Job Opportunity: Policy Analyst/Terrestrial Species Project Manager

The Governor’s Office of Species Conservation has an exciting opportunity for a full-time Policy Analyst/Terrestrial Species Project Manager to fill a position in Moscow. This position will focus on the development, implementation, and coordination of conservation and recovery programs for terrestrial wildlife species in Idaho, as well as policies related to federal land use planning. The candidate must display reliability, excellent communication skills, attention to detail, a high level of professionalism, and an exceptional ability to successfully coordinate and complete multiple tasks. The successful candidate will also coordinate comments and responses from state agencies regarding terrestrial species with a nexus to the Endangered Species Act to ensure a consistent message is provided from the State of Idaho, while assisting in OSC’s mission to balance species conservation and recovery with maintaining working landscapes. This position will assist the Wildlife Program Manager/Policy Advisor in fulfilling OSC’s mission.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Joshua Uriarte; Joshua.uriarte@osc.idaho.gov.
To apply for this position, please use the link below.

Example of Duties:
Coordination
  • Attend meetings and field outings and respond to citizen concerns.
  • Answer inquiries for information and assistance from local, state, and federal agencies and the public with ESA issues.
  • Occasional travel will be required for this position.
  • Coordinate with a variety of stakeholders on conservation actions for terrestrial wildlife species mainly regarding the forest and other northern Idaho ecosystems.
  • Coordinate with OSC’s Federal Lands Coordinator, as well as other state and federal agencies on land management policy as it relates to federal planning actions, such as federal land use plan amendments, forest plan revisions and other actions.
Policy and Program Implementation
  • Act as the northern Idaho terrestrial species contact covering from Idaho County north.
  • Participate in recovery planning efforts for candidate, threatened, and endangered species with state and federal agencies, with a focus on northern Idaho.
  • Provide technical and policy advice to the Wildlife Program Manager/Policy Advisor regarding terrestrial wildlife species conservation actions, initiatives, and federal land use planning efforts.
  • Draft and edit official responses, comments, and letters related to state and federal proposed actions, Biological Assessments, land management actions, species petitions and other ESA species associated actions.
  • Implement State policy among a diverse set of stakeholders to address issues related to federal ESA programs.
  • Negotiate agreements with federal natural resource agencies that rely upon science and common sense, involve all parties affected by ESA decisions, and incorporate Idaho’s economic vitality and values into the decision-making processes.
  • Solicit funding resources and allocate funds where applicable to provide better services to constituents and species.
Minimum Qualifications:
Education:
  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in natural resources or environmental policy, wildlife biology, forest management, environmental science, or related field.
Good Knowledge of:
  • Natural resources and land use policy
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Experience
  • Interpreting, applying, and explaining complex information such as regulation, policies, or services
  • Independently solving problems/performing liaison activities in a work setting
  • Coordinating activities requiring complex arrangements: Meetings, field tours, etc.
Preferred Qualifications:
Some Knowledge of:
  • Forest management techniques
  • Terrestrial Species Biology for species that inhabit northern Idaho
Experience:
  • Working with private landowners, conservation organizations and industry groups
  • Writing memos, reports, and newsletters


For more information and to apply, view the job posting on GovernmentJobs.com.

Governor Little signs Executive Order 2022-03

Governor Little signed Executive Order 2022-03: Adopting Idaho’s 2021 Sage-Grouse Management Plan and Idaho Sage-Steppe Mitigation Principles. The 2021 Idaho Plan is a result of collaborative work, aimed at meeting the needs of sage-grouse while respecting Idaho’s economic vitality and its people’s way of life. The Idaho Sage-Steppe Mitigation Principles provide generalized standards to govern mitigation for sage-grouse in Idaho. See more information on the Greater-Sage Grouse webpage. For more information on the executive order and the referenced attachments, see the Office of the Governor’s website.