Cramer Fish Sciences

An Employee Owned Consulting Company

Senior Biologist


FOCUS: Fisheries, Watershed or Restoration Ecology

LOCATION: Issaquah (Seattle), WA, Portland, OR, or Moscow, ID             


Overview:  Cramer Fish Sciences (CFS) is a fisheries research consulting firm that serves the Pacific Northwest and California.  Our mission is to rigorously apply the scientific method to afford our clients innovative, scientifically robust solutions to address a variety of fisheries and environmental challenges.  The CFS team achieves this through effective and unbiased data collection, insightful analysis and interpretation, and clear communications. The Senior Biologist provides support for the organization by leading efforts in conducting fieldwork and data collections, data analysis, writing and publishing papers, and problem solving for our clients. Additionally, the Sr. Biologist provides project management and leadership to more junior staff.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and lead all efforts with regard to projects including supervision of staff and budget
  • Provide guidance and oversee hypothesis testing, data collection, statistical analysis and problem solving for various projects, studies and other assignments for clients
  • Develop scope, write proposals, objectives, tasks, and budget for small to medium projects
  • Manage and analyze spatial data using ArcGIS.
  • Work closely with Senior Scientists to develop project reports including graphs and data summary and interpretation
  • Serve as a task lead on multiple projects and guide Biologists and Technicians successfully in order to help support the project work and data collection needed
  • Maintain client relationships and distribute periodic project updates. Attend client meetings
  • Attend and present at scientific meetings; provide guidance to Biologists and Technicians for presenting at scientific or industry meetings
  • Conduct literature reviews and assist in or lead writing of scientific manuscripts for publication
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Critical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (required):

  • Fisheries Science and/or Restoration Expertise: Knowledge and experience with the scientific method and fisheries, forestry and restoration science. Demonstrated ability to identify, develop and lead complex, dynamic aquatic resource studies with public and private partners.
  • Study design and data analysis: Experience designing studies within a hypothesis testing framework. Knowledge of statistical methods commonly used in ecology and their application to experimental and observational data. Demonstrated ability to communicate study results orally and in writing.
  • Project Management and Team Leadership Skills: Co-manage with Senior Scientists on several projects and serve as the Project/Task Lead. Track project budget and complete all required products/reports for lead projects. Experience leading and hiring field crews, conducting aquatic habitat surveys using common protocols, and sampling fish using a variety of methods.
  • Science-Business balance. Should demonstrate expertise and be passionate about science, natural resources, and resolving complex fishery problems. Understands management and business functions to help manage CFS as a profitable business.


Desired Experience and Personal Attributes

  • Experience in fisheries, restoration and stream ecology and watershed assessment
  • Experience managing and analyzing spatial data using ArcGIS
  • Experience managing and analyzing data using Microsoft products (Excel, Access) and R and other statistical packages
  • Experience conducting mark-recapture analysis and/or stock recruitment relationships
  • Ability to produce scientifically accurate, timely and quality work products and meet objectives
  • Ability to complete and/or delegate work assigned by Senior Scientists
  • Demonstrated leadership skills including ability to lead, train and supervise field crews in data entry, analysis and other aspects of project work
  • Ability to work independently with a sense of urgency, and strong organization skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with overlapping deadlines and be fiscally responsible
  • Ability to accurately interpret and follow established guidelines and procedures and communicate accordingly to staff
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others to resolve problems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to express and exchange ideas
  • Positive energy, optimistic outlook, a sense of humor, and a disposition to encourage


Education/Minimum Qualifications:   

  • MS or PhD in in fisheries, forestry, biology or related field plus 3-5 years of successful and sustained performance in Biologist positions.
  • Demonstrated skills in data management and entry, developing graphs and data analysis including communication of project methods and findings in presentations and reports.
  • Demonstrated writing skills, as evidenced by authorship on reports and scientific publications


Working Conditions and Physical Demands:

  • Ability to travel to remote locations to conduct field work for 4 to 5 days at a time
  • Willingness to work long hours in the field or office.
  • Working irregular hours in various kinds of weather and potentially rugged terrain in order to meet project deadlines
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds


Compensation and Benefits:

Competitive base salary based on qualifications

Health and retirement benefits

Incentive pay structure available

CFS is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) company


Closing Date:  March 2, 2018, or until filled.

Location:  Issaquah, WA, Portland, OR, or Moscow, ID

How to apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Phil Roni at:  hr@fishsciences.net

To apply for this job email your details to hr@fishsciences.net