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 threat 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 Refuge Invasive Species Management Support Specialist assists the Invasive Species (IS) Coordinator/ Strike Team Coordinator for Pacific Southwest Region National Wildlife Refuges. The Specialist promotes and supports a strategic and adaptive approach to invasive species management (based on the established National Wildlife Refuge System model) on refuge lands, working collaboratively with other Pacific Southwest Region programs, including the Inventory and Monitoring Program, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator, the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, and Refuge Planning, as well as with refuges across the Region.
The Invasive Species Management Support Specialist advances priorities of the Pacific Southwest Region invasive species program through performance of the following duties:
Assists the IS Coordinator with the regional invasive species grant program, including developing and distributing requests for proposals; coordinating regional review of proposals; communicating with refuges to resolve proposal issues; and coordinating reporting for selected proposals.
Provides assistance in leading invasive species prioritization workshops for refuges, including assisting with and documenting workshop preparation; researching the history of refuge invasive species management; conducting data mining, data entry and data processing to support refuge workshops; and recommending and implementing enhancements to the process.
Develops and maintains easily accessible resources and tools for refuges utilizing ServCat, MS Teams Channels, and Sharepoint sites, as appropriate.
Supports refuges in implementing baseline inventories for invasive species, and in developing invasive species monitoring protocols.
Provides guidance and support to refuges for development of invasive species management plans.
*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;
*Strong understanding of invasion ecology;
*Experience in strategic planning for invasive species management projects and programs. *We particularly seek an individual with experience in supporting adaptive management of invasive plants and/or animals;
*Ability to assist in organizing invasive species workshops for refuges, including gathering data, creating maps and presentations, setting up a common virtual workspace, and utilizing decision making tools provided;
*Ability to support refuges by providing information, technical assistance, and training regarding invasive species management and tracking;
*Experience in data collection, management, analysis, and interpretation;
*Facility with use of the MS Office suite of software;
*Experience with mobile mapping and data collection tools such as ArcGIS Collector/Field Maps;
*Experience with ArcGIS, including ArcMap, ArcGIS Online, and related software, technologies and products;
*Strong organizational skills, and experience organizing and tracking data records and project status;
*Experience in summarizing and documenting program outcomes;
*Ability to communicate with a diverse audience, both in writing and verbally;
*Ability to work virtually and remotely with limited supervision using novel tools and software to accomplish tasks in a virtual work environment;
*Ability to follow Department of Interior, USFWS, and Regional COVID-19 guidelines and requirements when traveling for work, working in-person, in the field, or at FWS facilities;
*Strong skills in technical writing to clearly convey refuge-specific and regional project findings and statuses;
*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.