Are you passionate about applied conservation? Are you excited about helping to inform decisions about federally endangered species? Do you want to work with other conservation leaders at the science and policy interface? Do you like leading a dynamic, self-motivated, multidisciplinary team to support species and policy experts? If you answered yes to these questions, then the Supervisor of the Branch of SSA Science Support may be for you!
The US Fish and Wildlife Service's Ecological Services Program at Headquarters created the Branch of SSA Science Support in 2021 to provide science support to Service biologists and managers nationwide. We provide technical analysis, guidance, and training support to the teams developing Species Status Assessments (SSAs) for Endangered Species Act listing decisions. SSAs (https://fws.gov/project/species-status-assessment) are biological assessments of species, their habitats, and threats that characterize the species' viability and inform policy decisions and planning. The Branch’s work includes developing and providing science guidance and trainings, determining appropriate analyses based on available data, and helping communicate the science of SSAs to decision makers. We specialize in developing and interpreting conceptual, qualitative, and quantitative models as well as providing expert advice in genetics, climate science, decision science, data science and management, population and demographic modeling, biostatistics, and geospatial analysis. The Branch will soon be hiring a new supervisor. This is a unique opportunity to lead a cohesive team of technically savvy, self-motivated biologists and analysts; work closely with an incredible leadership team in Headquarters and the Department of Interior at the cutting edge of science and policy implementation; and grow a science support network for SSAs with our partners! If you have any specific questions on the announcement, please contact Bridget Fahey, Division of Conservation and Classification Chief (firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-358-2163). The application period will run from Monday, July 25 to Thursday, August 5, 2022. Applications will only be accepted through USAJOBS using this link: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/667139500.