HEADQUARTERS:   East Wenatchee

JOB STATUS:           Regular/Full-Time

FLSA:                       Non-exempt

CLOSING DATE:       Open Until Filled

JOB NUMBER:        2228

Douglas PUD offers excellent working conditions and a competitive salary and benefit package. Employee benefits include: medical, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, short and long term disability, personal leave plan, paid holidays, participation in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), deferred compensation programs with employer matching, Health Reimbursement Accounts with employer contributions, Wellness Program, and training opportunities. Full benefit package may be viewed at www.uip-wa.org/douglaspud.

The successful incumbent for this position will be hired within an annualized salary range of $85,000 – $115,000, depending on qualifications for the position.

Position Summary:

The Fisheries Biologist will work at the direction of the Natural Resources Supervisor while providing leadership on anadromous salmonid resource and hatchery mitigation programs. Mitigation programs are associated with the operation of the Wells Hydroelectric Project and include both listed and non-listed ESA salmonids. The successful candidate will be expected to represent the District within one or more committees that include tribal, state, and federal resource managers and partners.

Essential Functions:

  • Design and implement fishery resource studies at the Wells Project and hatcheries including studies related to the implementation of the Wells Anadromous Salmonid and Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)’s hatchery mitigation requirements.
  • Ensure that studies are conducted in a scientifically rigorous manner and that all data collected during each study are accurately recorded and properly disseminated.
  • Administer contracts and budgets associated with each of the fishery resource studies assigned to the Fisheries Biologist.
  • Conduct and/or review analyses, run models, and prepare regulatory documents and reports associated with monitoring and evaluation of hatchery programs. Review technical products prepared by others and determine their applicability, rigor and technical strengths as they relate to operations at Wells Dam, the Wells HCP, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for the Wells Project.
  • Provide a scientific and technical perspective on issues discussed during HCP and Hatchery Committee implementation meetings with state, federal, and tribal stakeholders representing the District in a highly professional manner.
  • Participate on interdisciplinary teams working on strategic fish and aquatic resource issues.
  • Participate in Endangered Species Act consultations related to fish enhancement projects.
  • Design and coordinate permitting for fish passage, broodstock collection, and hatchery rearing facilities. These include but are not limited to Hatchery Genetic Management Plans (HGMP), Biological Opinions, broodstock collection protocols, and other related permitting documents.
  • Represent the District in regional fish recovery planning, and hatchery and habitat enhancement forums as assigned.
  • Lead the organization of monitoring and evaluation data obtained by contractors and hatchery rearing database development.
  • The candidate may support infrastructure management at District owned hatcheries such as well development and maintenance.
  • Support the District’s mission and value statements in the performance of job duties.
  • Work respectfully and cooperatively with diverse groups of people and maintain professional interactions at all times in the workplace.
  • Ensure compliance with all District policies.
  • Adhere to the District’s Safety Policy and Procedures.
  • Operate District vehicles that may be equipped with a GPS device that monitors vehicle location while conducting business on behalf of the District.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Due to the nature and scope of the essential functions, the importance of personal interactions between this position, employees, customers, and other members of the public, and the availability of job-related tools, equipment and resources at work, performance of the essential functions requires regular, consistent, on-site attendance while working independently and with others.

Required Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • A strong scientific background in biology/ecology coupled with an applied understanding of statistical and analytical principles commonly used in fisheries management.
  • Excellent technical writing and oral communication skills, which are typically demonstrated by thesis defense work, professional presentations, and professional report writing and/or peer reviewed journal. Demonstrated writing examples should include primary authorships.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office application products. Statistical software proficiency considered a plus.
  • Strong planning and organization skills, and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple, concurrent responsibilities.
  • An extensive knowledge of anadromous fish biology and a good working knowledge of fish management, hatchery operations, and population biology.
  • Demonstrated success working within workgroups that have diverse stakeholder goals and objectives.
  • Familiarity with the structure and operation of hydroelectric facilities.
  • Familiarity with the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and other related environmental regulations including state and local natural resource laws, and policies is desirable.

Education and Experience:

A Master of Science degree in fish biology, aquatic sciences, or related field is required; or equivalent combination of education and experience to provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities. Preference will be given to those candidates having at least five years of related work experience (e.g., Biological Opinions, monitoring and evaluation programs, HGMP and/or NEPA development, hatchery mitigation programs, and FERC license implementation). Experience working on or around large hydroelectric projects and anadromous fish production facilities is desirable, as is experience participating in multi-party collaborative processes.

Competency Requirements:

Safety: Demonstrates that safety is the top priority when performing any job duty or task; prioritizes personal safety and the safety of co-workers and the public.

Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.

Productivity: Is able to demonstrate completion of assigned tasks through work product and documentation. This will include evidence that clearly shows work was completed on time and with above average quality.

Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual respect with all co-workers.

Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts when redirected and develops methods to achieve results and remain accountable

Professionalism: Interact daily with others in a professional manner. Treat others and be treated with respect; perform with integrity, honesty and professionalism; participate constructively in open communication; help to resolve issues and difficult situations in ways that reduce conflict and maintain good working relationships; improve work performance and take an active part in generating a mutually supportive environment. Recognize that diversity is an asset and value cultural, physical and professional differences


Must possess or obtain and maintain:

A valid driver’s license and proof of good driving record is required for this position (will be verified upon job offer).  Out-of-state candidates must acquire a Washington State driver’s license within 30 days of employment.

Physical Requirements:

Candidates must be physically able to perform field research including walking or wading into remote locations, working in and around cold water and be physically able to carry up to 40 pounds of field equipment.