Local recruitment: Fish and Wildlife Scientist

Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Portland, OR, USA 🇺🇸


The Fish and Wildlife Program Scientist is a member of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Division. The position reports to the Council’s Fish and Wildlife Division Director. This person is responsible for providing staff expertise and support on developing, implementing, and evaluating the Council’s Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with division staff to continue assessing Program Performance, developing program performance tools, tracking and reporting on the strategy performance indicators and developing new visualizations of content. Contribute to designing regional-scale approaches to assessing outcomes from 40 years of Program implementation.
  • Serve as staff content lead on specific strategies in the Council’s Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (Program) including, fish habitat, water quality, hydrosystem passage and flow and others. This includes being the lead on reviewing and reporting on Program implementation, monitoring, research and evaluation of these substantive strategies.
  • Serve as liaison to Columbia Basin teams and workgroups focused on habitat, water quality, flow, passage, hydrosystem operations. Serve as Council representative on Anadromous Fish Evaluation Program workgroups.
  • Support the Council’s Program amendment process in organization, review and synthesis of recommendations, work with Council members on content development, and draft and revise Program language.
  • Provide technical expertise to help inform and direct the Council’s project review process.
  • Analyze, summarize, and clearly communicate, orally, visually, and in writing, environmental data, opinions, and analyses to Council members as well as a wide variety of audiences.
  • Identify programmatic policy issues for Council resolution and prepare staff recommendations and supporting materials for Council. Organize and summarize technical information used to develop policy decisions.
  • Lead or participate in other fish, wildlife, hydrologic or ecosystem-related analyses and policy development activities as assigned.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, including tribal, state, and federal managers of hydrosystem operations, habitat protection and restoration, and fish and wildlife resources in the basin.
  • Work with Council members, the central and state staff, regional scientists and managers and members of the public as needed to organize and facilitate work groups and discussions around relevant topics.
  • Respond to inquiries from the public to improve access to the Council’s fish and wildlife data and analyses.

Essential Skills and Qualifications

  • Advanced degree and expertise in a natural resources-related field such as hydrology, fisheries, habitat restoration, stream ecology.
  • Knowledge of stream ecology, hydrology, anadromous fish and resident fish habitat requirements, and anadromous and resident fish habitat assessment at various scales.
  • Expertise on Columbia River basin fish and wildlife species and their habitat requirements, and significant regional issues affecting these species.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical policy makers and others clearly and concisely in written and oral presentations.
  • Ability to define work objectives and work independently toward agreed-upon goals.
  • Ability to organize large amounts of information as part of performance assessments and program development, and ability to see how individual details or decisions fit into a larger overall picture.
  • Ability to lead teams on technical analyses and review and to develop synthesis documents and reports.
  • Ability to represent the Council in various regional policy and technical forums objectively and with a collaborative and professional demeanor.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others in a collaborative, objective and professional manner on natural resource and environmental issues.
  • Ability to work in the central office (Portland, OR) a minimum of two days per week.
  • Ability to travel to meetings outside the Portland area, as needed, for Council meetings, site visits, and Program amendment processes.

Where the central office is a hybrid office, the hiring process will be conducted virtually. Start date is flexible.

Position will remain open until filled. Application review will begin on January 3, 2023 (this was revised Nov 28) and will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interested candidates are encouraged to submit their applications promptly. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and references electronically as a single PDF to [email protected].

The Council provides a competitive structure of compensation and benefits. The starting salary for the Program Scientist position is $102,000-$109,000 dependent upon work experience and familiarity with the Council’s fish and wildlife program. Benefits information available upon request to [email protected].

The Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Council does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identify (including gender expression), sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, genetic information, or military or veteran status. For more information, see the Council’s Inclusion Statement.