Coastal Habitat Resource Specialist NOAA Restoration Center Ann Arbor, MI I.M. Systems Group (www.imsg.com), a Federal Government Contractor located in Rockville, Maryland is currently seeking to hire a Coastal Habitat Resource Specialist to work at NOAA’s Restoration Center (RC) located in the Office of Habitat Conservation. The RC is responsible for restoring the nation’s coastal, marine and migratory fish habitat. The qualified candidate will be specializing in hydrology, to manage projects undertaken as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and to support the Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (DARRP). Key tasks include overseeing specific habitat restoration projects and partnership grants, as well as tracking projects sub awarded through these partnerships and providing scientific support throughout all aspects of a NRDA case with specific attention to restoration planning and implementation phases. Additional tasks may also include assisting or leading policy initiatives, drafting guidance documents, providing intellectual support to other RC programs, strategy development, document drafting, and supporting NOAA at conferences and symposia. Overnight travel may be required for this position. Duties: Provide technical assistance and oversight in the implementation of habitat restoration activities and monitoring projects particularly those involving hydrologic restoration such as dam removal, impounded coastal marsh, culvert replacements, and causeway removals. Provide technical support to NOAA’s Damage Assessment Remediation and Restoration Program by participating in the conduct of natural resource damage assessments (NRDA) and negotiating settlements to recover damages from NRDA claims. Identify and evaluate restoration projects for potential funding, provide technical assistance to local organizations in developing proposals for and implementing restoration projects, and participate on multi-disciplinary teams to plan and execute restoration projects. Oversee projects throughout the Great Lakes. Restoration projects may involve wetlands, anadromous fish passage, and riparian/riverine habitats. There will be a particular emphasis on river restoration projects involving dam removal, fish passage, in-stream restoration, and riparian habitat restoration. Involvement with field investigations (including site evaluation and baseline and post-restoration monitoring); technical evaluation of restoration proposals, feasibility studies, modeling reports and engineering plans; development of project scopes of work; development of conceptual designs; project and construction oversight; and public outreach. Close interaction with various components of NOAA, other federal, state and local government agencies, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations will be an important responsibility. Provide technical support developing restoration-based settlement positions for use during negotiations and/or preparing for litigation following an injury (e.g., oil spill, hazardous waste site, vessel grounding) Work closely with NOAA’s Assessment Restoration Division to assure that the assessment of damages following an injury can be integrated into restoration planning Provide recommendations for restoration plans and resource recovery plans Provide technical support for monitoring projects to ensure cleanup or restoration objectives are met Qualifications: Required Qualifications: A degree in aquatic science, fishery biology, ecology, hydrology, water resources, earth science, environmental engineering or a related field (Master’s degree is preferred). Candidates must possess strong backgrounds in river restoration, geomorphology, and/or hydrology/hydraulics Strong verbal and writing skills. Strong computer and analytical skills Self-motivated, energetic, strategic thinker that is comfortable working both independently and with others Desired Qualifications: Experience with applied habitat restoration. Experience with GIS Experience with state and federal regulatory processes. Experience working on interdisciplinary teams. Knowledge of damage assessment procedures mandated by CERCLA and OPA. Experience in negotiations over environmental issues To Apply: Please submit your resume, the contact information for three (3) references, your salary requirements and a cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position to email@example.com with the following subject line: NOA12009 – Coastal Habitat Resource Specialist. Please also provide a writing sample (preferably a technical paper or report). Your application will not be considered unless it is sent to the above mentioned email. The salary range for this position is 55-65k. IMSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Veteran friendly.