Background: The Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) is an established Fish Habitat Partnership (www.fishhabitat.org
) that is actively working to implement the goals and objectives of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan, and the regionally-focused Southeast Aquatic Habitat Plan, in the southeastern United States. The partnership consists of member agencies of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, federal agencies, industry partners, and non-governmental organizations actively engaged in the management and conservation of fisheries and other aquatic resources in the southeastern United States. Since its formation in 2004, SARP has fostered collaboration among local, regional, and national partners, shared and leveraged data and technical expertise, coordinated science-based conservation planning, and secured funding and other resources to support implementation of 126 projects aimed at restoring, maintaining, and enhancing aquatic resources of the southeastern US.
The Native Black Bass Initiative (NBBI) is one of SARP's focal conservation initiatives. It was developed in 2010 in close cooperation with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and consists of local, state and federal agencies, universities, non-profit organizations and businesses from across the region. These partners have come together to protect and preserve native black bass species and their habitats in the southeastern and south-central US. The initial focus of the NBBI is on three species with critical conservation needs (shoal bass, Guadalupe bass, and redeye bass), with plans for future expansion to other black bass species in the region.
Duties and Responsibilities: In close cooperation with SARP member agencies and organizations, and with direction and oversight provide by the SARP Coordinator and Steering Committee, the Habitat Restoration Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the NBBI Business Plan with a primary focus on habitat restoration to benefit shoal bass in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river basin.
Specific duties and responsibilities of the Habitat Restoration Coordinator:
- Coordinating and facilitating overall implementation of the NBBI in the ACF river basin with possible expansion to other river basins in the southeastern and south-central US.
- Facilitating communication and coordination among ACF and NBBI partners and stakeholders.
- Coordinate/manage new and ongoing habitat restoration projects in watersheds home to native black bass species throughout the southeastern and south-central US.
- Actively pursue funding opportunities to expand the NBBI.
- Coordinate with partners to assemble watershed management and species conservation plans, and update the NBBI Business Plan as necessary.
- Coordinate technical reporting of project accomplishments to funding organizations and other partners.
- Work independently or with staff and partners to identify prospective habitat restoration projects and locations.
- Conduct outreach to partners and stakeholders.
- Track project activities and accomplishments and coordinate receipt of deliverables.
- Provide project oversight to contractors and partners.
Minimum Skills and Qualifications:
- Bachelors degree or equivalent in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Fisheries, Hydrology, or related subject; Graduate degree preferred.
- Experience in aquatic habitat restoration or related field.
- Strong technical writing skills with ability to write, edit, and produce high quality documents.
- Experience with environmental policy and the regulatory process and permitting is desired.
- Excellent communication skills in English, both verbal and written.
- Comfortable engaging with partners and diverse stakeholders.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team in rural and remote areas, walking over possible rough terrain, and wading in streams with exposure to all types of weather conditions and natural hazards.
- Strong knowledge and proficiency with web browsers, email, and Microsoft Office Suite.
- Travel will be required and possible multi-day overnight trips depending on office and project location.
- Applicants must hold a valid driver's license.
Logistics: The Habitat Restoration Coordinator will be employed and provided office support by one of the SARP member agencies or organizations. The specific SARP member agency or organization to host the position and specific office location will be determined once the successful applicant has been identified.
Preference will be given to applicants living in or willing to relocate to Georgia, Alabama or Florida. The initial appointment term for the position will be for 18 months with extension beyond that time contingent upon further grant funding.
- Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience ($35,000-$60,000 annually).
To apply, please send a cover letter and standard resume that summarizes academic and work history, contact information for references and past supervisors via mail or email to:
Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership
c/o Jessica Graham, SARP Coordinator
1601 Balboa Ave.
Panama City, FL 32405
(850) 769-0552 ex 229.
For information on the position, please contact: Dr. Jessica Graham, SARP Coordinator.