The Lead Biologist will work on-site at the customer's facility at Edwards AFB, CA to perform services in support of natural resource management and in compliance with the Sikes Act, Endangered Species Act (ESA); other applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations; and related DoD and AF directives (including AFI 32-7064). Primary duties will focus on leading the natural resources/biological team, acting as senior scientist/project manager, and collaborating with the biological staff on field work, research, report writing and QA/QC review. The Lead Biologist will communicate directly with the client, manage work assignments to team members, and provide technical oversight and mentorship. The natural resource management services shall include, but are not limited to, support of the AF Environmental Impact Analysis Program (EIAP); supporting preparation of updates to, and implementation of, installation INRMP; land management actions; fish and wildlife management activity support; hunting/fishing/trapping program support, to include program brochure and map preparation; inventory and monitoring of threatened and endangered species and other species of concern; species at risk habitat improvement projects; invasive species inventory and control, to include nuisance wildlife, feral animal and noxious weed control. Other services in support of natural resource management include advising Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) reduction programs; habitat modification and installation and maintenance of appropriate bird/wildlife deterrence equipment; biological wetland inventory and monitoring, and floodplain delineation, biological wetland, creation, management, and restoration activities; and tree planting activities; urban forest inventory and management, forest health assessment and tree maintenance; supporting preparation of Natural Resources Damage Assessments; marsh and restoration and cleanup activities; providing training to natural resources and installation personnel, preparation of course material and natural resources program brochures suitable for installation wide distribution; Findings of No Practicable Alternatives and Biological Assessments; and services in support of ESA Section 7 Consultations and Biological Opinion requirements.
Bachelor of Science (BS) in biology, botany, ecology or other biological science undergraduate degree and 10+ years of relevant experience OR Master of Science (MS) in a biological science field and 8+ years of relevant experience.
Must have work history leading and conducting biological field work and natural resources management.
Must have experience managing teams and working directly with client.
Must have DoD experience.
Experience working in the Mojave Desert ecosystem and the ability to work long days in a wide range of weather conditions.
Plant and plant community identification skills for species common to the Mojave Desert or experience in plant identification in other desert ecosystems with an aptitude for collecting habitat quality assessment data and determining habitat trends and changes in species distribution and population.
Experience with both chemical and non-chemical pest management planning activities.
Section 10(A)(1)(a) permitted biologist authorized to handle the desert tortoise with a clear understanding of USFWS protocol and familiarity with the Desert Tortoise Recovery Plan.
Experience utilizing camera traps to monitor small mammals, specifically the Mohave ground squirrel.
Experience mending fence breaches.
A working knowledge of standard office computer software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access).
Knowledge and experience with mapping software (ArcGIS).
Experience navigating and collecting data using GPS technology.
Upon hiring the applicant must be able to pass a federal background check required prior to gaining access to unclassified government computer work stations.
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