Wildlife Program Manager

Number of Positions:  (1) Wildlife Program Manager
Department: Natural Resources
Location:  Burns, OR ~ Burns Paiute Reservation
Open: February 20, 2023
Closing Date: March  10, 2023
Supervisor: Natural Resources Director
Salary: Grade 11-12 DOE with benefits
Status: Exempt
Position Hours: 40 + per week
Duration: Permanent


General Description of the Position:

The successful applicant will plan, oversee, and coordinate research/management activities and provide oversight of all other Program staff pertaining to wildlife resources.

A large part of the job will involve managing, implementing, and reporting BPA Wildlife Mitigation Program objectives and management of grants and agreements with multiple external entities.  The position involves both office and field components.


The field component will primarily take place on two Wildlife Mitigation Sites located approximately an hour from Burns, OR.  Field work includes designing and overseeing on-going or new restoration projects, site review with external partners, leading or assisting Program staff with data collection or habitat work as needed. Current field projects include; research on Oregon semaphore grass, research/management of invasive annual grasses, sage-steppe bird surveys, and planning/coordination of wildlife road crossing projects. Office work includes preparing reports, permits, contracts and evaluations, coordination with multiple project partners, data management, mapping, and writing grants. The job will also include outreach/education activities with tribal youth.


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



Duties and Responsibilities:

Program lead capacity:

  • Plan, direct, assign, and review work of Wildlife Program staff.
  • Coordinate overall wildlife activities with other Program Manager’s and NR Director to ensure cohesion within the department.
  • Adjust work assignments and schedules to maintain adequate staffing and respond to fluctuating workloads;
  • Conduct interviews and hiring processes for all staff in the wildlife program and makes recommendations to NR Director and General Manager on hiring decisions; and
  • Evaluate employee performance, assess training needs, resolves personnel problems, complaints, and formal grievances at the first level.




Program Activities:

  • Oversees and ensures that data collection, data entry, data analysis, quarterly reports and annual reports are completed in accordance of the contractual agreement between the wildlife program and corresponding funding groups.
  • Oversees preparation of and/or prepares reports and evaluations for the Tribal Council, sponsors, and regional/local managers;
  • Ensures that budget expenditures are on track with approved line-item amounts;
  • Implements the goals and objectives outlined in the management plans for the mitigation sites;
  • Coordinates and organizes cost share agreements with state, federal, and other Tribal entities on cooperative projects;
  • Develops, writes, and implements habitat restoration and enhancement plans upon approval by NR Director;
  • Presents research data and findings to peer groups, management agencies, and interested public workgroups;
  • Expands the scope of the wildlife program to meet the goals of the Tribe;
  • Ensures compliance with federal and state environmental regulatory policies through consultations and necessary documentation (i.e. permits, reports, and data collections);
  • Prepares wildlife budgets and track expenditures;
  • Designs and implements annual statements of work in coordination with NR Director;
  • Represents the department at regional and local technical meetings;
  • Creates leases and other legal documents necessary for the management of the mitigation lands to be submitted to the NR Director and General Manager/Tribal Council;
  • Coordinates with state, federal, and other tribal entities associated with the cooperative projects under the supervision of the NR Director;
  • Initiates studies to improve management practices and find new, ecologically and economically viable tools to enhance wildlife habitat;
  • Ensures cultural and environmental compliance in all wildlife program activities; and
  • Other duties as needed.


Minimum Educational Qualifications:

Incumbent have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university that includes at least 9 semester hours in such wildlife subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology; and at least 12 semester hours in zoology in such subjects as general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects (excess courses in wildlife biology may be used to meet the zoology requirements where appropriate); and at least 9 semester hours in botany or related plant sciences AND equivalent to 2 years of experience as Grade 9/10 (Biologist or equivalent external position); OR Successful completion of a Master’s degree or PhD in related fields above AND equivalent to 1 year experience as Grade 9/10 (Biologist or equivalent external position).


Incumbent must be:

  • 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 with both written and oral communications.
  • Experienced in lead work or supervisory duties.
  • Experienced in wildlife habitat management, rangeland and wetland ecology, and working lands management.


Desired qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the theories, principles, scientific methodologies and techniques of wildlife biology;
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data from studies and management programs;
  • Ability to design, conduct, and evaluate biological conservation activities and other management techniques;
  • Knowledge of budgeting and handling multiple contracts with specific goals and objectives;
  • Familiarity with Bonneville Power Administration processes: Categorical Review, contract maintenance and reporting;
  • Ability to coordinate multiple field crews to achieve contracted goals and objectives;
  • Ability to coordinate and build relationships with local and regional co-management agencies;
  • Skill in soliciting funding and maintaining contracts and budgets;
  • Skill in soliciting peer review on project design, protocols, and original reports;
  • Knowledge pertaining to cultural and environmental compliance; and
  • Ability to solve complex problems and manage adaptively.



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 resume and 3 references to:
Calla Hagle, Natural Resources Department
[email protected]

Tammi Holliday, Human Resource Department

[email protected]


For further questions please contact Calla Hagle, Natural Resources Director

Email: [email protected]