Natural Resources Biologist Wildlife

Forest County Potawatomi

POSITION TITLE: Natural Resources Biologist Wildlife
DEPARTMENT: Natural Resources
SUPERVISOR: Environmental Sciences Manager

Position Summary:

Under general supervision of the Environmental Sciences Manager, collects and analyzes environmental data that is used to determine the health and quality of the natural resources on Tribal lands.  Conducts research and projects in support of department goals and objectives.  Predominately performs work in relation to the identified science area; however regular work in the other environmental science areas will be required.  Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.

This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the tasks performed by this position and is not all-inclusive.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Leads and assists other natural resources department staff with the collection of environmental data under general supervision of the Environmental Sciences Manager.
  • Performs identifications of biological specimens (e.g., macro invertebrates, wildlife, fish, plants, etc.), while contributing to Tribal biological reference collections.
  • Performs statistical data analyses and summarizes findings into scientific reports to meet grant requirements and effectively manage Tribal natural resources.
  • Maintains databases and uses qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze findings and prepare scientifically defensible reports.
  • Implements, updates, and reviews Quality Assurance/Quality Control, standard operating procedures, resource monitoring plans, and monitoring protocols as required.
  • Develops requests for bids and manages the procurement and contracts of environmental engineers and consultants.
  • Prepares proposals for, and manages grants awarded by, the U.S. EPA and other funding agencies.
  • Collects, prepares, and ships samples for various laboratory analysis.
  • Provides technical assistance to other environmental staff, other departments, committees, groups and community members on programs and projects.
  • Assists other environmental sciences staff in conducting environmental investigations, and offers recommendations to advance departmental programs and improve Tribal natural resources.
  • Assists the Natural Resources Director and Environmental Sciences Manager with conducting environmental impact reviews and assessments, including: field studies, research, analysis, and report writing.
  • Assists Natural Resources Department staff with education and outreach activities.
  • Assists in supervision and scheduling of technicians, summer youth workers, and volunteers.
  • Contributes to the preservation and enhancement of the quality of the Tribal natural resources by implementing practices that ensure the natural environment can be shared by future generations.
  • Works with State, Federal and other Tribal environmental professionals to integrate environmental programs with Tribal goals and cultural values.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by: conducting research; attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications; establishing networks; participating in professional societies; and conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.
  • Keeps Tribal Council, Administration, other departments, and the community informed of program activities by attending and presenting at meetings, submitting reports, providing articles for the Tribal newspaper, and contributing to Division Newsletters.
  • Promotes a safe working environment, and maintains departmental equipment to assure proper operation.
  • Delineates boundaries of environmentally sensitive areas.
  • Collects geographical data; analyzes and displays these data with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software.
  • Assists with the professional development of other Natural Resources Department staff by teaching and instructing others in their respective expertise area(s).
  • Establishes, maintains, processes, and updates files, records, and/or other documents.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.
  • Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
  • Maintains regular and punctual attendance.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Conservation, Natural Resources or related field plus three years of related experience.
  • Valid driver’s license and eligible for coverage under the Tribe’s Insurance prior to an actual start date. Must maintain a valid driver’s license as a condition of employment.
  • Successfully pass a background check and pre-employment drug screening.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of current environmental law, especially the Federal Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  • Knowledge of the principles of environmental conservation and management.
  • Knowledge of proper sample collection policies and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to research and compile data relating to natural resource management.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to interact and maintain good working relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to interpret applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, requirements, ordinances and legislation.
  • Ability to work independently and meet strict time lines.
  • Skill in operating GIS hardware and software programs.
  • Skill in operating various word-processing, spreadsheets, and database software programs in a Windows environment.
  • Skill in statistical compilation and analysis.
  • Knowledge of business English, proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and basic arithmetic.
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.
  • Ability to lead and guide the work of others.
  • Skill in analyzing problems, projecting consequences, identifying solutions, and implementing recommendations.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work independently and meet strict time lines.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit and stand; taste or smell; have manual and finger dexterity; stoop, and talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand and walk.  The employee is occasionally required to crawl, climb heights, reach above shoulder level, crouch, kneel, balance, push/pull, and carry.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment:

Work is regularly performed both indoors in an office setting with a moderate noise level and outdoors where exposure to natural weather conditions and various dusts and mists may occur.  Prolonged standing and walking may be on uneven surfaces or unstable ground.  Situations where safety-toe shoes, safety goggles, gloves, protective face shields, or hardhats are needed may occur.  Evening and/or weekend work may be required.  Extended hours and irregular shifts may be required.


As authorized by federal law, Forest County Potawatomi reserves the right to exercise preference in hiring for qualified Tribal members/Indians in connection with all positions.



POSTED:     8-7-18

CLOSING:   8-21-18

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