Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

  • Lead Fisheries Habitat Scientist

    Job Location US-WA-Auburn
    # of Openings
    Closing Date
    Open Until Filled
    USD $92,763.84/Yr.
    Regular Full-Time
    Pay Grade

    This position performs and coordinates the assessment of impacts on anadromous salmonid and shellfish resources and their habitats from past or planned development by applying scientific knowledge to the review of permits and plans within the Tribe’s Usual and Accustomed Fishing Area. This position supervises and coordinates the performance of professional, technical and administrative work in the operation of the Habitat Program and provides technical guidance and assistance on habitat issues to the Habitat Assistant Director.



    1. Provide expert-level scientific consultation to engineering and planning functions; participate with other staff in identifying and implementing strategies and solutions to problems related to water resources, major fish passage projects, water quality and fish habitat; review site and water resource development plans for potential impacts on water resources and water quality


    1. Assists the Habitat Assistant Director with supervision, administration, and operation of the Fisheries Habitat Program in order to achieve goals within available resources; reviews progress, helps to manage priorities, and directs or recommends changes as needed.


    1. Supervise habitat management, research, and/or other staff; provide technical direction; evaluate performance, and ensure program objectives and reporting requirements are met.


    1. Develop and review position statements, mitigation plans, legislation, and habitat protection and restoration strategies.


    1. Identify mitigation measures to be taken to resolve project development impacts; study design modifications as necessary; and adaptation of field procedures to fit existing conditions. Meet and negotiate project design with applicants.


    1. Represent the department, as required by Supervisor, as a senior issues coordinator, technical consultant, or project leader for interagency team efforts to identify key project or habitat problems and issues.


    1. Gathers information from a number of sources; acts on or refers pertinent information to the Habitat Assistant Director; prepares and maintains various reports and records for the programs.


    1. Assists in preparation of budget requests; approves proposed expenditures, requisitions, vouchers, etc.


    1. Assists in review of expense, statistical, and budget status reports and advises on financial status of programs.


    1. Under direction of the Habitat Assistant Director, recommends changes and modifications to the Habitat Program’s goals, strategies, policies and procedures, with appropriate documentation and analysis; develops and establishes procedures to implement new program goals and/or activities; formulates and develops plans to implement new goals, strategies, policies and practices.


    1. Assists in the development of cost estimates, planning future needs; develops budget requests or revisions; prepares, writes and administers grant applications related to the programs.


    1. Represents the department in daily business, with Tribal officials and managers, at meetings or conferences; serves as department liaison with other governmental agencies, community members, and other groups or individuals.


    1. Serves as a resource specialist to staff and others on fish habitat issues.


    1. Review and edit departmental technical and research reports and coordinate peer review of publications for dissemination.


    1. Participates and advises Habitat Assistant Director in personnel decisions involving department employees and recommends hiring, dismissals, disciplinary action, position allocations, etc.; conducts performance evaluations and various training classes and on-the-job training for staff as needed.


    1. Represents Tribal interests in specific interagency reservoir, instream flow and dam-related fish passage management forums and activities.


    1. 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.


    A Master’s Degree from an accredited university or college in Fisheries Science, Biology, Water Resource Management, environmental engineering, 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, 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. Transcripts must be submitted with employment application and Official Transcripts are required for hiring.


    Seven (7) years of directly relevant experience, including at least one (2) years of supervisory experience of professional scientific and technical staff.


    Knowledge of:


    • Extensive knowledge of existing and emerging principals and procedures of salmonid fisheries habitat functions and research, and data evaluation and analysis.
    • Extensive knowledge of fish and shellfish species, including anadromous salmonids, habitat characteristics and requirements, and ecological relationships Environmental regulations, stream hydraulics, land management and development, soil conservation
    • Lake and stream management for anadromous fish habitat protection
    • Principles and procedures of fisheries enhancement, harvest management, and biological research
    • Methods of biological data collection, interpretation and presentation
    • Statistical and research theory and techniques
    • Fish population measurement 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, well hydraulics, soils, geochemistry, meteorology, and related earth science and engineering subjects
    • Methods of data collection, interpretation, statistical theory and techniques
    • Fish population measurement techniques
    • The relationship between surface water hydrology, instream flow management and storm water management with water supply, dam operations, fish-passage, and restoration of fish habitat and water quality.



    Skill in:


    • 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
    • Developing new techniques and programs in fish and shellfish habitat management
    • Analyzing environmental information to apply solutions, guidelines, and policy to field problems
    • Developing methods of data collection and interpreting data
    • 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
    • Conducting research, analyzing data and compiling comprehensive reports, with recommendations
    • 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


    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.

    Licenses or Certifications Required

    A valid Washington State driver’s license is required at the time of appointment and at all times during employment.


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