Fisheries Biologist- MT FWP

Fisheries Biologist- MT FWP

Job Type(s): Administrative, Executive, Programs / Services
Deadline: November 24, 2020 12:00 am
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Job Duties:

The Thompson Falls Area Avista Aquatic Program Leader Fishery Biologist (APL) will need the technical skills and experience to develop and implement protection, mitigation and enhancement projects and programs within the framework of Avista’s Clark Fork Settlement Agreement (CFSA) associated with the FERC License that allows for the continued operation of Noxon Rapids and Cabinet Gorge Dams. The primary duties of this position are to work collaboratively with Avista staff, project contacts, and subcontractors to ensure projects are implemented efficiently and effectively within approved budgets and financial constraints and provide guidance and oversight to projects. In addition, this position will collaborate with working group members to develop forward looking goals and programs to guide implementation that aligns with resource, management and regulatory needs; be responsible for all FWP required permits for implementation of the CFSA programs in Montana; and ensure reports and other deliverables are accurate, timely, and to agreed-upon standards.
The Thompson Falls APL is responsible for supporting Avista in the implementation of the Montana Tributary Habitat Acquisition and Recreational Fishery Enhancement Program, ensuring projects are consistent with the intent of the CFSA and represent both Avista and MFWP interests. Implements Program activities in close collaboration with Avista and other CFSA stakeholders.

• Gain a thorough understanding of the CFSA intent and procedures.

• Communicate within MFWP the understanding of the CFSA.

• Help make distinctions between projects that are in the interest of the CFSA and ongoing operations of Avista’s hydro Project, and those that are outside of the CFSA responsibility.

• Identify, communicate and help navigate through MFWP policy and regulatory concerns in the interest of finding effective solutions to meet the objectives of the CFSA and FERC License.

• Work cooperatively with the other members of the Clark Fork Aquatic Implementation Team, stakeholders, and project partners.

• Ensure that the Program activities of the CFSA are implemented within approved budgets and financial constraints.

• Work with the Aquatic Implementation Team and within FWP to develop forward-looking goals and programs to guide implementation that align with resource, management and regulatory needs.

• 8Be responsible for coordinating all FWP required permits for implementation of the CFSA programs in Montana.

• Ensure that implementation of the FWP portion of Appendix D, Bull Trout Protection and Public Education Project, is completed as described in the approved Annual Implementation Plans.

• Represent MFWP as a member of the Aquatic Implementation Team (“AIT”) and possibly the Water Resources Technical Advisory Committee (“WRTAC”) in accordance with the terms and conditions of the CFSA.

• Coordinate decisions and actions of the Clark Fork Aquatic Implementation Team with those of the Clark Fork Water Resources Technical Advisory Committee and Management Committee.

• Provide administrative (preparation and tracking of budgets, reports, correspondence, data, records), technical, and professional support for the Clark Fork Aquatic Implementation Team.

• Coordinate, schedule and provide work direction to technical employees working for the Clark Fork Aquatic Implementation Team.

• Manage contracts for services in support of the CFSA.

• Ensure that FERC reports on implementation of the aquatic PM&E measures found in the CFSA are accurate and timely.