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Scientist III (PRD) ΤΗτ ST. Petersburg, FL
Title:Scientist III (PRD) ΤΗτ ST. Petersburg, FL

Jamison Professional Services, Inc. (“JPS”) is currently seeking qualified and motivated candidate for the position of Scientist III.



The contractor shall assist PRD in carrying out the Section 7 consultation requirements of the ESA, particularly in relation to recent consultation streamlining and efficiency efforts.  ESA Section 7 consultation is required by all federal agencies undertaking federal actions that may affect listed species or their critical habitat under NMFS purview in the Southeast U.S.  ESA-listed species in the Southeast U.S. are numerous and diverse, including five whale species, five sea turtle species, six fish species, seven corals species, and Johnson’s seagrass.  Ten of our listed species have designated critical habitat, comprising 65 separate critical habitat units.  Consultations may range in complexity from simple, individual projects (e.g., construction of a dock) to major federal actions with significant environmental impacts (e.g., relicensing of a hydroelectric dam) to programmatic evaluations involving multiple projects over a wide area (e.g., multiple permitting authorities for a range of in-water activities in the State of Florida). 


Key tasks for the Contractor include:

  • Becoming familiar and proficient with the requirements of the expedited LOC program.  Participating in meetings with, and responding to telephone calls and emails from, federal action agencies regarding questions and issues with the expedited LOC program.
  • Participating in Species Team meetings to become familiar with our listed species, designated critical habitats, and potential effects to these resources from various project types.  Assisting the Species Teams in developing and documenting frameworks for analyzing potential impacts to ESA resources from various project types by organizing and coordinating the framework structure and completion.  These frameworks may be used by federal action agencies consulting through the expedited LOC program.  Additionally, these frameworks will serve to increase efficiency and consistency in our traditional consultation processes, where NMFS largely conducts the analysis of effects to ESA resources rather than the federal action agency.  The Scientist III contractor shall document the discussion during Species Teams meetings and may be tasked by the Team with drafting portions of the framework and effects matrix based on that discussion.
  • Identifying common issues and problems leading to consultation requests being deemed inadequate for the program by working with the Section 7 Coordinator and other NMFS PRD staff involved in the expedited LOC program, participating in meetings with federal action agencies (e.g., monthly conference call with the Jacksonville and Mobile Districts of the Army Corps of Engineers), and reviewing NMFS’s feedback on expedited LOC requests.  The Contractor shall prepare a guidance document on common pitfalls and/or helpful hints as a resource for federal action agencies attempting to utilize the expedited LOC program.
  • Collecting information from available resources (e.g., websites, literature, and completed consultations) to develop educational materials for federal action agencies that will guide them in submitting adequate consultation requests that successfully qualify for the expedited LOC program.  Seeking the expertise of Species Coordinators, Species Teams, and other subject matter experts to further develop and refine resources for federal action agencies.  Education resources for federal action agencies could include links to existing website, libraries of consultations and helpful literature, maps, frameworks, templates, a pitfalls/helpful hints document, etc.
  • Leading the clearance process to make the expedited LOC program resource materials available for public dissemination by working with the relevant staff (e.g., PRD, GC, SERO Directorate, IT).
  • Compiling a library of adequate expedited LOC consultation requests (and completed NMFS-drafted traditional consultations, as appropriate) representing a range of species, critical habitats, and project types that can serve as examples for federal action agencies using the expedited LOC program.
  • Register and attend ESA Section 7 Training at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV within 3-months of start date.



  1. Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in an environmental science or associated discipline (e.g., biology, ecology, fisheries biology, marine biology, natural resource management, conservation biology, landscape ecology, or restoration ecology).
  2. Ability to prepare written reports, environmental assessments, and portions of impact analyses in a manner that is clear, concise, and logical.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work independently and comply with project deadlines.
  4. Strong professional writing skills and the ability to express both biological and regulatory concepts in plain language.
  5. Demonstrated verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with non-scientists.
  6. Must have the skill and temperament to work productively with internal and external governmental entities to resolve conflicts and encourage cooperative partnerships.
  7. Proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office software suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google applications (Gmail, Calendar, Documents, Sheets).
  8. Strong organizational skills.


  1. Experience with environmental laws and regulations and/or permitting, especially the Endangered Species Act.
  2. Strong background in education and outreach, and the ability to structure and communicate analytical environmental information so that it is easily accessible and understood by the public, including on websites.
  3. Government Clearance is a plus

OTHER : All candidates are subject to a criminal background check, reference checks, and drug screening as required by the client. Benefits available and excellent wage.


JPS Corporate Overview:
Jamison Professional Services, Inc. (“JPS”) a CVE Certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned small business, is a customer driven firm with an extensive record of providing superior professional support services to our clients, supporting single and multiple nationally and internationally requirements. JPS consistently and successfully delivers qualified employees to numerous Federal agencies as well as other public and private sectors across a broad field of occupations and disciplines.

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