Invasive species are a leading threat to conserving and protecting natural resources across the National Wildlife Refuge System. Within the 50 National Wildlife Refuges of the Pacific Southwest Region, invasive species are the most widespread and serious threats to priority refuge resources. The Region’s invasive species program funds and coordinates efforts of individual refuges to reduce the adverse effects of invasive species through strategic planning, baseline inventory, monitoring, early detection and rapid response, preventive measures, eradication, as well as control/management.
The Invasive Species Data Specialist serves as the interim Data Manager for the Pacific Southwest Region National Wildlife Refuges invasive species program. The Specialist promotes and implements best data management practices to support refuge staff as they address invasive species management (based on the established National Wildlife Refuge System model) on refuge lands. The Specialist works closely with the interim Refuge Invasive Species Support Specialist, the Inventory and Monitoring Program data managers and zone biologist, as well as with refuges across the Region.
The Invasive Species Data Specialist advances priorities of the Pacific Southwest Region invasive species program through performance of the following duties:
Evaluation, standardization, and organization of invasive-species datasets: Working with other data managers, invasive species experts and refuge staff, the Invasive Species Data Specialist develops and applies standardized workflows to implement national invasive species data standards on refuge datasets. The Specialist supports development and implementation of workflows and supports invasive species prioritization workshops.
Data Management Tool Development and Maintenance: Working with other senior data managers, the Specialist provides refuge and regional staff with technical support to update existing invasive-species analysis tools, develop and test new mobile data collection tools, and develop data storage systems.
Invasive Species Information Communication: The Specialist works with the invasive species team and the guidance, data, tools and information about invasive species management to communicate information.
Career development: GBI’s Research Associate Program presents emerging professionals with career-enhancing opportunities in natural/cultural/recreation resource management, ecological conservation, environmental stewardship, and related fields. This position provides opportunities to interact with regional USFWS invasive-species experts, data managers, and Refuge staff, support science-based approaches to conserving natural resources, and gain exposure to policies and initiatives for managing public lands.
GBI seeks an individual who fulfills the following qualifications:
- Bachelor's degree (minimum) in natural resource management or related discipline, plus demonstrated experience in the technical skills below; those with an advanced degree are encouraged to apply;
- Experience in data collection and management, subjecting data to quality checks, and data compilation, analysis, and interpretation;
- Proficiency in using Access and/or R to run standard database queries or execute scripts;
- Facility with use of the MS Office suite of software;
- Experience with mobile data collection tools such as Arc Collector;
- Experience with applications of GIS mapping and related software, technologies and products;
- Strong organizational skills, and experience in and ability to organize and track data records and project status;
- Experience in summarizing and documenting program outcomes;
- Ability to communicate with a diverse audience, both in writing and verbally;
- Strong skills in technical writing to clearly convey data workflows, as well as refuge-specific and regional project findings and status;
- Familiarity with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service mission, goals and operations, and National Wildlife Refuges of the Pacific Southwest Region and associated resource features and issues, preferred;
- Willingness to travel as needed to gather data and other information from refuges and attend meetings with refuge staff;
- Valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on pavement and on unimproved roads; and
- Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals of the USFWS.
The successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.
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