Fisheries (Sturgeon) Biologist 1 or 2: Spokane, WA

Spokane Tribal Fisheries
Spokane, WA
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Full time Positions
20.00 - 26.00 DOQ/DOE
Last Date to Apply
The Sturgeon Biologist I will assist the Sturgeon Project Manager with oversight of the Lake Roosevelt Sturgeon Recovery Project. Responsibilities include assisting the Division Director and Sturgeon Project Manager in development and implementation of project activities, with particular emphasis on research, monitoring, and evaluation actions, including supervising technical staff in the collection and analysis of samples, data management and analyses, and report and peer-reviewed journal article development and publication. The Sturgeon Biologist I will also assist with sturgeon hatchery operations and direction, project coordination with Lake Roosevelt fisheries co-managers, and develop management actions and recommendations for White Sturgeon protection and enhancement.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Assist program manager and other program biologists in the development and implementation of Lake Roosevelt Fisheries Evaluation Program and Lake Roosevelt Sturgeon Recovery Project objectives. • As directed by Sturgeon Project Manager: co-author annual reports, supplementary white papers, and articles for publication. Present research findings at public meetings and professional society/organization meetings. • Provides leadership to staff including training and oversight of field and laboratory techniques. Includes, but not limited to, field safety practices, fish identification, biological sample collection and analysis (e.g., tissue samples and aging structures), and data collection and transcription. • Assist Sturgeon Project Manager and Fisheries Division Director with the design and implementation of annual sturgeon research and monitoring activities using appropriate data collection and sturgeon handling methodologies. • Assist Sturgeon Project Manager with coordination of data management for sturgeon projects with broader sturgeon data management activities in the region (includes but is not limited to juvenile and adult population assessments, early life history assessments, hatchery fish collection and release information, PIT tagging data, genetics data, and general monitoring data). • Assist Sturgeon Project Manager with Lake Roosevelt and the upper Columbia River fisheries management action development and coordination, including participation in meetings with co-managers and other researchers on the reservoir and the upper Columbia River, as well as assistance with writing management plans and guiding documents. • Coordinate with and assist sturgeon conservation aquaculture efforts at Sherman Creek Hatchery. • Assist with the planning and implementation of the Northern Pike Removal and Fall Walleye Index Netting projects including but not limited to: site selection, gear maintenance, coordination with co-managers, data analysis and report preparation. • Other duties as assigned. KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED FOR POSITION: • Knowledge and capacity to implement appropriate fisheries sampling methodologies, with demonstrated experience with the principles of sturgeon biology, research and management. • Strong background in biological research methods, including data analysis and statistics with familiarity of related software (i.e., R, SigmaPlot, Systat, ArcGIS, etc.) • Knowledge of sturgeon aquaculture techniques, including conservation aquaculture approaches and methodologies. • Excellent written and oral communication skills. • Demonstrated skills in data management and scientific writing (submit two writing samples with application). • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and work effectively with co-workers, project partners, co-managers, and public outreach organizations. • Ability to work effectively in supervised and non-supervised settings. • This position requires ability to perform physically demanding work outdoors in variable weather conditions, including peak summer heat, freezing temperatures, and in inclement weather. • Demonstrated ability (or willingness to learn how) to safely operate research vessels in a dynamic flood control reservoir which includes working in swift water. • This position requires significant amounts of work to be performed outside general business hours, including evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays. • Must possess a vehicle or access to reliable transportation. • Knowledge and capacity to develop and lead fisheries monitoring surveys. Must demonstrate strong background in field survey and research methods, data analysis, and statistics. • Demonstrated ability (or willingness to learn how) to safely operate research vessels in a dynamic flood control reservoir. • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and work effectively with diverse co-workers, project partners, and public outreach organizations. • Demonstrated ability to maintain and use personal protective equipment by following established SOPs, communicating clearly, and using best professional judgement. • Must be willing and able to travel and stay overnight in hotels for meetings and fieldwork, often up to 7 consecutive days (lodging and meal costs are covered by the Department). • This position requires ability to perform physically demanding work outdoors in variable weather, including peak summer heat, freezing temperatures, and in inclement conditions. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: • B.Sc. Degree in Fisheries Management or related field required. (M.Sc. preferred) • Demonstrable experience with fish tagging and tracking studies. • A valid Washington Driver’s License and must be eligible for the Tribe’s vehicle insurance. • Must demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills (include two examples of scientific writing, e.g. peer reviewed articles, abstracts, thesis, technical reports) • Must be proficient with MS Office Suite • Good employment history with references. • Working knowledge and competency with R software.
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