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Natural Resource Program Coordinator - Fisheries

Natural Resource Program Coordinator

Department of Fish and Game

Open for Recruitment: September 1, 2017 - September 22, 2017
Announcement # 00850055379
Salary Range: $26.85+ per hour DOE -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

The Department of Fish and Game is seeking to fill three (3) Natural Resource Program Coordinator positions within the Fisheries Bureau in Boise. Two positions are Anadromous Fish Specialists, and the other is a Resident Sport Fish Specialist.

General Responsibilities (all positions):

  • Coordinate and implement an in-state fishery management program and recommend needed research.
  • Prepares and proposes modifications to fishery management plans.
  • Coordinates fish regulation development with regional staff.
  • Develops fish research needs and coordinates project reviews, work plan priorities, and in-year adjustments.
  • Responds to information requests from internal and external customers.
  • Identifies problems and recommends solutions to increase angling opportunity.
  • Represents department and State of Idaho at various meetings and conferences with federal agencies, Native American tribes and other states regarding resident or anadromous fishery resources.
  • Testifies at hearings and participates in media interviews.

Specific Responsibilities –Anadromous Fish Specialist:

  • Coordinate anadromous fishery harvest programs for steelhead and salmon in Idaho.
  • Supervise anadromous fishery hatchery research and evaluation staff and programs.
  • Coordinate anadromous fishery and hatchery programs with Tribal and Federal Fishery staff.
  • Coordinate reviews and comments on ESA recovery plans, biological opinions and National Environmental Policy Act documents.
  • Coordinate Columbia River Policy issues with Northwest Power and Conservation Council, NOAA Fisheries, State Fishery Staff and Tribal Fishery staff. 
  • Reviews and provide technical input on documents and plans.
  • Administer Idaho State anadromous research permit program.
  • Coordinate with state, federal and tribal fishery management agencies on conservation and enhancement activities for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin.
  • Participate in multi-agency team responsible for data analysis and collection of harvest and run reconstructions on mainstem Columbia River fisheries for salmon and steelhead.
  • Supervise anadromous fish electronic data collection and reporting.
  • Serve as technical and policy liaison with Federal, State, and Tribal staff.

Specific Responsibilities – Resident Sport Fish Specialist:

  • Administer the statewide fishing and boating access program including long-range prioritization and planning, D-J grant and budget development and tracking, coordinating with regional staff and engineering services, facilitating property acquisitions and easements, contract management, and project oversight.
  • Manage and coordinate statewide fisheries permit programs including scientific collection permits, fishing tournament permits, commercial fishing permits, and fish import/transport permits.
  • Provide technical and administrative support to regional fishery management programs; including development of fishing rules and associated public input and administrative processes, and technical review of regional fish management reports.
  • Serve as technical and policy liaison with ISDA and others on Aquatic Invasive Species prevention and control; coordinate permitting and applications of aquatic herbicides and piscicides.
  • Provide other Fisheries Bureau support to include input on cross-bureau projects or processes such as SWAP, strategic planning, regional work planning and prioritization, and staff training.

Minimum Qualifications (all positions):

  • Experience demonstrating considerable knowledge in Fishery Management and/or Fishery Research.
  • Considerable experience managing fisheries-related projects.
  • Experience with data management and manipulation including databases and spreadsheets, and statistical analysis of fisheries-related data.
  • Experience writing technical reports, or peer reviewed publications on fisheries-related topics.
  • Some knowledge of the Endangered Species Act and its implementation. 

Desirable Qualifications (all positions):

  • Experience working with internal teams, multi-agency teams, or other collaborative groups to accomplish fisheries-related objectives.
  • Experience making oral presentation to groups on fisheries-related topics.

There is an examination to determine an applicant's eligibility. Enter your responses to the questions in the space provided in the examination. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each question to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide. A higher rating may be obtained based on the extent of your education and experience, so take your time to provide a detailed and complete answer to each question.  It is very important that the information you provide clearly supports your responses. A minimum rating of 56 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your examination results will be available online when the review process is complete.

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