The California Coastal Office (CCO) seeks support to provide technical assistance on protecting, restoring, and monitoring submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) within the San Francisco Bay Estuary (Bay), and to help streamline the regulatory process for mitigating the adverse impact on SAV in the Bay. CCO seeks assistance to help manage eelgrass (Zostera marina) mitigation funds from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for adverse impacts on eelgrass resulting from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span Seismic Safety Project (SFOBB Project). The employee will also provide support services to satisfy the overall operational objectives of promoting the protection, conservation, and recovery of anadromous fish, marine fish, invertebrates and their habitat in the San Francisco Bay Region.
NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service authorities include the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA), and these authorities provide for regulatory review of projects. The primary objective is to implement the statutes and mandates of the ESA with particular emphasis on section 7 consultations and the mandates of the MSA with particular emphasis on Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) consultations. The employee will focus on the geographic area of the North-Central Coast Office’s (NCCO) San Francisco Bay Branch.
The candidate will provide services to support NCCO’s work with other federal agencies, state agencies, water districts, consultants, and others in the conservation and protection of anadromous fish that are listed under the ESA, and provide services to support NCCO’s work on EFH consultations. Additionally, the candidate’s attendance at the bi-weekly status update meetings of the San Francisco Bay Branch and NCCO are required.
Principal tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:
Assist CCO managed eelgrass mitigation funds from the Caltrans SFOBB account and provide periodic updates to the NOAA Project Leader.
Assist in the development of eelgrass mitigation projects and monitoring activities.
Conduct ESA and EFH consultations regarding listed anadromous fish and federally managed fish species.
Provide records management.
Monthly work tracking.
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: This is a full-time position with a generous benefit package. Salary commensurate with experience.
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Travel: Travel is expected
Bachelor’s degree and six (6) years’ experience or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in biology or related field of study and four (4) years’ experience relating to the specific task order.
Ability to evaluate effects of proposed development actions on seagrass and its function as fish habitat.
Knowledge of estuarine and marine habitats, including seagrasses and kelp.
Knowledge of fishery biology, emphasis on Pacific salmonids, and ecology.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Manage and track projects
Problem solving and critical thinking
Ability to work effectively both individually and collaboratively in a team/group setting.
Ability to receive constructive feedback and implement appropriate action.
Additional preferred qualifications include:
Knowledge and experience with Section 7 of the ESA.
Knowledge and experience with EFH consultation procedures of the MSA.
Experience working successfully with interagency and/or interdisciplinary teams.
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