The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking biology assistance for implementation of wetland related conservation programs and practices, and for wetland assistance to producers in Nebraska. The position serves as a biologist on a wetland resource team with primary responsibilities in carrying out the mission of the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) and the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP)
The NRCS anticipates being substantially involved in carrying out the work covered by resulting cooperative agreement(s).
1. Evaluation will be based on the level of financial support for personnel salaries for the work performed to meet project objectives.
2. Evaluation will be based on level of experience in providing technical assistance necessary to plan and implement conservation practices to assist land users dealing with wildlife biology and habitat issues. Evaluation will include experience in making field visits, evaluating and scoring conservation program applications, developing habitat management plans, establishing and certifying conservation practices according to NRCS Standards and Specifications. Evaluation will also include applicant?s education. Examples of work shall be documented for review, as well as a description of the type of work performed. These work descriptions will be evaluated based on documented complexity of work performed.
3. Evaluation will be based on the level of non-monetary contributions. Examples include:
a. Training provided to employee(s)
b. Administrative Support
c. Travel or transportation expenses covered
d. Meeting and workshop and training expenses
e. Technical Support time from other staff to increase water quality protection, wetland management and wildlife management practice installation and implementation of farmbill conservation programs.
f. Vehicle and equipment use
4. Evaluation will be based on the level of activities outside of the work plan.
a. Applicant(s) employees will provide 100% of their time toward accomplishing work plan objectives in NRCS offices will be favored over those applicant(s) that provide less than that amount. Outside use of employee for activities outside of the work plan can not be covered under this agreement.
5. Qualifications and ability of existing staff to provide technical support in water quality protection, biology, upland and wetland wildlife habitat management.
Cooperative agreements will be awarded for a one-year project. It is anticipated that approximately $13,000 will be available for this program for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2004. It is anticipated that the available funding for this program will be $40,000 in each of fiscal year 2005, 2006, and 2007. Amendments to agreement(s) may be developed upon availability of funding in follow-on years (approximately a three-year period).
Who can apply:
City Or Township Governments
Non-Government - General
Nonprofits Having A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Nonprofits That Do Not Have A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Private Nonprofit Institution/Organization (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)
Public And State Controlled Institutions Of Higher Education
Special District Governments
State (Includes District Of Columbia; Includes Institutions Of Higher Education And Hospitals)
U.S. Territories And Possessions (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)
Eligible functional categories:
Soil and Water Conservation
Wetlands Reserve Program
If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact:
Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Nebraska State Office