Senior Fisheries Biologist (Closes at midnight on July 8, 2013)
Chelan County Public Utility District - Wenatchee, WA

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In addition to a resume, a cover letter is required describing interest in position and community, and specific participation in local/regional science-based forums and/or workgroups.

To expedite the application process, combine your cover letter and resume into one document and upload when requested through the online application process, referencing job #10704.


The general hiring range is $75,000 - $90,000 (based on qualifications, skills & abilities).


The Senior Fisheries Biologist is responsible for designing and implementing biological studies and evaluations of anadromous and resident fishes, water quality, and other natural resources as needed to satisfy FERC license conditions for the continued long-term operation of the District’s hydro electric projects and satisfy other requirements of federal or state regulations such as the Endangered Species Act. Performs data management, statistical analyses and interpretation. Writes biological reports, and presents results. Investigates and identifies methods of optimizing District operations while maintaining regulated natural resource protection levels and supporting the District’s strategic plan objectives. Represents the District in regional forums coordinating District's programs and interests with Tribal, Federal, State, and local agencies, and other non-governmental organizations. Participates in District and departmental strategic and long-term planning efforts, assists with annual budget development, and manages consultant contracts. Provides work direction and mentors lower level biologists.

JOB FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the job satisfactorily. Essential functions (EF) are those activities that, if not performed, would significantly and fundamentally alter the position. Secondary functions (SF) are activities not fundamental to the job and may need to be relaxed to accommodate an otherwise qualified applicant with a disability.

1. EF 40% Analyze, interpret, and present scientific data ; document findings related to District programs, including fish behavior and population dynamics, project effects and mitigation. Achieve program objectives in an effective and efficient manner while minimizing future risks. Design, implement, and support District research in a manner consistent with the District’s strategic objectives.

2. EF 30% Represent District in technical forums such as the Habitat Conservation Plan contributing to annual reports, preparing and delivering presentations, and developing proposals to achieve District goals. Communicate issues of concern with staff and management and recommends solutions.

3. EF 10% Coordinate operational activities such as hatchery monitoring and evaluations to meet District goals and license obligations. Effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders.

4. EF 10% Lead biological studies or projects supporting license and/or regulatory compliance requirements.

5. EF 10% Participate in regional and national forums and peer-reviewed journals to garner regional recognition as a technical expert in subject matter related to the District's project areas.

6. EF (Ongoing) Maintain regular and predictable attendance. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required. Complete all required training. Maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position, and those in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC).

7. EF (Ongoing) Is required to drive a motorized vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the District.

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualifications listed below are representative of those required, but reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Bachelor's degree (B. S., B. A.) in Biology or related field from four-year college or university; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Typically requires eight (8) years’ experience in a natural resource biology position. Experience in hydroelectric power generation industry is preferred. Demonstrated scientific and program implementation experience is required, including examples of scientific accomplishments, preferably in peer-reviewed publications journals and presentations at the regional and national level. Understanding of regional politics related to fisheries issues and experience in working with various government agencies and tribal interests is useful. Requires demonstrated experience interpreting and applying related regulatory laws such as the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Specific KSA's: A fully skilled incumbent will have the following specific knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Requires mastery of scientific principles of fisheries research, and in-depth knowledge of scientific methods and strong analytical capabilities including but not limited to statistical analyses using descriptive, inferential, and mark-recapture techniques. Knowledge of both anadromous and resident fish biology is required. Ability to develop, implement, and oversee all aspects of complex biological studies under minimal supervision is required. Knowledge of applicable regulatory laws such as Endangered Species Act (ESA) and ESA Section 7 Consultation requirements, Federal Power Act, and Washington State RCW 77 is required. Requires a working knowledge of hydroelectric power generation. Highly effective verbal and written communication skills are necessary. Biological and technical writing experience required. Incumbent must have demonstrated ability to organize work plans and guide team oriented projects. Must be skilled in determining which decision making methods should be used in various situations. Negotiation skills helpful. Knowledge of management concepts, scheduling techniques, and working knowledge of budgeting methods and analysis, is required.

Language Skills:
Must be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.

Computers & Equipment: A fully skilled incumbent will have the ability to utilize the following software, hardware, or equipment:

To perform this job successfully, an individual is required to have knowledge of Microsoft Outlook; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Word; Microsoft PowerPoint; Primavera; PC Hardware; general office equipment. Must be able to use water quality monitoring, biological sampling, surveying and fish tagging equipment. Must be able to use statistical software (R, SPSS, SAS, JMP, Systat, etc.), databases (PTAGIS and RMIS) and fish biology programs used frequently in the region (MARK, PitPro, SampleSize, SURPH, etc.).

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl or twist torso; pull, push, or exert force; perform repetitive hand or arm motion; and taste, smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds above shoulder height unassisted.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather); work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; work in confined spaces; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; and risk of electrical shock. The noise level is usually moderate.


A valid driver's license is required for this position (verified upon hire). A valid Washington State driver's license is required within 30 days of employment.


The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions for this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility. This should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.


Chelan PUD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce. M/F/H/V