Biologist/Technical Advisor - Travis AFB, CA

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

Job posting number: #7067495

Posted: July 3, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Description of Work Unit
CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense (DoD) and other public lands.
To learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, visit

Position Summary
A Biologist/Technical Advisor position is available with CEMML and will be located at Travis Air Force Base (AFB), California. This position will be responsible for evaluating federal actions and their impact on threatened and endangered species as well as providing expert advice through interpreting Air Force management policies.

Travis Air Force Base (TAFB) is a United States Air Force Base under the operational control of the Air Mobility Command and is located three miles (5 km) east of the central business district of Fairfield, in Solano County, California, 50 miles northeast of San Francisco and 40 miles southwest of Sacramento. TAFB is situated on approximately 5,137 acres and is midway between the coastal zone and the interior valley of California. The primary ecological communities are northern claypan vernal pool and annual grassland, sometimes referred to as vernal pool grassland. This community covers over 90 percent of the natural habitat on the base and in the surrounding landscape. Other communities include lacustrine marsh, riparian vegetation, planted eucalyptus groves, and urban landscapes.

Required Job Qualifications
Minimum qualifications include:
• The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. by proposed start date; CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
• Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.
• BA/BS in biology, environmental science, or related applied science
• Five years or more professional experience in natural resource or environmental management (Can include up to two years of graduate school in this area)
• Working knowledge of prominent federal and state environmental laws, policies, guidance including the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and California Clean Water Act
• Experience writing consultation documents (e.g., biological assessments, environmental assessments, etc.)
• Experience with ArcGIS 10.4 or higher, including map composition, data analysis, and preparation of metadata files
• Ability to work outdoors in rough terrain and inclement weather

Preferred Job Qualifications
Preferred qualifications include:
• MA/MS in biology, environmental science or related applied science with two years of related field experience or a PhD in related applied science
• Experience working on military lands; military conservation experience
• Familiar with the flora and fauna of central California or similar areas
• Experience in California ecosystem management or similar areas
• Experience collecting, storing, and analyzing GPS data
• Experience preparing/supporting the development of NEPA documents
• Experience preparing/supporting/executing Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans on installations
• Experience writing permits
• Experience supervising
• Experience addressing endangered species issues and writing biological assessments

Diversity Statement
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties
Job Duty Category Biologist/Technical Advisor
Duties include:
• Provide environmental management, consultation, and expert advice to Travis Air Force Base, California
• Recommend changes to operating practices that have a substantial impact on compliance with federal laws and regulations and which directly affect the installation’s ability to utilize its land for military training purposes and the natural resources
• Assist in storm water protection during project planning and implementation
• Prepare documents and provide support for compliance for regulatory field visits
• Support natural resource project planning and implementation, data collection, wildlife surveys, habitat improvement, nature trail development, and invasive weed management
• Perform dig/work permit review and coordination
• Provide GIS support including map creation, data analysis, and GPS data collection
• Review proposed project sites for natural resources impacts.

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