Job posting–Habitat Fisheries Biologist, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

A great job for a Habitat Fisheries Biologist–Project Manager just opened up at the Warm Springs’ John Day Basin Office. Applications will be open until March 21:


BRANCH OF NATURAL RESOURCES – Fisheries Department – John Day Basin Office

320 W Main Street, John Day, OR 97845

Phone (541) 575-1866

Fax (541) 575-1869

Position Title:

Habitat Fisheries Biologist


Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon /John Day Basin Office, John

Day, Oregon


This position will assist in implementation of nearly $2 million per year in grant funding for numerous

conservation and restoration projects that target watershed and habitat recovery for anadromous fish

throughout the John Day River Basin. This position requires a keen understanding of the socioeconomic

context of rural and agricultural land management, and experience with project management.


This position will have six focal areas:

1. Develop, design, bid, implement, and maintain conservation and restoration projects on private

and public lands. These projects will include: instream habitat improvements, channel restoration,

riparian planting, livestock management fencing, irrigation piping and efficiency projects,

irrigation diversion structures which improve fish passage, culvert replacements, and more.

2. Assist with project development and oversee implementation efforts for projects completed by

our partners. These partners include Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Watershed Councils,

non-profit organizations, and Federal partners such as the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land


3. Provide technical assistance to the Tribes’ implementation field crew.

4. Coordinate with the Tribes’ native plant nursery to plan re-vegetation projects.

5. Attend meetings to represent Tribal interests the in basin, and communicate with agencies, Tribal

membership, and public citizens to discuss projects and planning efforts.

6. Assist with writing and management of grant funding and fiscal responsibilities, and write reports

that reflect progress and details of project work efforts.

Knowledge & Skills:

Ideal applicant is experienced in watershed restoration project management and development, with

excellent communication skills. Applicant must be able to frequently set up and lead meetings with

landowners, agencies, and organizations. Working knowledge of habitat requirements for mid-Columbia

anadromous fish species is essential for this position. Surveying skills, project design ability, contract,

RFP and bid packet technical writing skills are a must.

Applicant must be comfortable with frequent travel, often independently in rural locations throughout the

John Day River Basin. This position requires knowledge and experience in conservation practices, fluvial

geomorphology, re-vegetation techniques, water law, and partnership building. A self-starter, who can

thrive with minimal supervision and instruction, with the drive and passion for a long career in natural

resources is critical for success in this position.


• A bachelor’s degree in natural resources management, fisheries or related field plus at least three

years of experience in project management are required.

• Experience developing and implementing conservation and restoration projects that target

watershed and habitat recovery for anadromous fish is required.

• Ability to work and communicate effectively with landowners, partners and the public is a

mandate of this position.

• An understanding of GIS, database management, and Mac OS and related office software is



Starting salary range: $39,000 to $44,000. The Tribes offer a competitive benefits package, including

401K (4% match), 5% retirement, medical insurance with dental and optical, and paid personal time off.

Annual merit based raises are allowed.

Closing Date:

March 21, 2016

Apply at:

Applicants must formally apply through

Position: Fish Biologist, #708142

Please attach a resume to the online application and email to


For additional information contact Amy Charette, 541-575-1866,

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