Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Fisheries Research Quantitative Specialist

Job Location US-WA-Auburn
# of Openings
Regular Full-Time
Pay Grade
5 - DOE


Conducts professional level biological and stock assessment work with emphasis in salmon Commercial Harvest, including planning, developing and evaluating fisheries management projects and/or activities requiring the knowledge various research techniques and application of statistical and mathematical methodologies.


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 logical assignment to the position.

  1. Coordinates, instructs, develops, evaluates, and conducts all biological fisheries monitoring, sampling and surveys of all fish stocks.
  2. Assists in data processing for conducting data analysis. Uses software packages to perform statistical analysis.
  3. Collects, reviews, and analyzes commercial and sport fisheries harvest data and statistical reports.
  4. Writes technical reports including project summaries, post-season reports, annual management reports, and edits reports written by other staff.
  5. Reviews and analyzes research projects that are pertinent to harvest management activities.
  6. Provides technical assistance in the development of annual project budgets, recommends budget modifications and determines project needs.
  7. Provides technical assistance in the formulation of plans and/or regulations for fish harvesting plans, prepares and implements management plans for harvesting salmon.
  8. Provides technical assistance and performs in-season analysis on all salmon stocks.
  9. Participates in interagency technical forums related to harvest management and attends meetings as requested.
  10. Provides technical assistance in resolving complex fisheries management issues that are subject to controversy.
  11. Coordinates and provides field supervision for crews of technicians assigned to conduct field and data processing work.
  12. 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.


Required:  Master’s degree in biology, fisheries biology, fisheries science, or directly related field from an accredited college or university with a minimum of or supplemented by 4 semester hours (6 quarter hours) of upper level (500 or higher) in fisheries or aquatic science courses in subjects such as genetics, physiology; ecology; resource management, restoration; aquaculture, fisheries acoustics; limnology, river ecology, fish husbandry, microbiology, nutrition, and 6 semester (9 quarter) hours of research design, statistics and/or biometrics (course numbers 400 or higher)  AND a minimum of three (3) years of experience developing, coordinating and instructing fisheries research projects. OR


Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries Biology, Fisheries Science, or directly related field from an accredited college or university with at least 34 upper level semester hours (51 quarter hours) in aquatic biology subjects such as limnology, ichthyology, shellfish biology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, aquaculture and upper level courses in probability and statistics AND a minimum of five (5) years of experience developing, coordinating and instructing fisheries research projects


 Special Requirement: Transcripts are required from applicants selected for interview as part of the application process.


  • Tribal Treaty Rights.
  • Managing the work of diverse support staff and conflict resolution.
  • Defining data needs and collecting appropriate information, compiling that information for use by other fisheries professionals.
  • Strong organization skills.
  • Good communication (verbal and written) skills.
  • Ability to self-manage projects.
  • Ability to interpret, explain and compose technical information into clear, concise documents to be used by technical and non-technical staff.
  • Knowledge of mathematical and statistical theory and the principles and techniques of fisheries and biological research.
  • Knowledge of the formulation of plans and or regulations for salmon harvesting and hatchery production.
  • Ability to develop and conduct biological studies.
  • Ability to analyze, evaluate, organize and effectively present (orally and in writing) comprehensive scientific reports.
  • Ability to coordinate several activities at once.
  • Ability to work effectively in adverse weather conditions and a variable schedule, including working through the night.
  • Ability to use standard computer software to analyze scientific data.
  • Knowledge of statistical and mathematical methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of Pacific Salmon species, life history, enhancement potential and habitat needs.


The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 80 pounds.  Work is performed outdoors and in an office setting. While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions.  The employee is frequently required to sit, talk and hear; and occasionally bend or crouch. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, and toxic chemicals.  Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of equipment. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office, and moderate to loud in the field.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

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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