Pacific Northwest Aquaculture Specialist

Lynker Technologies
Lacey, Washington, US
Jul 24, 2021
Jul 31, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Lynker Technologies

Description:Lynker Technologies, LLC is seeking to hire a Pacific Northwest Aquaculture Specialist to fill an upcoming contract with NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Oregon Washington Coastal Office (OWCO) West Coast Region. Work will be conducted on-site at the OWCO office in Lacey, WA, and occasionally at approved off-site locations. The hiring of positions is contingent on receiving the award for the contract.

The OWCO achieves its mission and advances sound stewardship of public resources through a variety of interagency consultations as requested by Federal agencies (or, in the case of the MMPA, citizens who request authorization for incidental take of marine mammals) to help manage, conserve, and protect living marine resources in inland, coastal, and offshore waters of the United States. NMFS branches within this area office respond to a high volume of requests to consult from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Navy, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other Federal agencies and then must document each consultation in a timely manner, including NMFS' scientific evaluation of the proposed action, a summary of the information on which the evaluation is based, and a detailed discussion of the effects of the action on the species or habitat of concern.

The Pacific Northwest Aquaculture Specialist duties include:

Conduct ESA, MMPA, and MSA program consultation and document preparation activities in the Puget Sound and Willipa Bay/Grays Harbor regions.
Coordinate daily with their Project Officer or Geographic Branch Chief on assignments and work products.
Respond to inquiries from action agencies, applicants, and their representatives, and provide pre-consultation technical assistance to action agencies, applicants, or their representatives during regular business hours.
Review consultation initiation packages for accuracy and completeness, and develop requests for further information sufficient to support initiating consultation, as needed.
Consult with action agencies and their representatives or applicants as required to ensure action agency compliance with each statute, as needed. Communicate with the Geographic Branch Chief to coordinate NMFS response to each consultation.
Prepare appropriate documentation for each consultation and follow West Coast Region protocol for quality assurance.
Work cooperatively with North Puget Sound, Central Puget Sound, and Lower Columbia River/Washington Coast Branches and OWCO Division members as necessary to ensure efficient completion of work and consistency across the Division.

. Requirements:Minimum required qualifications include:

Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university with a major in biological sciences, engineering, or natural resource management, and an emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology.
An additional five (5) years of experience in a related field or combination of such totaling nine (9) years combined education/experience. Master's Degree in related fields plus one (1) year experience or Ph.D. may be substituted for experience.

Additional required qualifications include:

Experience with or knowledge of the requirements of ESA section 7(a)(2), MMPA section 101(a)(5)(D), or MSA section 104-297 and their respective consultation processes.
Excellent writing and editing skills for English-language composition.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Computer skills in the most common software applications, including Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Suite, and email.
Experience with, or knowledge of, the requirements of the ESA, MMPA, NEPA and/or MSA and the consultation processes described above.
Experience with, or knowledge of, shellfish, netpen and seaweed aquaculture.
Valid driver's license.

Additional preferred qualifications include:

Experience providing biological, economic, or social analyses to support recommendations for natural resource conservation measures.
Experience assessing the impacts of human activities on marine, estuarine, or anadromous species and their habitats as part of a regulatory program.
Experience developing policy or procedures for the management and conservation of protected species including marine fish, mammals, or sea turtles.
Background in biology, natural resource management, and salmonid and/or marine mammal species.
Endangered Species Act Section 7 experience, including programmatic consultations.
Experience working with tribal governments.

About Lynker

Lynker Technologies, LLC is a growing, Hub-zone certified small business specializing in professional, scientific and technical services. Our continually expanding team combines scientific expertise with mature, results-driven processes and tools to achieve technically sound, cost effective solutions in hydrology/water sciences, geospatial analysis, information technology, resource management, conservation, and management and business process improvement.

We focus on putting the right people in the right place to be effective. And having the right people is critical for success. Our streamlined organization enables and empowers our talented professionals to tackle our customers' scientific and technical priorities - creatively and effectively.

Lynker offers a team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries and benefits, and the opportunity to work in a culture of exceptionally skilled and diverse professionals who embrace sound science and creative solutions.

Lynker is an E-Verify employer.

Lynker Technologies is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.

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