Natural Resources Specialist - Joint Base Andrews, Maryland
Camp Springs, MD
Research Professional Position: Yes
Posting Number: 202100782AP
Position Type: Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Research Associate III
Number of Vacancies: 1
Work Hours/Week: 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range
$80,000 - $100,000
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Desired Start Date
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on
Description of Work Unit
CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College ofNatural 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 is available with Colorado State University's (CSU) Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) to provide program management support, surveillance, oversight, and technical expertise for the Air National Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, supporting the Air National Guard (ANG)'s Natural Resource programs in the 54 States and Territories related to hydrology, ecology, riparian or wetland management, fish and wildlife, forestry and vegetation, land management, outdoor recreation and access, wildland fire, and avian and wildlife conflict prevention.
The Natural Resources Specialist shall provide program management support; biological technical expertise; evaluation of natural resources studies and surveys; review of projects, studies, and surveys for regulatory compliance; as well as general database, GIS, GeoBase, peast management and editorial support. This is a customer service-oriented position, which is responsible for coordinating with ANG NEPA, Air Quality, Cultural Resources, and Civil Engineering programmers and managers, as well as installation personnel at more than 160 ANG installations.
Required Job Qualifications
- Bachelor's Degree in the field of biology, natural resources, or related field is required, plus five or more years of relevant work experience demonstrating the knowledge, skills and abilities 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 technically reviewing, analyzing and commenting on natural resources studies, surveys, reports and Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans.
- 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 database management and SharePoint Systems.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.
- Must demonstrate knowledge of Department of Defense policies and processes, and military culture in general.
- 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.
- Must have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain a driver's license by the employment start date.
- The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States by proposed start date. CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position
- Highly qualified candidates will have a Master's Degree in Natural Resources or a related field.
- Desired qualifications include experience working in a highly structured organization such as governmental agencies, the military, or corporations with clearly established lines of authority, procedures, and protocols is desirable.
- Demonstrated experience acting with diplomacy and discretion at all organizational levels, work with a wide range of information, organize details, and meet deadlines is preferred.
- Knowledge of Air Force Instructions, directives, guidance and processes is highly desirable.
- Personnel in this category will possess professional certifications in their perspective area of expertise (e.g., wetland identification and delineation, erosion and sediment control inspections, and professional natural resources management).
- Prior experience with VEMO, Air Force eDash, ANG GeoBase and other DoD database management systems is a plus.
- Previous experience at the GS-12 equivalent is beneficial.
- Project management and/or process management certification highly desirable (e.g. PmP, Learn Six Sigma, etc.)
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
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
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
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
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
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