The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is a U.S. Territory, so local compliance with all federal environmental regulations including the Endangered Species Act is required. The CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) technical guidance program provides information to agencies and the public regarding the potential impacts of projects on endangered and endemic species and habitats, and makes recommendations to improve conservation outcomes. Secondary duties include wildlife surveys and research, and grant writing and reporting.
1. Coordinate the technical guidance program, including delegation of work, supervision of program staff, and recommendations for improvement of protocols and policies.
2. Review and comment on land use and development project proposals that may affect endangered and endemic species, and develop mitigation or avoidance strategies.
3. Act as a facilitator and liaison between developers and/or government agencies who wish to pursue federal or local permits.
4. Review and provide comments on Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements for impacts to endangered and endemic species and habitats.
5. Assist in the monitoring of project compliance with DFW conditions for development projects.
6. Develop project proposals that will assist in the management of endangered and endemic species and habitats.
7. Write grant proposals and reports.
8. Coordinate the DFW scientific research review program, including communications with research license applicants, the DFW Director, and the DFW Scientific Research Review Committee.
9. Provide technical assistance to the public and other government agencies as requested.
10. Conduct wildlife surveys throughout the CNMI, especially bird surveys.
11. Train others in the fundamentals of wildlife conservation and survey techniques.
12. Perform travel as required to complete duties and training.
13. Other duties as assigned.
-Minimum of a bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, natural resources management, or a related field required; master's degree preferred.
-Three years' experience with endangered species regulatory processes or surveys.
-U.S. citizenship or valid work authorization
-Willingness to make a minimum 3 year commitment