Biologist (Endangered Species)

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  • Apply knowledge of fish and wildlife biology principles, theories, and practices to employ standard scientific techniques in the completion of field assignments.
  • Apply a broad knowledge of the taxonomy, status, and ecology of flora and fauna with emphasis on endangered and threatened species to designing and implementing programs for their continued existence.
  • Collect, organize and interpret biological data on listed, candidate and proposed species.
  • Conduct ecological/biological investigations, including field and literature reviews to determine the effects of land and water development projects on the distribution and abundance of fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats.
  • Conduct reviews of projects and prepare analyses on potential impacts to listed fish, wildlife and plant resources.
  • Conduct biologically sound ecological investigations of complex land and water development proposals to determine their effect on the distribution and abundance of listed species and their habitats.
  • Interpret field observations and data for the purpose of determining effects on fish, wildlife and trust resources.
  • Evaluate conflicting biological data by comparative methods to determine effects to fish, wildlife and trust resources.
  • Apply the requirements of the ESA, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Clean Water Act to biological data.
  • Review completed work products to ensure that contents of ESA section 7 documents, section 10 scientific permits or habitat conservation plans, section 4 candidate conservation listing and recovery documents, administrative records, other environmental documents, and biological reports, support recommendations and conclusions, are technically accurate and consistent with Federal laws and regulations.
  • Manage resource issues consistent with sections 4, 7 and 10 of the Endangered Species Act and organize and implement recommendations and policies.
  • Prepare listing and critical habitat documents under section 4 of the ES
  • Review and conduct formal and informal consultations pursuant to section 7 of the ESA and prepare biological opinions and/or other correspondence related to consultation.
  • Provide technical assistance in the interpretation and implementation of laws, regulations, and policies in the area of fish, wildlife, plants, and trust resources to personnel of Federal, State, and/or County agencies.
  • Collaborate with other professionals regarding complex and controversial natural resource issues and activities to interact, convey, and obtain pertinent information needed to effectively manage programs.
  • Review plans pertaining to the protection, conservation and propagation of natural resources and make recommendations and/or corrective actions to enhance plant and wildlife resource management and recovery.
  • Resolve problems and develop and make recommendations about appropriate resource protection strategies as they relate to Endangered Species projects.
  • Exercise judgment regarding sensitive and controversial natural resource issues when interacting with others of different interests and priorities.
  • Develop and present technical briefings on natural resource issues for federal, state or local agencies, special interest groups and the general public.
  • Negotiate complex and controversial issues and be persuasive in presenting organization positions.
  • Prepare and review written ESA biological opinions, recovery plans, recovery implementation plans, listing documents, habitat conservation plans, candidate conservation agreements, and scientific permits, as well as program reviews, budget initiatives, strategy papers, briefing papers, and other management documents related to natural resources, especially concerning endangered species.
  • Research and provide written recommendations for land management, monitoring, restoration or conservation of endangered species projects using scientific methodology and scientific literature.
  • Use word processing, presentation software, or graphic programs to prepare reports, charts, visual materials, or other documents to effectively convey technical scientific information.