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CTUIR- Confederated Tribe of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Location

Pendleton OR, 97801

Salary

$38,095.68 to $71,632 annual DOE

Tuesday July 19, 2022

Description:

This position will be responsible for assisting the Umatilla Subbasin Project Leader in developing
and implementing fish habitat restoration and enhancement projects in the Umatilla Subbasin by
providing technical project support toward achieving project objectives. This position will assist
various aspects of restoration project implementation including developing project opportunities,
conducting baseline analyses and field surveys, assisting in project development via action plans,
completion of environmental compliance requirements, administration, conducting monitoring
and evaluation. reporting, multi-agency and private landowner coordination and assistance with
project administration and staff supervision.

Responsibilities:

1. Project Development and Implementation: Assist in the development, planning, implementation, design, monitoring, maintenance and improvement of fish habitat and watershed enhancement projects to protect and restore floodplain processes and functions and/or restore habitat connectivity on lands within the CTUIR ceded area. Identify needs and deficiencies of existing projects and prioritize project areas for protection and restoration based on the ecological requirements of associated native fish communities, with emphasis on ESA listed anadromous salmonids of importance to CTUIR interests. Participate in project planning, design, environmental compliance and permitting (‘Tribal, federal, state, county) activities, subcontracting processes and project implementation, including construction inspection. Proactively incorporate a) developing research information regarding floodplain/riverine processes and native aquatic communities into habitat project planning; b) technologies and methods that improve habitat program efficiency; c) cooperative opportunities with restoration specialists in the immediate area; and d) property owner input to facilitate the progression of cooperative restoration projects to satisfy all parties involved. Apply the knowledge of habitat restoration strategies to ensure the most effective and feasible outcome at project sites. Experience required as it pertains to conducting, monitoring and maintaining components of restoration projects such as improving floodplain connectivity, instream complexity, bank stabilization or vegetative planting in riparian areas.

2. Project Administration: Assist in the processing of annual work plans, budgets, purchasing, and various activities associated with project administration, such as reporting results to funding entities in a manner consistent with CTUIR protocols. Participate in the completion of permitting process with consultation entities to satisfy the requirements to allow the advancement of project implementation activities in a proactive manner. Uphold time/task sensitive contractual obligations in an effective manner. Identify avenues and make suggestions to supervisor to utilize existing project dollars and assets most effectively. Identify and pursue opportunities to diversify habitat project funding, cost-share and partnership cooperative opportunities. With guidance from Project Leader and Assistant Project Leader, produce contracts, reports, requests for proposals, cost estimates and purchasing, invitation for bids and other administrative details.

3. Data Collection, Analysis and Management: Assist in the development and implementation of coordinated monitoring efforts to provide necessary information for all aspects of restoration project completion including scoping, design, implementation, project effectiveness monitoring, adaptive management application, and reporting. Coordinate monitoring efforts with appropriate project cooperators (CTUIR Fisheries M & E, CTUIR Water Resources, etc.) in order to utilize multiple scales of repeatable physical and ecological methods and metrics to gauge project effectiveness and maximize accuracy and acceptance by the specific community and project review teams. Apply appropriate and current monitoring and analysis techniques to collected data. Collect and store data in a manner that is consistent with QA/QC requirements in an organized manner within an acceptable timeframe. Apply education, training and experience pertaining to fish identification, handling, inventory, habitat assessment, and other aspects of restoration to assure that project results are scientifically defensible.

4. Supervision: Assist the project leader in the supervision of 1-5 permanent and seasonal fisheries habitat technicians in the following manner: a) Assign tasks to technicians based on project necessity as well as employee abilities and strengths. Oversee progress of weekly operations as outlined by the Project Leader. Evaluate task effectiveness and apply adaptive management techniques. Identify and coordinate project needs using foresight in a proactive manner to maximize efficiency, feasibility and productivity of the project. Draft any necessary disciplinary actions for subordinates. b) Direct and coordinate project activities and data collection to be consistent in addressing design and permit requirement/compliance (e.g. endangered species act, tribal/state historic cultural resources preservation offices, stream zone removal/fill and alteration permitting) to achieve successful compliance in project implementation. c) Maximize efficiency, effectiveness and resources across habitat project activities. Effectiveness shall be gauged upon the quantity and quality of results and accomplishments under conditions associated with tasks.

5. Coordination: Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with project staff, agency personnel, landowners, stakeholders and universities to strengthen project outcomes, create future opportunities and improve project status with funding oversight committees. Continue to facilitate collaboration with the Umatilla Basin Watershed Council, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Umatilla County Soil and Water Conservation District, NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, private landowners and various cooperating entities. 6. Reporting: Contribute to quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports in a timely manner that is consistent with project standards and funding agency requirements and ensure projects are scientifically defensible. Ability to collect, summarize, analyze scientific data into reports. Prepare and present project results in scientific reports and public forums in order to foster a productive educational exchange and promote CTUIR Fish Habitat Program success. Participate in community outreach opportunities and give oral and/or poster presentations to to facilitate collaboration with the Umatilla Basin Watershed Council, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Umatilla County Soil and Water Conservation District, NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, private landowners and various cooperating entities. 6. Reporting: Contribute to quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports in a timely manner that is consistent with project standards and funding agency requirements and ensure projects are scientifically defensible. Ability to collect, summarize, analyze scientific data into reports. Prepare and present project results in scientific reports and public forums in order to foster a productive educational exchange and promote CTUIR Fish Habitat Program success. Participate in community outreach opportunities and give oral and/or poster presentations to

6. Reporting: Contribute to quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports in a timely manner that is consistent with project standards and funding agency requirements and ensure projects are scientifically defensible. Ability to collect, summarize, analyze scientific data into reports. Prepare and present project results in scientific reports and public forums in order to foster a productive educational exchange and promote CTUIR Fish Habitat Program success. Participate in community outreach opportunities and give oral and/or poster presentations to promote CTUIR’s Fisheries Habitat Program and recruit new partnerships due to demonstrated project success and professionalism.

Qualifications:

It is the responsibility of the applicant demonstrate in writing if he/she does meet the following minimum qualifications.

1. Bachelors or higher degree from an accredited college or university in fisheries science, natural resources or watershed management, biology, ecology, hydrology or related field. 2. Minimum of two years of relevant experience performing primary and secondary duties and responsibilities related to fisheries habitat restoration and having specialized, applicable training in the discipline of anadromous salmonid habitat requirements, restoration techniques and watershed process as outlined below. 3. Demonstrated ability to coordinate, develop and implement habitat restoration activities with cooperating partners as defined by contractual agreements and permit specifications. Understanding of habitat restoration strategies and methodologies associated with restoring aquatic ecosystems for aspects of Columbia River salmonid life cycle requirements. An understanding of watershed processes and functionality is required. 4. Knowledge of fish habitat, salmonid lifecycles, watershed science and stream channel morphology principles applicable to the Umatilla River Subbasin. 5. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in scientifrc inventory, monitoring, evaluation, and maintenance of restoration principles and utilizing specialized skill sets to achieve objectives. 6. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). It is highly desirable for the candidate to have ArcMap/GIS experience. 7. It is highly desirable for the candidate to have GPS experience and ability to leam and utilize survey-grade GPS equipment. 8. Familiarity and related work experience utilizing tools and equipment pertinent to the conduct of duties of a fisheries habitat biologist. Experience with the operation of restoration-related equipment such as survey equipment, tractors, electro fisher etc. 9. Strong and demonstrable written and verbal skills are required with demonstrated ability to work effectively, both independently and with others. 10. Must have a valid state driver’s license and meet Tribal insurance requirements.

Salary: $38,095.68 to $71,632 annual DOE

Start Date: 07/25/2022

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