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Science and Research Manager

The City of Tacoma is committed to fostering a workplace that is innovative and flexible, and which attracts, supports, and retains a diverse and talented workforce. This position is telework eligible. The successful candidate may apply for and request approval for a Telework Arrangement. 

Tacoma Power is currently looking for a skilled and enthusiastic Science and Research Manager to join our Natural Resources team. Natural Resources is positioned in the Generation Section which is responsible for creating clean, reliable energy for delivery to Tacoma Power customers. In this role, you will be responsible for overseeing the Science and Research group – providing leadership, supervision, and oversight of FERC required monitoring and evaluation. This will include applied science focused on recovery and restoration of wildlife, forestry and aquatic ecosystems; Tacoma owned hatcheries; fish passage facilities; and development and coordination of fish and wildlife management plans.
 Responsibilities will include: 
  • Participate and contribute to the development of a positive and productive culture in the Natural Resources team by exercising outward mindset principles and being committed to understanding and contributing to the overall organizational goals.
  • Direct and oversee employees performing the following tasks:
  • Supervision of 4 employees including 2 Natural Resources Analyst, Principal's, and 2 Natural Resource Analyst's. Provide supervision, guidance to front line supervisor and Project Managers, mentorship and corrective guidance as necessary.
  • Oversee a team dedicated to Science and Research that is tasked to work in partnership with the organization to make informed and balanced decisions when creating clean, reliable, marketable energy while ensuring the stewardship of our resources 
  • Serve as a team expert and working manager in the fields of monitoring and evaluation focused on restoration and recovery, fish passage, hatchery evaluation, and fish management plans
  • Develop programs and project management strategies to advance goals for organization in alignment with internal and external stakeholders 
  • Lead or oversee leadership of science subcommittees dedicated to advancing science programs.
  • Work in cooperation with Resources Agencies per the guidance of the Natural Resources Manager to build long lasting partnerships and through mutual coordination efforts.
  • Bachelor's degree in biology, environmental science, forestry, resource management, archeology or other scientific field related to assignment*
  • 5 years of professional level experience in environmental programs including 1 year prior at senior, lead and/or supervisory level
*Equivalency: 1 year of experience = 1 year of education 

Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements
First Aid and CPR certification within the first 6 months of employment
Washington State Driver's License

Knowledge & Skills
The successful candidate will require strong collaboration, facilitation and leadership skills.
  • Team Leadership
  • Change Management
  • Effective Communication
  • Culture Development
  • Customer Focus
  • Partnership
  • Professionalism
Selection Process & Supplemental Information
This recruitment is being managed by Kye Meritt if you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with me on LinkedIn!

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.
The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.  

Tacoma Power
Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable, walkable cities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions
Typically require:
  • remaining in a stationary position for 90% of the time with occasional movement to access office files, machinery and similar productivity tools (standing, sitting, walking).
  • constant operation of a computer, as well as use of a calculator, printer and similar office tools (fingering, grasping, feeling, repetitive motions.
  • communication and the exchange of information with others (hearing, seeing, talking.
  • occasionally exerting up to 10 pounds of force to move, transport or position objects (sedentary work.
Occasionally require:
  • movement around the work place to pick up objects (stooping, walking, reaching).
  • traversing, ascending or descending stairs, sloped terrain, or similar environments (climbing, balancing, walking).
  • exerting up to 20 pounds of force to move, transport or position objects (light work).
Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received for interview consideration.
Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.
If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400.