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City of Tacoma WA Natural Resources Owners Representative in Tacoma, Washington

Natural Resources Owners Representative


$104,436.80 - $147,035.20 Annually


Tacoma, WA

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6/16/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

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Position Description

Tacoma Power is currently looking for a skilled and enthusiastic Owners Representative to join our Natural Resources team. This position serves as the owner’s representative overseeing major projects such as the Cowlitz Trout Hatchery modernization, Mayfield Fish Passage, and Satellite Rearing Facility construction as a designated subject matter expert.

This position is responsible for providing expertise or identifying experts who will provide expertise and input to project managers from design conception through construction and ensuring that project performance standards with low cost, flexibility and resiliency meet operational standards. In this role you will serve as a program and project manager for fisheries and natural resource related studies and development of business case and scope of construction projects and then maintain owner’s representative responsibilities throughout planning design and construction ensuring project continuity and delivery as intended.

In this role you will need to be a key communicator, negotiator, promotor, and contributor to these projects. You will engage with our state and federal stakeholders as necessary to understand and maintain relations.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Identify and advocate for proven, cost-effective solutions and equipment that will improve attainment of Natural Resources objectives.

  • Serve as Project Manager for studies, scope and business case development, and justifying construction project needs; and act as Owner’s Representative during the planning and execution of construction projects ensuring construction and owner objectives are aligned.

  • Review design plans and construction activities to ensure plans/deliverables meet owner’s reprehensive criteria expectations.

  • Conduct project updates and overviews to Natural Resources, Fisheries Technical Committee, WDFW and other regulatory agencies.

  • Manage the creation of O&M manual as components are commissioned.

  • Facilitate training and smooth transition of operations to new facility upgrades and operators.


  • 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

  • 5 or more years as a salmonid hatchery manager or lead biologist in aquaculture or similar field associated with salmonid facilities

  • Experience with hatchery or fish facility remodels in the Pacific Northwest and understanding of engineering designs.

  • Experience as a Project Manager on large capital projects

  • Knowledge in modern aquatic disease identification and prevention

  • Experience and proficiency in negotiating on behalf of a major organization.

  • Experience working with multi-stakeholder teams and gaining buy-in for decisions in a group setting

  • Expertise in managing major scientific projects

  • Ability to manage and prioritize tasks efficiently

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Experience managing consultants

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.

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.


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.

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Public Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.


Do you have a Bachelor's degree in biology, environmental science, forestry, resource management, archeology or other scientific field related to assignment?

  • Yes

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    Do you have 5 years of professional level experience in environmental programs including 1 year prior at senior, lead and/or supervisory level?

  • Yes

  • No


    Please articulate your experience working on large capital projects and what your role(s) have been in those efforts.


    Describe a time you came up with a process to solve a problem and not everyone agreed with the new process.


    Describe a time you were involved in a project that required you to communicate clearly and quickly.


    One of the City's Principles that guides us is Equity. Describe what equity means to you and describe any experience you have working with diverse groups of people.


    Please tell us how you learned about this job opening.

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Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764





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