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Job: Senior Wetlands Specialist or Ecologist, MS
Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00

EarthCon Consultants, Inc.is seeking a Senior Wetlands Specialist or Ecologist as Gulf Coast Division Leader to lead a natural resource practice. This position is based in Madison or Ocean Springs, Mississippi and will service clients throughout the Gulf Coast region. Specific duties may includeto perform and manage ecological assessments, wetlands delineation and related projects; mitigation plan preparation; state and Federal Permitting; project management responsibilities including supervision and mentorship project staff; budget development and resource allocation; and client communications and management. For more information, click here. Job Code: ECG#1222-MS-E.

Job: Wetland Scientist, CA
Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00

Environmental Intelligence, LLC seeks a Wetland Scientist for their office in Laguna Beach, California. The Wetland Scientist provides technical support for conducting jurisdictional delineations and preparing wetlands and waters permit documentation. Responsibilities may include preparation of Clean Water Act Section 404 and 401 permit applications, California Department of Fish and Wildlife 1600 Streambed Alteration Agreements, Local Coastal Development permits, CRAM assessments, and coordination with clients and regulatory officials. Duties may also include pre-construction, construction, and post construction monitoring, and producing constraints analysis, preliminary delineation reports, and other wetland documentation. Applicants should have working knowledge of current U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and CDFW protocols. For more information, click here or go directly here.

Job: Mitigation Specialist, NY
Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00

The Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) has an opening for a Mitigation Specialist. To assist with the mitigation program, the successful candidate will work with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state agencies, large corporations, businesses, and consulting firms on wetland mitigation projects. Workload will be primarily focused on delivering wetland mitigation for the New York and Vermont In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Programs. The successful candidate will join a highly motivated conservation team responsible for delivering wetland mitigation programs primarily focused in New York and Vermont. This full-time salaried position will operate out of a home office in a mutually agreed upon location in the upstate New York area. Funding for the position is guaranteed for the next two years with subsequent years being dependent on the success of the program. For more information, click here. Application deadline is July 15, 2014.

Job: M.S. Research Assistantship – Functional assessment of forested wetlands, Auburn Univ., AL
Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00

Auburn University, Alabama is seeking a MS-level graduate student to conduct research on ecosystem functions related to forested wetlands in the southeast United States.  Work will be conducted in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to examine rapid wetland assessment tools and techniques using science-based approaches. Students will also develop and explore other research aspects related to wetland functions (e.g., carbon cycling or wildlife habitat).

EPA’s water rule takes bipartisan beating
Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00

By Benjamin Goad – The Hill – June 11, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to redefine the scope of its authority over the nation’s waters drew a barrage of criticism Wednesday from House lawmakers accusing the agency of trampling on the rights of states and landowners. Deputy EPA Administrator Robert Perciasepe maintained the agency's draft “Waters of the United States” rule unveiled earlier this year merely clarifies decades-old regulations governing which bodies of water fall under federal jurisdiction and permitting requirements. But some Democrats on the House Transportation Committee expressed strong reservations about the plan, and Republicans decried it as a blatant power grab. For full story, click here.

USDA Releases State by State Impacts of Limited Wildfire Suppression In Recent Years
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 00:00

USDA – June 9, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released information showing how limited federal firefighting budgets have impacted states over the last two fiscal years (FYs 2012 and 2013). The state-by-state report provides examples of how funding for local wildfire preparedness, forest restoration, and other activities in nearly every state across the country has been used to instead fight fires when wildfire suppression budgets did not fully cover firefighting costs. For full press release, click here. To view report, click here.

EPA, Army Corps Extend Comment Period For Rule Clarifying Clean Water Act Jurisdiction
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 00:00

By Amena H. Saiyidi – House Committee on Small Business – June 10, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed that the public has until Oct. 20 to comment on a proposed rule that would clarify Clean Water Act jurisdiction over the nation's waters and wetlands. The agencies said June 10 that they are granting the 90–day extension from the initial July 21 date in response to numerous requests, including letters from state environmental officials, industry groups and Republican lawmakers. After a private meeting with several Western governors, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told reporters June 10 that some of the governors raised concerns about the proposed rule. “There's a lot of concern among agricultural interests in their states and what the industry has read into it,” she said. “We need some time to get out there and, if need be, write the rule in a way so the intent is understood.” The proposed “Waters of the United States” rule, which the EPA published April 21, would bring under federal jurisdiction all tributaries of streams, lakes, ponds and impoundments, as well as wetlands that affect the chemical, physical and biological integrity of larger, navigable downstream waters (79 Fed. Reg. 2,218); (77 DER A-13, 4/22/14). For full article, click here.

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