Natural Resource Specialist 2 (Assistant Fish Project Leader)
Fish & Wildlife-NE Region - Umatilla, OR

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ODFW Mission: To protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.

  • This position is with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife located in Umatilla.
  • This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified people to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur.
  • The employee in this position will be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and will be subject to all terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement and State cost reduction directives, including mandatory unpaid time off (MUTO) days due to budgetary constraints. Pay and benefits on all job listings may change without notice.
  • You must submit your application online. Paper applications will not be accepted.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The Assistant Fish Project Leader will conduct studies to investigate the production of steelhead in the Umatilla River and tributaries. Results of this study will improve our ability to develop adequate recovery and rebuilding programs for steelhead in Mid-Columbia Evolutionary Significant Unit (ESU). Major duties and responsibilities are to:

  • Participate in the collection of scientific data on streams and rivers. Develop and maintain passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag antenna arrays. Assemble and install juvenile salmonid fish traps in streams and rivers. Operate and maintain juvenile salmonid fish traps and remove fish that are trapped. Assemble and maintain fish holding containers and monitor fish during holding. Operate and maintain a fish transport vessel (300 gal slip tank) and load, transport and release fish. Identify, enumerate, measure, weigh, collect scales, assess condition and Pit tag juvenile salmonids. Use computerized data collection systems. Download data from PIT tag antenna arrays. Record data on forms and scale cards. Walk streams to enumerates redds and adult fish numbers. Sample adult carcasses, measure length, collect scales, determine sex and assess egg retention. Collect snouts from coded wire tagged adult fish. Walk streams to observe, quantify and record habitat conditions and categories using CHaMP protocol.
  • Manage, summarize and analyze scientific data. Conduct scale pattern analysis to determine age of fish. Review raw data for errors, deficiencies and inconsistencies and make corrections as necessary. Develop and maintain appropriate spreadsheet and database formats for data entry and analysis. Enter data into computer database. Transfer and download data from centralized PIT tag database. Prepare estimates of juvenile salmonid abundance in streams, survival to life stages and productivity metrics. Conduct parametric and non-parametric statistical analyses. Tabulate and summarize data in format suitable for written and oral presentation.
  • Prepare reports and oral presentations. Use word processing and graphics software packages to prepare reports and presentations. Take the lead or assist in the writing of annual progress, monthly, quarterly and information reports, manuscripts and special publications. Prepare and make project presentations for professional and interagency meetings as assigned.
  • Lead and oversee the work of up to three experimental biological aides. Prepare and plan work schedules and assign daily work. Direct and review field sampling activities. Provide orientation and training in sampling and field activities. Provide input to supervisor for performance evaluation, position description and work plan. Assist project leader in hiring personnel.
  • Participate in project planning and coordination. Assist in developing experimental designs and statistical analysis approaches. Assist in preparation of study plans, project proposals, sampling protocols, safety protocols and annual sampling plans. Coordinate field sampling activities with tribal, state and federal biologists and managers, irrigation district staff and private landowners. Assist in identifying future research needs.
  • Provide technical assistance to department staff and managers. Purchase and maintain field sampling equipment including nets, traps, data collection stations and data recorders.
Working Conditions

  • Requires frequent long distance travel to study sites in all types of weather.
  • Requires work outdoors in inclement weather as well as in cold and swift streams.
  • About 20% of work time is spent in office during normal working hours.
  • Requires a flexible work schedule that varies in the number of hours worked on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day, or a work schedule in which the starting and stopping times vary on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day. This includes working at all hours and workdays in excess of eight hours.
NOTE: You must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will check driving records for in-state finalists. Out-of-state finalists will be required to present a current driving record for review.

NOTE: Within three-days of hire, applicants will be required to complete the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States. ODFW participates in E-Verify. ODFW is not able to support VISA sponsorships.

Qualifications & Desired Attributes:
Minimum Qualifications

  • Two years of biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or wildlife program that included one year of at least two of the following: gathering data, analyzing data, or preparing reports, and a Bachelor's degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science, or a closely-related Bachelor's degree with at least 45 quarter (30 semester) hours of biological/ecological coursework; or three additional years of biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or wildlife program; OR
  • One year of biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or wildlife program that included at least two of the following: gathering data, analyzing data, or preparing reports, and a Master's degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science, or a closely-related Master's degree in biological/ecological sciences; OR
  • A Doctorate degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science, or a closely-related Doctorate degree in biological/ecological sciences.
Applicants who have obtained a Master's degree or Doctorate that included work experience from an internship, work/study, thesis, or similar program may list this experience in their application to receive credit for the work experience. The Master's degree/Doctorate and applicable work experience will be considered separately and both the education and applicable experience may count toward minimum qualifications.

Note: Your application materials must clearly describe how you meet these qualifications. Answers to the supplemental questions must be supported in the "Work Experience" section of your Oregon E-Recruit application.

Note: A copy of all transcripts (if education is required to qualify) must be attached at the time of application in order to receive credit for college degrees or coursework. Transcripts must include coursework and indicate that a degree was conferred. Online transcripts are acceptable. Official or original transcripts are not required; however, they may be required to validate education.

Desired Attributes

Preference will be given to applicants with experience:
  • Excellent writing skills and demonstrated ability writing progress reports, technical reports, resource management planning documents, and/or scientific publications
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team in a constructive manner
  • Analyzing complex datasets, conducting statistical analyses, and preparing tables and figures summarizing findings
  • Using statistical and graphical software to summarize, analyze and present biological data
  • In fish marking, estimating population abundance and monitoring/capturing fish
  • Developing scientific information databases
  • Knowledge of the life history patterns, life cycle survival and habitat requirements for trout
  • Using Microsoft Access
  • Speaking and making presentations
Additional Information:
Your answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by the work experience section in your Oregon E-Recruit application or you may not be considered for this position.

Resumes will not replace the completed “Work Experience” section in your online application. You may be disqualified if your work experience does not include information used to: 1) meet the minimum qualifications of the job and 2) back up your answers to the supplemental questions.

Only complete applications will be considered. Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach all required documents. Late submissions will not be accepted. If you need assistance with adding attachments to your profile or to a specific job posting please go to Adding and Removing Attachments to a Job Posting for further instructions. This quick help guide can also be found on the State Jobs Page by clicking in the Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's then click on Applicant Profile Maintenance.
Note : A resume (text or attached) will not be reviewed for work experience unless stated in the job posting that it is a required attachment.
To apply , follow the "Apply" link above and complete the Oregon Employment Application online. You must click the 'Confirm' button at the end of the application by the posted close date to be considered for the job posting. All application materials (including transcripts) must be received by the closing date/date posted on this job posting.
Interviews: Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the minimum qualifications and desired attributes for this position will be invited to an interview. If called for an interview, applicants will be asked to sign a reference authorization and release form at the time of interview.
Reasonable accommodations for interviews will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities.
If you are experiencing difficulty applying for this position or have questions, please contact the ODFW Human Resources office at 503-947-6051.
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