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Natural Resource Specialist 2 (Fish Research Assistant Project Leader)

State of Oregon
John Day, Oregon, US
Closing date
May 16, 2022

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Academic / Research, Government
Informatics / GIS
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Department of Fish and Wildlife

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$3,951.00 - $6,043.00 Monthly

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Position Title:

Natural Resource Specialist 2 (Fish Research Assistant Project Leader)

Job Description:

Make a Difference in Oregon's Natural Resources!

Help the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fulfill its mission: To protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.

This position is with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) located in John Day/Canyon City.

Do you have experience conducting research and publishing results in peer-reviewed journals? Are you able to effectively and clearly communicate the value and results of your work?

Are you experienced in statistical analysis, using R and other statistical programs as needed for data analysis and reduction?

In this role you will work under the general direction of the project leader to plan, develop, and implement studies to evaluate the escapement and productivity of spring Chinook salmon and steelhead.

If this sounds like an exciting opportunity, apply today to join our team of fisheries professionals conducting meaningful research with the Eastern Oregon Fish Research Program. Make a difference with Fisheries resources in Oregon!

What you will do:

* Design and implement research studies to collect required data for model inputs. Walk streams to estimate redd and adult spring Chinook and steelhead numbers. Conduct research in support of the Oregon Plan monitoring efforts by interpreting data and identifying pattern gaps, developing hypotheses for testing using current and future data. Measure lengths and weights of juvenile salmon.
* Develop and assess appropriate statistical and analytical approaches for complex data analysis, including multi-stage life-cycle modeling. Conduct GIS analysis of data. Enter and manages data in computer databases such as Microsoft Access, PTAGIS, and GIS. Tabulate, summarize and analyze data in formats suitable for written and oral presentation.
* Collaborate with project leaders in authoring and writing information reports, manuscripts, and special publications. Meet with and present significant results to co-managers and partners and at professional meetings. Coordinate project activities with districts, regions, federal agencies, tribal agencies and private landowners to achieve research goals.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

Working Conditions

* The incumbent will work up to 80 percent of the time in an office setting during normal working hours with the remaining hours requiring field work for data collection.
* As part of the field work, the incumbent may work in moving water for extended duration. Walking, floating in inflatable kayaks or rafts, and snorkeling in rivers may occur during surveys. During these surveys, surveyors may walk or swim over slippery and/or unstable rocks, logjams, through and around deep pools, and through thick vegetation.
* Exposure to insects, thorny/spiny vegetation, pollen, inclement weather, and cold or hot conditions may be common.
* This position requires frequent long-distance travel to study sites with considerable travel in all types of weather.
* The incumbent must work and communicate effectively with agency staff, other government agencies, private landowners, and members of the public.
* The duties of this position may include the use of a visa card to make work related purchases.
* This position requires a Boater Education Card obtained through the Oregon State Marine Board. There are some exceptions to this (e.g., Coast Guard Boat Operator License or commercial fishing license). For further information, access the Web site at On your application, be sure to indicate in the Work Experience Description if you have a card or a copy of your card can be attached. If the selected applicant does not possess a card, s/he must obtain it before completion of the trial service period as a condition of continued employment.
* Requires a flexible work schedule that varies in the number of hours worked on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day, or a work schedule in which the starting and stopping times vary on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day. This includes working at all hours and workdays in excess of eight hours.

Criminal Records/DMV Check

Applicants are subject to both a criminal history and motor vehicles check. Driving is required for all positions. Out-of-state finalists will be required to present a current certified or uncertified driving record for review to be considered for the position. Be prepared to obtain as soon as possible. You are expected to provide the out-of-state driving record before an offer can be made unless extenuating circumstances exist. Adverse background and/or driving information may disqualify you from further consideration.

NOTE: Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete the U.S. Department Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States. ODFW participates in E-Verify. ODFW is not able to support VISA sponsorships.

We are seeking applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and have the following skills and experience:

Minimum Qualifications:

* Two years of biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or wildlife program that included one year of at least two of the following: gathering data, analyzing data, or preparing reports, and a Bachelor's degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science, or a closely-related Bachelor's degree with at least 45 quarter (30 semester) hours of biological/ecological coursework; or three additional years of biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or wildlife program; OR
* One year of biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or wildlife program that included at least two of the following: gathering data, analyzing data, or preparing reports, and a Master's degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science, or a closely-related Master's degree in biological/ecological sciences; OR
* A Doctorate degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science, or a closely-related Doctorate degree in biological/ecological sciences.

Applicants who have obtained a Master's degree or Doctorate that included work experience from an internship, work/study, thesis, or similar program may list this experience in their application to receive credit for the work experience. The Master's degree/Doctorate and applicable work experience will be considered separately and both the education and applicable experience may count toward minimum qualifications.

Requested Skills:

* Coordinating and planning field crew activities
* Designing field protocols and project/data reports
* Collecting and entering data into a central database
* Analyzing, summarizing and communicating the findings of data analyses
* Using quantitative data analysis tools
* Writing progress reports, technical reports or scientific publications

Additional Information:

Your answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by the "Job History" section in your application or you may not be considered for this position. Resumes will not replace the completed "Job History" section in your online application. You may be disqualified if your experience listed in the "Job History" section does not include information used to: 1) meet the minimum qualifications of the job and 2) back up your answers to the supplemental questions. If any of the positions listed in your application are part time or seasonal, be sure to include the dates you worked (month and year) and the average amount of hours worked per week in the duties section. Only those individuals who most closely match the requested skills will be invited to an interview.

Note: You will be required to provide a copy of your official or unofficial transcripts (online transcripts are acceptable) during the selection process that show your name, the name/address of the institution, coursework with passing grades, and degree conferred (including date), if you are using education to qualify. Transcripts and cover letters can be attached to your application in the Resume/CV/Cover Letter attachments field when you apply. Cover letters may not be reviewed unless it is stated as a requirement in the job posting.

For helpful tips on filling out your job history, responding to the supplemental questions, and submitting your application, click here

Internal Applicants: The contact information that is prefilled on your application is typically your work email and work phone number. Be sure to check your state email and Workday notifications for your status regarding the recruitment process. If you are away from the office or unable to check your state email account for an extended period, contact the HR Recruitment Unit and the hiring manager to let them know your personal email and phone number where you can be contacted. This will help to ensure you do not miss out on any correspondence that may be related to an interview. If you apply for a position as an internal applicant and then terminate while the recruitment is still in process, contact the Recruitment Unit to have your contact information updated.

External Applicants (non-state of Oregon employees): If you would like to retain a copy of this job posting, please print a copy before submitting your application. Once the job posting has closed, you will not be able to access the posting.

The job posting closes at 11:59 PM (PDT/PST) on the close date. After you submit your application, be sure to respond to the two questionnaires relating to public records requests and veterans' preference immediately following your submittal. These questions are necessary to complete the application process.

Reasonable accommodations for interviews will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you are experiencing difficulty applying for this position or have questions, please contact the ODFW Human Resources office at 503-947-6051.

This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified people to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur.

The employee in this position will be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and will be subject to all terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement. Pay and benefits on all job listings may change without notice.

Veterans - If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the qualifications, veterans' preference points will be added to your score. For more information on veterans' preference points visit and select Veterans resources under Resources. Please do not attach veteran documentation to your initial application, after you have applied you will be sent a task in your Workday account to provide your veteran documentation at that time.

Find information on State of Oregon benefits

More information about our agency can be found on our social media accounts and at and

If you are passionate about natural resources, we invite you to join our team and assist with furthering ODFW's mission by partnering with communities and sharing how our work has a positive effect on Oregon's fish, wildlife and their habitats. ODFW is dedicated to cultivating a diverse and inclusive workforce as we strive to represent and better serve our neighboring communities. Our most important asset is our employees, and each person brings unique, different, and important contributions to the workplace and community we serve. With Oregon's changing demographics, a workforce that reflects this change will make us stronger and create an opportunity for better decision making. Consider joining our team as we lead ODFW into the future!

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
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