Employment Opportunities

Fish and Wildlife Director

Wage: Equivalent to GS-10/11, DOE
Location: Boise, ID or Portland, OR
Closes: July 10, 2019

Nature and Scope of Work
The Fish and Wildlife Program Director is a mid- to senior level position working directly under the Executive Director, to develop and implement USRT’s Fish and Wildlife Program. The Fish and Wildlife Program Director will coordinate existing Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) funded programs amongst member tribes and co-develop consensus projects with BPA and its member tribes to protect, enhance, and restore cultural and natural resources pursuant to the USRT Charter. Additionally, the Fish and Wildlife Program Director will complete technical reviews and assess impacts of Columbia/Snake River Basin management activities on its member tribes and their rights, resources, and activities.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • BPA Fiscal responsibilities and reporting
  • Fish and Wildlife Program reporting

Program Development/Coordination:

  • Inventory and assessment of tribal fish and wildlife programs, goals, objectives, and needs.
  • Coordination amongst USRT for fish and wildlife project data sharing,
    communication, and outreach.
  • Coordination amongst USRT to develop and obtain funding for USRT’s priority
    projects and goals.
  • Evaluation of coordination effectiveness and program development efforts.
  • Present program and/or agenda topics at USRT Commission meetings and diverse

Assessment and Planning:

  • Development of a comprehensive USRT report quantifying fish and wildlife
    impacts and losses incurred by the Federal Columbia River Power System to help
    define mitigation needs above Hells Canyon Dam.
  • Provide technical review of Columbia River Treaty and non-treaty river operations
    (review of modeling results) and present findings to the USRT so as to inform
    policy level decision making and planning.
  • Technical review of other federal management activities (e.g. Endangered Species
    Act recovery planning) and subsequent presentation of findings to USRT leadership
    and staff, with the intent of informing policy level decisions and planning.
  • Participate in NOAA Fisheries Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC)
    as a committee member.


  • An advanced degree in the physical or biological sciences or equivalent education
    and work experience is necessary.
  • Five or more years of professional experience in the fish and wildlife fields.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and maintain
    relationships at all levels within various communities, federal government and state
    agencies, and private and non-profit sectors.
  • Demonstrated experience in advocacy, developing and implementing strategies,
    crafting written documents, and using methods to monitor process and adherence
    to timelines and achievement of goals.
  • Knowledge and ability to review and assess the ecological effects of large river
    (e.g. hydroelectric systems) and land (e.g. mining, grazing, timber harvest)
    management practices on USRT rights, resources, and activities, and the
    competency to convey this information to a diverse audience.
  • Candidates should demonstrate a familiarity with state and federal fish and wildlife
    laws, policies, and regulatory agencies applicable to the Upper Snake River Region
    and USRT.
  • Experience working with Indian tribes is preferred.
  • Current/prior experience working in the Columbia/Snake River basins preferred.
  • Routine travel, primarily within the Columbia Basin, will be required.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is equivalent to a GS-10/11 pay grade, dependent upon experience. Full medical and
dental coverage is provided. Generous life insurance and retirement (401k) benefits
package, paid vacation/sick leave, and 10 or more paid holidays. USRT is an equal
opportunity employer and complies with federal, Idaho, and Oregon employment laws.

How to Apply

Applicant please submit cover letter describing your interest in the position, a resume,
writing sample(s), and contact information for at least 3 professional references to Alexis
Malcomb (alexis@usrtf.org), USRT’s Executive Assistant, with USRT Fish and
Wildlife Program Director Search
in the subject line by July 10, 2019.

regarding the position may be directed to alexis@usrtf.org or (208) 331-7880.