BAER BIOLOGIST (BABI)- Qualification Checklist

 

Responsibilities

 

The BAER Biologist conducts assessments and makes recommendations related to Threatened, Endangered, Proposed, and Candidate (TEPC) wildlife and fishery resources and their habitats impacted by the wildfire.

 

·        Develops a list of fauna (mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates) potentially susceptible to further post wildfire wildlife habitat and population degradation in coordination with agency, USFWS, NMFS, and other sources.

·        Assesses wildfire habitat and population damage and the potential of emergency stabilization treatments preventing further degradation – concentrating on TEPC and other agency-listed wildlife species (i.e. Sensitive).

·        Prescribes emergency stabilization treatments and/or monitoring measures to determine if emergency stabilization treatments are warranted.

·        Prepares the Wildlife Resources Burned Area Assessment including objectives, issues, observations, and recommendations. .

·        Assesses effects of proposed emergency stabilization treatment on TECP species and habitat and initiates Emergency Section 7 consultation relating to proposed emergency stabilization actions as required by Endangered Species Act with USFWS and/or NMFS.

·        Briefs agency administrator and personnel on status of Section 7 consultation and required follow-up.

·        Recommends treatment effectiveness monitoring requirements.

·        Provides spatial data sets to the GIS Specialist for project mapping.

·        Prepares the Wildlife Resources presentation for public, agency administrator and close-out meetings and briefing.

·        Prepares and delivers the close-out briefing burned areas assessment summary.

·        Prepares copies of the resource field assessment notes, maps and other drafts and delivers to the Documentation Specialist as part of the documentation package with sensitive data/notes should be identified and possibly returned to the local specialists-not to be included in the documentation package.

 

Skills/Knowledge

 

·        Technical skill as a GS-11 Wildlife Biologist, Fishery Biologist, Refuge Manager or Ecologist.

·        Journeyman skill in interagency endangered species emergency consultation processes.

·        Ability to work with multiple agencies’ staff to gather information.

·        Ability to quickly and efficiently locate and synthesize relevant technical information from local land use plans and local and community sources.

·        Basic understanding of the potential effects of wildfire on natural and cultural resources and public health and safety.

 

Training

 

·        Required

o    Annual Fire Safety Refresher Training

o    Introduction to Fire Behavior (S-190)

o    Fire fighter Training (S-130)

·        Additional training which supports development of knowledge and skills

o       Introduction to Incident Command System (I-100)

o       Wildland Fire Suppression Orientation for Non-operations Personnel (S-110)

o       Basic Incident Command (I-200)

o       Introduction to Fire Effects (RX-310)

o       Interagency BAER Techniques course

o       GPS for ICS

o       GIS (Arcview or ArcGIS)

o       Interagency Helicopter Training Guide (S-271)

o       Threatened and Endangered Species Management and Consultation (NTC-BLM  #1730-30A)

o       Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species (USFWS ECS3116)

o       Intro-Policy and Legal Aspects of Endangered Species Management (FS Continuing Education-PLA).

o       Advanced Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species (USFWS ECS3150)

o       Advanced Policy and Legal Aspects of Endangered Species Management (FS Continuing Education-PLA).

o       Environmental Considerations of Fighting Wildland Fires with Chemical Products Workshop

o       Incident communications and radio training

 

Prerequisite Experience

 

·        Biologist (BIOL)

·        One satisfactory performance as a BAER Biologist

 

Physical Fitness

 

·        None

 

Position currency can also be maintained by successful performance a Biologist (BIOL).