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Full-time position at Idaho Power: Science Technician – Idaho Power White Sturgeon Team


Tracking Code 1726
Job Location: Boise, Idaho
Wage $25.20 – $36.55 Non-Exempt

Application Deadline 02/05/2021


Idaho Power is looking for a Science Technician to join our Environmental White Sturgeon team.

It’s an exciting time to work for an energy company, especially Idaho Power. We recently announced a goal of 100% clean energy by 2045. Our work plays a critical role in our customers’ lives and in the communities we serve across Idaho and Oregon.

What does a Science Technician do for us? They operate under supervision and oversight to safely implement fisheries related project tasks that involve defined protocols and accurate data records. Fishery resource programs include collection of resident fish species, all life stages of white sturgeon and bull trout associated with the Snake River and its reservoirs and tributaries. As part of the White Sturgeon team, the primary focus of this position will be duties associated with implementing white sturgeon program compliance requirements.

This role requires a basic understanding of principles and concepts of the Scientific Method and the fishery resources. They assist Resource Professionals, Resource Scientists or other Technicians implementing fishery resource plans or research evaluations associated with license or regulatory compliance activities, including gathering and entering data, and – operating and maintaining equipment. They also complete basic information summaries relative to task completion with guidance. Adhere strictly to protocols and seeks guidance if protocols cannot be followed. Interface at a task level with other team employees, contractors or agency/regulators with guidance.

In addition to the meaningful work we do, we offer work-life balance, competitive pay and benefits, and both a 401k employer-match and a pension plan, making Idaho Power one of the best employers in the state.


  • Possesses basic skills with job-specific equipment, tools, and software


  • Knowledge of fish sampling techniques in large reservoirs, large rivers and stream habitats

Skills in:

  • Has demonstrated the ability to learn and work in an office, shop, and/or field environment
  • Operation of common field equipment such as boats, UTVs, and ATVs

Ability to:

  • Identify fish species, with preferred ability to identify fish species common to the Snake River and its tributaries
  • Work in varied and often adverse weather conditions in the outdoors
  • Work comfortably in a moving boat environment and to hike considerable distance on often uneven terrain while carrying equipment in back packs
  • Work effectively and energetically within a team setting


Science Technician I


  • Associates Degree in applicable Resource Field


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Fishery Resources


  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team member/leader


  • Field experience in fisheries research or management

Science Technician II


  • Associates Degree in applicable Resource Field


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Fishery Resources


  • Three years full-time experience with resource management or research plan implementation and demonstrated ability to safely and effectively conduct field tasks related to diverse projects
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team member/leader

Licenses & Certifications:

  • Valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record based on driving requirements for the position
  • Ability to obtain DOT Medical Card prior to employment or placement in job for Fisheries positions, as well the ability to obtain a Boating Certification within 90 days


Medium duty- This position walks/hikes up to 1-3 miles on ascents/descents and at times on steep, unconsolidated slopes, in all seasons/weather conditions, (with the ability to take self-paced breaks when needed). A 40 lbs. backpack may be carried. Lifting of up to 50 lbs. to waist height, 50 lbs. shoulder height/overhead, and pushing/pulling up to 50 lbs. is performed occasionally. Squatting and crouching is performed occasionally. Stooping/bending, kneeling, reaching, and twisting is required frequently. Climbing is required occasionally onto/from equipment and machinery. Operation of ATVs, UTVs, and jet boats in river conditions, may be required to reach habitats. Job placement is contingent upon successful completion of a preemployment physical evaluation, the Department of Transportation (DOT) medical certificate exam.

The above is a summary of the primary essential functions of the position. This job may require the performance of additional tasks assigned by company leaders or management. Questions regarding job requirements or accommodation requests should be directed to Human Resources.


Will be required to regularly travel year-round to remote locations, periodically staying overnight. Also, may have to work overnight.


Adaptability, Collaborating, Communication, Energy, Quality Orientation, and Safety Focus.

To be considered for this position, please visit our website at and complete our online application.
Idaho Power is an Equal Opportunity Employer All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex(including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, marital status, and any other status protected by applicable federal and state laws. If you have questions, or require assistance or accommodation to complete the online application, please contact us at:

Phone: 208-388-2965 or Email:

Idaho Power is an Equal Opportunity Employer