Sault Tribe
  • - Fisheries
  • Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA
  • Negotiable
  • Salary
  • Year Round - Full Time
  • Yes



The Fisheries Assessment Biologist, under the direction of the Program Director, is responsible for overseeing the tribal fishery assessment and research activities necessary for the proper management of the treaty-based fishery and representing tribal fishery interests on inter-governmental technical committees.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Plans and conducts fishery assessment/research activities in a manner that will effectively produce scientifically valid data to support a tribal management capability.
  • Writes technical and administrative reports, presents and makes recommendations to the appropriate entity.
  • Works with other agencies in producing and evaluating data needs and validity in support of tribal fishery interests.   
  • Performs technical analysis of fishery data, and presents data analysis in written and oral reports.
  • Directs and supervises field staff, completes performance evaluations, establishes and directs daily assignments, approves leave requests and makes recommendations to Program Director for staffing changes; i.e. hire/fire.
  • Performs data/statistical analysis, e.g. quota generation and technical evaluation of management actions.
  • Represents tribal interests on many inter-governmental technical fisheries committees.            
  • Pursues grant funding for specific research and assessment projects as needed.                                                      

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Assists in planning program activities and developing strategies for addressing key issues.      
  • All other job related duties as assigned.




Immediate peers, peers in other department, immediate supervisor/manager, outside vendors/service providers, outside agency representatives, Tribal fishers, conservation agencies, conservation law enforcement, customers, academic fishery administrators and biologist and sport and commercial fishing organization representatives.                                                      




Position heavy with lifting of 100 pounds with team or dual lifting and frequent lifting/carrying up to 50 pounds. Physical factors include constant sitting and typing; frequent use of hearing; occasional standing, walking, carrying/lifting, pushing/pulling, climbing, stooping, reaching, manual handling, use of smell, midrange/far vision, driving, travel and bending. Working conditions include occasional exposure to weather wet/humidity, noise, vibration and air quality. Potential hazards include constant computer use and occasional exposure to equipment; trucks, trailers, boats, pressurized tanks, nets, pumps, tractor, knives, hand and power tools and working on boats, deep water, rough seas and exposed areas, moving mechanical parts, electric shock, chemicals and infectious exposure. Personal protective equipment/clothing needed to perform job include rain suits/boots, gloves, insect repellent, dust masks, life jackets, eye protection and sunscreen.                                                                                                                 



Education:     Master's Degree in Fisheries Biology or Science required. 


Experience:    Three years of experience in fisheries biology, fish population dynamics-statistical analysis and fisheries management preferred.


Certification/License:            Must have a valid driver's license and be insurable by the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Must comply with annual driver's license review and insurability standards with the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Will be required to complete and pass pre-employment drug testing.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:      Knowledge of fishery biology/management required. Knowledge of fish population dynamics and statistical analysis required. Knowledge of fishery research design and fish collection techniques required. Knowledge of computer-based fish population modeling required. Must be able to use word processing, spreadsheet, database, fish population modeling and statistical analysis software. Must have leadership and team building skills. Must be able to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, in a diverse range of audiences and settings. Must be able to prepare and present clear, concise, thorough, meaningful, and grammatically correct written reports, letters, memoranda, policy and procedural drafts, and other written documents. Problem solving skills required. Supervisory skills required. Must be able to identify research and assessment needs and develop data collection and analysis plans.  Must be able to establish and maintain effective communication with co-workers, subordinates, supervisors, general public and peers in outside agencies. Must be able to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, in a diverse range of audiences and settings. Must be able to work effectively in a dynamic and changing environment.  Must have excellent organizational skills; organizing work, prioritizing tasks and managing time. Must have knowledge of grant writing processes and be able to identify funding sources for applicable research and assessment activities. Must maintain confidentiality. Native American preferred

This position has been closed and is no longer available.
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