Will provide Restoration Planning, Fishery Habitat Restoration, Content Development, Environmental Compliance, and Outreach support to NOAA's Restoration Center. Specific duties include:
Fishery Habitat Restoration:
- Support the identification, design, implementation and monitoring for restoration projects that support NOAA Restoration Center (RC) program priorities, such as CRP and DARRP.
- Provide support for NRDA (DARRP) restoration planning in collaboration with the North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia Trustees including support of Trustee meetings and activities, identification, selection, design, negotiation and scaling strategies, and implementation planning of projects.
- Provide technical expertise focused on identifying, prioritizing, designing, implementing and monitoring restoration projects that benefit fisheries, protected species and/or coastal resiliency.
- Collaborate with partners and technical professionals on conceptual designs, project feasibility, and construction; development and maintenance of budgets and schedules; coordination of contracting tasks; and development and implementation of project monitoring plans for restoration projects in the South Atlantic region.
- Develop, review, and edit content for documents such as programmatic environmental impact statements, environmental assessments, restoration plans, and other scientific and strategy documents that may support case or program decisions.
- Assist the RC in development of applicable permits and development of appropriate NEPA documentation.
- Coordinate with applicable regulatory agencies (NOAA, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, state and other agencies) to ensure restoration projects comply with applicable federal, state and local regulations.
- Assist the RC in coordination of public meetings, press releases, events and other outreach activities and products to publicize the efforts of the RC programs and NRDA cases and to meaningfully engage the public in the NRDA process.
2 years specialized experience directly related to the position. Knowledge of biological sciences and restoration techniques pertaining to ecology, migratory fisheries, and coastal aquatic habitats and resources of the South Atlantic, from North Carolina through Florida east coast. Experience with environmental compliance requirements specific to project types and geographic areas in the Southeast Region of the US. Knowledge of federal, state and local regulations related to living marine resources and habitat restoration projects such as the Clean Water Act (CWA), Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) guidelines, Endangered Species Act (ESA), Sec 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA). Demonstrated ability to implement coastal and marine habitat restoration. Strong understanding of upstream, coastal, and offshore ecology of the South Atlantic region. Demonstrated ability to identify and evaluate both scientific, technical and/or strategic restoration options in active collaboration with partners and a diverse suite of stakeholders. Have current, or ability to obtain, minimum 24-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) certification. Certification shall be maintained during contract Period of Performance through annual 8 hour refreshers. Strong oral and written communication skills. Strong organizational skills, and ability to handle multiple, concurrent, and competing projects and responsibilities. Ability to work independently, reliable, self-starter, self-motivated and strong attention to detail. Willingness to travel on occasion within the region.
- Knowledge of physical processes impacting coastal environments, including effects of climate change.
- Understanding of federal policy and the NRDA process including restoration planning requirements under the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).
- Demonstrated ability to perform field monitoring and assessment activities to identify and evaluate habitat restoration projects.
- Experience with GIS and/or coastal process modeling.
- Public speaking and technical writing skills and experience.
Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and be able to pass a background investigation to obtain a security badge to enter the applicable government facility.
BS in Coastal or Aquatic Sciences, Fishery Biology, Fish Ecology, Hydrology, Water Resources, Environmental Engineering, related discipline, or equivalent.