The incumbent is required to provide engineering work, technical expertise and knowledge in performance of hydraulic and fisheries engineering services. Knowledge required in planning and conducting investigations involving feasibility and design of fish habitat and restoration improvements, in-stream structures, fluvial geomorphology, fish barrier assessments, and fish screens, in addition to general civil engineering practices. The incumbent will apply technical knowledge of hydrology and hydraulics to the engineering analysis of existing and proposed land and water projects and will make recommendations to integrate the needs of the fish and wildlife into the planning, design, construction and operation of these projects.
The incumbent must have knowledge of water resources engineering including the science of hydrology, hydraulic structures including fish passageways and instream habitat, design methods and procedures, properties and use of construction materials, standard specifications and pertinent codes, and the effect of groundwater, surface water, soil conditions, and stream dynamics on the design and adequacy of fish habitat improvements. The incumbent must have a fundamental understanding of aquatic ecology and the physiological and behavioral characteristics of several species of anadromous and resident fish and how such will relate to the design of hydraulic structures for fish passage and habitat. The incumbent will provide technical input into the development of new methodologies, procedures and guidelines to protect and restore fish and wildlife habitat.
The incumbent will assist Idaho Department of Fish and Game staff throughout the state to provide technical and field assistance for all aspects (from planning through implementation) of hydraulic projects designed to support fish and wildlife populations or to improve their habitats. Construction management and oversight of engineered designs also included.
Expected duty station is Boise, Idaho. Salmon and Lewiston, Idaho duty stations are negotiable, depending on experience and qualifications of incumbent. Frequent statewide travel and working outdoors in inclement conditions, will be required in this position.
Essential Functions: (The functions listed are characteristic of the type and level of work associated with this group and pay band. They are not all-inclusive. Individual positions may perform some or all, as well as other similar work.)
Fisheries Engineering (or Engineer-In-Training) - Prepares plans, specifications, and cost estimates for fish habitat improvements including fish ladders, fish screens, barriers, in-stream structures, fishing ponds, and stream improvements. Reviews fish screen and passage designs prepared by others for conformance with provided criteria. Evaluates barriers to fish migration and develops and directs the implementation of corrective measures.
Staff Consultation - Provides statewide engineering support and consultation to staff and regional personnel on technical and engineering aspects on issues that impact fish and wildlife. Typical projects include culvert construction/modification, fish ladders, fish screens, fish barriers, water impoundments, wells, bank protection, stream restoration, erosion control, floodplain construction, and stream sediment transport issues.
Field Investigations and Surveys - Assist fisheries and engineering staff in a wide range of complex field investigations and activities including site surveys, stream assessments, fishery project implementation and stream restoration projects. Conduct field surveys to develop topographic information required to complete thorough site analyses (e.g., project design, planning, and verification of field conditions).
Administrative - Prepares project bid specifications, memos, letters, and contract management for construction according to the Idaho Public Works statutes.
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Degree in professional engineering (hydraulic, civil, electrical) and either an Idaho Professional Engineering license or the ability to obtain a license within the next two years.
All candidates must present six months of Specialized Experience** that is directly related to the work of the position.
**Specialized Experience is experience that equips the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position being filled. To be creditable, Specialized Experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.
Other comparable areas of engineering science/physics such as such as geomorphology, sediment transport, or soil mechanics.
Additional Mandatory/Desirable Skills:
valid state driver's license
topographic field surveying
AutoCAD Civil 3D
hydraulic modeling software
construction oversight experience
coursework or experience in: open channel flow, hydraulic structures, fluvial geomorphology, and/or sediment transport
knowledge of fish and invertebrate taxonomy
knowledge of fish biology and salmonid life history
ability to write technical reports
environmental permitting experience
windows-based computer applications such as
ability to function well as a member of a team
Internal Number: 18-1048
About Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Established in 1947 by consent of Congress, the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) is an interstate compact agency that helps resource agencies and the fishing industry sustainably manage our valuable Pacific Ocean resources in a five-state region. PSMFC's primary goal is to promote and support policies and actions to conserve, develop, and manage our fishery resources in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. We accomplish this through coordinating research activities, monitoring fishing activities, and facilitating a wide variety of projects. We work to collect data and maintain databases on salmon, steelhead, and other marine fish for fishery managers and the fishing industry.