Fisheries Biologist III- Lead Restoration Project Manager

Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon

John Day, Oregon

Job Type: Full-Time

Salary: $46,433 - $64,000 (DOE/DOQ)

The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon are seeking to fill a Fisheries Biologist III – Restoration Project Manager which will implement conservation and restoration projects that target watershed and habitat recovery for anadromous fish throughout the John Day River Basin. This position requires an understanding of the socioeconomic context of rural and agricultural land management and experience with project management.


  • Develop, design, bid, implement, and maintain conservation and restoration projects on private and public lands. These projects will include: instream habitat improvements, channel restoration, riparian plantings, livestock management fencing, irrigation piping and efficiency, fish passage, and more.
  • Assist with project development and oversee implementation efforts for projects completed by CTWS partners. These partners include Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Watershed Councils, non-profit organizations, and Federal partners such as the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.
  • Provide technical assistance to the Tribes’ implementation field crew.
  • Directly supervise project biologists and limited duration staff as needed.
  • Coordinate with the Tribes’ native plant nursery to plan re-vegetation projects.
  • Attend meetings to represent Tribal interests the in basin, and communicate with agencies, Tribal membership, and public citizens to discuss projects and planning efforts.
  • Assist with writing and management of grant funding for projects, and write reports that reflect progress and details of project work efforts.

Qualifications / Experience Level Required:

Education & Experience:
  • Masters of Science in Fisheries Science or closely related field and 3 years job-related experience or Bachelor of Science in Fisheries Science or closely related field and 5 years of job-related experience.
  • Project management and supervisory experience necessary.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Knowledge of habitat restoration methods and techniques that target habitat recovery for anadromous fish.
  • Knowledge of habitat requirements for mid-Columbia anadromous fish species.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with landowners, partners and the public.
  • Supervise staff, including hiring, training, and oversight.
  • Ability to develop contracts and budgets.
  • An understanding of GIS, database management, and Mac OS and related office software is desirable.

Applicant must be comfortable with frequent travel, often independently in rural locations throughout the John Day River Basin. A self-starter, who can thrive with minimal supervision and instruction, with the drive and passion for a long career in natural resources is critical for success in this position.

Must have a valid driver’s license, be able to pass drug screening and background check.

Salary: Starting salary range: $46,433 to $64,000. The Tribes offer a benefit package, including 401K (5% match), medical insurance with dental and vision, 11 paid holidays per year, and paid personal time off.

Applicants must formally apply through the Warm Springs Employment Portal:

Position: Fisheries Biologist III, #708272


Stefan Kelly


Application Closes: 05/17/24

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