The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) is recruiting a Habitat Conservation Biologist to be based on the island of Saipan. This position will serve at a professional level, applying biological knowledge to new and existing programs for the informed management and conservation of wildlife and their habitats. Responsibilities: 1. Review documents (i.e Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, Department of Defense INRMPs, etc) submitted to DFW by federal and local government agencies and offer input, comments, and suggestions. 2. Develop and implement wildlife habitat management plans such as habitat restoration projects, mitigation banks, land acquisitions, and easements, etc. 3. Design and implement applied research focused on understanding habitat needs of endangered, endemic, and native species. 4. Design and implement vegetation and habitat surveys. 5. Analyze and interpret data and summarize results in technical reports and scientific publications. 6. Write grant proposals and required progress and annual reports. 7. Review land use and development project proposals that may affect threatened and endangered species. Make recommendations to management regarding how to improve conservation outcomes. 8. Act as a liaison for developers and government agencies who wish to pursue federal or local permits as requested or assigned. 9. Perform travel as required. Work activities may occur on any of the CNMI islands, including those that are isolated and uninhabited. 10. Present results of research at scientific conferences and meetings as requested. 11. Be respectful, patient and have clear communications with laypersons. 12. Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: 1. Master's degree in biology, ecology, natural resources management or related field. 2. Three years' experience with habitat conservation and management tools, reviewing and commenting on EISs or similar documents, endangered species and habitat regulatory processes, and vegetation surveys. 3. Experience developing habitat management plans. 4. Must have strong writing and communication skills (top candidates will be asked for writing examples). 5. Knowledge of GIS and statistical packages. Preferred Qualifications: 1. Experience working outside of the United States or within a highly diverse community. 2. Experience with back-country camping expeditions. Must be willing to make a three-year commitment to DFW. How to apply for this position: Please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to Steve Mullin at email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.