Provide guidance to project proponents and their consultants and attorneys on the legal requirements of Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA) and on requirements for obtaining a Conservation & Management Permit and negotiate terms of permits. Follow-up on issued permits and ensure compliance with conditions of the permits, as needed.
DETAILED STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Prepare written analyses and complete reviews of the environmental impacts of proposed projects on species protected under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA). Provide guidance to project proponents and their consultants on the legal requirements of MESA and for obtaining a Conservation and Management Permit. Review and negotiate proposed mitigation measures to ensure compliance with MESA. Follow-up on issued permits as needed.
2. Review and prepare written comments on Notices of Intent under the rare species provisions of the Wetland Protection Act (WPA) Regulations and Environmental Notification Forms and Environmental Impact Reports submitted to Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) for impacts on rare species and their habitats. Attend consultation meetings as necessary.
3. Conduct reviews of Forest Cutting Plans under the Forest Cutting Practices Act Regulations to evaluate impacts of forestry activities on rare species habitats.
4. Evaluate habitat management plans within rare species habitats and provide feedback to the Division and external conservation partners.
5. Respond to data release requests related to US Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs, evaluate draft NRCS habitat management plans, conduct necessary site visits and attend NRCS committee meetings as relevant to rare species, work proactively with NRCS to address rare species concerns as they relate to agricultural practices.
6. Extract relevant information from the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program’s rare species records, computer databases, rare species occurrence maps, and consult with Natural Heritage biologists and other experts concerning potential rare species impacts.
7. Inspect select project sites to evaluate potential impacts of projects on rare species habitats. Coordinate NHESP comments with other Division sections and other involved state or federal agencies.
8. Conduct outreach and programming for stakeholders, project proponents, environmental consultants and other interest groups.
9. Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AT HIRE (List knowledge’s, skills, abilities)
1. Knowledge of the principles of ecology and population biology.
2. Knowledge of research methods and techniques followed in conservation biology.
3. Knowledge of the characteristics and habitats of endangered and threatened species.
4. Knowledge of the principles and techniques of endangered and threatened species habitat management.
5. Knowledge of agricultural and forestry practices.
6. Bachelor’s degree with a major in zoology, botany, ornithology or herpetology, conservation biology, or related field.
7. Ability to read, interpret, apply and explain the policies, procedures, guidelines, laws, rules and regulations governing agency operations and assigned unit activities.
8. Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of conservation biology data to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.
9. Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written expression.
10. Ability to prepare general and technical reports.
1. Graduate degree in conservation biology, wildlife management, zoology, botany or a closely related discipline.
2. Previous professional experience in habitat impact assessment, environmental law and land use regulation.
3. Academic training and demonstrated expertise in applied conservation, especially the conservation of endangered species and their habitat.
4. Excellent analytical ability and negotiating skills.
5. Excellent skills in verbal communication and technical writing.
6. Experience with GIS, aerial photography and topographic maps.
7. Ability to work effectively on a number of projects simultaneously with a minimum of supervision and ability to meet firm deadlines.
8. Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel and ArcView software.
9. Reliable vehicle for use in travel around the state.
Open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants who apply within the first 14 days of posting (August 22, 2017).
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