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$53,688.00 – $64,426.00 Salary/year

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s Natural Resource Department is seeking a full-time Shellfish Biologist! The Shellfish Biologist will apply sound biological principles to the management of shellfish populations in JST’s usual and accustomed fishing area by collecting and analyzing biological data, monitoring and reporting on shellfish harvest, and evaluating biotic and abiotic conditions affecting harvested marine invertebrates and their habitats. This position will represent JST on technical and policy committees addressing shoreline development and restoration, collaborate on marine research and restoration activities with outside agencies, as well as identify, plan and implement shellfish enhancement activities.

Starting wage is dependent on experience.

Why work for Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe?

As a committed and collaborative partner in our community for over four decades, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe (JST) has continued to grow the areas of economic development, healthcare, natural resources, hospitality, cultural preservation, and the arts. Through our Resort Enterprises and Tribal Government, we are now the second largest employer in Clallam County, and provide a wide range of employment opportunities to our Tribal Citizens and community.

Our employees are like extended family, and we believe in providing employee benefit programs and incentives that cultivate a positive and enriching work environment, and healthy lifestyle.  We hope that each of our employees continue to honor our commitment to our community and to treat our guests like family as well.

If you would like to become a part of our team, check out this position’s job details below, and apply today! Make sure to include current email and phone contacts for all provided professional and personal references in your application.

As a Shellfish Biologist, you will:

  • Shellfish Harvest Management:  Access and analyze shellfish population data, review management options in consultation with other biologists, and make recommendations to the Shellfish Manager regarding management options, harvest schedules, and proposed regulations.  Work with the Natural Resources Program Assistant to notify fishermen of regulations, schedules and in-season adjustments.  Monitor and evaluate harvest activities to ensure that harvest proceeds in an orderly and structured manner and that harvest levels are consistent with resource conservation and negotiated agreements.  Work with fisheries enforcement personnel assigned to the JST’s usual and accustomed area to identify enforcement needs and address problems.  Prepare technical reports and maintain shellfish population and catch accounting databases
  • Interagency Coordination and Information:  Serve as liaison to other Tribal, State and Federal fisheries officials to represent JST in technical issues affecting shellfish and marine and coastal habitats in JST’s usual and accustomed fishing area.  Maintain current information on scientific, technical, and policy developments affecting Tribal shellfish issues
  • Field Operations:  In addition to monitoring harvest activities, duties include performing shellfish habitat and population surveys for both intertidal and subtidal species, monitoring shellfish and water quality, collecting and processing data for marine science projects, and shellfish enhancement implementation.  Responsible for coordinating the maintenance needs of the vessel assigned for shellfish field operations, and for researching, purchasing, and maintaining all field equipment used in the marine environment.
  • Technical Support for Enhancement and Aquaculture: Duties may include planning shellfish enhancement projects, designing water quality and marine biotoxin sampling regimes, and tasks related to shellfish sanitation program requirements.  Provide technical support to Tribal shellfish aquaculture operations, including collection of physical and biological data, analysis of production options, assessment of factors impacting or inhibiting aquatic production, and implementation of field improvements as necessary
  • Dive Training Coordination: The Shellfish Biologist will serve as JST’s Dive Training Coordinator, and will organize, implement, and maintain records for the certification, proficiency training, and medical examinations of all Staff and Tribal Fishery divers as required by the JST and outlined in Jamestown Tribal Code Section 6.05.07(B);1-10. Training sessions and examinations will be scheduled and conducted in consultation with JST’s Dive Safety Officer (DSO) and will include CPR/First Aid/O2 Admin., diver rescue and diver assist techniques, check-out dives, and other trainings and examinations considered necessary by the DSO and the Tribal Fishery Manager
  • Supervision: This position is directly responsible for the periodic supervision of marine program technicians and beach monitors.  The Shellfish Biologist will arrange for monitors for selected tribal shellfish harvest activities and supervise the entry and dissemination of catch and biological data.
  • Adhere to all JST policies and procedures, including but not limited to standards for safety, and work practices as described in the Occupational Exposure Control Plan
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

What are the Required Qualifications for this position?                                                                                                                                                      

  • Bachelor of Science degree in the biological sciences with course emphasis, or experience, in shellfish or marine biology or ecology, Master’s Degree preferred
  • Four (4) years of professional experience in marine research or management.
  • Knowledge of Tribal fisheries programs in the Pacific Northwest
  • Certified scuba diving status
  • DAN O2 Certification
  • Experience with operating small boats (up to 30 feet)
  • Experience with conducting dive operations and dive rescue training
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including effective verbal and written communication
  • Demonstrate initiative, work independently with little supervision
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, relevant database software, and technical equipment
  • Ability to travel locally and regionally as assigned
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Must be able to successfully pass criminal background investigation

What are the Preferred Qualifications for this position?                                                                          

  • Knowledge of Local, State, and Federal Laws and Regulations
  • Knowledge of office administrative operations, including personnel management, and compliance
  • Excellent organization skills and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks
  • Effective time management, decision-making, and problem-solving skills
  • American Indian/Alaska Native preferences apply

What are the Physical Requirements and Working Conditions for this position?                                                                                   

  • Ability and willingness to scuba dive
  • Ability and willingness to endure harsh field conditions and inclement weather
  • Must be available to work any shift (to include all hours, weekends, and/or holidays as job duties require)
  • Must be able to lift, push and carry up to 60 lbs. unassisted
  • Physical ability to access all areas of the property applicable to your position
  • Must be able to withstand prolonged standing, sitting, walking, bending, climbing, squatting and twisting without restriction
  • Requires eye/hand coordination and manual dexterity; ability to distinguish letters, numbers and symbols
  • Must have the ability to reach at or below/above shoulder level on a continuous basis
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced, busy, and somewhat stressful environment and maintain physical stamina, proper mental attitude while dealing effectively with customers, management, team members, and outside contacts while working under pressure and meeting deadlines