Position Title:    Project Biologist
Department:      Natural Resources Department
Location:           Longview
Reports to:        Director of Natural Resources
FLSA Status:     Exempt
Salary Range:    $51,771-$72,479, DOE

Position Summary: Provides technical guidance, analysis and assessment of wildlife, lands and habitat management for the conservation and protection of resources of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. Honors and represents the mission, vision, values of CIT and of the Natural Resources programs.

***If you are an American Indian/Alaska Native and/or a Veteran and would like this to be considered for hiring, please note this on your cover letter and/or resume***

Essential Duties & Responsibilities include the following, and other related duties as assigned:

Search for available and suitable habitat and collects data on environments for use in assessment of its suitability as beaver habitat.
Completes an inventory of beaver habitat developing a list of acceptable release sites by documenting habitat characteristics.
Conducts biological studies, research, or field reviews according to established procedures; summarizes biological data, drafts summaries and prepares reports.
Validates release sites; collect baseline data, rank the sites, and enter the data into database.
Processes beavers to be released into the wild; clean, feed, and water the beavers.
Takes beavers to release sites to be relocated into the wild as requested.
Encourages a positive working relationship between the other CIT departments, county and state agencies, and the USDA Forest Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Plan and implement habitat improvement projects; obtain necessary permits; coordinate with other land users.
Assists in securing additional funding and grant monies for continuation and expansion of wildlife program services and equipment as requested; writes project descriptions.
Assists in the coordination of community natural resources, education and cultural awareness projects and events.
Maintains professional and technical knowledge by conducting research, attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications; establishing networks; participating in professional societies; conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.
Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of traditional form of government and tribal customs and traditions.
Knowledge of applicable federal, state, tribal laws, regulations and requirements.
Knowledge of current natural resource issues pertinent to the Cowlitz Indian Tribe.
Knowledge of a variety of federal and state environmental and natural resources programs and agencies.
Knowledge of research methodologies and data analysis.
Knowledge of how beavers modify aquatic ecosystems.
Knowledge of business English, proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and basic arithmetic.
Skill in operating various word-processing, spreadsheets and database software programs as well as GPS, Adobe and Google Earth.
Skill in treating internal and external customers with tact, courtesy, and respect.
Ability to use traps, tagging equipment, hypodermic needles, syringes, capture bags. spotting scopes, range finders, and microscopes.
Ability to identify a variety of fish and wildlife species,
Ability to work with live beavers.
Ability to interact and maintain good working relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds.
Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively both verbally and in writing.
Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, fisheries, wildlife, chemistry, natural sciences, or a closely related field.
One year of related experience in natural resources or wildlife management.
Obtain and maintain a beaver relocation permit.
Obtain and maintain a Washington State Boater Education Card.
Valid driver’s license is required.
Must be able to successfully pass a background screening / investigation according to the established requirements below.

Desired Knowledge:

Ability to be entrepreneurial in nature; capable of seeking out and obtaining grant funding to further  wildlife program goals.

Background Investigation Requirements:

Pre-employment drug screen.
Reference checks, education and employment verification.
Federal, state, and/or tribal criminal history and sanction checks including fingerprint verification

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands or arms; and talk or hear. The employee occasionally is required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 50lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and clarity of vision at long distance.
The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and a Drug & Alcohol-Free workplace.

***If you are an American Indian/Alaska Native and/or a Veteran and would like this to be considered for hiring, please note this on your cover letter and/or resume***

Except as provided by Title 25 CFR, Section 472 which allows for Indian preference in hiring, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, physical handicap, marital status, politics, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.

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