This position requires a person to be able to perform field activities in various environmental and weather conditions. This position will require supervision of 8-10 personnel. Planning and implementation of all FS research activities and management actions for fisheries resources in the CNMI. Directly manages or co-manages secondary grants, and assists in the management of other grants. Organize and submit grant proposals, grant agreements, biological assessments, endangered species assessments, annual reports and updating Standard Operating Procedures. Conduct fisheries monitoring surveys in the CNMI, and will coordinate with other DFW sections, local and federal governmental agencies. Reviews database entry and edit by staff. Participate in data entry and edit where applicable.
NATURE OF WORK: Under the direct supervision and direction of the Fisheries Section (FS) Supervisor, Senior Fisheries Biologist in this class is expected to exercise sound judgment and actions in accordance with established policies, practices, and procedures of DFW. The position requires responsible professional scientific work involved in the participation of planning, executing, and reporting of fishery management and research. The employee under this position is responsible for overseeing the work assignments of other professionals or have regular assignments given to him by the FS Supervisor. Products stemming from activities under this position is reviewed by the Division Director and FS Supervisor.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. This position will be responsible for managing the Monitoring and Assessment of MPA’s Program and the development of a fish hatchery program.
2. This position will also assist the FS Supervisor in the management and implementation of CNMI DFW-Sportfish Restoration Program.
3. The Senior Fisheries Biologist will assist the FS Supervisor in the planning and implementation of all research activities and management actions for fisheries resources in the CNMI.
4. Directly manages or co-manages secondary FS grants, and assists in the management of other grants.
5. Senior Fisheries Biologist will assist the FS Supervisor to conduct and report on biological assessments, endangered species assessments, and environmental impact assessments.
6. He/she will supervise and/or organize the completion of fisheries monitoring surveys in the CNMI, and will coordinate with other DFW sections, local and federal governmental agencies.
7. Reviews database entry and edit by staff. Participate in data entry and edit where applicable.
8. Under the direction of the FS, participates in the preparation of technical and administrative reports on research findings and provide biological input on management decisions.
9. Will review, comment and may recommend conditions on fishing license/permit applications.
10. Provides the Director with recommendations for the enhancement of FS operational procedures.
11. Serves on Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council (WPRFMC) Plan Teams as appointed. Provides the WPRFMC with data analysis for fisheries resources in the CNMI.
12. Will serve, as appointed by Director, on CNMI committees tasked with the goal of natural resource management.
13. Presents research and management findings at national and international fisheries and marine resource management conferences.
14. Prepares of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
15. Assists in the planning, development and implementation of FS research and development programs consistent with the requirements and goals of the CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife.
16. Promotes good working relationships with cooperating agencies and the public.
17. Performs other tasks in the FS as assigned.
Doctorate’s Degree in Fisheries Biology, Marine Biology or closely related field, or a Master’s Degree in Fisheries Biology, Marine Biology or closely related field and four (4) years’ experience in the field of fisheries biology, marine ecology and/or management. Must have at least four (4) years’ experience managing programs, grants, budgets, contracts, and supervising professional staff (many of whom have Master’s Degrees) and technicians. Experience managing and writing grants for Federal Aid funded projects, or other experience with the Federal Aid Program, is highly desirable.