Natural Resource Specialist 1 (Fisheries Project Biologist) New

State of Oregon Corvallis, Oregon
Job Type Seasonal / temporary

Duties & Responsibilities

The purpose of this position is to implement research and monitoring for Oregon Chub and other native floodplain species in the Willamette Valley. This position exists within the Native Fish Investigations Program and provides technical support for research projects and investigations that will allow managers to develop conservation strategies for Oregon Chub and other native species that occupy the Willamette Valley floodplain. These activities are designed to produce new knowledge and techniques that will ultimately result in maintaining the recovery of Oregon Chub and conservation of other native species. Major duties and responsibilities are to:

• Oversee the work of 1-2 Experimental Biology Aides (EBAs). Train EBAs on survey protocol and field procedures. Assist crews with fish and habitat surveys and data collection. Develop work schedules. Create, review, proof and organize data forms collected by field crews. Oversee the completion of tasks to ensure quality control and resolve issues.

• Acquire, maintain and inventory survey equipment and project vehicles. Maintain and monitor status of deployed data loggers and remote sensing equipment.

• Meet with program manager, assistant project leader, and district staff on a regular basis to discuss progress, review surveyor performance and address issues. Assist program manager with preparing performance evaluations.

• Enter and analyze field data. Prepare and enter fish and habitat survey data. Prepare, collate, and enter data logger information. Provide summaries of fish survey data; analyze mark-recapture data to assess fish abundance, evaluate performance of various gear types for sampling fishes, evaluate general habitat conditions of survey sites. Produce and maintain GIS files to describe fish distribution, habitat characteristics, and conduct analyses as needed. Provide specific analyses as requested to district staff, collaborators, or the public. Assist with special analyses and report preparation at end of season using personal computer and applicable software. Assist with preparing summary reports detailing general conditions, accomplishments, and issues of survey season; including suggestions for future studies and management.

Working Conditions

• 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 Certificates & Licenses section if you have a card. 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 frequent travel to study sites within two hours of the duty station. Considerable travel in all types of weather. Some snorkeling, both in summer and winter, is required. Outside work in inclement weather as well as in cold and swift streams. Occasional boating (drift boat, pontoon boat, kayak, motorboat or similar craft) is required for accessing and surveying habitats.

• Requires regular, and at times numerous hours working on a computer managing databases and conducting analyses. Overall, during normal working hours, approximately 60% of work time is spent in office.

• 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. Work occasional weekends and long hours.

NOTE: You must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will check driving records for in-state finalists. Out-of-state finalists will be required to present a current (certified) driving record for review of at least the past two years.

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.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications

• 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 years of biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or wildlife program.

Note: Your application materials must clearly describe how you meet these qualifications. Answers to the supplemental questions must be supported in the "Work Experience" section of your Oregon E-Recruit application.

Note: You are strongly encouraged to attach a copy of all transcripts (if education is required to qualify) in order to receive credit for college degrees or coursework. If your transcripts are not attached, you will be required to provide a copy of your official or original transcripts (online 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) to validate education, if necessary.

Requested Skills
Preference will be given to applicants with experience:

• Acting as a crew leader in a field setting
• Gathering and analyzing field data
• Contacting private landowners, businesses, or government agencies to coordinate sampling activities, and gain access to property for field studies
• Using kayaks, drift boats, and pontoon boats


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Category Fisheries