Biologist 2 – Hatchery | Okanagan Nation Alliance


The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) is the Tribal Council for the Syilx Okanagan Nation. The ONA’s mandate is to advance, assert, support and preserve the Syilx Okanagan Nation title and rights. Further, the ONA is charged with providing members with a forum to discuss and form positions of common concern.

The ONA is currently seeking to employ a Biologist 2 for their Hatchery, and you will undertake duties associated with the Okanagan Nation Alliance’s Hatchery Program. The successful applicant should be comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic results based environment and have excellent problem solving, communication, supervision, time management, and safety management skills. This position reports to the Biologist 3 – Hatchery.

Key Duties and Responsibilities attached to this position are:

  • Providing support and assistance to the Biologist 3 – Hatchery with day to day hatchery operations, contract and project management.
  • To identify requirements of the species, select and oversee preparation of the site for species cultivation, monitoring of the environment for optimum conditions, stock examination, operation of cultivating and harvesting equipment.
  • Supervision and training of hatchery technicians and biologists is an important job function and in absence of the Biologist 3 – Hatchery manages the facility.
  • Development of proposals for funding and cost recovery arrangements for approval.
  • Assists with drafting of annual budget, prepares internal reports, provides technical updates, works in team fashion within own and other departments to contribute and support strategic objectives.
  • Attends and participates in relevant work related meetings as assigned

Qualifications and Experience

  • Must have an undergraduate degree in Science plus 4 year’s work experience involving aquaculture, propagating and rearing fish, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Willingness and ability to participate and lead start up activities.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management, strategic planning, development and monitoring of staff work plans.
  • Demonstrated experience in budgeting, finance control and administrative related duties associated with a hatchery operation.
  • Previous experience working with a First Nation band or within a First Nations environment is desirable.
  • Computer skills in a wide range of programs such as Microsoft Office suite and willingness to learn other programs if necessary.
  • A valid class 5 BC driver’s license. Class 5 with heavy trailer endorsement or class 4 license desirable.
  • Ability to operate equipment to transport fish and to maintain the facility.
  • Ability to help maintain and operate the facility and the equipment alongside the Hatchery Equipment and Facility Maintenance Coordinator.
  • A demonstrated commitment to safety.
  • Flexible work hours/willingness to work evenings and weekends.
  • Preference will be given to qualified applicants of Aboriginal ancestry

Hours: Full Time 40 hrs per week, with flexible work hours (e.g. some evenings and weekends).

Application Procedures: Interested candidates are invited to forward a current resume and covering letter to:

David Leroux, Employment and Human Resources Administrator

Okanagan Nation Alliance

# 101- 3535 Old Okanagan Hwy Westbank, BC V4T 3L7

Email: dleroux@syilx.org Fax: (250) 707-0166

No Phone Calls, only those short-listed will be contacted.

The Competition is posted until filled.