Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

NEPA Environmental Analyst/ Wildlife Biologist

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technical Services & Ops
Organization:  ESH and Quality
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 104462
Job Code: Technical Services & Ops MTS 2 (TSS.2) / Technical Services & Ops MTS 3 (TSS.3)
Date Posted: November 19 2018

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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for a Environmental Analyst/Wildlife Biologist. You will be responsible for assessing and interpreting the environmental impacts of technical research and facility operations projects required by the National Environmental Policy Act/California Environmental Quality Act (NEPA/CEQA). You will also be responsible for interpreting impacts on natural resources including rare, threatened and endangered species and their habitats, migratory birds, wetlands, floodplains, and other sensitive areas. This position is in the Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the TSS.2 or TSS.3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Evaluate proposed LLNL projects and activities for potential environmental impacts and prepare environmental documents required by NEPA/CEQA.
- Analyze current practices and based upon environmental science expertise, recommend sound environmental protection practices to programs and directorates throughout the Laboratory.
- Serve as a technical contact and resource to LLNL programs to ensure that programs and projects comply with requirements of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), California ESA, Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) codes, and other applicable natural resource protection and conservation requirements.  This will include a combination of field work, pre- and post-project surveys, and document preparation.
- Perform activities required to eliminate or reduce invasive and non-native species.
- Serve as a key resource for environmental analysis, interpretation and compliance review within the ES&H Team and the institution.
- Prepare technical and non-technical reports and other documents as assigned.
- Train and oversee contractors and other LLNL staff on natural resource protection and management issues.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition at the TSS.3 Level
- Independently provide advanced regulatory NEPA/CEQA and ESA guidance and recommendations to LLNL programs and operations in specific areas of assignment.
- Conduct studies, monitoring programs, and other activities that may involve the capturing and releasing of animals, telemetry studies and observational studies.  Publish results of research and monitoring projects.

- Bachelor’s degree in biological or ecological science, wildlife management, environmental sciences or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience and demonstrated ability to perform independent work.
- Comprehensive knowledge and experience with NEPA/CEQA regulations, and experience interpreting and applying the provisions of the ESA, CESA, MBTA, or CDFG codes.
- Service-approved for handling California red-legged frogs (Rana draytonii) and California tiger salamanders (Ambystoma californiense), and ability to perform lethal means of exotic species control.
- Experience identifying, defining, predicting and reporting the environmental impacts of moderately complex projects and the ability to successfully work through potential compliance issues.
- Experience preparing and reviewing technical environmental documents, plans and reports.
- Effective organizational skills with detail orientation necessary to handle multiple tasks in a demanding environment with conflicting priorities, tight and changing deadlines, and frequent interruptions while providing high-level customer service, and good follow-through.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively write, present, explain and communicate moderately complex technical information to all levels of personnel.  
- Effective analytical, decision-making and problem-solving skills to evaluate, interpret, negotiate, recommend and implement actions/solutions for moderately complex problems.
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment with a broad cross-section of people including effective interpersonal skills with the ability to handle sensitive and confidential issues with tact, discretion, and mature judgment.

In Addition at the TSS.3 Level
- Advanced knowledge and experience with NEPA/CEQA regulations, and experience interpreting and applying the provisions of the ESA, CESA, MBTA, or CDFG codes.
- Significant experience analyzing, interpreting and assessing compliance with complex environmental regulations and recommending and implementing solutions.
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical operational information and provide advice to management, regulators, reviewers and stakeholders.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience training and conducting briefings to staff and contractors on natural resource protection issues.
- Experience monitoring bird populations including passerines, owls, and raptors.
- Experience in management techniques for California Grassland ecosystems and in wetland delineation and/or riparian/aquatic habitat management.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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