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Updating the Legacy Region 6 Mega Biological Opinion: 2 positions available (Denver)

Project Type: This field project will transition to telework or remote work if required by USFWS or DOI leadership. 

Location: Legacy Region 6, Ecological Services, Regional Office, Denver, CO

Housing: Supported ($4,600 housing stipend for the summer)

Project Background: Section 9 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) prohibits taking federally listed species unless authorized by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA allows for the issuance of recovery permits for otherwise prohibited acts if the activity is for scientific purposes. Permits may be issued for activities including but not limited to scientific research, monitoring populations, and performing educational programs that further the recovery of a federally listed species. The 2022 DFP project introduces the Fellow to crucial sections of the ESA to improve the understanding of how the recovery permitting program impacts listed species and their conservation range wide. The project is an ongoing effort and an extension of previous DFP efforts to revise and restructure the Mega Biological Opinion for Region’s recovery permitting program over the past two years. The Fellow will be guided by the DFP project manager, through this 11-week project to gain a strong foundation in how the FWS works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Project Duties: The Fellow will: 1) review the history of the FWS’s Ecological Services Program and the statutes, the Endangered Species Act, the Section 7 Handbook, the Section 10 Handbook, and other materials provided to understand the basis of the Mega Biological Opinion (herein referred to as the Mega BO), 2) update species status, environmental baselines, and conservation measures sections of the Mega BO for the four Colorado River fish, 3) use specialized tools (i.e., a Topeka shiner) as a template for these sections and as illustrations of this new structure, 4) work with the Species’ Leads for these species to populate the new template structure for the status of the species/critical habitat and environmental baseline sections using the standardized template and guidance, and 5) develop a Teams-based presentation to the Regional and Field Offices showcasing project achievements. Join us and learn how the FWS administers the ESA, focusing on assessing the effects of our recovery permitting program through the section 7 consultation process by updating species status, environmental baseline, and conservation measures for the four Colorado River fish, work with local species experts and regional coordinators, and build skills in leadership, including critical and strategic thinking, innovation, creativity, and independent work habits.

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in Biological sciences or other closely related field.

Working Conditions/Requirements: Valid Driver’s License and ability to drive federal vehicles.

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal Communication, Project Management Experience, Leadership Roles, Teamwork, and Technical Writing.

Biological Effects Analyst, Threatened and Endangered Species (Grand Junction)

Project Type: This field project will transition to telework or remote work if required by USFWS or DOI leadership.

Location: Legacy Region 6, Western Colorado Field Office, Grand Junction, Colorado

Housing: Supported ($4,000 housing stipend for summer)

Project Background: This position is within the Ecological Services Program and is stationed at the Western Colorado Field Office located in Grand Junction, Colorado. The Fellow will develop conservation measures that will be incorporated into the Effects Pathway Manager (EPM) of the Service’s Environmental Conservation Online System (ECOS) to deliver robust conservation measures online to agencies and the public. Information collected and entered into EPM will help our Field Offices better evaluate potential impacts from proposed projects and allow Service biologists to focus on issues that have the largest potential conservation impact.

Project Duties: The Fellow will review available biological data and work with field biologists and species experts to develop conservation measures to protect Threatened and Endangered species. By compiling the extensive institutional knowledge of the Western Colorado Field Office’s experienced biologists, as well as documenting relevant citations and updating conservation measures to incorporate new science, the Fellow will create one-stop guidance for all Field Office biologists that is specific to and inclusive of all western Colorado listed species, thereby improving efficiency, and making defensible and consistent conservation recommendations for all our listed species. 

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences or other closely related field.

Working Conditions/Requirements: General knowledge of wildlife ecology, how to conduct a literature search, development/use of spreadsheets, and the ability to synthesize information gathered from a variety of sources.

Desired Characteristics: Self-motivated, yet team oriented. Students should be comfortable working with a variety of people as well as independently.