Fisheries Tech III (Middle Fork Caretaker)

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
Bates, Oregon
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Full time Positions
Starting at $18.00-$20.40/hour, DOE
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Summary: • Position focus is fish habitat enhancement, Tribal property protection, and monitoring. • Starting salary range is $18.07 to $20.10/hour DOE, plus housing, benefits, and is fulltime, with overtime work demands seasonally, paid at overtime rates. Position grade tops out at $25.05/hour ($52,099). • Employee required to live in provided house (all rent and partial utilities covered by employer), subject to a license agreement. • Located on the Middle Fork John Day River about 15 miles from Bates, Oregon. Introduction: The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon is seeking an experienced, motivated individual with a background in natural resources management to care for the 1,022-acre Oxbow Conservation Area, the 790-acre Middle Fork Forrest Conservation Area (about five miles from the Oxbow), and the 1,200-acre Dunstan Conservation Area. This position requires skills in habitat and property management duties, relating to ongoing anadromous fish habitat recovery efforts. Strong communication skills, ability to work without supervision, a positive attitude, and the ability to work well with a variety of other people from different backgrounds is a must for this position. The scenery is spectacular, the wild Chinook salmon runs are amazing, and being part of the habitat restoration efforts underway is energizing! Overview: The project is focused on the protection and restoration of existing fish and wildlife habitat, management of agricultural activities (grazing/flood irrigation), and resource monitoring activities. The Middle Fork Technician will manage day-to-day issues on the property with focal points on noxious weed control, grazing and irrigation management, public interactions, monitoring, and working with a roving crew of technicians in the area to accomplish maintenance and project tasks. The ideal candidate should be communicative, with an eye for detail, experienced with snow plowing and minor road care. This position is designed to be a caretaker of the Tribes’ properties on the Middle Fork John Day River. This position will also commonly work with the field crew based in the Prairie City office and work at times on the Mainstem Forrest property and other project sites throughout the John Day Basin. The employee must be able to build relationships within the community, agencies, organizations, and the Tribes. Once oriented to the job, the position receives little supervisory oversight and requires the candidate to have multiple skills and problem-solving aptitude. The position will work in an office environment about 10% during field season, more in the winter season. Overnight travel may include several nights per year for training opportunities and meetings. Responsibilities • Able to work both independently and with a crew, stay in regular communication with supervisor, document work and accomplishments in writing, keep duty station, shop and yard clean and presentable to public at all times, and be professional and courteous at all times. • Experience with weed control, tree planting, forest cutting/thinning/burning, fence construction and maintenance, livestock management • Coordination with other field staff and working with crews during the field season. • Patrolling properties to observe issues with livestock, trespass, wildlife, etc. • Maintaining the housing and access to the properties year-round (snow plowing) – essential duty requiring work on days when other staff are on administration leave due to weather • Participating with restoration project implementation • Supervising volunteers occasionally • Monitoring habitat and fish (redd counts, flow monitoring, etc.) Location: Grant County, Oregon is a large, rural county with an area of 4,528 sq. mi. and a population of less than 8000 people. The Oxbow Conservation Area is very rural, located about 25 miles (40 minutes) from Prairie City along the Middle Fork John Day River. The nearest major airport is in Boise, Idaho or Redmond, OR (3.5 hours’ drive).
Requirements: Position requires Associates Degree and 6 months experience in natural resources management, such as ranching, scientific monitoring, herbicide application, road/structure maintenance, or related, OR at least three years of relative experience and skills in the position as described. Preference may be given to those candidates with a background in stream restoration, hydrology, geomorphology, or anadromous fish management. Candidates must be willing to work with little supervision, in remote setting with rugged terrain and inclement weather. Heavy lifting is required to 50 pounds, as is frequent hiking over uneven ground. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, and able to obtain an Oregon Private Pesticide Applicator’s License within 6 months. Excellent verbal communication skills are a must. Leadership experience is a plus. Must have a valid drivers license, and subject to drug test as well as background check performed. This Employee is required to live on-site housing, at least during scheduled work (M-F); must agree to the Tribes’ license agreement for occupying this house site. All utilities except electricity provided. Starting Salary $18.00-$20.40/hour, DOE; with full range up to $25.05/hour ($52,099/yr) with annual performance reviews. 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. To Apply: Visit for a Tribal application and additional information. Please attach a resume/cover letter. Job will remain open until filled. Position number is 708206, Fisheries Technician III
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