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Natural Resource Specialist 2 (Shellfish Assessment Research Biologist)


  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • 09/30/21
  • Newport, OR
  • 97365
  • $3855-$5896 / Monthly
  • Full-Time
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.

Make a difference with shellfish fisheries in Oregon! We invite you to join our team of shellfish biologists playing a key role in the monitoring, assessment, evaluation, and management of shellfish and habitat resources in Oregons estuaries and bays. Join the Marine Resources Program in Newport Oregon as the next Shellfish Assessment Research Biologist today! Initial interviews are anticipated to be held via phone, video or virtual interview due to the current situation related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

This is a full time, Limited Duration position through June 30, 2023.

If you enjoy the outdoors, Oregon is the place for you. We have glaciated mountain peaks to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the massive Columbia River Gorge to the north. You can fish 365 days a year, and there is hunting for big game, waterfowl and game birds. The Oregon coast attracts thousands of people who clam, crab and fish in the ocean for halibut, salmon and tuna. The outdoor opportunities are endless when it comes to fish and wildlife in Oregon! Oregon is known for their vineyards, breweries and adventures for the whole family to enjoy. To learn more about the department, the work we do, and see our beautiful state, view the following video at https://youtu.be/8CjDPiPMGAk

ODFWs Marine Resources Program (http://www.dfw.state.or.us/mrp/) is responsible for managing Oregons marine natural resources including commercial and recreational fisheries. The Marine Program office is located in Newport, Oregon at the Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center campus where federal, state, and university scientists conduct cutting-edge marine science research ( http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/).

The ODFW Shellfish Program (http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/) is responsible for monitoring and managing marine and estuarine shellfish, invertebrates, and their habitats. The SEACOR Project conducts estuary resource inventory surveys to generate baseline data on bay clam populations and habitats in Oregon estuaries to assist the state in managing these resources: (http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/Seacor/index.asp). To learn more about SEACOR and the work we do, view the following video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytwmnQGTTwA

What you will do:
This position serves as the shellfish research biologist for the Shellfish and Estuary Habitat Assessment Project (SEACOR) which conducts intertidal and subtidal surveys of shellfish populations and habitats in coastal estuaries and generates quantitative data to describe shellfish communities and important habitats in selected bays and estuaries throughout Oregon. This position generates quantitative data to describe shellfish communities in selected bays and estuaries throughout Oregon that is used for management of shellfish fisheries and estuarine habitat resources. The purpose of the position is to assist the SEACOR project leader with the planning, coordination, implementation, research, data analysis, and report preparation of the SEACOR project studies.

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

Minimum Qualifications:

Two years of biological/ecological/oceanographic experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or marine program that included one year of at least two of the following: gathering data, analyzing data, or preparing reports, and a Bachelor's degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science, Marine Fisheries Management/Science, Marine Biology/Ecology, Oceanography, or a closely-related Bachelor's degree with at least 45 quarter (30 semester) hours of biological/ecological coursework; or three additional years of biological/ecological/oceanographic experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or marine program; OR

One year of biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or marine program that included at least two of the following: gathering data, analyzing data, or preparing reports, and a Master's degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science, Marine Fisheries Management/Science, Marine Biology/Ecology, Oceanography, or a closely-related Master's degree in biological/ecological/oceanographic sciences; OR

A Doctorate degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science, Marine Fisheries Management/Science, Marine Biology/Ecology, Oceanography, or a closely-related Doctorate degree in biological/ecological/oceanographic sciences.

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:
Field experience in marine environments, especially intertidal tide flat ecosystems
Planning, organizing, and conducting ecological field studies in intertidal and/or estuarine environments
Demonstrated ability to work as a team leader conducting ecological field studies
Operating and maintaining small boats in shallow waters and estuaries
Small boat safety training (Motorboat Operator Certification Course, or equivalent)
Self-motivated, willing to work under a variety of conditions, and responsible for collecting high quality data
Knowledge of the biology and ecology of intertidal shellfish, especially bay clams, commonly found in Oregon estuaries
Knowledge of the ecology and distribution of intertidal marine vegetation species (e.g., eelgrass, macroalgae) commonly found in Oregon estuaries
Developing and maintaining scientific information databases (Microsoft Access and geodatabases)
Experience using R, GIS, and Microsoft Access
Analyzing complex datasets, conducting statistical analyses, and preparing tables and figures summarizing results
Excellent writing skills and demonstrated ability writing progress reports, technical reports, resource management planning documents, and/or scientific publications

The State of Oregon is requiring all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series by October 18, 2021, unless the employee receives a medical or religious exception. New employees must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception by October 18, 2021. For more information, visit our policy at: https://www.oregon.gov/das/HR/Documents/50.000.03-COVID-19-Vaccination-Requirements.pdf.

To view a complete job posting and to apply visit:https://oregon.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/SOR_External_Career_Site/job/Newport--ODFW--Southbeach-Annex/Natural-Resource-Specialist-2--Shellfish-Assessment-Research-Biologist-_REQ-76642

Apply now as this recruitment closes on 10/20/2021


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