Jan 13, 2020
Biologist (Invasive Species Featured
$76,721 - $99,741 yearly
Biologist (Invasive Species) Vacancy Saipan Ecological Services Field Office, Saipan Overview This position serves as a senior biologist in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office located on the island of Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The incumbent is responsible for issues related to the interdiction, management, and control of the brown treesnake in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The brown treesnake is an invasive species that has caused the extinction of nine species of forest birds on the island of Guam. This invasive species has the potential to cause similar impacts to listed endangered and threatened vertebrate species in the State of Hawai’i, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa. The management of invasive alien species is considered the single most significant conservation challenge in the Pacific Islands Ecoregion. This position focuses on issues pertaining to the interdiction, management, and control of the brown treesnake in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. This position requires complex interagency coordination in a duty location that requires particular sensitivity to both cultural and local political issues. The brown treesnake is considered one of the most significant invasive species issues in the Pacific Ecoregion. An immediate focus of this position is to manage the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Brown Treesnake Interdiction and Control Program. This includes day-to-day technical assistance to support Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands quarantine efforts related to brown treesnakes, coordinating rapid response to snake sightings and public education. Implementing this program in a complex political environment requires high skill levels in the areas of planning, coordination, collaborative decision-making, and public education. The institutional capacity for implementation of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Brown Treesnake Interdiction and Control program requires working across many agencies and levels within Federal, Territorial, and local island municipalities (e.g. Saipan, Tinian, Rota, & the Northern Islands). This position requires the incumbent to simultaneously be trying to stop the establishment of brown treesnakes to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands while planning for response if it does get established. To prevent the introduction of the brown treesnake to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and reduce their potential impacts, the incumbent will interact with representatives of State, Federal, and private organizations to bring about agency actions on this pest and other alien species. To succeed in this effort, the incumbent must be familiar with (1) Territorial, State and Federal policies that regulate intentional and accidental introductions into the Ecoregion; (2) pathways by which invasive alien species enter the Ecoregion; (3) methods for control or eradication of invasive alien species; and (4) Territorial, State and Federal requirements such as section 7 consultations, NEPA, and other regulatory laws and policies that may impact invasive alien species. The incumbent serves as an advisor and technical authority on policy, management implementation, and resource implications for actions associated with detection, interdiction and control of invasive species that could impact the 331 Federally listed endangered and threatened plants, vertebrates, and invertebrates and their ecosystems in the Pacific Islands Ecoregion. As the brown treesnake biologist for the Service in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the incumbent is responsible for coordinating brown treesnake control issues in this territory. The incumbent may also be asked to assist with coordination or provide technical assistance on other invasive species issues in the Pacific Islands Ecoregion. The Ecoregion is comprised of 2,300 islands in the eight political jurisdictions: the State of Hawaii; the Territory of Guam; the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; the Territory of American Samoa; the unincorporated U.S. possessions of Johnston Atoll, Wake Atoll, Midway Atoll, Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Kingman Reef, and Palmyra Island; and independent nations with historic alignments with U.S. (the Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands). The incumbent will provide expert advice and direction on alien species detection, interdiction and control to prevent impacts to endangered and threatened species and other native species and communities. In conjunction with Territorial and State representatives, private experts, and stakeholders, the incumbent will represent the Service in developing long term action plans, research objectives, monitoring activities, and policies relating to invasive species in the Pacific Islands Ecoregion. The incumbent will work to implement Executive Order 13112 on Invasive Species, issued February 3, 1999. Finally, the incumbent will represent the Service in carrying out responsibilities arising from the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, Lacey Act, Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act, Federal Plant Pest Act, and the Federal Noxious Weed Act, Alien Species Prevention and Enforcement Act, the Terminal Inspection Act, and the Brown Tree Snake Control and Eradication Act. Position Details Work Schedule: Full-Time Appointment Type: Term Pay Scale and Grade: GS-0401-12 Salary: $76,721-$99,741 per year Invasive Species Control (60%) - The incumbent has intensive knowledge and competence related to ecology and invasive species. The incumbent must anticipate invasive species issues and troubleshoot problems. The incumbent serves as a specialist in island ecology and invasive species, and working under the direction of the Chief, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office - Invasive Species Program, is responsible for issues related to the interdiction, management, and control of the brown treesnake in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The incumbent is responsible for coordinating with Territorial, State, and Federal quarantine services (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Island Department of Agriculture, Guam Department of Agriculture, Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture), research and monitoring entities (U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of Agriculture), the Brown Treesnake Control Technical Committee, non-governmental conservation groups. The incumbent performs project work and administrative functions of the Service in the assigned project/program area. The specific duties of the position are: Implements policies on the detection, prevention, interdiction, control and eradication of brown treesnake and other invasive species in the Pacific Islands Ecoregion. Integrates these policies with existing Federal, Territorial and State mandates for quarantine and biosecurity. Coordinates Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and interagency efforts related to the detection, prevention, interdiction, control, and potential response to brown treesnakes in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and the Pacific Islands Ecoregion. Provides expertise related to the day-to-day technical assistance to support the implementation of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands quarantine efforts related to brown treesnakes, coordinating rapid response to snake sightings and public education. Conducts Service, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and interagency coordination related to brown treesnakes and selected other invasive alien species. Develops Service and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands position papers on brown treesnake management issues and coordinates with other Federal, Territorial, and State agencies within the Pacific Islands Ecoregion. Meets with Federal, Territorial, and State agencies counterparts to develop standards for interdiction, eradication, and control of brown treesnakes and other alien species. Works to promote conservation of native flora and fauna in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Communication and Coordination (20%) - Provides expertise and represents the Chief, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office Invasive Species Program at meetings of Territorial, State, Federal, and multi-partner meetings dealing with the introduction of invasive alien species into the Pacific Islands Ecoregion. With these and other partners, develops and implements critical research and monitoring of invasive alien species that have or may have major impacts on endangered and threatened species. Provides advice and briefings to various entities throughout the Department of the Interior and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands as well as other Federal, State, Territorial, local agencies, and private organizations on brown treesnakes and other invasive species and their broad implications in the Pacific Islands Ecoregion. Convenes multi-stakeholder meetings, coordinates public outreach, and articulates Service and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands positions to the public. Partnership Development (20%) - Works with experts from other Federal agencies, Territorial agencies, State agencies, private groups, and provides agency support to broader invasive species programs in the Pacific Ecoregion that include control, eradication, interdiction at the port of entry, and research needed to better address the invasive alien species issues. Develops and maintains partnerships to leverage funding for brown treesnake control through Federal agencies, local governments, private organizations and businesses for the purpose of developing a strong biosecurity program in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Pacific Islands Ecoregion in general. Develops and maintains positive working relations with representatives of transportation, commercial agriculture, tourism, and aquaculture industries and others that use nonnative species or that are impacted by invasive alien species. Identify the common elements that these groups share and use these elements as the basis for a program that comprehensively addresses brown treesnake interdiction and control.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Saipan Island, CNMI Full-Time