Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Hydro & Water Rights Coordinator)

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
La Grande, OR, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Job Description:

Make a Difference in Oregon's Natural Resources! 

Help the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fulfill its mission: To protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.

This position is with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) located in La Grande.

Do work that matters for Oregon’s fish, wildlife and habitat! Take the lead in hydropower licensing review and mitigation  implementation in eastern Oregon, as well as leading the review of new proposed water uses in eastern Oregon.

What you will do:

• Responsible for implementation of the department's hydropower program for hydropower projects located in the East Region in Oregon that require state and/or federal licenses. S/he will coordinate the region's and district's involvement in consultation with fish and wildlife divisions. The Hydropower Coordinator will work with state and federal agencies, tribes, and interest groups to coordinate, develop, and lead department comments, negotiations and related activities on existing and proposed hydropower projects in the region and is responsible for monitoring compliance with hydropower project license provisions.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

Working Conditions

• Occasional long hours and meetings involving complex, controversial and sensitive technical and policy issues and legal actions.

• Occasional field work, at times during inclement weather along boulder strewn streams, steep banks, and at hydroelectric projects with situations near motorized or power driven equipment.

• Frequent automobile travel to single or several day meetings around the region or state.

• Requires a flexible work schedule that varies in the number of hours worked on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day, or a work schedule in which the starting and stopping times vary on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day. This includes working at all hours and workdays in excess of eight hours. Work occasional weekends with overnight stays.

Criminal Records/DMV Check
Applicants are subject to both a criminal history and motor vehicles check. Out-of-state finalists will be required to present a current certified driving record for review to be considered for the position. Be prepared to obtain as soon as possible. You are expected to provide the out-of-state certified driving record before an offer can be made unless extenuating circumstances exist. Adverse background information may disqualify you from further consideration.

NOTE: Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete the U.S. Department Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States. ODFW participates in E-Verify. ODFW is not able to support VISA sponsorships.

We are seeking applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and have the following skills and experience:

Minimum Qualifications:

• Three years of biological, ecological or hydrological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fisheries, hydrology, water management, stream ecology or related program. At least one year of the experience must be at a technical or professional level performing activities such as researching and analyzing data, conducting investigations, applying pertinent laws and regulations, or coordinating and monitoring project activities; AND

• A Bachelor's degree in Fisheries, Hydrology, Water Management, Stream Ecology or a closely-related Bachelor's degree with at least 45 quarter (30 semester) hours of biological/ecological/hydrological coursework, or three additional years of biological, ecological or hydrological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fisheries, hydrology, water management, stream ecology or related program.

A Master's degree in Fisheries, Hydrology, Water Management, Stream Ecology or a closely related Master's degree in biological/ecological/hydrological sciences will substitute for up to one year of the required experience.

A Doctorate degree in Fisheries, Hydrology, Water Management, Stream Ecology or a closely related Doctorate degree in biological/ecological/hydrological sciences will substitute for up to two years of the required experience.

Applicants who have obtained a Master's degree or Doctorate that included work experience from an internship, work/study, thesis, or similar program may list this experience in their application to receive credit for the work experience. The Master's degree/Doctorate and applicable work experience will be considered separately and both the education and applicable experience may count toward minimum qualifications.

Requested Skills:
• Evaluating fish and wildlife impacts of energy projects 
• Developing and implementing natural resource policy
• Working with others on controversial natural resource issues
• Preparing written documents

Additional Information:

Your answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by the "Job History" (Work Experience) section in your application or you may not be considered for this position. Resumes will not replace the completed "Job History" section in your online application. You may be disqualified if your experience listed in the “Job History” section does not include information used to: 1) meet the minimum qualifications of the job and 2) back up your answers to the supplemental questions. If any of the positions listed in your application are part time or seasonal, be sure to include the dates you worked (month and year) and the average amount of hours worked per week in the duties section. Only those individuals who most closely match the requested skills will be invited to an interview.

Note: You will be required to provide a copy of your official or unofficial transcripts (online transcripts are acceptable) during the selection process that show your name, the name/address of the institution, coursework with passing grades, and degree conferred (including date), if you are using education to qualify. Transcripts and cover letters can be attached to your application in the Resume/CV/Cover Letter attachments field when you apply. Cover letters may not be reviewed unless it is stated as a requirement in the job posting.

For helpful tips on filling out your job history, responding to the supplemental questions, and submitting your application, click here

Notes for External Applicants (non-state of Oregon employees): If you would like to retain a copy of this job posting, please print a copy before submitting your application. Once the job posting has closed, you will not be able to access the posting. The system will timeout after 20 minutes of inactivity. You must submit your application after you begin the process. You cannot save your progress and come back to it later.

The job posting closes at 11:59 PM (PDT/PST) on the close date. After you submit your application, be sure to respond to the two questionnaires relating to public records requests and veterans’ preference immediately following your submittal. These questions are necessary to complete the application process.

Reasonable accommodations for interviews will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you are experiencing difficulty applying for this position or have questions, please contact the ODFW Human Resources office at 503-947-6051.

This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified people to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur.

The employee in this position will be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and will be subject to all terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement. Pay and benefits on all job listings may change without notice.

Veterans - If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the qualifications, veterans' preference points will be added to your score.  For more information on veterans' preference points visit and select Veterans resources under Resources. Please do not attach veteran documentation to your initial application, after you have applied you will be sent a task in your Workday account to provide your veteran documentation at that time.

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