State of Oregon Natural Resource Specialist 2 (Assistant District Fish Biologist) in Central Point, Oregon

Natural Resource Specialist 2 (Assistant District Fish Biologist)

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Natural Resource Specialist 2 (Assistant District Fish Biologist)

Salary

$3,597.00 - $5,242.00 Monthly

Location

Central Point, OR

Job Type

Permanent

Department

Fish & Wildlife-West Region

Job Number

ODFW18-0058

Closing

5/29/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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Description

Make a Difference in Oregon's Natural Resources!

ODFW 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 located in Central Point.

• 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 postings may change without notice.

• You must submit your application online. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Assistant District Fish Biologist will assist in managing the fish resources of the upper Rogue Basin. Areas of responsibility include habitat protection, habitat restoration, inventory of habitat and fish resources, harvest management, planning, utilization of hatchery resources, implementing selected department conservation plan measures and public relations. The Assistant District Fish Biologist receives direct assignments from the District Biologist but often works independently on specific projects. S/he may also direct the daily scheduling and assignments of seasonal employees, volunteers and interns within the district. Major duties and responsibilities are to:

• Investigate and determine the impacts to the fishery resource of various activities conducted in or near streams and standing water bodies including logging, grazing, aggregate and mineral mining, water use, removal/fill operations and other development actions (using on-site inspection and standard methods). Review and provide written and oral comments on permit applications. Document the findings from fish habitat related investigations. Pursue mitigation or penalties for fish habitat related investigations and fish habitat damage with appropriate county, state, federal agencies.

• Investigate fish kills and assess impacts including estimating the number of fish of each species killed. Provide testimony as an expert witness in hearings and court cases involving fish and/or fish habitat related issues.

• Consult with various permit applicants concerning various activities in or near streams and standing water bodies and provide oral and written recommendations to minimize impacts to the fishery resource.

• Assess fish habitat restoration needs (passage, riparian, instream structure, etc) within the fish district and provide recommendations for appropriate action. Maintain data in digital format.

• Review and provide written and oral comments and testimony to Jackson and Josephine County planning departments concerning land use decisions and policies, such as the periodic review of land use ordinances. Participate, as requested, by county officials, in composing new or revised ordinances that address protection of fish habitat.

• Assess status of adult and juvenile fish populations in streams and standing water bodies by conducting biological surveys to determine population characteristics including species and age composition, distribution, abundance, growth rate, sex ratios and productivity. Conduct physical fish habitat surveys (on foot or by boat) using standard survey methods to classify habitat types, determine water quality, determine habitat quality and measure habitat abundance on streams and standing water bodies.

• Assess angler use and harvest by conducting statistical and/or spot creel surveys using angler field interviews to obtain catch data and summarize statistics such as total catch, annual harvest and catch per hour. Identify angler access problems and opportunities and summit oral and/or written recommendations for actions to the district biologist.

• Assist the district biologist in developing proposals for angling regulation changes and evaluating regulation changes proposed by the public. Assist in emergency situations, such as extremely low returns of salmon, and propose appropriate responses including emergency regulations.

• Participate in district outreach activities. Prepare materials and give oral presentations to civic, school and sportsman's groups. Assist with agency social media presence. Respond orally, through letters or through brief reports to requests from the general public, various interest groups, and the news media for information, such as biological data and regulation changes. Attend meetings of sportsman's groups to establish and maintain key contacts and communications with user groups.

Working Conditions

• Requires walking over uneven, forested terrain. Works and wades in flowing streams, from boats, and from a narrow floating platform. Walks streams with 20-40 lb. backpack electroshocking gear. Some work is on remote lakes and streams. Must be able to swim. Occasional work from fixed wing aircraft or helicopters. Requires working in inclement weather and road conditions. Operates kayaks, rafts, drift boats, and power boats.

• Moderate travel, occasionally overnight and sometimes over rough roads.

• Occasionally called upon 24 hours/day to respond to emergency situations. Occasional long hours involving meetings, public hearings, landowner contacts, and other project coordination activities.

• 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, holidays and evening, including long and unusual hours.

• 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 www.boatoregon.com. 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.

• This position requires Hazardous Waste Operations Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training certification to respond to hazardous material spill events. On your application, be sure to indicate in the Certificates & Licenses section if you have this certification. If the selected applicant does not possess this certification, s/he must obtain it within six months of hire as a condition of continued employment, or as soon as it is offered by the agency.

• This position has been designated as sensitive in that the incumbent in this position has access to confidential/fiscal-related information. The successful candidate will be subject to an initial criminal history background check with fingerprinting and will be subject to annual criminal history checks thereafter. Continued employment is contingent upon passing the criminal history background check.

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 driving record for review.

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

• 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.

Note: Your application materials must clearly describe how you meet these qualifications. Answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by the work history provided in 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:

• Working with landowners and other stakeholders (business, local government, irrigation districts, non governmental organizations, etc.) to achieve habitat protection and restoration

• Designing and implementing fish sampling and monitoring activities

• Designing and implementing fish habitat improvement projects

• Evaluating biological data and making management recommendations

• Creating and delivering public presentations

• Writing progress reports, technical reports or scientific publications

• Working with volunteers for project implementation

• Skilled in operating a boat and/or whitewater certified

• Working independently or with support from agency statisticians to develop survey protocols and methods for analyzing complex fisheries data sets. Working knowledge of statistical software such as R

Additional Information

Your answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by the "Work Experience" section in your Oregon E-Recruit application or you may not be considered for this position.

Resumes will not replace the completed "Work Experience" section in your online application. You may be disqualified if your work experience does not include information used to: 1) meet the minimum qualifications of the job and 2) back up your answers to the supplemental questions. Only those individuals who most closely match the requested skills will be invited to an interview.

Only complete applications will be considered. Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach all required documents. Late submissions will not be accepted. If you need assistance with adding attachments to your profile or to a specific job posting please go to www.oregonjobs.org and click on frequently asked questions under Resources. This quick help guide can be found under Application Process – Completing and Submitting an Application (bullet about half way down).

Note: A resume (text or attached) will not be reviewed for work experience unless stated in the job posting that it is a required attachment.

To apply, follow the "Apply" link above and complete the Oregon Employment Application online. You must click the 'Confirm' button at the end of the application by the posted close date to be considered for the job posting. All application materials (including transcripts) must be received by the closing date/date posted on this job posting.

YOU MUST APPLY ONLINE BY 11:59 P.M. ON TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2018.

Interviews: Applicants whose responses most closely match the requested skills and needs of the position will be invited to an interview. If called for an interview, applicants will be asked to sign a reference authorization and release form at the time of interview.

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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – E-mail Addresses Required

The state of Oregon requires all applications to have a valid e-mail address.

If you do not currently have an e-mail address and do not know where to go to get one please go to www.oregonjobs.org and click on frequently asked questions (FAQ's) under Resources, then scroll down to Creating an Account for more information.

Application Reference Number: ODFW18-0058

Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Veterans - If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the minimum qualifications, veterans' preference points will be added to your score. To receive veterans' preference points you MUST attach to your electronic application the following required documentation:

Veterans (Qualifying for 5 points)

A copy of the certificate of release or discharge from active duty (DD214 or 215) or a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs indicating that you are receiving a non-service connected pension; OR

Disabled Veteran (qualifying for 10 points)

A copy of form DD214 or 215 and a copy of a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs indicating a disability rating unless the information is included on the DD214 or 215; or a copy of a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs indicating you are receiving service-connected compensation.

For more information on veterans' preference points visit www.oregonjobs.org and select Veterans resources under Resources.

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

Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

  • $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

  • Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

  • Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

  • Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

  • 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

  • Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

  • Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

  • Long-term and short-term disability

  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment

  • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.