The Wildlife Program Biologist supports the Tribe’s efforts to acquire and restore conservation lands under the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program (WWMP) and Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NPCC) fish and wildlife programs in western Oregon. The Biologist also supports the Tribe’s wildlife programs on Siletz Tribal lands.
Serves as lead biologist for WWMP land conservation, restoration and stewardship issues for the Tribe. With direction from the Biological Programs Director, the Biologist seeks land acquisition and easement opportunities under the WWMP program. A significant portion of the Biologist’s time is spent identifying potential land acquisition and easement opportunities through physical contact with private land owners. Communicates, represents and promotes the Tribe’s WWMP program goals on a regular basis to various land conservancies watershed councils, county governments, and state and federal entities involved in the WWMP. With direction from the Biological Programs Director, the Biologist represents Tribal interests in multiple aspects of Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NPCC) fish and wildlife programs in western Oregon. This includes participation in WWMP review groups and technical teams as appropriate, including field work and visits to seek out and evaluate potential and ongoing projects, including those with Tribal management potential. Assists in the administration of Tribal hunting and fishing tag and subsistence fish and game collection and distribution programs. Researches, designs, and performs and/or supervises the performance of monitoring and investigations to collect biological and ecological data, including the utilization of GPS and GIS equipment and software to map and evaluate data. Projects may include: endangered species surveys, timber sale monitoring, wildlife studies, and habitat enhancements. Assists with ESA consultations for threatened fish, plants, and birds; gathers, summarizes and reports field data and research information. Assists with assessments of the effects of proposed projects such as land development and timber sales on threatened and endangered species. Conducts site assessments to identify existing or potential wildlife and cultural plant concerns on Tribal lands or lands the Tribe may acquire. These assessments may involve surveys for protected species, wetlands, or other sensitive habitats. Participates on interdisciplinary teams for project planning and NEPA analysis, such as timber sales, management plans, and housing, infrastructure, and other development projects as needed. Participates in researching, identifying and writing grants to support Tribal wildlife research, monitoring, restoration and management activities relative to wildlife resources of Tribal interest. Responsible for managing multiple grants and associated processes, including but not limited to tracking of monthly, quarterly and annual budgets, tracking of expenditures, project personnel timesheets, quarterly and annual agency and tribal reports, and maintenance and inventory of grant equipment. Assists Aquatics and Forestry personnel in various projects as needed. Plans and oversees the daily work of Tribal wildlife personnel. Performs data summary, analysis, and report generation. Prepares reports on findings of studies along with quarterly and annual reports on the status of projects and programs.
Bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, botany, natural resource management or related field, and four years’ experience with land conservation, restoration and stewardship related work. Knowledge of: The principles, practices and techniques of ecological based conservation, restoration and stewardship of lands of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Cascades, and Coast Range ecoregions. Willamette Valley prairie and oak savanna plant and animal communities/habitats. Oregon Coast and Cascade Range upland forest plant and animal communities/habitats. The principles, practices and techniques of wildlife sampling and management. Experience in: Approaching private land owners concerning land conservation, restoration, or acquisition opportunities, preferred. Working with private land owners under a conservation or restoration program, is preferred. The performance of endangered species surveys, including surveys for marbled murrelets and spotted owls, is preferred. The use of computer applications including MS Office Suite (i.e. Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Publisher). Ability to: Demonstrate strong organization skills and the ability to write and speak effectively. Deal tactfully with the public and to work well with various public and other entities, including non-governmental organizations and local, state and federal agencies. Use aerial imagery and ESRI ArcMap software for use in landscape and habitat analysis (proficiently). Other: Be in good physical condition; be able to ascend and descend steep slopes; be willing to work in heavy brush and inclement weather. Be willing to perform strenuous physical labor including carrying 50 lb. backpacks and equipment through forested, swamp and tidal lands. Willingness to work odd hours, including early mornings, late evenings and weekends as necessary to fulfill the needs of the program. Must possess a valid Oregon State driver's license, insurance and be eligible to drive a GSA vehicle.