Duties & Responsibilities
The purpose of this position is to oversee and manage the Columbia River Coordination Section of the Ocean Salmon and Columbia River Program (OSCRP), including ensuring the Department plans and conducts fish management activities within the Columbia Basin according to applicable statutes, administrative rules, policies, and plans that reflects the Department mission to protect and enhance fish and their habitats. The Section Manager will supervise section staff; prepare and control budgets; participate in fish management policy-making and planning; and provide technical advice on fish management issues as requested by executive and senior management of the Department, Governor's Office and Department of Justice. S/he will also facilitate coordination of policy-making and planning for fish management activities within the Columbia Basin among 1) divisions and regions of the Department; 2) the Department, Oregon's members of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, and the Governor's Natural Resources Office; and 3) the Department, its co-managers of fish and wildlife in the basin, and other private and public interests in the basin. Major duties and responsibilities include:
• Supervise and assist with the hiring and management of program staff. Promote a discrimination and harassment free work place and a diverse work force by working to achieve and make staff aware of the benefits of AA/EEO objectives. Plan, assign, and review the work of a team of scientists, consistent with agency policy. Adjust work assignments and schedules in the face of changing priorities/needs.
• Provide policy, technical and administrative direction for programs related to the development and operations of the federal Columbia River hydropower system; including Department analyses of- and comments on-biological opinions and recovery plans developed and required under the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and the Columbia River Fish and Wildlife Program developed and required under the Northwest Power Act. Responsible for:
Developing alternative policies, plans, and actions for the Columbia Basin; Analyzing the strategic and technical feasibility of alternatives; Presenting alternatives and associated analyses to senior and executive managers of the Department, Oregon's Northwest Power and Conservation Council members, and the Governor's Natural Resources Office; Providing technical assistance and expert witness declarations to the Department of Justice if required for litigation by the State of Oregon on Columbia River issues; Guiding implementation of decisions made by management.
• Assist the OSCRP Manager on management and conservation issues. Participate in advisory meetings with Department's senior and executive management staff, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, Oregon's Northwest Power and Conservation Council members, the Governor's Natural Resources Office, and others on technical and strategic issues affecting fish and wildlife resources in the Columbia Basin. Issues often include political and economic consequences of policies, plans and actions on regional, state and local levels. Activities include strategic and technical consultations with Oregon's Attorney General's Office related to litigation. Arrange and conduct briefing sessions and other meetings; Prepare briefing notes or other informational materials; Participate in public meetings on Columbia River fish protection, mitigation and recovery issues; Present technical data and policy analyses to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, other agencies, legislative committees and other specialized forums.
• Represent the Department in Northwest Power and Conservation Council sponsored forums and committees as well as NOAA's Columbia Basin Partnership. Participate in negotiations on behalf of the state and Department, with its co-managers of fish and wildlife and other private and public interests, regarding strategies for protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife resources within the Columbia Basin. Negotiations often involve parties with widely disparate views and representing a variety of political and economic interests. Results of negotiations may have significant consequences for the protection and enhancement of Columbia Basin fish and wildlife resources, the viability and size of socially and economically important fisheries, and the economic health of local communities.
• Work is conducted primarily in an office environment involving technical work.
• Participate in scientific and public meetings.
• Occasional automobile or air travel to meetings. Occasional overnight travel. Significant periods of overtime.
• Heavy public/constituent/technical interaction at times.
• This position has been designated as sensitive in that the incumbent in this position has access to confidential/fiscal-related information. The successful candidate will be subject to an initial criminal history background check with fingerprinting and will be subject to annual criminal history checks thereafter. Continued employment is contingent upon passing the criminal history background check.
NOTE: You must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will check driving records for in-state finalists. Out-of-state finalists will be required to present a current driving record for review.
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.Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills
• Six years of experience in supervision, staff-technical, or professional-level work related to natural resources management. Two years of this experience must have included supervision and management of a program, section or unit which included: a) development of program rules and policies, b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, c) program evaluation and/or project evaluation and d) preparing a budget.
• Six years of experience in supervision, staff-technical, or professional-level work related to natural resources management. Two years of this experience must have included program/project leader responsibility involving one or more of the following areas: a) development of program rules and policies, b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, c) program evaluation and/or project evaluation or d) monitoring and controlling or preparing a budget.
NOTE: A Bachelor's degree or equivalent course work (144 quarter or 96 semester hours) in a field related to management, such as Business or Public Administration, Fisheries or Wildlife Science or related Biological/Ecological Sciences degree, may be substituted for three years of the required experience, but will not substitute for the two years of specialized experience.
In the "Work Experience" section on your application, you must clearly describe your experience in each of the a), b), c), d) areas listed. Failure to provide this information may result in eliminating your application from consideration.
Note: Your application materials must clearly describe how you meet these qualifications. Answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by the work experience provided in your Oregon E-Recruit application.
Note: A copy of all transcripts (if education is required to qualify) must be attached at the time of application in order to receive credit for college degrees or coursework. Transcripts must include coursework and indicate that a degree was conferred. Online transcripts are acceptable. Official or original transcripts are not required; however, they may be required to validate education.Requested Skills
Preference will be given to applicants who have knowledge and experience with:
• Fishery science and management
• Managing a large program, including supervising staff
• Budget development, management and accountability for multiple, complex budgets
• Working on fisheries and natural resource issues spanning state, federal or international boundaries
• Resolving/negotiating highly sensitive/controversial natural resource issues
• The operation and management of hydroelectric systems and facilities and the effects on fish and wildlife populations
• Endangered Species Act (ESA) requirements and recovery planning for listed fish
• A Master's or Doctorate degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science, Statistics, or a related biological/ecological sciences fieldAdditional Information
Your answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by the "Work Experience" section in your Oregon E-Recruit application or you may not be considered for this position.
Resumes will not replace the completed "Work Experience" section in your online application.
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