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Environmental Scientist - Ariel, WA #108416

Date: Jun 22, 2022

Location: Ariel, WA, US, 98603

Company: PacifiCorp


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PacifiCorp is seeking customer-centric candidates to grow and sustain our commitment to a culture of customer service excellence, environmental sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion.

General Purpose

This position is for a fish passage biologist that will be a part of the Lewis River Fish Passage Team.  Individual will help operate multiple fish passage facilities located throughout the North Fork Lewis River Hydroelectric Project to ensure compliance with all environmental, governmental, and regulatory requirements. Fish passage facilities operate on a 24/7/365 schedule. Scientific disciplines include but are not limited to biology, water quality and habitat assessment/management.


•    Design and conduct scientific studies and tests.
•    Prepare budget and develop plans for assigned tasks and projects.
•    Develop scope of work and supervise consultants and contracts to ensure obligations, requirements, and compliance are met. 
•    Conduct research and perform investigations to identify impacts on the environment.
•    Develop and manage environmental programs and ensure compliance with the highest environmental standards.
•    Monitor and report the status of environmental programs in conformance with regulatory and corporate requirements.
•    Collect, analyze and report environmental program metrics.
•    Negotiate with, and provide advice to the industry, government departments and the public on environmental resource matters. 
•    Coordinate with other internal and external scientists, engineers, and managers to ensure that projects comply with environmental standards and permit conditions.


•    Bachelor’s Degree in an aquatic scientific discipline; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
•    A minimum of three years aquatic sciences experience.
•    Research and analysis skills for identifying proper methods for conducting scientific or technical actions in order to accurately interpret research results.
•    Process management skills in order to identify and execute critical tasks and interpret and summarize results.
•    Interpersonal and communication skills involving the ability to work collaboratively with team members, to effectively communicate methods, findings and recommendations to management through oral and written means.
•    Experience communicating scientific principles with government agency representatives (federal, state, local) and other stakeholders (land owners, water users, tribes, non-governmental organizations, etc.).
•    Proficient with the use of personal computer applications to support research and analysis activities, including but not limited to Excel and Geographic Information System applications.
•    Knowledge of scientific principles in area of specialty.
•    Understanding of local, state (Washington) and federal environmental, governmental, and regulatory requirements specifically impacting work.
•    Knowledge of Company policies, practices, and procedures.


Additional Information

Req Id: 108416
Company Code: PacifiCorp  
Primary Location: Ariel
Department: Pacific Power
Personnel Subarea: EXEMPT 
Hiring Range: $72,500.00 - $85,300.00 


•    This position will specifically focus on duties and responsibilities associated with daily fish handling and monitoring efforts at various fish passage facilities on the North Fork Lewis River.
•    Employee will be an integral member of the Lewis River Fish Passage Team, where job duties will include physically sorting, identifying, and handling all life-stages of anadromous salmonids and other riverine fishes as well as actively participating in various data collection and reporting requirements of the fish passage program. 
•    Actively seeking applicants that have experience with handling and sampling protocols associated with assessing population metrics (e.g., length and weigh) and/or tagging procedures (e.g., PIT, FLOY, biotelemetry) for anadromous salmonids.   
•    Employee will oversee facility operation and coordinate with union maintenance staff on scheduled and unscheduled outages of fish passage equipment.
•    Employee will be incorporated into the fish passage team’s on-call rotation and will, at times, be responsible for responding to non-work hour emergencies at fish passage facilities.
•    This position is located at the Hydro North Head Quarters Building at Merwin Dam, located approximately 10 miles east of Woodland, Washington, and will report to the Lewis River Fish Passage Program Supervisor.  

Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without an accommodation.


At PacifiCorp, we encourage everyone to work together. We embrace diversity and value the distinct perspectives of all our employees. We strive to cultivate a workplace that connects each employee to the organization and enables all individuals to participate and contribute to their full potential.  


It is PacifiCorp's policy to provide and promote equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants in accordance with local, state and federal laws and regulations governing personnel activities. In accordance with federal guidelines, PacifiCorp is committed to a program of affirmative action. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.


All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and drug screening.

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Nearest Secondary Market: Tacoma

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