Position Title: Assistant Fisheries Manager

Department: Natural Resources

FLSA Status: Full Time Exempt

Grade: DOE

Reports to: Fisheries Manager

Position Summary

The Assistant Fisheries Manager provides assistance to the Fisheries Manager for the provision of Tribal Policy direction to the Stillaguamish Tribe Natural Resources Department. The mission of the Natural Resources Department is to manage, protect, and conserve those natural resources that are required to sustain healthy populations of fish, shellfish, and wildlife within the Stillaguamish Tribe's U&A (Stillaguamish Watershed). The position assists the Fisheries Manager with activities related to protection of Tribal Treaty Rights, specifically as they relate to the protection and restoration of finfish and shellfish populations, habitat, and treaty harvest opportunities. The position is actively engaged in intertribal, local, state, federal and international fisheries harvest negotiations. The position assists the Fisheries Manager with the provision of Tribal Policy direction to Tribal Natural Resource Department staff on all regulatory and policy creation at the federal, state and local level. Alongside the Fisheries Manager, the position acts as an ambassador to the rest of the Tribe on all Natural Resource related issues. Along with the rest of the Natural Resources Department, this position works to protect and enhance the Tribe’s treaty protected rights.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The position works in conjunction with, and the direction of, and at the behest of the Fisheries Manager. In the absence of, or at the request of the Fisheries Manager, this position performs the following:
• Provides Policy direction to the Natural Resources Department regarding all tribal treaty rights and natural resources issues.
• Participates in and represents the Stillaguamish Tribe at a policy level during Pacific Fisheries Management Council, Pacific Salmon Commission and North of Falcon processes throughout the year that not only protect the salmon resources in the Stillaguamish River for future generations but also ensure the development of annual fishing seasons that are based on best available science.
• Attends the Stillaguamish Tribe Hunting, Fishing and Gathering Committee meetings to lead and participate in discussions relating to natural resource management issues, especially finfish and shellfish protection, restoration and harvest.
• Assists the development and implementation of resource management objectives and plans, and their implementation during annual, in-season, and emergency (opening and closing) management actions, as well as regulation code revisions and maintenance.
• Issue applicable species permits and maintain record of active fishers during fishery openings.
• Represents the Tribe on a government-to-government basis with other governmental agencies and private entities regarding natural resource issues and the protection and enhancement of Treaty Rights.
• Meets with private companies to negotiate agreements regarding natural resource issues such as access agreements, road management agreements, etc.
• Provides Policy direction to the Stillaguamish Fish and Wildlife Enforcement program.
• In the absence of or at the request of the Stillaguamish Wildlife Policy Lead, provide policy direction or representation on wildlife issues.
• Provides guidance to the Director of Natural Resources regarding day to day operation and supervision of the Department and budget development.
• Occasionally dress, process, skin, cut and wrap wildlife carcasses or fisheries catch for human consumption purposes.

• Other work and tasks as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Knowledge of treaty fishing rights including compliance with U.S. vs. Washington, Civil 9213, and subsequent orders.
• Knowledge of the Pacific Salmon Treaty and its implications to Puget Sound Tribe’s Treaty Rights.
• Knowledge of the Treaty of Point Elliott.
• Knowledge of the Stillaguamish Tribe and its Natural Resources programs.
• Basic understanding of the fisheries co-management process, including treaty right implications in relation to Pacific Fisheries Management Council, Pacific Salmon Commission and the domestic “North of Falcon” processes.
• Ability to represent the Tribe professionally when interacting with staff, the public, Tribal members, other Tribal staff and other agency personnel.
• Ability to demonstrate a working knowledge of Indian Country issues in Washington State.
• Ability to effectively handle difficult situations in dealing with the public, other Tribal staff and other agency personnel.
• Knowledge of the life history and specialized habitat needs of finfish, shellfish, and wildlife populations within the Stillaguamish watershed.
• Knowledge of the methods and techniques for collecting scientifically credible field data related to natural resource management.
• Ability to express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing and ability to write narrative reports in a clear and succinct manner.
• Proficiency with computers, Microsoft Office suite (including Word, Excel and Outlook) and use of the internet. Experience with Microsoft Access preferred.
• Ability to strictly adhere to confidentiality policy.
• Must have or, willingness to invest in, relationships with other Tribal Leaders and staff.
• Must be able to understand natural resource science and to use science to make decisions.
• Must have excellent negotiation skills.
• Must have excellent reading and comprehension skills.
• Must be able to consistently demonstrate assertiveness.
• Must have excellent organizational skills.
• Must possess strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
• Must possess strong time-management skills.
• Must possess strong prioritization skills.
• Must possess the ability to effectively delegate responsibility.
• Ability to successfully pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening test and be willing to submit to a criminal background check.
• Ability to carry a provided cell phone for on-call availability.
• Ability to accept and provide supervision, follow oral and written instruction / directions, follow prescribed policies, protocols and procedures, and complete required administrative work in an accurate and timely manner.
• Ability to maintain a positive attitude, strong work ethic with great attention to detail, and a strong interest in natural resource management.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

The worker is frequently subject to inside environmental conditions, which provide protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes, and is subject to outside environmental conditions and to wet and/or humid conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.


Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job
• Frequently involves sedentary work to include sitting all day for an hour at a time.
• Occasionally involves light work: exerting up to 20 pounds of force and/or up to 10 pounds of force and/or negligible amount of force to move objects.
• Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
• Occasionally requires outdoor work in remote hunting or fishing areas in harsh terrain and weather conditions.
• Constantly requires the ability to give and receive detailed information through verbal communication.
• Constantly requires verbally expressing or exchanging ideas of important instructions accurately, loudly, or quickly.
• Constantly requires working with fingers rather than the whole hand or arm.
• Constantly requires repetitive movement of the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
• Often requires walking or moving about to accomplish tasks.
• Occasionally requires standing and/or sitting for sustained periods of time at a computer station or office station or at meetings.
• Occasionally requires mental concentration for long periods of time (2 to 16 hours) at meetings while complex scientific issues (that are sometimes less than stimulating) are discussed.
• Occasionally requires ascending or descending stairs or ramps using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.
• Occasionally requires raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally.
• Occasionally requires stooping which entails the use of the lower extremities and back muscles. Infrequently requires crouching.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Position Qualifications
Must be an enrolled member of the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians.
• Must possess High School Diploma or GED. Higher education is preferred.
• Prior experience working with Natural Resource issues, especially fisheries management, is preferred.
• Must possess a valid Washington State Driver’s License, and be able to qualify for Tribal Motor Vehicle Insurance.
• Must pass pre-employment background check and drug screen.

Travel Requirements
Local, national, and international travel is frequently required.

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