[Coral-List] Position openings- Santa Rosa, CA

Michael Loomis Michael.Loomis at noaa.gov
Tue Sep 13 07:56:41 EDT 2005

I.M. Systems Group is seeking to fill two Marine Habitat Specialist
positions.  These positions will be as contract support through I.M.
Systems Group (www.imsg.com) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA).  Both positions are located in Santa Rosa,
California and are available immediately.  Candidates able to relocate
and begin work by Sept. 26th  will be given preference.  The positions
will pay between the upper 40’s and mid 50’s depending on the
candidate’s experience and qualifications.

I am looking for scientists with a B.S. minimum, and preferably an M.S.,
in fisheries science or marine biology/ecology.  Although the positions
can be filled without an M.S., the candidate will need to be strongly
qualified through experience.  An M.S. student with solid research
experience and field experience will be considered.

Specific experience preferred includes:  Coastal community based
restoration experience, fisheries biologist experience (salmonids
preferred), processes for restoration of tidal influence to coastal
habitats- especially in California, knowledge of
freshwater/riverine/ocean interface processes and habitat, knowledge of
California marine flora and fauna.

These positions will be very competitive, but I encourage
students/graduates to apply if they are interested in supporting NOAA,
they have the experience necessary, and they are available to relocate
and begin work in Santa Rosa, California by Sept. 26th.

Please email a cover letter, resume, and at least 3 references as ONE
document (MS Word preferred) directly to me at Michael.loomis at noaa.gov.
Please email one additional copy to jobs at imsg.com.  Indicate “Marine
Habitat Specialist” in your email subject line.

Qualified candidates selected for an interview will be contacted
immediately.  The deadline for resumes is Sept. 23rd.  The positions are
available immediately and will be filled as soon as qualified candidates
are identified.  Candidates not contacted by Sept. 25th were not
selected.  However, IMSG will keep resumes on file and may contact
applicants as additional positions become available.

Thank you,
Michael Loomis

Scope of Work
Marine Habitat Resources Specialist Level II
Santa Rosa, California

Introduction:  NOAA’s Restoration Center Southwest (RCSW) is responsible
for the oversight and implementation of habitat restoration projects
affecting NOAA’s trust resources in California.  This position will be
are responsible for conducting baseline marine resource assessments, and
developing and implementing projects that were funded through
partnerships and/or directly funded by grants from the Community-based
Restoration Program (CRP).  This position will focus on estuarine
habitat restoration, with an emphasis on wetland, estuarine and marine
fisheries in California estuaries.  This position will also support the
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Program through participation in the
NOAA’s Damage Assessment Restoration and Remediation Program (DARRP).

The incumbent needs to have a solid understanding of estuarine fishery
biology, estuarine ecology, or marine estuarine wetlands, as well as, a
working knowledge of standard restoration methods, procedures and
techniques for monitoring habitat and fisheries restoration
effectiveness.  Good written and oral communication skills are a
requirement. The ability to multi-task and to work independently in a
collaborative team setting is essential.

Tasks and Deliverables:  The contractor will work directly with the
Restoration Center Supervisor (RCS) and field office staff on
coordination of restoration projects under the CRP and DARRP.  The
contractor will also work with NOAA Fisheries Southwest Region staff to
determine restoration priorities that fit with ESA listed salmonids
recovery planning.

A.  Community-based Restoration Program Support:
Project Identification:  The contractor will conduct outreach efforts
(meetings, presentations, coordination) with state and local
governments, organizations, universities, and others as needed to
identify habitat restoration opportunities.

Project Evaluation and Review:  The contractor shall provide technical
review and evaluation of restoration project proposals submitted through
the Restoration Center’s and its partner’s solicitations for proposals.
These technical reviews will consist of both desktop and field
evaluations to determine project feasibility;

Technical assistance:  The contractor shall provide technical assistance
to community-based organizations in the identification, design,
planning, implementation, and monitoring of habitat restoration

Project Oversight:  The contractor shall serve as the RC’s primary lead
for technical oversight of selected CRP restoration projects within
selected coastal marine environments.  The Incumbent shall ensure that
projects are on schedule and on budget and that the RCS is routinely
briefed on the progress of these projects.  This deliverable also
requires that all CRP funded projects have met the necessary regulatory
and permitting requirements.

Monitoring and Database:  The contractor shall ensure that all CRP
funded projects meet the minimum monitoring requirements as required by
the RC, and when identified, collaborate with SWR staff on in-depth
effectiveness monitoring to assess fisheries population response.

Outreach:  The contractor shall assist the RCSW Outreach Coordinator and
RC HQ as needed to develop media information and other outreach
activities to publicize the efforts of the program and individual

B.  DARP Program Support:
DARRP Technical Support:  The contractor, as needed, will provide
technical and written support for NRDA events as part of the DARRP Team.

 Deliverable(S): The contractor will provide technical and written
assistance in support of the DARRP.  Assignments may include, but are
not limited to, assisting with the NEPA process, developing resource and
damage assessments, restoration and monitoring strategies, and assisting
with contract implementation and oversight.

Deliverable(s):  The contractor may be asked to conduct technical
analysis and provide professional opinions and recommendations for
remediation of NRDA cases.

Michael Loomis
I. M. Systems Group
Program Manager

NOAA Office of Coast Survey
NOAA Office of Response and Restoration
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone (cell-primary): 301-395-2889
Phone (office): 301-713-0388 ext. 122
Email: Michael.Loomis at noaa.gov

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