Salary: 28.15 – $39.64 Hourly
Location: Tacoma, WA
Job Type: Classified
Closing Date: 8/17/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

Join Tacoma Power as a Natural Resources Technician and experience the thrill of bridging the gap between nature and information. As a vital member of our team, you’ll provide support for natural resources management requirements associated with operation of Tacoma Power’s Cowlitz, Cushman, Nisqually, and Wynoochee Hydroelectric Projects. Your contributions will directly impact the preservation and sustainable management of Tacoma Power’s invaluable resources. In this role, you’ll embark on field expeditions to collect essential data on fish and wildlife. But that’s not all—your role will extend beyond fieldwork. You’ll also be responsible for organizing and managing large datasets, ensuring their integrity and accuracy. Your meticulous attention to detail and passion for data organization will be instrumental in facilitating effective analysis and decision-making. Moreover, your creative flair will shine as you create stunning visualizations that transform raw data into engaging stories, empowering stakeholders to make informed choices.

As a Natural Resource Technician you will play a crucial role in providing support and subject matter across diverse domains, such as Data Analytics, Budgeting, and GIS. In addition, you will be responsible for providing consultations, delivering training, and developing comprehensive self-service data and training catalogs for both Natural Resources and Generation Staff. Your primary responsibilities will include:  

Responsibilities Include:

  • Undertaking various data-related tasks, such as collection, entry, documentation, organization, quality assurance, analysis, and reporting. This includes working with datasets associated with fish and wildlife handling, water quality monitoring, environmental permitting, spawning ground surveys, habitat monitoring and management, cultural and historic resource monitoring, land use monitoring, and fish facilities, among other activities. 

  • Assisting with special studies, projects, surveys, permitting, and investigations to contribute to the advancement of natural resources management and conservation efforts. 

  •  Supporting the collection management and analysis of data related to natural resources, ensuring the accuracy and integrity of the information gathered. 

  • Preparing and delivering oral and/or written reports and engaging in consultations with internal and external stakeholders, effectively communicating findings and recommendations derived from your work. 

  •  Actively participating in special events and functions related to natural resources, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange among colleagues and stakeholders. 

  • Contribute to the enhancement of data analytics capabilities and maturity within natural resources. 

  •  This position provides weekend and after hour response as assigned by their supervisor. 


Minimum Education*
High School Diploma or GED with coursework in biology or environmental science
Minimum Experience*
2 years *Equivalency: 1 year of experience = 1 year of education 

Desired Experience: 

  • Experience with MS Office Suite, SharePoint, SQL, Tableau (or other data visualization tools), and Snowflake  

  • GIS Certification and/or Experience with ESRI Products (ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, Field Maps, etc.)

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

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This recruitment is being managed by Kye Merritt, 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.

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. 

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. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental questionnaire scored. Candidates who obtain a passing score will be ranked on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration. Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.

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