Title: Restoration Ecologist/Habitat Restoration Project Manager
Schedule: Monday – Friday
Location: Ridgefield, WA
Classification: Exempt
Salary Range: $68,467 – $95,853 Annually DOQ/DOE
Closing Date: Open until filled

Position Summary: Assists the with the management of natural resources programs specifically in providing expertise and project management for the protection, conservation, restoration and promotion of culturally relevant species and landscapes of the Cowlitz 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 Job Duties and Responsibilities include the following, and other related duties as assigned.

Identifies potential habitat restoration project sites; searches for funding sources for special projects from the federal, state, local, foundation and private sector; coordinates with private, state and federal landowners.
Secures additional funding and grant monies for continuation and expansion of restoration program services and equipment.
Solicits bids and proposals for projects; secures permits and permissions required.
Hires and supervises consultants, contractors, subcontractors, researchers, interns, and other professionals contracted to provide services for restoration projects.
Ensures compliance to all bids, proposals, contracts, permits, codes, laws, and other regulations.
Collaborates with other CIT departments, local, state, and federal agencies.
Prepares and presents reports on the status of restoration projects as needed.
Provides technical and policy support to department and other CIT entities.
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 budget preparation.
Knowledge of biology, ecology, and conservation principles and practices.
Knowledge of field data collection methodologies and analyzing data.
Knowledge of the region’s wildlife and their habitat.
Skill in operating various word-processing, spreadsheets and database software programs as well as GIS, GPS, HOBO data loggers, and pressure transducers.
Skill in treating internal and external customers with tact, courtesy, and respect.
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.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position carries a responsibility to supervise subordinates in habitat restoration project activities. This may include scientific technicians, entry level biologists, and other persons delegated to work under projects under the employee’s direction. This position is responsible for supervising construction and technical contractors hired on a project-basis.

To apply, please provide a resume, cover letter, and a no more than two-page summary of your experience developing, managing, and implementing habitat actions including lessons learned, restoration philosophies and approaches, and the role you think you will play in habitat restoration and salmon recovery. Please be prepared to provide 3 references if requested.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’ degree in ecology, biology natural sciences, or a closely related field.  Master’s degree preferred.
Three years of related experience in ecology and project management.
A combination of relevant education and related work experience may be considered.
Valid driver’s license is required.
Must be able to successfully pass a background screening / investigation according to the established requirements below.

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
The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and a Drug & Alcohol-Free workplace.

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 20lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and clarity of vision at long distance.

Work Environment:
Work is generally performed in an office setting and occasionally outdoors with exposure to excessive noise.  Exposure to natural weather conditions and dust, fumes, airborne particles and/or allergens may occur while performing outdoor duties.  Standing and walking may be on uneven surfaces or unstable ground.  Work may be performed near hazardous/moving equipment or machinery and the use protective clothing, equipment, devices, materials is necessary. Evening, weekend work, and travel is occasionally required.

***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.