BAER BIOLOGIST (BABI)- Qualification Checklist
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.
· 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.
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
· Biologist (BIOL)
· One satisfactory performance as a BAER Biologist
Position currency can also be maintained by successful performance a Biologist (BIOL).