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Senior Biologist – Beverly, WA

Organization: Grant County PUD

Job Title: Senior Biologist

Location: Beverly, WA

Hours and Compensation: Full time, Salary is $2,573- $3,603/Bi-Weekly (DOE)

Position Dates: Start ASAP

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Posted On: July 2nd, 2012


The Senior Biologist works under the direction of the Fish, Wildlife and Water Quality Department’s Hatchery/Habitat Program Supervisor to design, coordinate, implement and monitor programs required by the terms and conditions of Grant Public Utility District’s (PUD) 2008 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission License Order, including fish, wildlife and water quality provisions within in the 401 Water Quality Certification, National Marine Fisheries Service Fisheries Biological Opinion, USFWS Biological Opinion, Priest Rapids Salmon and Steelhead Settlement Agreement, Hanford Reach Agreement, and other programs/settlements.


The Senior Biologist must effectively and efficiently strategize and manage hatchery and habitat programs and projects associated with Grant PUD’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license requirements to protect, mitigate and enhance the aquatic and terrestrial resources of the Priest Rapids Project. The Senior Biologist designs and implements robust monitoring and evaluation studies; conducts technical analyses; prepares, reviews and presents technical reports and peer-reviewed publications; develops and manages program budgets and contracts; and effectively interacts with internal project teams and external agency and technical representatives.


The Senior Biologist must be able to provide technical assistance to the Hatchery/Habitat Program Supervisor in meeting the requirements included in Grant PUD’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission License Order and associated agreements.

The Senior Biologist must have working knowledge of fish biology, salmonid culture and hatchery management.

This position must effectively design and implement studies to ensure that meaningful information is collected and managed.

The Senior Biologist will design and implement data collection and monitoring and evaluation activities within a variety of fisheries, wildlife and water quality programs and effectively and efficiently report, analyze and present technical analyses.

This position requires knowledge of scientific research methodology; Columbia Basin fisheries, wildlife, and water quality issues; fish culture, botanical, water quality, biometrics, and sampling techniques; and have experience with federal, state, tribal and local laws, rules, and regulations and processes pertinent to fisheries and related environmental sciences including the Endangered Species Act, National Environment Policy Act, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensing, and the Clean Water Act.

The Senior Biologist must be able to communicate in a clear, concise, and scientifically accurate manner when providing verbal and written technical information.

The Senior Biologist must negotiate and work collaboratively with agency and tribal fisheries representatives and internal staff and/or other Divisions to accomplish requirements in a scientifically sound and cost-efficient manner.

The Senior Biologist must have the skills and relationships necessary to achieve positive outcomes for Grant PUD as a District representative to required consultation committees such as the Priest Rapids Coordinating Committee (PRCC), the PRCC Hatchery and Habitat Subcommittees, the Priest Rapids Fish Forum (PRFF), Fall Chinook Work Group (FCWG), and/or other designated technical committees.

The Senior Biologist must have the project management skills necessary to strategize, innovate, coordinate and implement large, long-term projects (including budgets, schedules and contracts) in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.



The Senior Biologist position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries or related Environmental Sciences.

A Master’s Degree is preferred.


The Senior Biologist must have a minimum five years of experience in environmental issues, including experience with anadromous salmonids and resident fish.

Specific experience with fish culture, hatchery management practices, and monitoring and evaluation is necessary.

Additional experience on the effects of hydroelectric generation on aquatic resources, wildlife, and water quality, such as fish passage at dams and water quality, wildlife, and fish passage/habitat within dam reservoirs is preferred.

A Master’s Degree may substitute for two years of experience and a PhD may substitute for four years of experience.


The Senior Biologist is required to have a working knowledge of statistics, data manipulation and management, be computer literate, and have a basic understanding of water hydraulics, fish passage, fish protection facilities at dams, terrestrial (wildlife and botanical) population trends, and basic knowledge of the chemical, physical, and biological properties of the aquatic and terrestrial environment.

The Senior Biologist must have knowledge of anadromous and resident fish biology, habitat evaluation and restoration activities, permitting and compliance regulations, and budget and contract development, management and administration.

It is essential that the Senior Biologist be able to work in a team environment and be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with individuals within Natural Resources and with other Grant PUD divisions (including Hydro Engineering, Facilities, Contracting, etc).


The Senior Biologist will be required to perform work of a mixed nature (office and field) that varies by season.

Field activities may require long hours, strenuous activities, and nighttime work.

Extensive regional travel for meetings and field work with regulatory agencies and environmental consultants will be required.

The Senior Biologist must be imaginative and resourceful in high-pressure situations and under adverse working conditions, and be able to use good judgment, be adaptable and flexible, and maintain a positive, highly motivated attitude.

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