Federal Affairs Intern at DC Office of Wildlife Conservation Society

Title: Federal Affairs Intern
Location: Washington, .C.
Job Type: Volunteers and Interns
FLSA: Non-exempt
Date: 09-27-2013

Job Description:
Department: Federal Affairs, Washington, D.C.
Title: Federal Affairs Intern
Duration of Internship: January ' May 2014
Schedule: 25 hours/week

The Washington, D.C. Office of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) seeks motivated, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented Federal Affairs interns for the spring term (January through May). These interns will have the opportunity to help shape policy that will protect wildlife and natural resources on a global scale, and learn about the legislative process first-hand. 

The components of this internship will include the following:

-Track developments in Congress and relevant Federal Agencies related to natural resources, foreign policy and climate change
-Research and analyze federal funding allocations to programs addressing WCS priority issues
-Attend briefings and hearings on Capitol Hill
-Provide operational support to WCS's D.C. office

This internship is unpaid but there is a travel stipend. Academic credit is provided, if applicable.

The ideal candidate for this internship should be a Master's degree student with a concentration in political affairs, foreign policy, climate change, natural resources policy or a law student with a strong interest/background in legislation and policy. Advanced undergraduate students will also be considered. 

Additional qualifications for an ideal candidate include:

-Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
-Interest/background in wildlife conservation, foreign policy, climate change, and other federal legislative issues
-Willingness to take initiative, and the ability to collaborate effectively as a member of a team
- Commitment of 25 hours/week

For full consideration of your application for this internship, please include in your cover letter your interest in this internship and your availability. 



Research Associate (Post Doc) - Newport, OR

The Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies (CIMRS) invites applicants for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term Research Associate (Post Doc) position.  Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director.   

This position within the Cooperative Institute funded by NOAA conducts research on the linkages between climate change and the Northern California Current Large Marine Ecosystem and addresses what tools are best for prediction of future impacts in order to advise NOAA in the area of integrated Ecosystem Assessments, possible effect on key species, (e.g., ESA listed or harvested) and how physical forcing may propagate in the marine food chain. 

For full details and to apply see the following link:  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs; search for posting  #0011379, or goto: jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=62917 .  For questions, please email Jessica.Waddell@oregonstate.edu.  OSU is an AA/OEO.

Hui Rodomsky
Cooperative Institue for Marine Resources Studies
Oregon State University, Hafield Marine Science Center
Newport, OR
 (541) 867-0286

NOAA Federal - Florida Reefs Program Assistant

Our Florida Reefs Program Assistant
Submit resume and cover letter no later than 10/1/13

Contact:  Julio Jimenez at julio.jimenez@dep.state.fl.us

This full-time, grant-funded, OPS position supports the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) staff with the implementation of the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) Local Action Strategies (LAS) and other projects, as developed by the SEFCRI Team of stakeholders and other interested parties. Specific duties are as follows:

Assist the Fishing, Diving, and Other Uses (FDOU) Coordinator with the following tasks:

  • Coordination of Reef Visual Census (RVC) partners (e.g., weekly email reminders).
  • Giving presentations at public stakeholder meetings regarding the SEFCRI ‘Our Florida Reefs’ Process (OFR).
  • Updating SEFCRI OFR presentation as needed, based on stakeholder feedback..
  • Updating SEFCRI OFR documents (e.g., meeting minutes, etc.), based on community working group meetings, stakeholder feedback and new scientific publications.
  • Coordinating the Our Florida Reefs Reef Champion network.
  • Maintain the Our Florida Reefs website and keeping the Florida Coral Program Facebook page active by creating new OFR content.
  • Attend SEFCRI OFR related planning and public meetings.
  • Coordination of the Marine Regulation Awareness Program.

Assist Southeast Regional Administrator, CRCP Manager, Office Manager, and Project Coordinators with the following tasks:

  • General/administrative office work (e.g., filing, mailing, entering data).
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:
Knowledge of: southeast Florida marine environment. Interest in coral reefs, natural resource and ecosystem management, recreational and commercial uses, marine science and public outreach required.

Ability to: communicate effectively with others verbally and in writing; research Best Management Practices and other pollution control strategies; communicate with public and officials in a courteous and engaging manner; enter and maintain datasets; adhere to stringent quality control/quality assurance protocols; travel within 4 county area (Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties); maintain and organize project files.

Skill in: the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, HTML/Website design, Wordpress, Adobe Acrobat, and EndNote.

Licensure/registration/certification requirements: valid Florida driver’s license.

Other job-related requirements for this position:
Education: High School diploma and minimum 2 years college required.  Bachelor’s degree from a four year college or university with course work in environmental management or policy, coral reef biology or ecology, water resources, or public policy preferred.

Funding: Position is grant funded for one year. Information regarding additional funding opportunities for subsequent years will be made available at a future time.

Working hours: (A) Daily from 9am to 6pm (B) Total hours in workweek 40 (C) Must be able to work flexible schedule including evenings and weekends, as needed. Position may be extended annually, contingent on available funding.

Salary: $17/hour

Benefits: Benefits provided are subject to provisions included in the Affordable Care Act for Other Personnel Services. No additional benefits available.

Work Location:
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Coral Reef Conservation Program
Biscayne Bay Environmental Center
1277 NE 79th St.
Miami, FL  33138


Database Applications Specialist- NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program in Silver Spring, MD

I.M. Systems Group, Inc. (IMSG) (www.imsg.com) is looking to hire a Database Applications Specialist to support the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program located in Silver Spring, MD.  A qualified candidate will develop new web applications and architecture elements for a SharePoint-based database system, support and improve existing systems, and work in close collaboration with the project manager, program staff, and other users to collect and maintain system-wide program data.  This is a full-time one-year term position; subsequent years may be part-time.

The Coral Reef Conservation Program is a cross-cutting program that brings together expertise from a wide array of NOAA programs and offices. In strong partnership with coral reef managers, the Coral Program works to reduce harm to, and restore the health of, coral reefs, by addressing priority national threats (climate change, fishing, and land-based sources of pollution) and local management priorities through conservation activities. The Coral Program funds and equips reef conservation activities by NOAA and its partners in the seven U.S. states and jurisdictions containing coral reefs (American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawai`i, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands), uninhabited U.S.-flag areas, and internationally. 


  • Develop SharePoint 2010 applications, including custom web part pages for user input, work flows, and reports.
  • Support the configuration and operations of the existing SharePoint-based database system.
  • Update, enhance, and document the system, including revisions to the data model and underlying SharePoint architecture.
  • Design and develop new subsystem applications to support ancillary datasets and program processes, including new data models, SharePoint applications, and custom web part pages.
  • Develop dynamic querying capabilities, and provide programmatic queries to program staff as needed.
  • Provide technical assistance, training, and support to users and program staff, and address bugs and user feedback.
  • Coordinate with program staff and users to identify needs and gaps.
  • Provide technical support for program websites, including graphic design and layout.

Required Qualifications:

  • Applicant’s work experience and training must demonstrate their ability to develop custom SharePoint 2010 applications.
  • Experience in designing, implementing, and maintaining databases.
  • Knowledge of SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Designer 2010 and Microsoft Access.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and GIS.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in providing data management support for large, complex entities.
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop or similar graphic editing software.
  • Familiarity with website usability, cascading style sheets development, PHP, and HTML layout and design skills.
  • Familiarity with data product integration into websites and other online tools.

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 jobs@imsg.com with the following subject line: NOA13012 Database Application Specialist

IMSG offers an outstanding benefits package including company paid medical benefits and three weeks paid time off. 

IMSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Veteran friendly.


Program Manager (Urgent) at IMSG

Program Manager
Rockville, MD

I.M. Systems Group, Inc. (IMSG) (www.imsg.com) is currently seeking to hire a Program Manager to lead scientific and technical programs at the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) offices. The Program Manager will manage employees working on government site under separate contracts and be fully responsible for the Program Management of the contracts and associated sub-contractors.

This position would be located in our corporate office in Rockville, MD with travel to client sites in Maryland and other government locations within the continental United States. The position would report directly to the company Chief Operating Officer.

Job Duties:

  • Responsible for directing large complex scientific and technical programs and particular functions that will involve multiple customer locations.
    • Serve as the central point of communication between employees, prime government clients, subcontractors, and IMSG corporate offices.
    • Manage and maintain a productive workforce of scientific, professional, and administration employees to meet customer requirements.
    • Manage the day-to-day operations of each contract which includes cost and schedule commitments, administration, implementation of company policies, processes, and performance standards, tracking tasks and deliverables, monitoring budgets, and evaluating performance. 
    • Interface with customer and contractor personnel to develop and review program plans, schedules, assignments, costs, etc. 
    • Provide proactive leadership and direction of personnel performing complex tasks and analyzing the effectiveness of the project organization and make changes when necessary
    • Ensure customer satisfaction by managing the execution of contract tasks and the delivery of products and services on time and within budget. 
    • Perform business development services, identifying opportunities, assisting in market analysis, and writing proposals.

    Job Requirements:

    • Minimum of a Masters Degree is required
    • 7 + years Program or Project Management experience
    • Experience supervising teams of 30 or more employees
    • Experience directly supporting a government client both on and off site
    • Experience with NOAA or any related Federal Agency.
    • Program Management certification is a plus
    • Experience with proposal writing is highly desired.
    • Detail oriented, well organized, and able to work well in a team-oriented environment.

    *PM with PMP certification and experience plus Marine and Fisheries experience.

    To Apply:

    IMSG is an equal opportunity employer with excellent benefits and competitive salary. Resumes and salary requirements should be sent to jobs@imsg.com with the subject line CORP13: Program Manager.

    Waterbird Biologist Position at USGS

    Position: Waterbird Biologist
    Subject Areas: Climate Change, Avian Influenza / Diseases, Spatial Modeling
    Target Start Date: As soon as filled; no later than Nov 1, 2013

    The U.S. Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC) in collaboration with USGS Western Ecological Research Center (WERC) is seeking a full-time research biologist to work in a team setting to study waterbirds and wetlands for multiple research projects.  The main focus of work will include analysis and writing scientific papers for ongoing waterbird ecology and disease studies as well as handling logistics  and leading fieldwork for ongoing studies.  The position is located at PWRC in Beltsville, MD and is funded for 17 months with possibility of extension based on performance and grants.

    A major component of the work will include writing up avian influenza disease studies and assisting with applying disease models for web applications.  Strong writing skills are required with a proven ability to complete peer-reviewed scientific publications quickly.  The position may include fieldwork for studies of wild birds (such as capture, marking, and sampling) and ecology studies (bird surveys, land-use change studies, and population monitoring at restored wetlands).  Fieldwork may require long hours under difficult environmental conditions.  Duties may also include administrative tasks such as assisting with setting up contracts, ordering supplies, communicating with collaborators, and other logistical tasks.


    Proficiency to independently write scientific publications for submittal to peer-reviewed journals.  The role will include coauthoring or leading several manuscripts from existing USGS datasets or new efforts as assigned.  A PhD degree in ecology or related field or a MS degree with 4-6 years of experience is preferred, but the primary required experience will be a proven track record in scientific publication.

    Professional competence in planning, designing, executing, and coordinating research.

    Effective and constructive communication with appropriate Government representatives, both within the USGS and with international research partners. 

    Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, applying good judgment used to determine the order of completion of work, and effective communication employed to manage and meet the expectations of PWRC and partners. 

    Initiative and independence is exhibited both in the field and in the office.

    Knowledge of procedures, concepts, terminologies and practices of investigations related to  waterbird and wetland ecology.

    Knowledge of experimental design and statistical analysis systems.

    Computing skills including statistical software such as SAS, R; spatial software such as ArcGIS, Spatial Analyst, Erdas Imagine, Google Earth

    Skill in identifying and surveying waterbird species.

    Can meet physical demands of field work often under difficult conditions (cold, hot, wet, buggy, etc.)

    Experience in capture, handling, marking, and tracking methods for waterfowl may be helpful.

    If interested send the following materials in a SINGLE FILE to pwrc.wb@gmail.com: (a) cover letter, (b) resume, (c) 3 references, (d) 1-2 writing examples - first authored publication or report (this can be sent as a second file if necessary).  Name files with your last name followed by your first name (eg. SmithJohn.doc and SmithJohnWritingEx.pdf).  


    Marine Mammal Biologist Vacancy in Philippines

    C3 is a young dynamic organization demonstrating how credible and rigorous scientific research can be combined with traditional ecological knowledge to inform effective conservation management actions from grassroots to regional and international levels. C3 currently has a vacancy for a Marine Mammal Biologist for its expanding Philippines program which focuses on long-term coastal resource management initiatives.  Our work employs local environmental knowledge in combination with conventional scientific research and has a strong emphasis on community involvement and capacity-building.  Working closely with the national government, local and international research institutions and community groups, our programs develop and implement sustainable actions for marine biodiversity conservation and economic development in marginalized regions. 

    Position Responsibilities
    The C3 Marine Mammal Biologist will be responsible for the project management of our dugong population survey project in Busuanga, Palawan.  Specific tasks include, but may not be limited to:

    • Design and implementation of boat and land-based transect survey program for dugong populations
    • Seagrass surveys and mapping (using snorkeling) 
    • Collection and analysis of data
    • Development of plans for a network of community-managed dugong protected areas for Busuanga
    • Writing of reports and liaison with relevant authorities and local communities to disseminate findings and recommendation



    • Relevant science degree
    • Field experience in marine mammal boat-based survey
    • Comfortable spending long periods of time on and in the water
    • Proven report-writing skills
    • Highly computer literate
    • Good time management and organizational skills
    • Fluent in Tagalog


    • Resident of Palawan
    • Postgraduate qualification (or equivalent in field experience) 
    • Experience in statistical software  
    • Published peer-reviewed papers
    • Excellent communication and presentation skills

    This post will start in July/August 2013 for one year renewable contract and will be based full-time in Busuanga, Palawan, with one return flight provided where relevant.  Salary will be determined according to experience.  

    Send your application letter and CV to: Reynente Ramilo, reynante@c-3.org.uk. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

    Chris Poonian
    International Programme Manager
    Community Centered Conservation (C3)
    Tel +372 5921 1569
    Fax: +44 700 603 1572
    skype: chris.c-3
    To develop conservation efforts worldwide by building the capacity of local individuals and institutions through grassroots research and training initiatives