Fish Biologist / Natural Resource Specialist

Saltwater is currently recruiting for a Fish Biologist / Natural Resource Specialist to provide expert support to federal agencies. The Interior Columbia Basin Office, Northern Snake Basin Branch Office provides interagency consultation to other federal agencies pursuant to the authorities of Endangered Species Act (ESA), Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA), and Federal Power Act (FPA). Federal “action agencies” bring their proposed future actions which may affect marine migratory species (principally salmon and steelhead) to NMFS for scientific assistance in predicting likely future effects, minimizing adverse impacts, and maximizing positive effects. The office also implements ESA recovery plans through technical support in evaluating nonfederal proposals to various grant programs.

If you have general knowledge of salmonid life cycles and habitats, expert knowledge of the Snake River Basin salmonid life histories and geographic distributions, and experience in aquatic habitat conservation, we would love to hear from you. This position is to be filled immediately and is part of an ongoing contract in its third option year that extends through October, 2024. There is likely another one-year option period to follow. The location for this position is on-site in Boise, ID.


  • Writing Biological Opinions to action agencies related to their Biological Assessments for listed salmon and steelhead.
  • Writing Letters of Concurrence to action agencies related to their Biological Assessments for listed salmon and steelhead.
  • Reviewing biological assessments from action agencies for listed salmon and steelhead.
  • Reviewing applications from action agencies to enroll in existing programmatic consultations and drafting letters or emails to enroll applicants into the programmatic consultations.
  • Reviewing proposed habitat restoration projects to implement Recovery Plans and the FCRPS habitat program.

Saltwater Inc. is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


  • Bachelor’s degree and four (4) years’ experience, or Master’s degree, from an accredited college or university in aquatic biology or related field of study and two (2) years’ experience relating to the specific task order.
  • Knowledge of salmonid general life cycles and habitat requirements.
  • Highly proficient English language composition skill.
  • Skill in most common software applications, to include MS Office and Google Suite.
  • Valid state driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expert knowledge of Snake River Basin salmonid specific life histories and geographic distributions.
  • Experience in aquatic habitat conservation.
  • Skill in fish habitat restoration methods.


Salary range is dependent on the program, experience, and solicitation.

EOE & Diversity:

Saltwater Inc. is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, parental status, veteran status, or disability status. We strive to create an inclusive workplace culture to attract the best talent and allow each member of our team to achieve their full potential and maximum productivity. Furthermore, Saltwater Inc. highly encourages qualified individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to apply for positions for which they are qualified and to notify us if there are any needs for accommodation throughout the application process and/or upon hire.

How to Apply:

Only qualified applicants with the requisite experience need to apply. We will honor all requests for application confidentiality.

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