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Marine Habitation Resource Specialist

Baton Rouge LA

Job Code: 1816


Position Description

Will support restoration project planning and implementation activities under the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Program for the NOAA Restoration Center. Will serve as a technical lead for planning and implementing restoration projects and activities in Louisiana. Will support strategic planning and large-scale habitat restoration projects at a basin or regional level, project-specific restoration planning, and planning for living marine resource restoration (e.g., for sea turtles, marine mammals, oysters). Efforts will involve the development of restoration plans, project implementation, and monitoring of results. Will provide coordination and compilation of co-trustee and NOAA input across multiple offices and support NOAA leadership briefings. Will coordinate between state and federal DWH trustees, assist in coordinating resources across the agency in development of restoration plans and projects, and liaise with other restoration partner organizations. Will support public communication and outreach related to DWH programs including the coordination of public meetings, press releases, events, web postings, and other outreach activities and products.


Required Skills

2 years of specialized experience in biological sciences and techniques pertaining to ecology, marine, and anadromous fisheries; offshore and coastal aquatic habitat and invasive species; and the ability to apply ecological principles to habitat restoration. Must have knowledge of the habitats and resources of the Gulf of Mexico Region and the ability to perform field monitoring and habitat assessment activities to identify and evaluate restoration projects. Must have a knowledge of the federal, state and local regulations related to living marine resources and habitat restoration projects such as Clean Water Act (CWA), Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) regulations, Endangered Species Act (ESA), Sec 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA). Requires the ability to work collaboratively in a highly-matrixed team environment, develop consensus, and respond positively to direction. Must have strong organizational and analytical skills and the ability to handle multiple, concurrent, and competing projects and responsibilities. Must be willing to travel occasionally within the region; have strong communication skills both verbally and written; and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and in computer use including email, electronic file management, and calendaring).


Desired skills include:

* Coastal habitat restoration experience and experience with coastal, marine, and estuarine resources in Louisiana.

* Prior experience working in a federal or state government office and familiarity with government office practices.

* Experience with Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) related statues, regulations or activities, particularly related to the Oil Pollution Act (OPA).


Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and be able to pass a background investigation to obtain a security badge to enter the applicable government facility.



BS/BA in coastal or aquatic sciences, fishery biology, fish ecology, hydrology, water resources, civil or environmental engineering, related field, or equivalent.


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Posted November 7, 2017

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