Lands and Minerals Botanist
Make impact determinations for threatened, endangered, and Utah BLM sensitive plants resulting from proposed projects based upon biological survey reports written by environmental consultants; BLM's GIS layers including known plant locations, geological maps, and soil survey data; and in person site inspections.
- Serve as the BLM VFO's point of contact with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for consultations on federally listed, and proposed plant species. Including working with the USFWS and the project proponent on mitigation measures, writing biological assessments, and entering into Section 7 Consultation with the USFWS.
- Investigate current and past issues of industry non-compliance with the Endangered Species Act and suggest corrective actions to field office management.
- Assist the Renewable Resources Botanist/Weed Program Lead with the administration of the VFO Weed Program. Oversee the development and local approval of Pesticide Use Proposals (PUP) associated with weed treatments around oil and gas facilities, assist with the preparation of the VFO's annual Pesticide Use Report, and ensuring compliance with approved PUPs.
- Participate as a member of the NEPA Interdisciplinary team on lands and minerals projects, including proposed rights-of-way and oil and gas developments, for rare plants, vegetation, and invasive plants.