The Suquamish Tribe is recruiting for a Salmon Recover Biologist for the Fisheries Dept.  The Salmon Recovery Biologist develops and implements salmon recovery and restoration plans; designs and conducts research and monitoring activities; and represents the Tribe for environmental outreach and education programs and activities supporting salmon recovery.


Salmon recovery planning: Participate in the development of Tribal salmon recovery goals and priorities. Provide technical assistance in salmon recovery forums, including the West Sound Watersheds Council. Work with others to identify and prioritize freshwater, estuarine, and marine nearshore salmon habitat restoration projects.

Research and Monitoring: Design, conduct, and manage salmon-related research and monitoring studies (projects); plan, evaluate, and report results of such studies; and publish scientific papers and present technical papers to professional organizations detailing results.

Habitat Restoration: Conduct assessment of habitat conditions including, when necessary, the collection and analysis of data on habitat/environmental conditions. Collaborate with engineers, biologists, planners, and others, to plan, design, coordinate, and implement high priority salmon habitat restoration projects in the Tribe’s Usual and Accustomed fishing area.

Project Management: Manage all aspects of research, monitoring, or restoration projects, including management of budgets, scopes of work, contracts, grants, and subcontracts.

Education and Outreach: Develop and implement effective outreach programs targeting local tribal and non-tribal communities. As needed, coordinate with public and governmental entities, schools, and other institutions and organizations for the development and implementation of outreach programs.

Internal Coordination: Coordinate with other Fisheries Department programs, particularly the Environmental, Finfish, and Cultural Resources Programs to ensure internal consistency of strategies, policies, and plans. As needed, coordinate with Legal Department concerning contracts, tribal policy, and requested Tribal Council actions.


Knowledge of: Aquatic ecosystem processes, structures, and functions; salmon id ecology; methods for the development of salmon id studies and research; and interpretation of biological data; ecological and habitat restoration.

Ability to: Effectively communicate technical information, both orally and in writing; effectively communicate environmental information, including developing and delivering presentations at public forums; develop and review study designs and data collection methods, and interpret data; develop and maintain effective partnerships for the development and implementation of environmental outreach programs and activities; develop grants and funding requests for salmon research projects and environmental education outreach activities; effectively work independently or with a team as the project manager or lead Tribal representative.


Minimum Bachelor of Science Degree from a regionally accredited 4-year college or university involving major study in fisheries or natural sciences, or allied field, and five years professional-level experience in fisheries or natural resources activities. A Master of Science Degree from a regionally accredited 4-year college or university, expanding upon the minimum requirements above, may be substituted for 2 years of experience. A PhD from a 4-year college or university, expanding upon the minimum requirements above, may be substituted for 5 years’ experience.


The primary job site is the Fisheries Building located at 18490 Suquamish Way, Suquamish WA. Job duties will at times require travel, evening work, and work outside of an office setting.

State/Tribal/Federal Background check required

Pre-Employment drug testing required

Valid WA State Drivers License required

Native American preference


Salary D.O.E., plus benefits package.  You may apply at www.suquamish.nsn.us.  To request a job description, call the Suquamish Tribe Job Line at (360) 394-8414 or e-mail sbayes@suquamish.nsn.us   Closes 2-12-18.

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