City of Seattle, WA Metaline, WA 99152, USA
Jan 10, 2018Full Time
Position Description Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation's largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years, we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. This position will be based at the Boundary Hydroelectric Project in North Pend Oreille County. Key responsibilities of the position include: conducting environmental field studies; collecting and analyzing field data; providing guidance and oversight to consultants and contractors; overseeing the work of temporary and/or seasonal staff; collaborating with SCL stakeholders; facilitating integration of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license-related activities into routine dam operations. Work will be performed in remote wilderness locations, on reservoirs and streams, often in inclement weather, and in an office environment. The position will report to the Manager of the Boundary License Implementation Group, who is located in Seattle. Job Responsibilities In 2013, Seattle City Light acquired a new federal operating license from the FERC for the Boundary Hydroelectric Project. The Boundary License Implementation Team is responsible for implementing the terms and conditions of the 42-year license and the associated Boundary Relicensing Settlement Agreement. This position was created to implement elements of the FERC license. Responsibilities of the position include the following activities, and other related tasks, as assigned: Participate in designing and conducting environmental field studies (e.g., water quality constituent monitoring, electrofishing, stream surveys, redd counts, fish collection and tagging, benthic macro invertebrate sampling, egg mat monitoring); use judgment and discretion to identify, and then make recommendations to project managers to adjust field studies, in response to field conditions encountered; collect, manage, and analyze field data; ensure that data are entered into the Boundary GIS system. Assist in the development of technical reports that relate key research findings. Direct and oversee the work of an Associate Environmental Analysts who is supporting a variety of environmental field studies. As appropriate, coordinate tasks with the River Ranger, a temporary, seasonal position who will monitor and report on recreation use and other resource issues along Boundary Reservoir. Serve as Field Coordinator for implementation of Boundary license measures; provide field oversight and direction of projects being managed by Seattle-based project/program managers; monitor and make recommendations based on conditions observed in the field; direct the work of contractor field technicians who will be hired to conduct other sampling/monitoring activities; serve as point of contact at Boundary for Seattle-based staff and for Boundary staff. Ensure that all field work is conducted in compliance with safety plans. Manage technical and field equipment inventory; research available/suitable equipment and supplies needed to conduct environmental field studies; maintain equipment and consumable supply inventories (e.g., fish sampling equipment, nets, traps, holding pens, electrofishing equipment, electronics, lab equipment, chemicals, etc.). Attend meetings in Seattle (and via teleconference) to collaborate and communicate with Seattle-based staff regarding progress and results of field activities. Participate in the preparation of materials for, attend, and make presentations at stakeholder meetings (e.g., Fish and Aquatics Workgroup, Terrestrial Resources Workgroup); communicate directly with and represent SCL in communication with relicensing stakeholders (e.g., Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife, and Ecology, Kalispel Tribe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Selkirk Conservation Alliance, etc.). Qualifications Education: Bachelor's degree in natural, physical, biological, or environmental science, or related field. Experience: Minimum of five years' experience working in fisheries research or fisheries management. A combination of education and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability. Certification/License: Valid driver's license. Desired Qualifications: Minimum of two years' experience managing field crews conducting fisheries studies Post graduate degree in fisheries or a related field; strong research, quantitative, and analytical skills; knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental laws, regulations, and policies applicable to Washington State; ability to handle multiple and varied assignments; demonstrated experience conducting electrofishing surveys, launching, retrieving, and operating watercraft in research settings; experience conducting water quality monitoring. Additional Information Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history and driving history review. Want to know more about Seattle City Light? Check out our web page: http://www.seattle.gov/light/ .