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VACANCY ANN. #:  STOI-23-039

TITLE:                          FISHERIES BIOLOGIST I or II (STURGEON)





SALARY LEVEL:    $24.96 – $27.92 / PER HOUR


OPENING DATE:    MAY 11, 2023

CLOSING DATE:    MAY 30, 2023



The Sturgeon Biologist I/II will assist the Project Manager with oversight of the Lake Roosevelt Sturgeon Recovery Project. Responsibilities include development and implementation of project activities, with particular emphasis on research, monitoring, and evaluation actions, supervising technical staff in the collection and analysis of samples, maintenance of research vessels and sampling equipment, data management and analyses, and annual report and peer-reviewed journal article development and publication. The Sturgeon Biologist I/II will also assist with sturgeon hatchery operations and direction, project coordination with Lake Roosevelt fisheries co-managers, and development of management actions and recommendations for White Sturgeon protection and enhancement. This position allows requires extensive night work shifts during the month of July. Time off during this time will not permitted even during the Independence Day holiday.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Assist program manager and other program biologists in the development and implementation of Lake Roosevelt Fisheries Evaluation Program and Lake Roosevelt Sturgeon Recovery Project objectives.
  • Co-author annual reports, supplementary white papers, and articles for publication. Present research findings at public meetings and professional society/organization meetings.
  • Provide leadership to staff including training and oversight of field and laboratory techniques. Includes, but not limited to: field safety practices, fish identification, biological sample collection and analysis (e.g., tissue samples and aging structures), and data collection and transcription.
  • Assist with the design and implementation of annual sturgeon research and monitoring activities.
  • Assist with coordination of data management for sturgeon projects with broader sturgeon data management activities in the region (juvenile and adult population assessments, early life history assessments, acoustic telemetry data, hatchery fish collection and release information, PIT tagging data, genetics data, and general monitoring data).
  • Assist with the development and coordination of White Sturgeon management plans with co-managers and other researchers in the region.;
  • Coordinate with and assist sturgeon conservation aquaculture efforts.
  • Safely operate Tribal work vehicles in compliance with Tribal policies and regularly travel over 150 miles in one workday occasionally in poor weather conditions while trailing 8,000 lb. loads.
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of the Fall Walleye Index Netting project including but not limited to site selection, gear maintenance, coordination with co-managers, data analysis, and report preparation.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge and capacity to implement appropriate fisheries sampling methodologies, with demonstrated experience with the principles of sturgeon biology, research, and management.
  • Strong background in biological research methods, including data analysis and statistics with familiarity of related software (i.e., R, Sigma Plot, ArcGIS Pro, etc.).
  • Knowledge of sturgeon aquaculture techniques, including conservation aquaculture approaches and methodologies.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in data management and scientific writing (submit two writing samples with application).
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and work effectively with co-workers, project partners, co-managers, and public outreach organizations.
  • Ability to work effectively in supervised and non-supervised settings.
  • Demonstrated ability (or willingness to learn how) to safely operate research vessels in a dynamic flood control reservoir which includes working in swift water.
  • Knowledge and capacity to develop and lead fisheries monitoring surveys. Must demonstrate strong background in field survey and research methods, data analysis, and statistics.
  • Demonstrated ability (or willingness to learn how) to safely operate research vessels in a dynamic flood control reservoir.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and work effectively with diverse co-workers, project partners, and public outreach organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain and use personal protective equipment by following established SOPs, communicating clearly, and using best professional judgement.
  • Must be willing and able to travel and stay overnight in hotels for meetings and fieldwork, often up to 7 consecutive days (lodging and meal costs are covered by the Department).
  • Working knowledge and competency with R
  • Must possess a vehicle or access to reliable transportation.


  • Sc. (M.Sc. preferred) Degree in Fisheries Management or related field.
  • Demonstrable experience with fish tagging and tracking studies.
  • A valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Must have (or ability to attain) a Washington Boater Education Card
  • Must demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills (include two examples of scientific writing, e.g. peer reviewed articles, abstracts, thesis, technical reports)
  • Must be proficient with MS Office Suite.
  • Must be willing and able to travel and stay overnight in hotels for meetings and fieldwork, often up to 7 consecutive days (lodging and meal costs are covered by the Department).
  • This position requires individuals to perform physically demanding work outdoors in inclement weather, including peak summer heat and freezing temperatures.
  • This position occasionally requires work to be performed outside general business hours, including early mornings, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Good employment history with references.
  • Must have working knowledge and competency with R


  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Two writing samples (publications, thesis, abstract, technical report, etc.)
  • References (3 individuals)




APPLY ONLINE: https://spokanetribe.bamboohr.com/careers/195?source=aWQ9MTg%3D


Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Empero Corral

P.O. Box 206 Wellpinit, WA 99040

Phone:  509-458-6583, or 509-458-6527m Fax: 509-458-6556

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

Positions Considered Safety Sensitive Will Also Test For Marijuana 

All Applicants are subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Test