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Fisheries Biologist I, Temporary

Avista Corporation
Cabinet, Idaho, US
Closing date
Jun 23, 2024

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Temporary / Seasonal
Closes: Open until filled

Starting Range: $23.37 to $29.91 per hour

Full Range: $23.37 to $33.19 per hour

Job Description

Join Avista's Clark Fork River natural resource team as we work towards Bull Trout recovery in the lower Clark Fork River. The primary duties of this position are to assist Avista Fisheries Biologists with the monitoring and evaluation of a new fish passage facility recently constructed below Cabinet Gorge Dam in Idaho. The biologist will assist with the summarization and analysis of technical fisheries data and may assist with drafting technical reports using Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Access and R. This position requires working knowledge of data analysis and technical writing. In addition, the applicant must have the ability to work with minimal supervision, keep accurate records, adapt to varying work schedules, perform moderate to strenuous physical labor, and work outside in a variety of weather conditions. Additionally, this position will assist with other projects and fieldwork duties including assisting with operation of tributary traps, night electrofishing, stream electrofishing and other duties as assigned. Company provided housing may be available.


* Bachelor of Science degree in fisheries related field required. Master of Science preferred.
* Field work with Bull Trout or other native salmonids preferred.
* Experience with electrofishing, fish traps, weirs, and salmonid data collection preferred.
* Self-motivated and able to work independently.
* Detail Oriented.
* Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
* Valid driver's license.
* Demonstrated ability to collect, analyze and prepare reports based on fishery data.
* Ability to operate and maintain boats, four-wheel drive vehicles, and small generators.

Other combinations of education/experience may be considered.

To Apply

We encourage you to apply as many of our positions have step progressions to account for an incoming employee's various levels of knowledge, skills, and experience.

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".


At Avista, we believe our employees are essential. Through them we deliver value to our customers and the communities we serve. The physical, mental, and financial health and well-being of our employees and their families are important to us. We are committed to offering a comprehensive total rewards program comprised of an externally competitive, internally equitable compensation structure and a benefits package that allows us to retain and attract a diverse, engaged, and skilled workforce. Our benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, life, and disability coverage, retirement benefits, incentive plans, wellness resources, time-off programs and much more. In addition to our total rewards program, the Pacific Northwest offers abundant outdoor recreation, four distinct seasons, and all the amenities and activities an individual or family might be interested in. To learn more, please visit our benefits website at

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 a safe, inclusive workplace for people of all backgrounds, and we are committed to Equal Opportunity Employment, Affirmative Action efforts, and Equity, Inclusion and Diversity. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, protected veterans, and all others. 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 laws.

Equity and diversity in our workplace is important to us. Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here. Prior to the next step in the recruiting process, we welcome you to inform us confidentially if you require any special accommodations to participate fully in our recruitment process. 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 contact us at if you would like assistance.

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