Invasive Species Coordinator - Remote Position




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The Invasive Species Coordinator (Coordinator) of the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society (NAFWS) will serve under the guidance and supervision of the Executive Director and will have supervisory responsibilities. The Coordinator is responsible for implementing an Invasive Species Tribal Engagement and Capacity Building Project to engage Tribes for input on invasive species concerns and representing Tribal interests in national initiatives and organizations. The Coordinator will be responsible for providing technical assistance to the NAFWS members and member Tribes with an emphasis on invasive species (aquatic, terrestrial plant and/or animal) management. This is a full-time term position, not to exceed 2 years with a possibility of extension with further funding.

The Coordinator will be responsible for conducting business in a manner that coincides with the Articles of Incorporation, Strategic Plan, Code of Ethics and other regulations, policies, and procedures.

The Coordinator will frequently be involved in situations that are very complex and highly sensitive and is expected to always conduct themselves in a professional manner, and to seek guidance and direction on issues from the Executive Director.

DUTIES Primary duties include:

  • Engage tribes for input on invasive species concerns
  • Provide representation of tribal interest in national invasive species initiatives and organizations.
  • Identify partnerships, resources, training opportunities for building capacity in addressing invasive species for tribes.
  • Provide technical assistance to NAFWS member tribes and individuals members with an emphasis on invasive species.
  • Establish a framework for engaging with tribes via: surveys, workgroups and in-person events (regional & national trainings/conferences)
    • Survey tribes on invasive species management programming
    • Provide trainings (annually) to tribal fish and wildlife managers
    • Participate and report on tribal engagement in national workgroups and/or organizations each year o Coordinate an invasive species workshop at the National NAFWS conference
  • Participate in national working groups and organizations, as it pertains to invasive species
  • Develop a team of invasive species experts to assist Tribes in identifying, mapping, and developing plans for long-term management
  • Develop Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) Trainings for Tribes
  • Help Tribes identify equipment and training needs for invasive species
  • Help Tribes develop policies and procedures on data collection and ownership on Tribal lands with an emphasis on invasive species.
  • Assist with any proposals as needed.
  • Assist with NAFWS’ Education program, as needed.
  • Assist with the NAFWS National and Regional Conferences as requested and directed by the Executive Director, i.e., help with conference announcements, send requested conference materials, help with registration, etc.
  • Establish training criteria for subordinates and complete evaluations, in accordance with established employee handbook
  • Provides effective supervision and leadership for staff members, including goal-setting and performance reviews in alignment with NAFWS’ Strategic Plans/Annual Operations plans and initiatives.
  • Track invasive species work completed by NAFWS and report to funding agencies and Board of Directors
  • Other duties as assigned


Knowledge/Skills required by the position:

  • A Master of Science degree preferred or bachelor’s degree in combination with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in wildlife, biological sciences, environmental, or natural resources is required.
  • Minimum of 3 years supervisory experience
  • Education and/or experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Fish and Wildlife, biological sciences, Environmental or Natural Sciences. Incumbent will understand the concepts and practices involved in the management of fish and wildlife resources.
    • Examples of education and experience requirements are listed below:
      • Bachelor’s Degree: Completion of a full 4-year course of study, from an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree that included a major in fisheries, aquatic, wildlife, ecosystem sciences or any other naturel resource or biological science degree. A Master’s degree in one of the above fields, is preferred.
      • Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours), of which a minimum of 6 semester hours were in invasive species subjects and 9 semester hours were in the fisheries, aquatic, or animal sciences, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  • Specialized knowledge: knowledge of invasive species (aquatic, terrestrial plant and/or animal)
  • Effective communication skills. The applicant must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to deal effectively with personnel from all levels of Tribal, Federal, and State governments, academia, special interest groups and the general public.
  • Working knowledge of Tribal and federal governments, Tribal treaties, agreements, laws, policies, and sensitive issues associated with the management of fish and wildlife resources.
  • Minimum 3 years of supervisory experience required.
  • Knowledge of federal contract procedures and policies
  • Indian/Native Alaskan employment preference. As provided in the NAFWS’ Employee Handbook and as authorized by federal law, the NAFWS will provide an employment preference to applicants who are enrolled members of a federally recognized Indian tribe or an Alaskan village.
  • Veteran employment preference. As provided in the NAFWS Employee Handbook and as authorized by federal law, the NAFWS will provide an employment preference to applicants who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Services.
  • Pre-requisite to receiving employment preference. An applicant shall only receive the employment preference(s) if they demonstrate they possess the education and experience qualifications set forth herein.


To apply, submit a resume, cover letter, 3 professional references, transcripts, 1 page technical writing sample addressing “Status of Invasive Species in the __________ (your NAFWS region, refer to organizational website, if needed)”, BIA Form 4432 (if claiming Indian Preference) and DD‐214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (if claiming veteran’s preference)  to: Laurel James at  

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Anchorage, AK

11 day(s) ago

Tribal Affiliation(s)
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Closing Date 2022-08-19