State of Oregon Natural Resource Specialist 4 (Native Fish Conservation Coordinator) in Salem, Oregon

Natural Resource Specialist 4 (Native Fish Conservation Coordinator)

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Natural Resource Specialist 4 (Native Fish Conservation Coordinator)

Salary

$4,765.00 - $6,977.00 Monthly

Location

Salem, OR

Job Type

Permanent

Department

Fish & Wildlife-Fish Division

Job Number

ODFW18-0076

Closing

7/11/2018 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 Fish Division of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife located in Salem.

• 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 employees in these positions 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

Join the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) as the subject matter expert on native fish conservation for the agency! The primary purpose of this position is to assure that conservation is adequately considered and achieved when ODFW and others make and implement management decisions affecting native fish. Most management decisions in which this position is involved are associated with salmon and steelhead, but all native game and non-game fish are within the position's purview. The position is a primary point of contact within the program, Fish Division, and the agency for ODFW staff, other agencies, tribes, the Commission, stakeholders, landowners, the public, and others regarding important and sensitive topics associated with native fish conservation. Major duties and responsibilities are to:

• Serve as the agency lead, or coordinator for local, statewide, and regional technical and policy decisions and direction affecting native fish conservation.

• Understand, and implement complex Oregon Administrative Rules, Oregon Revised Statutes, and federal law regarding fishery management and the conservation of native fish in Oregon.

• Convey Oregon's native fish conservation laws, policy, process, priorities, plans, and actions to internal and external interests conducting activities that may affect native fish conservation.

• Track and understand current conservation science principles and publications.

• Work independently or on a team to develop, review, and present complex internal or external work products that have a native fish conservation or management nexus.

• Lead or coordinate the development, or revisions of complex, and often controversial, state conservation and federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) recovery plans for native fish throughout the state.

• Oversee, coordinate, or complete the implementation and tracking of native fish conservation and recovery plans within the agency and with external partners.

• Perform administrative duties as necessary, including but not limited to, proposal development, budget management, contracting, reporting, assisting in the selection of new staff, and being a lead worker for other staff.

• Function as a key member of the Conservation and Recovery Program team by critically evaluating alternative interpretations of scientific data, assessing implications of alternative policies and approaches, and effectively recommending position and policy strategies in all areas of personal and professional proficiency.

Working Conditions

• Work is typically performed in a general office environment. Occasionally will work outside, including hiking or standing in inclement weather, off maintained trails, and in cold, swift streams. Occasional travel in all types of weather.

• Must be able to work and communicate effectively with ODFW staff, other government agencies, non-governmental organization's, other entities, and the public.

• 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.

• Requires a flexible work schedule that periodically varies in the number of hours worked in a day or week and the starting and stopping times in a day. This includes working at all hours, as well as in excess of eight 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 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

• Five years of biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or wildlife program. At least three years of the experience must be at a technical or professional level performing activities in a fish or wildlife program such as researching and analyzing data, conducting investigations, applying pertinent laws and regulations, or coordinating and monitoring project activities; 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.

A Master's degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science or a closely-related Master's degree in biological/ecological sciences will substitute for up to one year of the required experience.

A Doctorate degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science or a closely-related Doctorate degree in biological/ecological sciences will substitute for up to two years of the required experience.

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.

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:

• Authoring complex documents such as peer-reviewed publications, reports, or plans

• Creating and presenting information to groups

• Understanding the life history patterns, life cycle survival, and habitat requirements for native fish species

• Conducting or applying conservation science

• Leading and coordinating natural resource management programs

• Leading or coordinating complex programs with tribes or local, state, or federal agencies

• Preference may be given to applicants with a Master's or Doctorate degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science or a closely-related degree in biological/ecological sciences.

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 WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2018.

Interviews: Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the minimum qualifications and requested skills for this 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: ODFW18-0076

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.