Research Biologist

Fish and Wildlife Department
The department headquarters is located in Fort Hall.
Up to $62,192 per year + benefits
Dec 15, 2016
Jan 13, 2017
Job Level
Senior level
Employment Type
Salary Type


The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes (Tribes) guaranteed continuous use Rights, “…to hunt on unoccupied lands of the United States, so long as game may be found…” are protected under Article IV of the Fort Bridger Treaty of 1868. The Tribes’ Snake River Basin management policy provides direction for the restoration of natural resources to conditions which most closely resemble the ecological features associated with a natural riverine ecosystem. In addition, the Tribes policies provide for the protection, preservation, and, where appropriate, the enhancement of Rights. 

This position will serve as a permanent employee for the Tribes’ Fish and Wildlife Department and will assist the Department in the pursuit, promotion, and where necessary, initiation of efforts to restore Snake River systems and affected unoccupied lands to a natural condition. The Biologist will provide assistance to the Program Manager/Biologist with the collection of biological, physical, and chemical data; project implementation including research, monitoring, and evaluation of management activities; program administration and supervision/management of field crews including leadership, hiring, scheduling, training, team building, time keeping, travel, disciplinary actions, and performance evaluations.


The Research Biologist will be under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, and will be responsible for supervising Field Biologist(s) and permanent Technicians. In the absence of a Field Biologist, the Research Biologist will also supervise field crews consisting of seasonal technicians and volunteers. Lastly, the Research Biologist will be the lead for the program in the absence of the Program Manager.


  • Assists with the development of research, monitoring, and evaluation plans and questions.
  • Identifies data needs and analytical approaches to address research and management questions.
  • Develops monthly, quarterly, and annual progress reports and annual technical reports.
  • Assists program manager with developing yearly funding proposals; develops draft project statements of work and budgets based on the yearly and on-going research and management questions.
  • Acquires the necessary equipment and supplies to successfully implement each project.
  • Acquires the necessary county, state, or federal permits required to implement each project; maintains permit compliance.
  • Participates in Departmental, Tribal, and Interagency coordination meetings.
  • Develops collaborative research and Independent Contract Agreements to facilitate project subcontracts.
  • Develops the annual travel and work schedules and communicates with subordinate employees.
  • Provides supervision and training to project personnel to ensure the acquisition of data is standardized; assists with implementation of scientific surveys.
  • Communicates information concerning project(s) to Program Manager, Department and Program personnel, Tribal government, Tribal membership, state, federal, and tribal affiliations, as well as private landowners, general public, and educational institutions (e.g., high schools, universities).
  • Completes daily log entries, bi-weekly timesheets, monthly purchasing card reporting, travel expense and travel training reports.
  • Works with other personnel to protect and enhance fish and wildlife resources.
  • Models high standards of honesty and integrity in all matters relating to employment with the Tribes and required as a condition of employment to conduct themselves both on and off the job in a manner that brings credibility to the Tribal government.
  • Duties and responsibilities will include other activities and areas as needed to carry out position functions.
  • Career advancement potential exists through the development of proposals and acquisition of additional projects funds.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) of Science Degree from accredited college in fisheries/wildlife or an ecology-related field (Grade 15-1).
  • Previous work experience (≥2 years) in fisheries/wildlife or an ecology-related field (add step).
  • Previous experience as lead author in publishing scientific literature in fisheries or an ecology-related field (add step).


  • Masters of Science (MS) Degree from an accredited college in fisheries/wildlife or an ecology-related field (Grade 14-1).
  • Must have previous experience in designing and implementing investigative studies of fisheries/wildlife, ecology, or related fields.
  • Must have knowledge of factors limiting salmon and steelhead abundance in the Columbia River basin.
  • Must have experience in application and interpretation of parametric, non-parametric, and univariate statistics.
  • Must be proficient with computers and computer software programs including Microsoft Office (i.e., word, excel, powerpoint, outlook), ARCGIS, R or equivalent, and Sigma Plot or equivalent.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and be insurable.
  • Must be able to spend extended periods of time in the field (up to 10 days) at remote locations and work in adverse conditions.
  • Must be able to understand and clearly articulate scientific information, both verbally and written.
  • Must prove credibility, dependability, and reliability through employment history with ≥ three letters of reference.
  • Must show experience in working with academic, Tribal, state, and/or federal agencies.
  • Must demonstrate being a self-starter, being organized, being able to complete tasks in a timely manner, and must possess ability to work independently with little or no supervision.
  • Must be able to understand and execute a variety of complex written and oral instructions.
  • Must be able to adapt quickly to change(s).