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Environmental Scientist (Specializing in GIS Water Rights)

Avista Corporation
Spokane County, Washington, US
Closing date
Jun 3, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Informatics / GIS
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Employment Type
Full time
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Closes: May 2, 2022
Salary: DOQ

Job DescriptionBroadly, Environmental Scientists promote and ensure corporate environmental performance by designing, implementing, coordinating, and maintaining programs for compliance and operational excellence. This position will focus on water rights application and administration for facilities and operations company-wide in four states. In addition, this position will support others in the Environmental Affairs department by applying GIS expertise in a range of contexts. This role may also provide other areas of technical or field support in the range of the department's work.

These areas may include permitting, project management, risk assessment, hydro license compliance, natural resource negotiations, environmental risk assessment, property management, environmental auditing, environmental education, recreation management, fisheries management and other areas of resource management and compliance.

RequirementsBachelor's Degree from four-year college or university in an applicable field, such as biology, geology, chemistry, fisheries, wildlife, recreation, environmental science, or related field, with three or more years of professional experience. Master's degree preferred. Knowledge of and experience in some aspect of water rights is highly preferred. Demonstrated GIS knowledge and experience required.

Must demonstrate understanding of fundamental concepts, practices and procedures in at least one technical field and/or GIS. Comfortable in office and field situations representing the company and interacting with a wide variety of utility staff, agency regulators, tribes, and other stakeholders. Requires excellent organizational and communication skills, with proficiency in writing/grammar. Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships and to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing, is essential. Computer skills proficiency required.

Other combinations of skills/experiences may be considered.

To Apply

Complete an online application and attach your resume and cover letter to your profile. All documents must be attached to your application at the time of submitting your application for review. No documents can be attached after you click "Submit".

Important COVID-19 Guidance for Candidates:

Currently, Avista Corporation is not mandating that employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. However, Avista Corporation may still be required to provide workers who are vaccinated against COVID-19 for certain state projects. There is a future possibility of a vaccination mandate, subject to legally required exemptions and accommodations for a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief. By completing this application, you certify that you understand and acknowledge that Avista Corporation may be subject to potential future vaccination requirements.

Pre-employment screening requirements
Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a drug test, background check and motor vehicle records review.

Avista's Commitment to Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Avista is committed to the goal of Equal Opportunity Employment and Affirmative Action. All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, sensory, mental or physical disability (unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification), Veteran status or any other classification protected by nondiscrimination law.

Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here. Avista will make reasonable accommodation to assist a qualified person with a disability in the job application, interview process, and to perform the essential functions of the job whenever possible, where undue hardship would not be created for Avista. Please let us know if you would like assistance.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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