Natural Resources Specialist
Description of Work Unit
CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of
Natural Resources at CSU. CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense (DOD) and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and within CSU to resolve complex environmental issues, leaving a legacy of science-based decisions that sustain our resources for future generations.
Natural Resources Specialist (Research Associate III Special) position at Air National Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland is available with Colorado State University’s (CSU) Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML).
The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the United States by proposed start date. CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position
Required Job Qualifications
- Bachelor’s Degree in the field of biology and/or natural resources.
- More than five years of work experience demonstrating the knowledge, skill and ability in natural resources management, interpretation of environmental processes, policies and regulations to successfully assist ANG installation environmental leaders in identifying and locating natural resources present on ANG installations for the purposes of planning development on the installation with regard to those resources while ensuring the military mission is not impacted.
- Have demonstrated knowledge and experience working with and/or managing aerial photos, design plans, avoidance and minimization analysis, quantifying impacts and identifying alternatives to reduce impacts as well as other training and skills pertaining to the position.
- Experience monitoring natural resources studies, surveys and projects from initial programming and planning to conclusion of the project, with little to no supervision. Have a thorough understanding of most standard computer programs, as well as proficiency in VEMO, Air Force eDash, and other DoD database management and SharePoint systems.
- Demonstrated knowledge working with all laws and regulations that govern natural resources and have demonstrated experience carrying out review and compliance activities under those regulations.
- The successful candidate must have or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license by employment start date.
- Candidate must be able to comply with all applicable regulations to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC). Furthermore, candidates are required at a minimum to complete a NACI/SF85 and successfully pass a federal background check to remain eligible for employment by CSU. Pursuant to the Department of Defense Scope of Work applicable to this position, no foreign national shall be employed without prior approval of the Federal Government.
Preferred Job Qualifications
- Desired qualifications include experience working in a highly structured organization and knowledge of Army Instructions, directives, guidance and processes.
- Personnel in this category may also hold professional certifications in their perspective area of expertise (e.g., wetland identification and delineation, erosion and sediment control inspections, certified arborist and professional natural resources management).
- Previous experience at the GS-12 equivalent.
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Job Duty Category Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP) Support Duty/Responsibility
Ensure existing Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans (INRMPs) are in compliance with the Sikes Act 16 USC 670. This includes, but not be limited to identifying studies, surveys and reports needed for installation support of existing INRMPs and/or to determine the need for an installation to have an INRMP prepared, assessing methodologies employed in various natural resources studies, surveys and reports, judging the quality of deliverables, making recommendations to the Natural Resources Program Manager regarding those deliverables and attending and participating in annual reviews of INRMPs with the USFWS, state fish and wildlife agencies and installation Environmental Managers. Create spreadsheets identifying INRMPs, reviews, studies, surveys and reports prepared for ANG installations for submission to the ANG Natural Resources Program Manager for managing the ANG Natural Resources Management Program and ensuring all natural resource management plans are kept up to date.
Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category Public Outreach Duty/Responsibility
Participate in outreach programming related to the ANG’s Natural Resources Program, including those in support of the EIAP, NEPA and INRMP processes. These activities may include but are not limited to speaking to military and civilian personnel, school groups and community organizations when needed and developing outreach materials. Participate in intra-agency conferences, and present and discuss technical issues and applications with colleagues and representatives of other agencies and organization.
Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Natural Resources Management Duty/Responsibility
Identify the need for and evaluate natural resources studies and surveys in accordance with the Sikes Act 16 USC 670. Provide biological technical expertise to review, analyze, and validate concept designs, scopes of work, reports, and other documents related to hydrology, ecology, riparian or wetland management fish and wildlife, forestry and vegetation, land management, outdoor recreation and access, wildland fire, avian and wildlife conflict prevention. Draft correspondence suitable for submission by the ANG Natural Resources Program Manager to external federal and state agencies, and other organizations. Provide working knowledge of natural resource laws, regulations, Executive Orders, policies, procedures systems and processes in review and evaluation of studies, surveys and reports. Draft comments to be included in the Comment Matrix Review forms based on review of studies, surveys and reports.
Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category GIS Support Duty/Responsibility
Ensure that all relevant natural resources data is managed and recorded in the ANG’s Virtual Environmental Management Office (VEMO) and other relevant SharePoint sites including eDASH. Determine the need for acquisition of remotely sensed or other data necessary for GIS application for these projects. Develop, use, and manipulate a variety of data layers including but not limited to: US Geological Survey quadrangle mapping, soils, topography, training areas, ranges, natural and cultural resources. Review and evaluate GIS products including, but not limited to, analysis, reports, maps, and other documentation. Research and maintain up-to-date knowledge of developments in GPS and GIS technology suitable for publication in documents to be submitted to federal and state agencies around the U.S. Evaluate technology for potential use, recommend use of new technology, and implement technology found to be justified. Ensure that GIS databases are collected, reported, and organized according to Federal regulations. Create scale maps of natural resource areas and boundaries.
Percentage Of Time 20
Special Instructions to Applicants
Prospective candidates should apply online at http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/37824. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be hired. Apply no later than November 20th, 2016 for full consideration. Upload each of the items below individually as a Word Document (.doc), PDF (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please remove social security numbers and birthdates from application materials. A complete application consists of:
1) Statement of Qualifications (one page letter addressing each qualification described in announcement)
3) Transcripts (for each degree earned that is listed under qualifications)
4) Degree Conferral (copy of diploma if transcripts do not include confirmation that degree was awarded)
5) References (contact information for professional references including at least one supervisor, references will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates)
Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Special Requirements/Other - • Candidate must be able to comply with all applicable regulations to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC). Furthermore, candidates are required at a minimum to complete a NACI/SF85 and successfully pass a federal background check to remain eligible for empl
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