Employment Opportunities

Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation

Fish and Wildlife Program Director

Employer: Upper Snake River Tribes (501(c)(3) Foundation)
Job Title: Fish and Wildlife Program Director
Wage: Equivalent to GS-10/11, DOE, Salary
Location: Boise, ID
Closes: January 29, 2021

Background

The Upper Snake River Tribes (USRT) Foundation is composed of four Indian tribes of the Upper Snake River region in Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon: Burns Paiute Tribe, Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation, and Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation. The four tribes have common vested interests to protect rights reserved through the United States Constitution, federal treaties, federal unratified treaties (e.g. Fort Boise Treaty of 1864, Bruneau Treaty of 1866, and Malheur Treaty of 1864), executive orders, inherent rights, and aboriginal title to the land, which has never been extinguished by USRT member tribes. USRT works to ensure the protection, enhancement, and preservation of the tribes’ rights, resources, cultural properties, and practices and that they remain secured. These include but are not limited to hunting, fishing, gathering, and subsistence uses.  

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. The Fish and Wildlife Program director will have the ability to develop and maintain relationships at all levels within various communities, federal government and state agencies, and private and non-profit sectors. 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

Administrative

  • 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 audiences.

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 as a representative in the forthcoming Columbia Basin Collaborative.
  • Engagement with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council process.
  • Assist with USRT’s climate resilience projects.

Qualifications

  • 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.
  • Periodic evening and weekend work.

Salary and Benefits

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

How to Apply

Candidates must submit:

1) Cover letter outlining their related experience and interest

2) Resume

3) Writing sample(s)

4) Contact information for at least three professional references

Materials may be e-mailed to alexis@usrtf.org with USRT Fish and Wildlife Program Director Search in the subject line by January 29th, 2021.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to alexis@usrtf.org or (208) 954-0856.

Review of applications begins February 1st, 2021.

Shoshone-Paiute Tribes

Wildlife Biologist/Ranch Project Manager

Job Title: Wildlife Biologist/101 Ranch Project Manager

Supervisor:  Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Fish, Wildlife & Parks Director

Salary:  Grade 20 Step: 1 $19.70

Classification: Full-time exempt

Location:  Owyhee, NV

Opens/Closes:  January 6, 2021/ OPEN UNTIL FILLED

How to Apply:

Candidates must submit a Tribal Application form located at: https://shopaitribes.org/sphr/images/stories/doc/2016%20Shoshone-Paiute%20Tribes%20Application.doc

Summary of Position:

Under the direct supervision of the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Director, the incumbent will implement long-term mitigation actions on the 101 Ranch in Mountain City, NV. This mitigation property was purchased under Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) Southern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (SIWM) Program. This program was developed to mitigate for wildlife habitat loss es incurred due to the construction of the federal hydroelectric projects within the Middle Snake Province of the Columbia River Basin. The position requires interaction with the Bonneville Power Administration, Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NPCC) staff, SIWM partners and others. This position requires extensive fieldwork during the field season (April – October).

Key Duties:

  • Plan, develop and implement long-term wildlife mitigation strategies for fish and wildlife habitat on the lOl Ranch.
  • Periodically develop land management plan for the property including advertising for public meeting s, preparing for and conducting public meetings, accepting public comment, and drafting and editing plans accordingly.
  • Serve as the Tribal point of contact for the lOl Ranch property.
  • Develop job descriptions, interview job applicants, train staff, prepare schedules, complete employee evaluation s, and associated personnel-related tasks.
  • Supervise seasonal wildlife /range technicians and temporary laborers.
  • Provide guidance and develop agreements with agencies, organizations, and private individuals for funding and management of wildlife habitat projects.
  • Prepare and present programs to public and private entities.
  • Prepare and manage budget for the property to including drafting budget with justification of expenditures, entering purchase orders, tracking salaries and expenses, and ensuring that the program does not exceed the budget.
  • Develop project proposals, statements of work, property inventory, contracts, and quarterly reports for BPA.
  • Complete annual repo1t with statistical analyses.
  • Develop and update maps and digital databases.
  • Conduct fieldwork including collecting biological data, surveying fences and water developments, conducting native plant, weed, breeding bird, and other surveys.
  • Responsible for implementation of weed treatment strategy for the property including recordkeeping, GPSing treated areas, mapping, etc. Conduct on the ground weed treatment activities throughout the season.
  • Maintain irrigation system on property to include installation and removal of dams, irrigating parcels, coordinating with Duck Valley Irrigation Project and upstream and downstream water users, etc.
  • Conduct habitat enhancement work including but not limited to bank stabilization projects, riparian plantings, weed treatment, construction and maintenance of fences and infrastructure, etc.
  • Conduct habitat treatment activities to benefit wildlife including implementing native plant seeding, haying, grazing, prescribed burning, etc.
  • Monitor water temperature at established sites on the East Fork Owyhee River and tributaries according to established protocols.
  • Analyze and disseminate database information to department staff and cooperators in written, map, and electronic forms for conservation and project planning.
  • Draft and submit grant proposals to implement management plan activities.
  • Conduct public outreach to include maintenance of the webpage for the property, conducting tours of the property , holding meetings/field days at the ranch.
  • Work cooperatively with Pole Creek property project staff.
  • Other tasks assigned by Fish, Wildlife and Parks Director.

Working Requirements:

  • Must be available to travel within Idaho, Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest.
  • Requires working independently in the field.
  • Exposure to severe weather conditions and fieldwork involving foot travel on uneven ground.
  • Requires a flexible work schedule to include early mornings and weekends.
  • Requires use of 4-wheel drive vehicles, ATVs, chainsaws, tractors, backhoes, haying equipment, ditchers, and generators to accomplish work tasks in the field.
  • Requires understanding of ranching and farming practices.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license by the closing date of the job announcement and an acceptable driving record.

Required Education & Work Experience:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Resources, Wildlife Management, Natural Resources, or closely related field -OR- professional wildlife research and/or habitat management experience equal to previously described education requirement
  2. Experience with developing statements of work, budgets, and inventories.
  3. Demonstrated success in developing, writing, and applying for grants.
  4. Demonstrated skill in working on multiple projects and timelines.
  5. Must be in good physical condition.
  6. Must be able to work in inclement weather conditions.
  7. Must be willing to work in the field and on the Reservation during the field season.
  8. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint applications.
  9. Experience with Google Earth Pro mapping products.
  10. GPS experience.
  11. Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.