Conservation Properties Program Supervisor

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
Prairie City, Oregon
Job Category
Full time Positions
Starting $58,000-$61,000, DOE
Last Date to Apply
Introduction The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon is seeking a motivated, experienced employee to manage four salmon habitat-focused conservation properties from their office in Prairie City, Oregon. The John Day River Basin is an exciting place to work in conservation and salmon protection and enhancement actions. The John Day River is the third longest undammed river in the conterminous United States and the last major tributary to the Columbia River managed exclusively for wild anadromous fish. There are many partners and funding sources for restoration. The four properties (6,453 acres) managed by this position are among the premier salmon habitats of the basin. One parcel is on the John Day River above Prairie City, and the other three parcels are on the Middle Fork John Day River. More Program info available on Overview The Conservation Properties Program Supervisor is focused on the protection, management, and restoration of existing fish and wildlife habitat, agricultural activities, and monitoring activities through supervision of the staff that perform this work on these properties. The position supervises three staff directly and up to six additional staff indirectly. The main focus is to protect and enhance fish habitat on the many streams within these properties, and manage these properties as showcases for conservation, modeling compatibilities of both agriculture and habitat restoration. The ideal candidate should be forward-thinking in both planning and day-to-day operations. They must be able to build relationships within the staff, community, agencies, organizations, and the Tribes. Supervision, program management and planning, and contracting and procurement activities are prime responsibilities of this position. The Supervisor must have multiple skills and problem-solving aptitude. The Position offers excellent office work and field work balance. Responsibilities • Annual project contract writing with Bonneville Power Administration which outlines annual work objectives and budget allocation ($1m/year, plus revenue budget and other grants, shared responsibilities) • Supervising, directing, and assisting Field Crew lead and Middle Fork caretaker on projects, barbed wire fencing, flood irrigating, mowing, equipment and facilities care, snow plowing, weed control, etc.. Includes hiring, supervising, and evaluating program staff • Supervising operations and staff of the Native Plant Nursery • Partial management/coordination of Fish Biologist I with monitoring work on properties • Coordinating projects, sharing resources, and providing technical insights with co-workers, peers, agencies, organizations and Tribal administrators. • Participating in restoration project development with the John Day Watershed Restoration Program. • Regular writing assignments, including staff memos, grants, reports, management plans, contracts, correspondence, environmental compliance documentation, and monitoring summaries to communicate with the Tribes, BPA, and the public regarding project efforts • Project and facilities management, including writing bid packets, soliciting quotes from contractors or vendors, contractor/lessee inspections, documentation of contract progress, and regulatory monitoring during implementation. • Navigation of Tribal procurement policies in order to purchase supplies and equipment for the Program • Promote community outreach, public access to lands, website development, education, and volunteer opportunities • General supervision of conditions and maintenance needs of the Properties, oversight of grazing leases, property patrol, signs, kiosks, and the lead on the Program’s weed management, including obtaining and maintaining a minimum of a private Oregon Pesticide Applicator’s License, as well as leading and monitoring field crew in herbicide application work • Obtain and maintain a FAA Section 107 (drone pilot) license for aerial monitoring work • Communicate regularly with the Conservation Lands Program Coordinator (position supervisor, located off-site)
Requirements Position requires a degree in land management, restoration ecology, biology, fisheries, or related natural resources field. Preference may be given to those candidates with backgrounds in aquatic habitat and/or land management. Requires four years’ experience profession experience with a Master’s degree, or five years with a Bachelor’s degree. Requires two years of supervisory experience. Candidate must be willing to work with little supervision, in remote setting with rugged terrain and inclement weather. Office located in Prairie City, Oregon. The area is very rural, with 3+ hour drive time to larger cities (Boise or Bend). The Prairie City office is three hours’ drive from Warm Springs. Overnight travel is typically 4-12 nights per year, mostly for training and conferences. Must pass a drug screening and have a valid driver’s license with clean record. Compensation: Starting salary: $58,000 to $61,000 annually, depending on qualifications. Full salary ranges up to $74,293 through annual merit increases. Benefits include: Excellent medical insurance with low annual maximum-out-of-pocket costs, plus vision and dental. Available flex spending plan for daycare and medical costs. Also available are numerous supplemental insurance packages. 401(k) retirement with up to 5% employer matching after one year of employment. Eleven days of paid holidays and Personal time off (PTO) accruing at 130 hrs annually with increases after three years of service. Opened until filled
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