Environmental Planning Biologist; Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe

Job Title: 
Environmental Planning Biologist
Job Location: 
Sequim, Washington
$53,688.00 - $64,426.00

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe's Natural Resource Department is searching for a full-time Environmental Planning Biologist to join their team! This position will prepare, evaluate, and process aquaculture, land use, and environmental applications related to Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe (JST)  business and development projects; and other projects, codes, or policies that may impact JST cultural and natural resources. Our top candidate will have interest in and knowledge of Salish Sea resources, as well as comprehension of Federal, State and local rules and authorities related to shoreline, critical areas and environmental laws are essential.

Starting wage dependent on experience.


Why work for Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe?

As a committed and collaborative partner in our community for over four decades, the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe (JST) has continued to grow the areas of economic development, healthcare, natural resources, hospitality, cultural preservation, and the arts. Through our Resort Enterprises and Tribal Government, we are now the second largest employer in Clallam County, and provide a wide range of employment opportunities to our Tribal Citizens and community.

Our employees are like extended family, and we believe in providing employee benefit programs and incentives that cultivate a positive and enriching work environment, and healthy lifestyle.  We hope that each of our employees continue to honor our commitment to our community and to treat our guests like family as well.

If you would like to become a part of our team, check out this position's job details below, and apply today! Make sure to include current email and phone contacts for all provided professional and personal references in your application. 


As an Environmental Planning Biologist, you will:

  • Review land use and environmental applications and site plans for compliance with local and state regulations and plans. 
  • Prepare staff reports of findings, including recommendations and supporting data for approval and submission to the Planner, Chief Operations Officer, and Natural Resources Director.
  • Provide information to Tribal project applicants pertaining to TEPA applications, ordinances, codes and related community development information.
  • Conduct and prepare limited technical research and recommendations for drafting or revising local development legislation and plans.
  • Assist or complete applications for environmental permits for Tribal projects, particularly aquaculture and habitat restoration, and responds to questions or changes requested by permitting agencies.
  • Prepares NEPA/SEPA checklists and compiles environmental assessments.
  • Conducts on-going monitoring of aquaculture operations and construction sites as required by various permit processes and prepares written reports required by regulatory agencies.
  • Lead special projects, such as salmon enhancement projects, which require coordination of work efforts with Tribal Natural Resources staff and other local and regional entities when assigned
  • Work with the Administration Department staff to assist in developing Best Management Practices as they relate to environmental issues for construction and maintenance activities.
  • Develop computer data bases to assist in tracking requirements and projects.


What are the Required Qualifications for this position?                                                                                                                                                      

  • Either (1) B.S. Environmental Science, Earth Science, Biology, Ecology or closely related field from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education with four (4) years of full-time professional experience with planning processes related to permit development and/or review and processing is required, including responsibility for performing site inspections, or (2) an equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the desired skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the work, may be used in lieu of education and experience requirement
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Suite
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including effective verbal and written communication
  • Valid WA Driver’s License
  • Must be able to successfully pass criminal background investigation


What are the Preferred Qualifications for this position?                                                                          

  • Knowledge of Federal, State and local rules and authorities related to shoreline, critical areas and environmental laws.
  • Knowledge of water resources, including familiarity with stormwater treatment, and groundwater models
  • Knowledge of Salish Sea marine resources
  • Experience in wetland mitigation, salmon ecology, and stream rehabilitation/mitigation for fish habitat.
  • Ability to conduct effective research and evaluate complex data to prepare clear and concise written and oral reports.
  • Ability to read and interpret plans, specifications, maps, and engineering drawings.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and apply work related codes, ordinances, legal property descriptions, and other regulations and guidelines.
  • Ability to develop and write plans based on an analysis of data and ongoing citizen and agency input.
  • American Indian/Alaska Native preferences apply
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