Make a Difference in Oregon's Natural Resources!
Help the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fulfill its mission: To protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.
This position is with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) located in located in Salem, La Grande, Pendleton, or Bend. The successful candidate will have the option to work from any of these locations.
Are you passionate about protecting and making a difference with Oregon’s fish and wildlife populations? Do you have a background in assessing and understanding instream needs in terms of flow quantity, quality and habitat functionality? Are you skilled in finding creative solutions to problems and developing educational materials for a variety of audiences? Then this position may be for you! Join the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Water Quantity/Quality Program to help ensure suitable instream flows for fisheries resources. Don’t delay, apply today! Initial interviews are anticipated to be held via phone, video or virtual interview due to the current situation related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Not from Oregon, no problem! This position is located at our headquarters office in Salem. If you enjoy the outdoors, this is the place for you. We have glaciated mountain peaks to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the massive Columbia River Gorge to the north. You can fish 365 days a year, and there is hunting for big game, waterfowl and game birds. The Oregon coast attracts thousands of people who clam, crab and fish in the ocean for halibut, salmon and tuna. The outdoor opportunities are endless when it comes to fish and wildlife in Oregon! Oregon is known for their vineyards, breweries and adventures for the whole family to enjoy. To learn more about the department, the work we do, and see our beautiful state, view the following video at https://youtu.be/8CjDPiPMGAk For more information on our Water Quality/Quantity Program visit: https://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/water/
Did you know:
• We offer full medical, vision and dental plans with employees paying either 1-5% of their rates
• You will start out accruing 8 hours of sick and 8 hours of vacation leave per month, with your vacation leave accruals increasing every 5 years
• You have access to 24 hours (3 days) of personal business leave to use at your discretion each year
• You receive eleven paid holidays per year
• You will be automatically enrolled into the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) program
What you will do:
• This position is the Water Program lead for regional water planning efforts throughout the State. Work with the Water Program Policy Coordinator and local district staff to collaborate with agriculture, municipal, and other water users to develop water management strategies that meet multiple water needs. Review, analyze, and evaluate complex water plans, reports, proposals, and applications to identify impacts to instream and fish and wildlife needs.
• Conduct technical analyses and literature reviews to ensure that water plans contain the best available information about instream needs and opportunities. Write technical reports including analyses, conclusions, and recommendations for water planning projects. Write technically complex grant proposals and applications to fund water planning projects. Work with state and private partners to continue to invest in the improvement of watershed health, resiliency, and capacity for natural storage. Provide the Water Program with technical expertise on water efficiencies and opportunities related to agriculture water use.
• Interpret rules, regulations, laws, and procedures regarding instream water rights to develop creative solutions around instream water right protests. May represent the agency at public hearings, protest meetings and public meetings. Meet with protestants to seek consensus on settlement agreements.
• Water Program lead for developing educational materials and developing messaging for different audiences to promote the value of water to healthy economic and ecological systems. Evaluate and respond to public or media questions, comments, and concerns.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.
We are seeking applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and have the following skills and experience:
• Three years of biological/ecological/hydrological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fisheries, hydrology, water management, stream ecology, or related field with a focus in instream flow or hydrology. At least one year of the experience must be at a technical or professional level in a fisheries, hydrology, water management, stream ecology, or related field with a focus in instream flow or hydrology performing activities such as researching and analyzing data, conducting investigations, applying pertinent laws and regulations, or coordinating and monitoring project activities; AND
• A Bachelor's degree in Fisheries Science, Hydrology, Water Management, Stream Ecology, or a closely-related Bachelor's degree with a focus in instream flow or hydrology with at least 45 quarter (30 semester) hours of related coursework, or three additional years of experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in hydrology, water management, fisheries, stream ecology, or related fields with a focus in instream flow or hydrology.
A Master's degree in Fisheries Science, Hydrology, Water Management, Stream Ecology, or a closely-related Master's degree with a focus in instream flow or hydrology will substitute for up to one year of the required experience.
A Doctorate degree in Fisheries Science, Hydrology, Water Management, Stream Ecology, or a closely-related Doctorate degree with a focus in instream flow or hydrology will substitute for up to two years of the required experience.
• Preference will be given to applicants with an advanced degree in the related educational fields listed above
• Research and experience in instream flow studies, fisheries and hydrology
• Experience collaborating with agriculture, municipal, and/or other water users to develop water management strategies that meet multiple water needs
• Intermediate to advanced experience using ArcGIS software
• Experience presenting information to varying audiences on technically difficult or controversial issues
• Experience identifying and communicating water flow and temperature needs for fish, wildlife and their habitat
• Experience working with water laws, rules, policies and statues
The State of Oregon requires all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full documentation or receipt of an approved exception will lead to the removal of your application for this specific position. For more information, visit our policy listed here.