Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2 – Columbia River Fisheries Sampling Biologist – Permanent – *15478-21

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Ridgefield, WASHINGTON
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 18 Jan 2022

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Agency
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Location
Clark County – Ridgefield, WA
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$3,987.00 - $5,229.00 Monthly
Last Date to Apply
01/18/2022
Website
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/3360727/fish-wildlife-biologist-2-columbia-river-fisheries-sampling-biologist-perma
Description
FULL-TIME/PERMANENT FISH & WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST 2 (BIO2) COLUMBIA RIVER FISHERIES SAMPLING BIOLOGIST WDFW Fish Program Ridgefield, Washington Do you enjoy conducting fish, wildlife, and habitat research studies? Do you want to make a positive impact on aquatic species and their natural ecosystems? If so, then apply to this Columbia River Fisheries Sampling Biologist opening! As a Columbia River Fisheries Sampling Biologist you’ll coordinate and supervise weir sampling operations and collaborate to analyze fish trap data. With your expertise, you’ll lead field work related to sport, commercial, hatchery, and spawning ground surveys on the Columbia River and its tributaries. Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s (WDFW) mission is to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. See the work WDFW is doing to plan for the future of fish and wildlife conservation in Washington. With that in mind, Picture yourself training, supervising, and coordinating staff dedicated to test fishing and commercial fishery monitoring on the Columbia River. This is an opportunity for you to collaborate with other regional staff to review, summarize, and analyze data used during annual run reconstruction and forecasting for spring and fall Chinook on the Columbia River and its tributaries. This is a dynamic role for you to ensure necessary biological data is being collected for use in run reconstruction and forecasting which is integral to annual salmon season setting processes. With your experience you’ll supervise permanent and temporary staff to complete projects –you’ll get to work closely with members of the fishing industry and other stakeholders and communicate and collaborate frequently with state, federal, and tribal co-managers. The optimal applicants will use their knowledge of fish and wildlife habitats, together with superior communication skills and expertise in conflict resolution to work with others to develop solutions that balance the needs of people with the protection and restoration of fish and wildlife habitats. We are seeking candidates with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE). Duties Our Columbia River Fisheries Sampling Biologist, Schedules, organizes, coordinates, and leads sampling operations. Manages spawning ground surveys. Hires, supervises, and mentors permanent and seasonal staff. Supervises and monitors sport and commercial sampling crews for proper sampling protocol and data collection procedures. Oversees and conducts broodstock sampling including collection of coded wire tags (CWT), PBT samples and other biological data. Collaborates to develop and modify existing data collection and weir operation protocols to identify appropriate survey methodology, set sampling bio-rates, and develop and modify protocols. Coordinates trap operations and data collections. Interacts and resolves disputes with local landowners and the general public. Establish sampling bio-rates, using existing agency statistical and research procedures. Collects and records information on harvest, prevalence, and distribution of fish, viable salmonid population monitoring data. Collects designated biological samples, DNA, and CWT/PIT tag samples. Monitors quantity and quality of in-season spawning ground survey data collection objectives and provide direction to crew leads. Safely operates motorized and non-motorized boats. Provides training on monitoring and observation data collection and sampling protocols to field staff – mentors and guides field staff in proper sampling technique, accurate data collection, and professional behavior. Queries various internal and external databases for run reconstruction data components. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Work is performed approximately 60% in an office setting and 40% in the field – field work can include lifting up to 70 lbs, walking streams up to 5 miles per day in adverse weather conditions, slippery surfaces, climbing up and down steep and slippery stream banks. Frequent climbing in and out of boats with high gunnels – operation of rafts, drift boats, and powered boats in various water and weather conditions. Schedule: Typically, work schedule is Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; with occasional weekend – before and after work hours will be required. Travel Requirements: May occasionally travel to various work sites. Tools and Equipment: Vehicles and boats including propeller, jet, raft, and drift boats. Mobile digital data collection devices, tag detectors, and other general sampling equipment. Power saws and drills, computers, and office machines. Customer Interactions: Frequent interaction during interviews with the sport fishing public and interactions with commercial fish processors. Communication and scheduling with commercial full fleet participants and WDFW contracted test fishers. Constant interaction with landowners and the general public to explain agency goals and objectives. Qualifications REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor's degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science. AND One (1) year of professional experience in fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research or habitat management or habitat research. OR Equivalent education/experience. Please note: A Master’s degree in the applicable science will substitute for one (1) year of the required experience. A Ph.D. in the applicable science will substitute for two (2) years of the required experience. Professional equivalent experience may substitute, year for year, for education requirement if that experience is related to fish habitat assessments, fish passage evaluations, and/or life history of anadromous fish, particularly freshwater spawning, and rearing habitat. Knowledge and experience with: Salmonid life history and population monitoring. Biological sampling methodology for population studies. Communicating with diverse user groups. Organizing, scheduling, and implementing fish research and management studies. Preparing written reports and delivering oral presentations. Certifications/Licenses: A valid driver’s license is required. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge and experience with: Columbia River and tributaries fish runs and fisheries. Escapement and harvest models. Commercial and sport fishing methods and gear. Directly supervising field staff. Generating data summaries and using data processing software like Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and R. MOCC certification and boating experience, specifically the ability to operate rafts, drift boats, and jet and propeller powered boats. Analysis and Statistical Procedures. Supplemental Information Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification. In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application: A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (Generic cover letter will not be accepted). A current resume. Three professional references. IMPORTANT NOTES: On Monday August 9, 2021, Governor Inslee enacted Proclamation 21-14 which requires that all employees of all state agencies not headed by an elected official be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021 as a condition of employment. Fully vaccinated includes the two-week waiting period after the last shot in each series, or single shot, is given. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide verification of COVID vaccination. A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here. Vaccination acceptable documents link (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe. We are hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. We have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews. All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents JOIN THE WDFW TEAM: Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW! The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field. We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE). WDFW employees may be eligible for the following: Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth. UNION - WAFWP: This position is in the bargaining unit represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals and is subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals. VETERAN PREFERENCE NOTICE: To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following: Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov. Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran) Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov. MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE NOTICE: To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following: Notify us of your military spouse status by email at RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov. Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS) Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov. Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. For further information, please contact us at RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov. As part of WDFW’s efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications. Therefore, we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully. All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington. The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388. If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or support@neogov.com. Follow us on social media: LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram
Qualifications
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor's degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science. AND One (1) year of professional experience in fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research or habitat management or habitat research. OR Equivalent education/experience. Please note: A Master’s degree in the applicable science will substitute for one (1) year of the required experience. A Ph.D. in the applicable science will substitute for two (2) years of the required experience. Professional equivalent experience may substitute, year for year, for education requirement if that experience is related to fish habitat assessments, fish passage evaluations, and/or life history of anadromous fish, particularly freshwater spawning, and rearing habitat. Knowledge and experience with: Salmonid life history and population monitoring. Biological sampling methodology for population studies. Communicating with diverse user groups. Organizing, scheduling, and implementing fish research and management studies. Preparing written reports and delivering oral presentations. Certifications/Licenses: A valid driver’s license is required. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge and experience with: Columbia River and tributaries fish runs and fisheries. Escapement and harvest models. Commercial and sport fishing methods and gear. Directly supervising field staff. Generating data summaries and using data processing software like Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and R. MOCC certification and boating experience, specifically the ability to operate rafts, drift boats, and jet and propeller powered boats. Analysis and Statistical Procedures.
Contact Person
Salyse Duckworth

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