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AQUATIC BIOLOGIST

VACANCY ANN#: STOI-24-049
TITLE: AQUATIC BIOLOGIST
DEPARTMENT: NATURAL RESOURCES, FISHERIES
SUPERVISOR: LIMNOLOGY PROGRAM MANAGER
STATUS: REGULAR, FULL-TIME, NON-EXEMPT
RATE OF PAY: $25.00 / PER HOUR
OPENING DATE: JUNE 5, 2024
CLOSING DATE: JUNE 19, 2024

 

INTRODUCTION:
The Aquatic Biologist will serve in a lead role for tribal projects related to native mussels and aquatic invasive species. In addition, the Aquatic Biologist will aid the Limnology Program through field sampling, data management, analyses and reporting. The Aquatic Biologist will be responsible for implementation of all aspects of the Native Mussel Baseline Survey and Early Detection and Monitoring in Lake Roosevelt projects and will be expected to conduct field sampling, manage, analyze, and interpret data, and co-author reports summarizing findings. Travel to, and participation in regionally relevant meetings is expected. The Aquatic Biologist/Ecologist will communicate risk and project findings through written and verbal means to tribal leadership.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Implement the Native Mussel Baseline Survey, and the Early Detection and Monitoring Projects
o Set up and administer contracts with analytical laboratories for eDNA and/or veliger microscopy services.
• Maintain organized, clean and consistent data records for Native Mussel, Aquatic Invasive Species, and Limnology projects.
• Conduct native mussel and invasive species monitoring and field sampling
o Collect eDNA and veliger samples in the field according to established protocols.
o Prepare samples and chain-of-custody for shipping and ship to contracted laboratories.
o Review data for QA/QC, receive and analyze laboratory results
• Prepare Early Detection and Monitoring project summary report for funding agency, and disseminate relevant findings to regional partners as appropriate. and send to contracted labs under chain-of-custody.
• Prepare summary report of native mussel baseline survey findings.
• Assist in Limnology Program Activities
o Conduct field sampling according to established STI Limnology protocols, enter data into spreadsheets, review data for QA/QC, analyze data, co-author annual re-ports.
• Participate in regional meetings: Travel to, attend, and participate in regional invasive species meetings, trainings, or other relevant meetings. These may include the Columbia Basin Team / 100th Meridian, Lake Roosevelt Invasive Species Coordination Meetings, NAISMA, Pacific Northwest Freshwater Mussel Workgroup, or other relevant meetings. Presentation of findings at these meetings will be expected.
• Attend trainings related to invasive species identification, best management practices, rap-id response exercises, watercraft inspection, and provide training to STI staff as needed or appropriate.
• Communicate risk and recommendations to tribal leadership based on findings and recommendations as appropriate.
• Other duties as assigned

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED:
• Strong organizational skills including time management. Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability in completing project tasks.
• Understanding of invasive species vectors, biology, and environmental impacts
• Native and non-native mussel identification including how to use a dichotomous key
• Knowledge of eDNA sampling techniques and proper equipment use and maintenance
• Knowledge of native and non-native mussel survey methodologies
• Ability to clearly articulate study results through written and orally to diverse audiences
• Ability to adhere to and follow written and oral instructions and follow established proto-cols
• Maintain a high degree of professionalism in the workplace including appearance, commu-nication, reliability, and collaboration.
• Strong interpersonal communications skills (respect, diplomacy, and tact) when interact-ing with the public, co-workers, and regional partners
• Possess a strong work ethic and positive attitude, motivated, enthusiastic, collaborative and can work independently and in a team setting.
• Proficiency in Adobe Acrobat or Pro, and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, and Teams)
• Proficiency in statistical software such as SYSTAT, R, or R Studio and ggplot
• Proficiency in use of geospatial tools such as GIS, GPS, chartplotters, or similar
• Maintain high level of organization, and possess excellent time management skills
• Excellent scientific writing skills. Must be able to articulate findings verbally and in written format to a broader audience including the public, regional partners, peers, funding agen-cies, and to tribal leadership

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
• Bachelor of Science Degree in biology, aquatic biology, aquatic ecology, limnology, environmental science, or closely related field
• Minimum 2 years professional experience in conducting limnological, aquatic invasive species, or other aquatic biological or ecological sampling or surveys
• Previous experience in lead role of a scientific study or survey
• Previous experience using standard limnological sampling techniques and equipment
• Previous experience with eDNA sampling techniques and decontamination protocols
• Must be able to travel occasionally (minimum of two times per year) to participate in regional meetings
• Valid driver’s license and a good driving record

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Graduate degree in biology, ecology, limnology or related field.
• Familiarity with Pacific Northwest Mussels life history and distribution.
• Boat operating experience in a professional setting including trailering and towing.
• Proficient with data visualization software including Shiny Apps, Tableau, or similar.

*Indian Preference grants preference to any enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe.

 

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Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Empero Corral
P.O. Box 206 Wellpinit, WA 99040
509-458-6583 or 458-6527
E-mail: hrfrontdesk@spokanetribe.com
Applications must be received in the Human Resource Department no later than 4:30 p.m. on the closing date.
The Spokane Tribe reserves the right to hire according to its Indian Preference Policy
All Applicants are subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Test
Positions Considered Safety Sensitive Also Test for Marijuana
All Positions with the Spokane tribe of Indians are subject to a 90-day orientation period