Job Opportunity: Project Planner/Stream Rehabilitation Specialist

In the Upper Salmon Basin, the OSC primarily works on projects that benefit recovery of Chinook salmon and steelhead including habitat improvement/rehabilitation, irrigation efficiency, and fish barrier removal.

A Project Planner/Stream Restoration Specialist with the Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Program will identify, plan, permit, and aid in implementing stream habitat projects in the Upper Salmon River that benefit ESA listed anadromous fish species. This position works in a very interdisciplinary environment and must be comfortable collaborating with a team of individuals having different opinions and viewpoints. Additionally, this position provides scientific/technical services to project partners, sponsors, and collaborators during project development and evaluation. The technical services expected of the incumbent will depend on experience, but the preferred candidate will have a basic understanding of watershed sciences, applied methods in hydrology and fluvial geomorphology, and experience with stream restoration design.

Example of Duties

  • In a teamwork environment, coordinate with private landowners, government agencies and non-government organizations to develop habitat restoration projects to benefit anadromous fish in the Upper Salmon River Basin
  • Maintain and utilize data collection systems and computer-based reports for analysis and dissemination
  • Develop conceptual restoration designs for stream habitat improvement projects
  • Conduct pre-project site assessments/data collection to inform project goals and objectives.
  • Assist with program budgeting, and contract development including assisting with development of RFPs (Requests for Proposals), solicitation of bids and selection of vendors
  • Act as liaison with other agencies, project sponsors, and private landowners
  • Answer inquiries for information from local, state, and federal agencies and the public
  • Review and evaluate departmental planning projects or grants for compliance with local, state, and federal environmental regulations including ESA, NEPA and the Clean Water Act
  • Prepare grant applications for submittal to state or federal agencies, and manage grant-related activities
  • Participate in on-site project compliance reviews
  • Participate as an active member of an interagency technical team and advisory committee in addition to taking notes
  • Provide reports and project information to Advisory Committees, project sponsors, special interest groups, and the general public
  • Assist with website maintenance
  • Provide technical services such as installing and maintaining stream monitoring equipment, aerial surveys, hydrologic measurements, flow modeling, sediment assessments, water quality sampling, or other requests related to project development and monitoring

Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, fisheries, hydrology, geology or a natural resources discipline


  • Experience/knowledge in designing and planning habitat improvement projects focused on aquatic habitat restoration and fish passage
  • Demonstrated experience in stream channel/riparian and aquatic habitat inventory and assessment.
  • Demonstrated experience in environmental compliance to include Fed/State rules, ESA, ACOE 404 permitting etc. and utilizing Best Management Practices in project planning
  • Experience presenting to a diverse audience of stakeholders with differing views and levels of experience
  • Demonstrated experience in participating and collaborating with local soil and water conservation districts, municipal and county governments, federal/state agencies and private landowners
  • Experience with ArcGIS or other open-source GIS programs (or AutoCAD)

Preferred Qualifications (In-addition to the Minimum Qualifications):


  • Master’s degree in biology, ecology, fisheries, hydrology, geology or a natural resources discipline or five years of equivalent work experience


  • Understanding of fluvial geomorphology principles
  • Understanding of watershed hydrology including surface and groundwater
  • Experience with topographic surveying methods and equipment
  • Experience measuring discharge in wadable streams and the development of rating curves at flow monitoring stations
  • Experience with collecting and analyzing stream temperature data (or other water quality parameters)
  • Understanding of methods for estimating sediment transport
  • Understanding of open-channel flow (or experience with flow modelling platforms such as HEC-RAS)
  • Experience flood frequency analysis and statistics
  • Experience with quantitative data management, visualization, and sharing

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