Fluvial Geomorphologist – Fish and Wildlife Research Scientist 2

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Olympia, WA
Job Category
Full time Positions
$69,756.00 - $91,524.00
Last Date to Apply
FULL-TIME/PERMANENT FLUVIAL GEOMORPHOLOGIST FISH AND WILDLIFE RESEARCH SCIENTIST 2 Habitat Program Olympia, Washington This announcement has been reopened with updated qualifications. If you have previously applied for this position, you do not need to reapply. This is an exciting opportunity to provide specialized expertise in fluvial geomorphology and scientific leadership for directing a multidisciplinary research program. This position is the agency’s designated consultant on the interactions between hydraulic structures (hydraulic structures encompasses culverts, bridges, river and stream bank armoring, marine shoreline armoring) and fish and shellfish habitats. With that in mind, Picture yourself, directing a research team performing research at the forefront of scientific inquiry. This is an opportunity to have a major role in protecting fish and shellfish habitats. The optimal applicants take an interest in understanding others’ perspectives, and is committed to the service of the public, mission, and team. Duties Our Research Scientist will… Lead effectiveness monitoring of freshwater hydraulic structures Plans, designs, conducts, coordinates, and manages effectiveness monitoring regarding the effects of hydraulic structures on fish and shellfish habitats. Oversees up to 4 employees engaged in data collection for effectiveness monitoring. Works with other agency staff on effectiveness monitoring database development and upkeep and on data quality control. Analyzes data and writes detailed reports on the results of effectiveness monitoring or research studies. Oversee research projects regarding the impacts of hydraulic structures on fish and shellfish habitats. Manage all aspects of a research project: study design, hiring and training technicians, site selection, data collection, data management, statistical analysis of data, modelling, report writing, etc. As funding opportunities arise, seek grant money. This task includes study design, budget development, and proposal writing. Serve as expert consultant to WDFW staff (primarily civil engineers and habitat biologists) on geomorphological issues pertaining to hydraulic structures. Visits project sites to assess issues and provides technical information or expert advice. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Work is performed primarily in an office environment, with exposure to hazards mostly limited to those commonly found in government office environments. Office work includes extended work with personal computers. Field work can vary from 10% to 60% of work time depending upon season. Field work includes travel to and from field sites, performing measurements in extreme weather conditions, and maneuvering over rough terrain while carrying up to 30 pounds of equipment. Field work is conducted on foot in wadeable streams where slippery rocks, sticky mud, and steep banks are often encountered. Field work will entail working inside and on top of hydraulic structures such as culverts and marine bulkheads. Schedule: Standard business hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., but the incumbent must be willing to work a non-scheduled work week to align with business needs. However, during field season could work 4 ten-hour days per week. A flexible work schedule will be considered at the incumbent’s request, subject to supervisory approval. Requirements for work hours in the Natural Resources Building will be subject to WDFW’s COVID and telecommuting policies. Travel Requirements: Multi-day, overnight travel may be required during field season (June through mid-November) to efficiently conduct data collection tasks and/or supervise field crews. Travel requirements include travel throughout the state. Tools and Equipment: Instruments or devices used for the measurement of stream channels, hydraulic structures, and fish habitats, including surveyor’s levels, laser levels, laser range finders, global positioning systems, water current meters, and electronic data loggers.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis. A Master's degree in fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, civil engineering, or closely allied field. AND Four years of professional experience designing, conducting, and supervising research on one or both of the following: Fluvial geomorphology The impacts of hydraulic structures (e.g., culverts, shoreline armoring) on stream channels. Please note: A Doctoral degree in one of the above fields of study will substitute for one year of the required professional experience. AND A valid Driver’s License PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Doctoral degree in fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, civil engineering, or closely allied field. Job knowledge Familiarity with hydraulic structures (particularly culverts) and their potential effects on fluvial geomorphology and hydrology at the site and reach scales. Familiarity with 2-D hydrodynamic and morphodynamic modelling based on computational fluid dynamics.
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Natasha Zakarian
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