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.
Are you passionate about protecting and making a difference with Oregon’s fish and wildlife populations? Do you want to develop and implement policy to ensure that hydroelectric facilities are designed and operated in a manner that protect, mitigate and enhance fish and wildlife populations and their habitats? Then this position may be for you! Join the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Water Quantity/Quality Program to impact fish and wildlife resources in regards to hydropower. 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).
To learn more about the department and the work we do, view the following video at https://myodfw.com/about
What you will do:
• Hydropower Program Leadership and Management. Lead implementation of the Department’s Hydropower Program. Lead, coordinate, train and direct activities of six staff members. This includes: preparing written guidelines for program implementation and training regional hydropower coordinators on hydropower issues, state and federal regulatory processes and rules; organizing and leading triannual Department Hydropower Program and Water Program coordination meetings to ensure statewide consistency on hydro issues, to review project status, progress, assignments, and deadlines, and to provide guidance on project review and compliance issues; advising on agency positions and recommendations to ensure consistent policy direction.
• Advise and guide the regional hydropower coordinators during all stages of project licensing and relicensing for hydropower projects throughout the State. Protect, mitigate and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats by reviewing draft agency positions and recommendations on issues related to hydropower projects to ensure statewide consistency and application of statutes, rules and policies.
• Assist the regional hydropower coordinators in policy-level meetings and negotiating sessions with hydropower applicants, operators, consultants, state and federal resource and regulatory agencies to communicate Department positions, expertise, recommendations and to negotiate acceptable study methodologies, mitigation alternatives, and project designs. Negotiations are often lengthy and complex; involving numerous issues affecting both fish and wildlife populations and habitats, with the intent of resolving differences through settlement rather than challenging a license application before Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Water Resources Department (WRD) or the courts. Decisions are made in these meetings committing the Department to specific positions and agreements, which must be consistent with agency policy and management objectives.
• Guide and train the regional hydropower coordinators in the legal processes required to appeal state or federal licensing and compliance decisions. Guide and coordinate with the regional hydropower coordinators in the preparation of the scientific, technical and policy basis for the Department's position on specific hydropower projects. Legal filings to FERC and WRD, such as rehearing, written testimony, court appeals, and settlement agreements and Memorandums of Understanding, are coordinated by the Program Leader through the Attorney General's office.
We are seeking applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and have the following skills and experience:
Five years of experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fisheries, hydrology, water management, stream ecology, water-related engineering or related field with a focus in fisheries, hydrology, and/or water. At least three years of the experience must be at a technical or professional level in a fisheries, hydrology, water management, stream ecology, water-related engineering, or related field with a focus in fisheries, hydrology, and/or water performing the following technical activities: 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, water-related Engineering, or a closely-related Bachelor's degree with a focus in fisheries, hydrology, and/or water 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 hydrology.
A Master's degree in Fisheries Science, Hydrology, Water Management, Stream Ecology, water-related Engineering, or a closely-related Master's degree with a research focus in fisheries, hydrology, and/or water will substitute for up to one year of the required experience.
A Doctorate degree in Fisheries Science, Hydrology, Water Management, Stream Ecology, water-related Engineering, or a closely-related Doctorate degree with a research focus in fisheries, hydrology, and/or water will substitute for up to two years of the required experience.
Applicants who have obtained a Master's degree or Doctorate that included work experience from an internship, work/study, thesis, or similar program may list this experience in their application to receive credit for the work experience. The Master's degree/Doctorate and applicable work experience will be considered separately and both the education and applicable experience may count toward minimum qualifications.
• Working on hydropower projects, permitting and policy
• Knowledge and understanding of hydroelectric facility operations and their effects on fish, wildlife, and their habitats
• Drafting and filing legal-style technical documents
• Reviewing and commenting on state or federal rulemaking, or legislation
• Leading and directing staff
• Strong communication skills to disseminate information across a wide range of audiences regarding hydropower issues associated with fish, wildlife and their habitat
• Experience with multiparty negotiating or settlement agreements