Title: Restoration Ecologist/Habitat Restoration Project Manager
Schedule: Monday – Friday
Location: Ridgefield, WA
Classification: Exempt
Opening Date: July 27, 2022
Salary Range: $68,992 – $89,695 Annually DOQ/DOE
Closing Date: Open until filled

Position Summary: The Restoration Ecologist/Habitat Restoration Project Manager position resides within the Habitat Restoration and Conservation Program in the Natural Resources Department. The Restoration Ecologist identifies potential habitat restoration project sites, pursues grant funding for project planning and implementation, secures permits and permissions, hires and manages design consultants, solicits bids and proposals, and selects construction contractors, supervises construction and ensures permit compliance, supervises interns and scientific technicians, manages grant deliverables, and develops interim and final reports. The Restoration Ecologist also provides technical and policy support to other members of the Natural Resources Department, and coordinates with federal, state, local, and private partners and stakeholders.

***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.

Project Management
Is responsible for assigned restoration project activities to assure successful, timely completion and reporting.
Acquires equipment for projects / program activities and manages assigned budget(s).
Travels to office and field locations to address actual and/or potential habitat restoration projects or other program goals.
Assures regulatory compliance for habitat projects, including completing permit applications and negotiating permit conditions with all appropriate local, state, and federal agencies.
Writes and edits technical consulting requests for proposals, contract documents, and construction specifications.
Oversees construction of habitat restoration projects.
Prepares project progress and final reports.
Oversees habitat project implementation and effectiveness monitoring, research, and inventories, and engages other entities in all related management aspects of habitat restoration projects.
Records data and informs public, Tribal, state, and federal representatives regarding project activities as appropriate.
Develops project plans; coordinates projects; communicates changes and progress; completes projects on time and budget; manages project team activities.
Grant Writing
Writes and submits grant applications, develops project budgets, and conceptualizes project treatment plans.
Identifies and develops restoration projects annually in support of both the Natural Resource Department and the Habitat Restoration and Conservation Program’s goals.
Travels to remote field locations to investigate existing conditions and potential habitat restoration project proposals.
Constructively engages with resource agency personnel and interested parties related to habitat restoration activities.
Coordinates and networks with cooperating agencies and organizations on Tribally relevant projects and potential projects leading to a desired restoration of culturally relevant species and landscapes.

General Duties and Responsibilities
Support other Habitat Restoration and Conservation Program Employees
Maintain clear communication pathways between the Program, Department, Tribal Government and Tribal Membership about goals, activities, strategies and outcomes
Develop, sustain and promote strong partnerships and relationships between the Tribe, stakeholders, regulators, and the community
Assists other personnel on a variety of project activities as appropriate.
Education and/or Experience:

Well qualified candidates will have a working understanding of Pacific salmonid biology, stream ecology, process-based restoration techniques, contracting, strong communication skills, and construction experience.
Bachelor’s degree (B. S.) from four-year College or University in a natural resource or related science and either 3 years of experience related to natural resources science and management or Project Management experience. A Master’s degree in a natural resource or related science and 2 years of experience related to natural resources science and management or Project Management.

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.

Requirements: Must submit to and pass a criminal background check and drug screen.
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.

Please apply online at http://www.cowlitz.org/careers