Wildlife Biologist/Rangeland Ecologist

Number of Positions: (1) Wildlife Biologist/Rangeland Ecologist
Department: Natural Resources
Location: Burns, OR~ Burns Paiute Reservation
Open: October 10, 2019
Closing Date:  November 1, 2019
Start Date: January 2020
Supervisor:  Wildlife Program Manager
Salary:  GS 9-10 equivalent DOE and benefits
Status: Exempt
Position Hours: 40+ per week
Duration: Permanent, Guaranteed two years with further tenure contingent upon funding


General Description of the Position:

The successful applicant will assist the Wildlife Program Manager in planning, overseeing, and coordinating research/management activities, and assist in oversight of technician level staff in day-to-day field activities pertaining to wildlife resources. The position involves both a field component (primarily March-September) and an office component (primarily October-February).

The field component will primarily take place on two Wildlife Mitigation Sites located approximately an hour from Burns, OR. Field work includes vegetation sampling, Greater Sage-Grouse lek surveys, migratory bird surveys, Golden Eagle nest monitoring, American Kestrel and bluebird nest box monitoring, small mammal surveys, amphibian surveys, native plant propagation, and helping with volunteer trips. The office component includes data entry, data management, mapping, preparing reports and evaluations, and writing grants. The job will also include outreach/education activities with tribal youth.

Bums/Hines, Oregon is a rural community in eastern Oregon with a population of approximately 5,000 people. The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Malheur National Forest, Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, and Steens Mountain Wilderness are all within 1.5 hour drive from town.


Primary Duties:

  • Collect/compile/analyze data regarding the management/monitoring of mitigation lands and prepare reports and evaluations for the Tribal Council, sponsors, and local managers.
  • Implement the field goals and objectives outlined in the management plans for the mitigation sites.
  • Coordinate and organize multiple cost share agreements with state, federal, and other Tribal entities on cooperative projects.
  • Develop, write, and implement habitat restoration and enhancement plans upon approval by Program Manager.
  • Present research data and findings to peer groups, management agencies, and interested public workgroups.
  • Expand the scope of the wildlife program to meet the goals of the Tribe, with particular emphasis on tribal youth outreach.
  • Comply with federal and state environmental regulatory policies through consultations and necessary documentation (i.e. permits, reports, and data collections).
  • Write proposals and apply for grants to expand Wildlife Program projects.
  • Design and implement annual work plans in coordination with Program Manager.
  • Represent the department at regional and local technical meetings.
  • Coordinate overall Program activities with the Wildlife Program Manager to ensure cohesion within the Program.
  • Initiate studies to improve management practices and find new, economically and environmentally viable tools to enhance wildlife habitat.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Incumbent must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study on biological sciences, natural resource management, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
  • Able to work with a diverse group of individuals.
  • Able to supervise staff effectively for optimal results.
  • Physically fit to perform the duties of fieldwork.
  • Willing to work under a variety of environmental conditions (wet, cold, dry, and hot weather conditions).
  • Available to work flexible hours during the week and weekend.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Able to pass a drug test.
  • Willing to travel and camp out in the field on occasion.
  • A responsible driver with a valid driver's license and prudent driving record.
  • Able to communicate effectively. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience collecting biological data.
  • Bird survey experience and/or experience with bird identification.
  • Vegetation survey experience and/or experience with plant identification. 
  • Experience in wildlife habitat management, rangeland and wetland ecology, and working lands management.
  • Experience in lead work or supervisory duties.
  • Experience with data management.
  • Experience with ArcMap.
  • Writing experience (ie. grants, reports, publications).
  • A M.S. or Ph.D. in a major field of study on biological sciences, natural resource management, or related disciplines appropriate to the position OR a combination of education and Natural Resource work experience. 

Indian Preference:

Indian preference will be given to candidates showing proof of enrollment in a federally recognized tribe. In the absence of Indian applicants meeting the qualifications as listed above, all applicants not entitled to or who fail to claim Indian Preference, will receive consideration without regard to race, color, sex, political preferences, age, religion, or national origin.



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the individual assigned to this position.


To apply, please send a Cover Letter, resume and 3 references to BOTH:

Carter Crouch, Wildlife Program Manager, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

CC: Danielle Taylor, Human Resources Director, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


For further questions please contact:

Carter Crouch, Ph.D.

Wildlife Program Manager, Bums Paiute Tribe Phone:541-573-8086

Email: Carter.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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