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Interdisciplinary: Fish Biologist/Hydrologist , Application Deadline: December 7, 2016
Employer: USDA Forest Serviceforsvcdeptagr
Type: Full-Time, Permanent
City: Fort Collins, Colorado

Job Summary

A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation’s most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.
It’s an awesome responsibility – but the rewards are as limitless as the views.
This position works for the Washington Office (WO), National Forest System (NFS), but is located in Fort Collins, CO. The position is a shared position between the Lands and Realty Management (Lands) Staff and the Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air and Rare Plants (Watershed) Staff.

This position serves as National Instream Flow Coordinator with oversight for all phases of aquatic resource studies, recommendations, and mandatory measures requiring instream flow quantification for facilities occupying and using NFS administered lands, located in Wild and Scenic River corridors, and in other specially designated areas administered by the Forest Service.


The incumbent serves as the Forest Service’s National Instream Flow Coordinator (NIFC) with oversight for all phases of aquatic resource studies, recommendations, and mandatory measures requiring instream flow quantification for facilities occupying and using Agency lands, located in Wild and Scenic River corridors, and in other specially designated areas administered by the Forest Service. Provides technical leadership, staff level coordination, and consultation for the Forest Service’s national watershed and fisheries resource programs, hydropower program and other Forest Service special use programs.

The incumbent serves as the Forest Service’s national technical and scientific authority on instream flow quantification techniques and analyses, based upon knowledge of and experience with aquatic and riparian ecology, fisheries resources, hydrological surveys and analysis, watershed restoration, water based recreation related to flows, and instream flow determinations.

As National Instream Flow Coordinator (NIFC), the incumbent is consulted and provides agency oversight regarding the development, drafting and implementation of the agency’s measures in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licenses for non-federally owned hydroelectric projects located in whole or in part on National Forest System lands. The agency’s NIFC is responsible for identifying and developing agency-wide principles in flow determinations, aquatic ecology and/or fisheries/watershed program areas as they relate to long-range, agency-wide resource and management plans and in setting national program priorities.

The incumbent is the Forest Service’s subject matter expert regarding: appeals of agency actions related to instream flow quantification and justification, administrative and litigation reports, Congressional inquiries, investigations of the agency, Freedom of Information Act requests, and instream flow quantification as it affects aquatic dependent resources. The incumbent develops agency-wide technical guidance, including Forest Service manuals, handbooks and guidelines, regarding the determination of instream flows and application of instream flow measurements.

The incumbent develops positive working relationships with other members of the Lands and Watershed staffs, Regional and Forest levels staffs, representatives of local and State agencies, Tribes, academic groups, international groups, non-governmental organizations, industry trade organizations and other Federal agency representatives. The beneficial purposes of these relationships include: the improvement and protection of Forest Service natural resources, the education and support of other Forest Service employees and the integrity and reputation of the agency in matters relating to instream flows.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Travel required is for training and meetings.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Entitlements for payment of basic moving expenses, as required and to the extent allowed by the Federal Travel Regulations (FTR) 302-3.101, are authorized for eligible applicants changing duty station when the change meets the distance tests as provided in FTR 302-1.1 and 302-2.6. In addition, the following relocation benefits are available: house hunting trip and temporary quarters.

Key Requirements

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
  • Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period


You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Your resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement as defined below. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to:

GS-0482: – Degree: major in biological science that included: At least 6 semester hours in aquatic subjects such as limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, or related courses in the field of fishery biology; and At least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences in such subjects as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields. (Excess course work in aquatic subjects may be used to meet this requirement when appropriate.)


Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), of which a minimum of 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences, as shown in above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

GS-1315: Degree: physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels.


Combination of education and experience — course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Acceptable experience must have included performance of scientific functions related to the study of water resources, based on and requiring a professional knowledge of related sciences and the consistent application of basic scientific principles to the solution of theoretical and practical hydrologic problems. The following is illustrative of acceptable experience: field or laboratory work that would require application of hydrologic theory and related sciences such as geology, geo-chemistry, geophysics, or civil engineering to making observations, taking samples, operating instruments, assembling data from source materials, analyzing and interpreting data, and reporting findings orally and in writing. In some cases, professional scientific experience that is not clearly water resource experience may be acceptable if such experience was preceded by appropriate education in hydrology or by professional hydrology experience.
Specialized Experience:GS-14 One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level. Specialized experience is defined as: Experience in analyzing, and determining appropriate mitigation for, the impacts of hydroelectric generation as permitted in Federal Power Act (FPA) licenses and Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) authorizations, with regard to hydrology, fisheries and aquatic ecology, and also experience in instream flow quantification methods and analyses, as required in support of applications for water rights.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

No Additional requirements.

Security Clearance

To Apply:

  • Salary Range

    $107,272.00 to $139,457.00 / Per Year

  • Series & Grade

    GS-1315, 0482-14/14

  • Promotion Potential


  • Supervisory Status


  • Who May Apply

    Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, reinstatement eligibles, persons with disabilities, VEOA eligibles, certain military spouses, 30% or more disabled veterans, former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP eligibles, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees and those eligible for other Special Hiring Authorities.

  • Control Number


  • Job Announcement Number


Forest Service


For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Mona Koerner at 202-205-0880 or
Apply Here
Do not mail in applications.

HRM Contact Center
Phone: 877-372-7248, option 2

TDD: 800-877-8339


USDA Forest Service
Albuquerque, NMUnited States
Fax: 866-338-3755
Executive Director, Kentucky Waterways Alliance
Employer: Kentucky Waterways Alliance
Type: Full-Time
City: Louisville
State: KY

Job Description

Kentucky Waterways Alliance (KWA) is seeking a full-time Executive Director to lead us into our next phase of growth that will build upon over 20 years of successful work protecting and restoring the waterways of Kentucky. The next Executive Director will work with the Board to develop strategy and a plan to achieve the organization’s goals; oversee programs that serve the KWA mission, including raising funds to support the program work; and supervise, select, and cultivate the KWA staff that implement the programs. The Executive Director is responsible for implementing the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. He/she both supports and reports to the board of directors. The ideal candidate is a dynamic person with a track record of leadership, fundraising, nonprofit management, and policy advocacy. Salary commensurate with experience.

Founded in 1993, Kentucky Waterways Alliance, Inc. is a statewide non-profit organization. KWA’s mission is to protect, restore and celebrate Kentucky’s waterways. We accomplish our mission through education, community engagement, planning, and advocacy. KWA is the state affiliate partner of the National Wildlife Federation. The position will be based in KWA’s Louisville office. Operating Revenues: Currently $500,000 – $600,000 annually. New revenues needed for Strategic Plan are an additional $750,000 to $800,000 over 3 years. Current staffing level in Louisville office: 6 full-time staff.

Leadership Attributes and Values of the KWA Executive Director

Keen analytic, organizational, and problem-solving skills and ability to set priorities, make strategic decisions, and creatively pursue our goals.
Outstanding presentation and communication skills.
Ability to recruit, support, and retain a team.
Coalition building and negotiation skills to work effectively with diverse partners.
Strong commitment to the conservation, restoration, and protection of surface waters, groundwater resources, and watersheds.

Minimum Qualifications Include:

Broad knowledge of Clean Water Act programs.
Four or more years of relevant experience, including at least two years with staff management responsibility.
Prior nonprofit experience, preferably in leadership.
Experience developing and managing organizational budgets.
Demonstrated success as a fundraiser including writing grants, securing sponsorships, and building and maintaining relationships with donors.

Key duties of the Executive Director Include:
Personnel Management
Determines staffing needs.
Hires, evaluates, promotes, and terminates staff.
Supervises and directs staff in the performance of their duties to meet program goals.

Planning and Board Relations

Works closely with the board to develop and implement the organization’s strategic goals.
Informs the board about organizational activities, opportunities, and financial status in a regular and timely manner.
Schedules and staffs board meetings and committee meetings as needed.


Develops and presents an annual budget to the board of directors.
Directs all financial operations of the organization.
Ensures strong fiscal and administrative controls are in place.

Community Relations

Serves as the public face of the organization.
Communicates closely with funders, community partners and contractors on key program activities.


This is a full-time, salaried position. Salary will be determined by qualifications and experience of candidate.  A specific benefits package will be negotiated as a part of the overall compensation package in the Executive Director’s employment contract.

Kentucky Waterways Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

No telephone calls please.

To Apply:
Please visit Kentucky Waterways Alliance to view the full position announcement and application instructions.
Program Director, Salton Sea

Job Description

Employer: National Audubon Society
Type: Full-Time
City: San Francisco

The Salton Sea Program Director will grow Audubon California’s (ACA) contributions to conservation in Southern California with specific attention on the Salton Sea. S/He will exercise leadership and management responsibility in developing conservation programs, advancing conservation science and policy, engaging the network and attracting new funds.

The Program Director is charged with expansion and implementation of existing campaigns, with conservation partners, to secure significant and sustained commitments to Salton Sea habitat restoration and management. S/he will also assist with the facilitations of the State of California’s Salton Sea Management Plan (SSMP) that supports Audubon’s goals to protect birds and their habitat at the Salton Sea while also controlling for dust to protect human health. The Program Director will collaborate with and advise a coordinated multi-disciplinary group of policy, science, modeling and other technical experts working to address key water-related challenges at the Salton Sea.

The focus of the Salton Sea Program Director position includes:

– Raising awareness and stressing urgency around the environmental degradation and threat to public health at the Salton Sea, helping lawmakers and other decision makers to understand that the State of California must make a significant and sustained investment in real solutions there.

– Securing the best outcomes for birds and people around the Salton Sea by influencing the State’s SSMP planning and immediate implementation process and ensuring habitat protections in the draft plan, anticipated December 2016.

The Salton Sea is part of the Colorado River Basin; consequently, in addition to his/her work in Southern California, the Program Director will serve as an expert liaison between the Salton Sea and Audubon’s Colorado River program in the context of ensuring water for habitat throughout the lower Colorado River basin.

This position will report to the Vice President of the Pacific Flyway/Executive Director of Audubon California and with a dotted line to Audubon’s Program Director, Western Waters.

Essential Functions:

Policy / Campaign Coordination

– In partnership with ACA’s Director of Public Policy, expand and implement public policy campaign to advance Audubon’s Salton Sea and Colorado River Basin goals with advocacy, lobbying, and/or involvement in state legislature, and in working with members of Congress as well as federal and state government leaders.

– Secure Salton Sea specific policies for a long-term solution and funding from state and/or federal agencies.

– Work with NGO partners to expand and implement a coordinated campaign to secure funding and implementation commitments for Salton Sea habitat restoration and management.

– Educate policy-makers in Southern California, Sacramento and DC Salton Sea issues and gain support for significant and sustained investment in real solutions at the sea.


– Develop and implement engagement strategies that support Audubon’s campaign to secure public commitments to robust habitat restoration and management at the Salton Sea, including:

– Initiating and developing strategic partnerships to bolster efforts already on the ground and give voice to the local community.

– In conjunction with Audubon California’s Chapter Network and Communications teams, boost chapter efforts to engage with voters on Salton Sea related issues.

– Play a critical role as an ambassador of Audubon, representing the organization with funders, conservation leaders, community members, policy makers and other important stakeholders to advance the project, inform stakeholder opinions and decisions, and harness the power of Audubon’s network.

– Work with other concerned NGOs, together with whom we are sitting on relevant stakeholder committees, as well as the Audubon network to build upon and implement a campaign that engages key public agencies and water user organizations to secure funding commitments to Salton Sea habitat restoration and ensure robust habitat outcomes.


– Seek to achieve long-term solutions for habitat and water that support Audubon’s goals to protect birds.

– Coordinate and communicate with Audubon’s science team and communicate to outside audiences to ultimately advance habitat restoration goals at the Salton Sea.

– Ensure connection and integration of Audubon’s Salton Sea and Colorado River basin programs.

– Lead effort to model baseline habitat at the Salton Sea, so that a habitat “balance sheet” may be used to track projects and ensure that management activities at the sea add up to something meaningful for birds.


– Seek and develop fundraising opportunities to support Audubon’s and its partner organizations’ efforts at the Salton Sea. Work with government, foundation, and individual funding sources.

– Manage program budgets and work with Director of Finance to ensure necessary budget reporting and to ensure the program adheres to budgetary requirements.

Qualifications and Experience:

– Bachelor’s degree in public policy, environmental policy or related field required; advanced degree strongly preferred.

– 7-10 years’ progressive professional experience managing externally-facing conservation projects, to include possessing a deep knowledge of water policy. This position must maintain sophisticated current knowledge and expertise on the legal, diplomatic, policy, institutional, economic, cultural and technical issues relevant to water management in California.

– Demonstrated success and comfort with fundraising, in particular with major donors, foundations, corporations, and government funders preferred.

– Experience with public policy development and advocacy, campaigns, lobbying, and/or involvement in the California state legislature and in working with members of Congress preferred.

– Familiarity with environmental justice and/or community organizations located in the Imperial and Coachella Valleys preferred.

– Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions with a wide range of individuals and organizations.

– Demonstrated experience overseeing complex or multiple projects through to success, including meeting financial goals, project deadlines, and coordinating the work of key staff and partners.

– Ability to exercise extreme diplomacy, balance and flexibility when dealing with various personalities and sensitive situations to develop cohesive solutions and negotiate successful outcomes.

– Excellent and persuasive communication skills, both written and verbal, including substantial public speaking experience, and the ability to effectively represent Audubon to members, state and federal elected officials, donors, and chapter leaders, as well as in traditional and social media.

– Willingness and ability to travel up 50% time for key meetings with decision makers, staff, funders and other important stakeholders to help advance the project.

– Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and web-based applications required.

– Experience developing diversified approach to engage and influence the broader public to champion an issue or cause.

– A willingness to adopt a passion for Audubon’s vision and solidly grounded in conservation issues in order to effectively handle challenges, identify important issues, and covey conservation priorities to a wide audience.

Volunteer Naturalist, Tualatin Riverkeepers
Employer: Tualatin Riverkeepers
Type: Volunteer
City: Tualatin
State: OR
To Apply:
For more information contact Charissa at or call 503-218-2580.

Tualatin Riverkeepers Mission: Tualatin Riverkeepers (TRK) is a community-based organization working to protect and restore Oregon’s Tualatin River system. TRK builds watershed stewardship through education, public access to nature, restoration and advocacy.

Position Description: TRK seeks enthusiastic volunteers to assist its outdoor education field trip programs.

Volunteer Naturalists will facilitate school presentations and field trips using curriculum developed by the Environmental Education Coordinator. TRK works with children in grades K-8 who attend school in the Tualatin River watershed with an emphasis on serving students from low-income Title I schools. Field trips take place outside at Dirksen Nature Park in Tigard (11130 Tigard St, Tigard OR).

Principal Duties
– Implement Nature Awareness school field trip programs, in classrooms and outdoors while ensuring educational messages are delivered and participants have a positive and safe experience
– Help lead school field trips, time commitment for each school field trip is approximately four to six hours

Required Qualifications:
– Interest in working with youth to develop their appreciation and awareness of the natural environment
– Flexible schedule that allows for weekday availability, typically from 8:00am – 12:30pm
– Ability to pass a background check
– Attend Volunteer Naturalist Training
– Able to be on time and prepared for each volunteer commitment
– Able to walk on uneven surfaces, be outside in inclement weather, and safely carry up to 15 pounds

Preferred Qualifications:
– Strong communication skills
– Ability to speak comfortably in front of groups
– Willingness to provide programming to diverse audiences
– Experience in Environmental Education
– Multiple language proficiency
– CPR/first aid certification

Americorps/VISTA Program Associate for Green Alleys and Urban Forests
Employer: Cumberland River Compact
Type: Volunteer
City: Nashville
State: TN

Job Description

We are seeking an Americorps/VISTA volunteer to work with Compact Staff to:
Help develop and implement an urban forestry program that works with communities to coordinate tree planting,
Help develop and implement a tree maintenance program that includes community residents participating in the care of these trees,
Expand the Green Alley Project (this program installs rain gardens in alleys in the city),
Increase the number of riparian plantings throughout mid-Tennessee,
Engage stream stewards in stream cleanups and adoptions,
Assist with the development of both and, the Compact’s websites that focus on citizen stewardship and water quality,
Walk streams to identify restoration opportunities to remove small dams, identify pollutants and restore riparian buffers.
Take the lessons learned in Nashville to improve urban waters into other rapidly growing cities in the basin.
We are looking for someone with a passion for rivers and an interest in Community Organization, Communications, Non-Profit Management , Fund raising/Grant Writing , Education , Environment , Public Speaking , Urban Planning and Writing/Editing.

To Apply:
This position is an Americorps/VISTA position. If interested in the position, you will need to become a VISTA volunteer. For more information about becoming an Americorps/ VISTA volunteer and apply for this position, follow this link.   All interested VISTA volunteers will be referred to the Compact from VISTA directly.