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Start Date:

October 01, 2020


Protected Resources Division – Long Beach Branch at 501 West Ocean Boulevard, Suite 4200 in Long Beach, California 90802.

Salary and Benefits:

This is a full-time position with benefits. Salary commensurate with experience.


Minimum Required Knowledge and Experience:

•  Completed undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with emphasis on biological science, conservation biology, wildlife management or related fields.
•  Computer skills including basic word processing, spreadsheet creation, and manipulation.
•  Current MS Office and corresponding Google applications skills
•  Valid driver’s license required for the operation of government vehicles.
•  Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Other required knowledge and experience:

•  Knowledge of the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Magnuson Stevens Act, and National Environmental Policy Act.
•  Proficiency with consultations under section 7 of the ESA and the EFH provisions of the MSA.
•  Ability to review and comment on NEPA analyses in accordance with the requirements of NEPA.
•  Knowledge of marine natural resource management issues including marine aquaculture and other ocean uses such as fishing and offshore energy is strongly desired
•  Knowledge of the biology of West Coast marine species of whales, sea turtles, abalone, sharks, and sturgeon.
If you are interested in being considered for this position, please apply through this page.
Only qualified applicants that meet minimum experience or background requirements stated above need to apply. When applying for this position you will be asked to upload your resume at the end of this online application.

Applicants should submit a resume that includes the following:

•  A cover letter that briefly describes how you meet the required and preferred qualifications listed.
•  Work history for the past 10 years or since last full-time education.
•  Education.
•  Previous experience or training with similar requirements.
•  Three professional references.
•  Include your name in the document file name.
•  Upload your resume in readable, not scanned, PDF or Word format (PDF is preferred).

Equal Employment Opportunity

Aquaculture, ESA and EFH Consultation and Coordination Support

Saltwater Inc. is seeking an individual to provide support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) West Coast Region, Protected Resources Division (PRD). Saltwater supplies personnel support services on contract to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species.


The Protected Resources Division (PRD) works to conserve and restore marine resources on the West Coast. Guided by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), and Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA), the government requires support to fulfill duties including actions under these laws such as supporting implementation of the directives of the Executive Order on Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth; conducting ESA section 7 consultations; conducting Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) consultations pursuant to the MSA; reviewing and commenting on actions that may take marine mammals pursuant to the MMPA, and reviewing and drafting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents as needed.


Key tasks include the following:

•  Conduct and complete formal and informal consultations under section 7 of the ESA and the EFH provisions of the MSA according to West Coast region policies and practices. These include consultations on aquaculture facilities, operations, and permits, but may also include consultations on other Federal activities.
•  Participate in working groups, internal and external discussions, and assist in the preparation of environmental reviews for aquaculture projects.
I•  n coordination with West Coast Region Aquaculture Coordinators and Protected Resources Division staff and if geographic areas within the jurisdiction of the West Coast Region are identified as Aquaculture Opportunity Areas, the contractor shall assist in the preparation of programmatic Environmental Impact Statements under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). If identification of Aquaculture Opportunity Areas are pursued within the jurisdiction of the West Coast Region, the contractor shall participate as necessary and in coordination with the West Coast Region Aquaculture Coordinators, Protected Resources Division staff, and the National Ocean Service in data compilation, synthesis, and analysis to inform identification of such geographic areas.
•  Review other NEPA documents and provide comments on protected resources and listed species sections.
•  Review other proposed activities and provide comments on impacts to marine mammals and the requirements of the MMPA or the requirements of the FWCA for all marine species.
•  Coordinate with Area Office staff to provide background information, effects analysis, and conclusions for protected resources under Protected Resources Division jurisdiction. The contractor shall review drafted formal and informal consultation sections for these protected resources.
•  Participate in meetings with action agencies, applicants or permittees, special interest groups, state officials, and tribal representatives, as necessary. The contractor shall coordinate with the science center and other researchers in evaluating the status of species and impacts from actions.
•  Respond to inquiries from action agencies, applicants, and their representatives and staff from WCR Area Offices, provide pre-consultation technical assistance to action agencies, applicants, or their representatives.
•  Prepare appropriate documentation for each consultation, including assembling and managing administrative records as necessary to provide proper evidence of agency business, timely response to requests for information, and compliance with NMFS internal directives, including memos to the file that show compliance with West Coast Region quality assurance process.
•  Provide timely response to data requests and assignments with appropriate attention to detail.
•  Attend and/or present protected species information at local and regional coordination meetings and participate in a Protected Resources Division workshop, if one is scheduled during their tenure.
•  Travel is anticipated.

How to Apply:

To help us understand why you are a good fit for this position, please submit your resume and a cover letter describing your past work and how you are qualified for this job to:

When you apply, you must indicate which job you are applying for otherwise your resume will be discarded. If you do not meet the required skills and experience, please do not apply.

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