Job posting: Fisheries Biologist

Job Description – Fisheries Biologist

FOCUSRestoration monitoring and evaluation

LOCATION:           CFS Watershed Sciences Lab, Issaquah, WA

Overview:  Cramer Fish Sciences (CFS) is a fisheries consulting firm that conducts research and monitoring throughout the Pacific Northwest and California. Our mission is to rigorously apply the scientific method to afford our clients innovative, scientifically robust solutions to address a variety of fisheries and environmental challenges.  We achieve this through effective and unbiased data collection, insightful analysis and interpretation, and clear communications and publication of results in scientific journals. The Fisheries Biologist provides support for the organization by conducting field and laboratory work, data collections, data analysis, literature reviews and problem solving for our clients.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist and/or lead field crews on multiple projects and guide Technicians successfully in order to help support the project work and data collection needed
  • Perform hands on work which may include fish trapping and tagging, visual estimation techniques (e.g., snorkeling, redd surveys) and physical habitat surveys
  • Follow outlines provided by Project Managers to develop annual project reports including data summaries, and analysis
  • Test hypotheses, perform statistical analyses and problem solving for various projects, studies and other assignments
  • Conduct GIS/spatial data input, mapping, and summarizing
  • Manage logistical items such as purchasing of equipment and supplies, and assigning various duties and tasks to staff
  • Conduct literature reviews and increase familiarity with scientific literature relevant to projects
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Critical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (required):

  • Fisheries and/or Restoration Expertise:  Demonstrated ability to work alone or as part of a team collecting, recording and analyzing high-quality stream restoration monitoring data. Knowledge and experience in the identification salmon and other stream fishes and conducting stream habitat surveys in Pacific Northwest streams
  • Project Management Skills: Serve as the Project/Task Lead on several projects and lead field crews as necessary. Track project budget and complete all required products/reports for lead projects.
  • Team Leadership Skills: Within a team and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) culture, sets personal high performance and quality standards and enables the team to be successful.  Views all members of the team as critical and important and treats team members with respect and professionalism.  Able to collaborate with other team members.  Mentors/develops Technician team members.
  • Science-Business balance. This individual should demonstrate expertise and be passionate about science, natural resources and resolving complex fishery problems.  In addition, the individual should have an understanding of management and business functions to help manage CFS as a profitable business.

Personal Attributes

  • Ability to complete and/or delegate work assigned by project leaders
  • Demonstrated leadership skills including ability to lead, train and supervise field crews in data collection, entry, and analysis and other aspects of project work
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong organization and coordination skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with overlapping deadlines
  • Ability to produce accurate, timely and quality work products to meet objectives and deadlines
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others to resolve problems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to express and exchange ideas
  • Positive individual with optimistic outlook, disposition and can do attitude

Desired Experience

  • Experience conducting stream habitat and snorkel surveys using CHaMP, EMAP, ODFW or similar protocols
  • Experience leading field crews to conduct stream habitat and snorkel surveys
  • Spatial analyses in ArcGIS or QGIS and Spatial Analyst environments
  • Experience using R statistical computing and programming to summarize and analyze data
  •  Experience operating 4-wheel drive vehicles, boats, trailers and other field equipment
  • Data recording, management and analysis in statistics and database software

Education/Minimum Qualifications:   

  • Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries, Forestry, Biology or an equivalent field and 3 years of related experience or Master’s degree in Fisheries, Forestry, Biology or an equivalent field and 1 year of related experience performing fisheries or wildlife studies
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite including Access
  • Demonstrated skills in data collection, entry, and analysis, developing graphs and communicating project methods and findings in presentations and reports

Working Conditions and Physical Demands:

  • Must be comfortable working in the aquatic environment including wading, snorkeling, and boating in rivers, streams, lakes and estuaries
  • Working irregular hours (including weekends and evenings) in various kinds of weather and potentially rugged terrain occasion in order to meet project deadlines
  • Travel to remote areas to conduct field work for 3 to 10 days at a time. Able to drive safely in a variety of weather conditions for extended distances.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds


Compensation and Benefits:

Competitive base salary based on qualifications

Health and retirement benefits

Incentive pay structure available

CFS is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) company


Closing Date:  February 21, or until filled.

Location:  Issaquah, WA

How to apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to Phil Roni at:



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