Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Salary commensurate with experience
Deadline Jun 20, 2021

At Saltwater Inc., we believe that high quality data is vital to the health of our fisheries and oceans: our mission is to provide that data. Saltwater is a small, innovative company, and we are currently recruiting a qualified Salmon Habitat Restoration Junior Scientist within the Northwest Fisheries Science Center.This is a full time position based in Seattle, WA, with work anticipated to begin on or about July 1, 2021.

The Fish Ecology (FE) Division at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center conducts scientific research on threatened and endangered salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest and California, including watershed assessments to aid in restoration planning and habitat monitoring, to meet NMFS statutory obligations under the Endangered Species Act. The Salmon Habitat Restoration Junior Scientist will assist with habitat analyses and development of salmon life cycle models to help managers identify and prioritize habitat restoration actions for salmon and steelhead. The analyses will focus on collection of habitat and/or fish data in river basins and nearshore waters of the Western Region.

Our ideal candidate would be someone with experience in salmon and steelhead populations and habitats in the Western Region. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must.


  • Assist with gathering of landscape and habitat data for habitat change assessments, including, but not limited to, existing suitable data sets.
  • Collect and enter data  in a suitable format for habitat change analysis, and written documentation of data for reports.
  • Conduct habitat change analysis (historical and current habitat conditions) to develop habitat scenarios for life cycle models.
  • Assist with gathering of fish population data, including, but not limited to, existing data sets for life cycle model development.
  • Adapt or revise previously developed life cycle models for river basins in the Pacific Northwest, and run alternative habitat scenarios for habitat restoration planning.
  • Provide analysis results in a format suitable for written documentation and reports.



  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, geology, natural science, hydrology or environmental sciences.
  • Three (3) years of experience related to the task order including:
    •  Conducting quantitative and spatial analyses in R
    • Conducting quantitative and spatial analyses in ARC GIS
    • Analysis of salmon habitat data
    • Development and use of salmon life cycle models
    • Scientific writing
  • Basic computer skills (MS Office, etc.)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


Salary commensurate with experience. Medical insurance, Holiday, PTO, Sick pay, and 401K are also offered.


Only qualified applicants that meet the requisite experience need apply. If interested, applicants should submit a resume and cover letter that briefly describes how they meet the qualifications listed above and why they would be the best candidate for the job. Please indicate whether or not you have NOAA security clearance at the time of application.

Please send your resume and cover letter to Kathy Robinson at