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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Closing Date: May 31, 2023

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate (post-doc) with experience in aquatic data synthesis/analysis and riverine food web ecology. This position will provide analytical support for a multi-agency, watershed-scale restoration effort in Meadow Creek, a tributary of the Grande Ronde River in NE Oregon. To adequately assess the effectiveness of restoration, an inventory of the physical and biological characteristics prior to restoration is necessary.

This project will support a post-doc to synthesize, categorize, and analyze fish, aquatic invertebrates, habitat, and environmental datasets collected over the last several decades in the Meadow Creek watershed. These datasets will provide a framework from which to conceptualize outcomes of future floodplain and process-based restoration actions. Analysis of existing datasets will require a variety of tools and approaches, likely necessitating time series and spatial analysis along with parametric and non-parametric statistical testing. The goal will be to evaluate how in-stream habitat and biota have changed over time and in response to previous restoration and management actions, providing a platform to understand the effects of ongoing and novel floodplain restoration actions that are planned for the Meadow Creek watershed.

The post-doc will work as an integral member of CRITFC’s River Ecology group, a division of the Fishery Science department. The mission of the River Ecology group is to evaluate salmonid and stream ecosystem response to conservation measures and environmental stressors in the Columbia River basin. This position will include some flexibility to determine the best approach to analyze the available data and to be involved with other research projects that CRITFC, USDA Forest Service, or other basin collaborators are working on. The position will also include a limited amount of fieldwork to gain first-hand knowledge of the Meadow Creek riverscape and collect physical or biological data as needed to adequately describe pre-restoration conditions.

CRITFC offers competitive compensation and an exceptional benefits package, including medical, dental, 401(k), 12 days of vacation (to start), 13 paid holidays, and paid sick time. We provide professional development opportunities, promote from within, and have a Native hiring preference as part of our commitment to our people. CRITFC fosters a work environment that supports and inspires our shared goals of protecting the natural world and the tribal cultural connection to it.

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Application review is ongoing and will continue until position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

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Hiring preference:
CRITFC implements a tribal preference policy and encourages citizens and descendants of our member tribes (Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama) and other federally recognized tribes to apply.

CRITFC is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, people of color, those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.

CRITFC will consider non-citizen applicants who are authorized to work in the U.S. If not authorized to work in the U.S., CRITFC will provide reasonable support and accommodations to the candidate in obtaining U.S. work authorization. With the exception of certain employer required costs, CRITFC will not pay for costs related to applicant’s legal representation, filings for work authorization or immigration, or other costs related to obtaining work authorization.

*Please note: the term “Commission” as used in this description refers to CRITFC’s governing body. CRITFC is a tribal organization that is wholly owned and governed by the Nez Perce Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. As a tribal organization, CRITFC is subject to a unique blend of policies and laws.