Environmental Technicians: Idaho

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Positions available in the state office and regional offices: Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls, Boise , Lewiston, or Coeur d'Alene
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$15 Hourly Salary + up to $55.00/day additional per diem
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring 18 environmental technicians throughout the state of Idaho to survey streams as part of our Beneficial Use Reconnaissance Program. Technicians work outdoors on three-person field crews and perform a variety of environmental monitoring activities. These activities include collecting quantitative stream data, performing qualitative habitat surveys, recording field data on tablets, and sampling fish and aquatic insect populations. Crews will work and camp at remote locations for three or more nights per week and are required to furnish their own camping and cooking equipment. Applicants must be available June 1st through September (there is some flexibility on end date for students who need to return to school). Example of Duties: Working outdoors Monitoring water quality Sampling fish and aquatic insect populations Electro-fishing surveys Surveying habitat quality May involve working at high altitudes Typically working ten (10) hour days four (4) days in a row, with up to three (3) days off May involve working up to eight (8) days on with four (4) days off DEQ Provides: Transportation to and from field to regional office location Monitoring equipment and training Wilderness First Aid Training Hourly salary and field day per diem DEQ Does Not Provide: Transportation between home and regional office location Housing Camping gear/equipment Meals About DEQ: DEQ is a state department created by the Idaho Environmental Protection and Health Act to ensure clean air, water, and land in the state and protect Idaho citizens from the adverse health impacts of pollution. As a regulatory agency, DEQ enforces various state environmental regulations and administers a number of federal environmental protection laws including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The agency is committed to working in partnership with local communities, businesses, and citizens to identify and implement cost-effective environmental solutions.
Minimum Qualifications: Possession of a valid driver's license Ability to work during exposure to inclement weather. Ability to walk over rough terrain while lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Ability to hike in hip boots/waders over rough terrain and in streams, sometimes at high altitudes. Needed to work June – September 2023 (end date flexible for students)
Contact Person
IDEQ Human Resources, or regional offices listed on the application page
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