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 Strategic Framework Specialist assists the Invasive Species (IS) Coordinator/ Strike Team Coordinator for Pacific Southwest Region National Wildlife Refuges. The Specialist supports a strategic and adaptive approach to invasive species management on refuge lands (based on the established National Wildlife Refuge System model), 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 Strategic Framework Specialist advances priorities of the Pacific Southwest Region invasive species program by working in a team to perform the following duties:
Reviewing existing examples and products for invasive species protocols and management plans.
Assessing the needs of refuges in the region for invasive species protocols and plans.
Developing a protocol framework for a baseline invasive species inventory.
Developing a protocol framework for assessing invasive species management actions.
Developing a protocol framework for invasive species early detection.
Developing a framework for an Invasive Species/Integrated Pest Management plan.
Supporting refuges in developing and implementing site-specific inventory and monitoring protocols for invasive species.
Providing 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 support refuges in implementing inventories and monitoring for invasive species, and in developing refuge-specific protocols;
Experience analyzing program tools and documents and documenting need;
Experience in data collection, management, analysis, and interpretation, with an emphasis on conducting inventories and monitoring;
Ability to use qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze findings, with experience using R preferred;
Experience with ArcGIS, including ArcMap, ArcGIS Online, and related software, technologies and products;
Experience with mobile mapping and data collection tools such as ArcGIS Collector/Field Maps;
Ability to support refuges in creating Invasive Species/Integrated Pest Management plans with experience in environmental compliance preferred;
Strong skills in technical writing to clearly convey refuge-specific and regional project findings and statuses;
Strong project management and organizational skills, and experience organizing and tracking project data records and project status;
Facility with use of the MS Office suite of software, including Excel and Access;
Ability to communicate and collaborate with a diverse audience, both in writing and verbally;
Ability to work virtually with limited supervision using novel tools and software to accomplish tasks in a virtual work environment;
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;
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;
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
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.