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Fisheries Watershed and Land Use Team Leader

Employer
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Location
Auburn, Washington, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Dec 9, 2022

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Sector
Academic / Research
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Fisheries
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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Job Description
JOB SUMMARY

This position evaluates potential impacts of residential or commercial development projects on anadromous salmonids and/or habitat within the Tribe's Usual and Accustomed Fishing Area and provides comments to other government agencies to protect fish and/or habitat and to ensure that applicable regulations are properly applied and implemented. This position supervises and coordinates the performance of professional, technical and administrative work of the Watershed and Land Use Team within Fisheries and provides technical guidance and assistance on watershed protection issues to the Lead Fisheries Habitat Scientist.

MAJOR TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

This list is intended only to illustrate the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or is a logical assignment to the position.
  • Reviews residential or commercial development projects to assess potential impacts on anadromous salmonids and/or habitat; provides comment on permit applications to other government agencies to ensure that fish and habitat protection regulations are properly applied and implemented.
  • Reviews new or proposed legislation and/or regulations, mitigation plans, and habitat protection and restoration strategies from local governments, state and federal agencies; provides comments to respective agencies with evaluations and recommendations on the protection of fish and habitat.
  • Participates with other staff in identifying and implementing strategies and solutions for the protection of anadromous salmonids and habitat, related to land use, water resources, water quality, major fish passage projects, and physical fish habitat.
  • Represents the Habitat Program as a project leader for interagency team efforts to identify key project or habitat problems and issues; negotiates project design modifications and mitigation measures to protect anadromous salmonids and habitat.
  • Under direction of the Lead Fisheries Habitat Scientist, guides the Watershed and Land Use Team to implement the Habitat Program's goals, strategies, policies and procedures.
  • Supervises the Watershed and Land Use Team to provide technical direction, review written documents, and ensure program objectives and reporting requirements are met.
  • Conducts performance evaluations, identifies corrective measures, implements disciplinary actions, and coordinates various training classes and on-the-job training for staff, as needed.
  • Assists the Lead Fisheries Habitat Scientist in the development of cost estimates, planning future budget needs, and preparing grant activity reports for Watershed and Land Use Team.
  • Because of the Tribe's commitment to community service and the well-being of its members, each employee may be expected to perform a wide range of office and field duties from time to time. Such duties may or may not be related to their regular responsibilities.

EDUCATION - EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING FOR POSITION

Required: A Master's Degree from an accredited university or college in Fisheries Science, Biology, Water Resource Management, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, or a closely related field, including or supplemented by the following graduate level hours (graduate level classes have course numbers of 500 or higher): 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) in Fisheries Science, Biology, a branch of Biology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, or Water Resource Assessment and Management. In addition, at least 12 semester hours (16 quarter hours) in any combination of the following: Chemistry, Mathematics or Statistics. Four (4) years of directly relevant experience, including at least two (2) years of supervisory experience of professional scientific and technical staff. Transcripts must be submitted with employment application and Official Transcripts are required for hiring.

In lieu of a Master's Degree, the following may be accepted: Ten (10) years of directly relevant experience, to include: Five (5) years of supervisory experience of a professional scientific and technical staff. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university or college in Fisheries Science, Biology, Water Resource Management, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, or a closely related field, supplemented by satisfactory completion of training in the following subjects: Fisheries Science, Biology, a branch of Biology, Environmental Engineering, Water Resource Assessment and Management, Chemistry, Mathematics and/or Statistics. Transcripts and certificates must be submitted with employment application.

SPECIFIC SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES REQUIRED FOR POSITION

Knowledge of:
  • Extensive knowledge of fish species, including anadromous salmonids, habitat characteristics and requirements, ecological relationships, stream hydraulics, land management and development, forestry, and soil conservation.
  • Extensive knowledge of environmental regulations
  • Lake, stream, and land management strategies for anadromous fish habitat protection
  • Principles and procedures of biological research
  • Methods of biological data collection, interpretation and presentation
  • Statistical and research theory and techniques
  • Current literature, trends and developments in fisheries and fish habitat research
  • Strategic planning techniques and processes
  • Physical and natural sciences related to ground/surface water quality, quantity, development, and basin-wide management
  • Principles and practices of water resource management, hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, soils, geochemistry, meteorology, and related earth science and engineering subjects
  • The relationship between surface water hydrology, storm water management, water quality, fish-passage, and restoration of fish habitat and water quality.

Skilled in:
  • Reading and interpreting environmental regulations
  • Operating a personal computer, including applicable software and office equipment
  • Defining and prioritizing problems and determining extent and type of information needed
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational, research, and time management skills
  • Attention to detail and adherence to deadlines
  • Analyzing environmental information to apply solutions and guidelines to permit applications and development proposals
  • Evaluation methods of data collection and interpreting
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing with Tribal officials and managers, other governmental officials, employees, and community members, including preparation and delivery of public presentations
  • Problem solving and conflict resolution
  • Interpreting administrative guidelines and applying them to the work situation
  • Managing, scheduling, assigning, coordinating and monitoring the work of professional, technical and support staff
  • Establishing effective working relationships with diverse groups and individuals

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

The working conditions described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this class. The employee is frequently required to sit, talk, hear, use one or both feet to move controls, and drive a motor vehicle. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, balance, bend, crouch, kneel, twist, use hands to grasp, finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift, push/pull and/or move up to 75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, or airborne particles.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office, and moderate to loud in the field.
Company DescriptionThe Muckleshoot Indian Tribe is a federally recognized Indian tribe whose membership is composed of descendants of the Duwamish and Upper Puyallup people who inhabited Central Puget Sound for thousands of years before non-Indian settlement. The Tribe's name is derived from the native name for the prairie on which the Muckleshoot Reservation was established. Following the Reservation's establishment in 1857, the Tribe and its members came to be known as Muckleshoot, rather than by the historic tribal names of their Duwamish and Upper Puyallup ancestors. Today, the United States recognizes the Muckleshoot Tribe as a tribal successor to the Duwamish and Upper Puyallup bands from which the Tribe's membership descends.
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