Azura is seeking organized biologists experienced in writing reports (e.g., biological assessments or similar) and/or conducting impact assessments under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), or similar state regulatory frameworks. This work is primarily to provide support for the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Region under Section 7 of the ESA. This work involves evaluating the potential impact of a large variety of project types on species listed as threatened and endangered. Biologists will work and communicate with action agencies and applicants to gather required information and make recommendations to reduce impacts to listed species as necessary. Other work that may be assigned includes supporting the development of NEPA documents, MSA consultations, or MMPA incidental harassment authorizations.
Having high attention to detail and the ability to manage short project timelines are critical skills for this position. Potential candidates must also possess the curiosity and ability to find solutions and resolve issues based on available resources. Applicants must be able to operate independently, manage their own work schedule, and dedicate blocks of time for uninterrupted focus.
Work is anticipated to be conducted remotely and may range from part-time to full-time. During workdays, candidates must be able to respond to all communications within 24 hours and conduct calls and meetings as necessary during normal business hours. Beyond the communication requirements, work hours are extremely flexible.
- Bachelor’s degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related to marine science, fisheries, oceanography, marine/aquatic ecology, marine/aquatic biology, natural resource management, or hydrology
- At least five years of professional experience as a biologist, ecologist, natural resource manager, or related field (or possess a master’s degree plus 1 year of experience)
- At least two years of experience assessing environmental impacts and preparing environmental compliance reports (e.g., biological assessments) or consultations related to the ESA, MMPA, NEPA, MSA, or similar state regulatory frameworks
- Knowledge and experience with marine or aquatic ecology of the Southeast United States
- Computer skills including basic word processing and spreadsheet creation and manipulation are a must, and previous database experience for scientific applications is a plus
Additional Highly Desired Skills
- Knowledge of the MMPA and its implementation
- Experience performing Section 7 consultations under the ESA
- Skill and experience in negotiating with federal agencies
- Strong attention to detail
These positions have significant expectations of independence, self-management, and rapid integration of new information. Pay is very competitive, and the overall work environment is very flexible.
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter describing how you meet the required qualifications to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In compliance with federal law, all applicants must be able to prove that they are legally able to work in the United States and pass a security/background check.
Azura Consulting LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. We strongly encourage all qualified persons to apply for this position. Qualified candidates may also be considered for future positions.