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Listed Species Determination Key Development (Columbus)

Project Type: This is a telework only project, Fellow will not report in-person to a duty station.

Location: Legacy Region 3, Ohio Field Office, Columbus, Ohio

Housing: Supported – $5,000.00 total

Project Background: The US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Information, Planning, and Conservation decision support system (IPaC) can currently deliver Endangered Species Act species lists and detailed resource information. It will soon be able to provide project design recommendations, collect environmental baseline information, and provide for the completion of much of the Threatened and Endangered section 7 consultation process via the Internet. Development and utilization of the IPaC system is a top priority for the USFWS Region 3 Endangered Species Program. Throughout the process, the Fellow would work with a Field Office biologist as their direct supervisor and work closely with other biologists in the Field Office with expertise on the species that will be addressed by the Determination Keys.

Project Duties: The Fellow will develop one or more Determination Keys that will address the effects of federal projects on at least five listed species that occur in Ohio. The Fellow will: 1) conduct an organizational review of the information available from species- and project experts in the Ohio Field Office, 2) compile that information into a Determination Key choice and logic spreadsheet that will be coded as part of the IPaC system, and 3) present the finding in an oral presentation to the Ohio field office staff and other stakeholders.  As part of the final presentation, the Fellow will recommend a template approach to developing Determination Keys for other species. The Fellow will gain expertise on the function of USFWS field offices, how they interact with subject matter experts in other offices and other federal agencies, and how they cooperate with those agencies to conserve listed species. 

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in biological sciences, natural resource management, environmental studies, geographic information sciences, or other closely related field. 

Working Conditions/Requirements: General knowledge of wildlife ecology

Familiar with the development/use of spreadsheets

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication, Project Management experience, Teamwork, Knowledge of the Endangered Species Act and the regulations and policies relating to its administration.