowledge and Experience
• Bachelor's degree and four (4) years' experience, or Master's degree, from an accredited college or university in aquatic biology or related field of study and two (2) years' experience relating to the specific task order.

Other required knowledge and experience:
• Knowledge of salmonid general life cycles and habitat requirements.
• Highly proficient English language composition skill.
• Skill in most common software applications, to include MS Office 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 and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law.
OAI 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. OAI is required to use the information it collects as part of its 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 OAI's online application. 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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