Biologist II

  • Idaho Power Co.
  • Boise, ID, United States
  • Feb 21, 2017
Full time Biology/Ecology

Job Description


The primary objective of this position is to function as the Principle Investigator in the initiation and planning, budgeting, implementation, and close of multiple, concurrent complex environmental projects related to hydroelectric licensing and compliance related efforts within the Environmental Affairs Water Quality Resource Group. Principle investigators take a leadership role in describing natural resources, developing monitoring plans to ensure quality data, managing and analyzing data, and reporting effects of Company activities on the natural resources. The successful candidate must coordinate with other Company staff to identify and assign resources and work products, as well as, consult with regulatory agencies and non-governmental groups as it relates to hydroelectric projects and their ongoing operation.



Knowledge of:

·         Principles of freshwater ecology and water chemistry

·         Computers and database management systems

·         Environmental regulations

·         Field techniques and equipment

·         Water safety.

Skills in:

·         Data analytics and statistical analysis

·         Effective oral and written communication to technical and non-technical audiences

·         Negotiating and conflict resolution.

Ability to:

·         Keep accurate and organized data records

·         Understand data and perform necessary statistical analysis to support recommendations to senior management regarding water quality resources of Idaho Power service territory

·         Perform technical report writing required for state and federal permits and licenses

·         Work congenially with other employees, federal and state agencies, and the public

·         Participate in public meetings and effectively communicate Idaho Power positions and achieve desirable outcomes

·         Manage multiple, concurrent complex water quality issues

·         Perform physically demanding work in adverse weather conditions during day and night hours on land and boats

·         Operate and maintain jet and prop boats and four-wheel-drive motor vehicles.




·         Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, or a natural resources-related field.


·         Master's degree or higher in biology, ecology, or a natural resources-related field.


·         Three years experience as an environmental professional or equivalent specialized training in natural resource, ecology or management with the demonstrated ability to develop written plans and communicate monitoring results both oral and written.



·         Two or more years demonstrated ability to develop written plans and communicate monitoring results both oral and written

·         Experience consulting or negotiating with governmental and non-governmental groups.

Licenses & Certifications

·         Valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record based on driving requirements for the position. DOT Medical Card required to obtain prior to hire. Must obtain First Aid/CPR card within 90 days of hire.



60% of this job is done in an office environment; sitting for long periods of time often in front of a computer. 40% of this job is done outdoors in possible adverse weather conditions. Requires the ability to use fine motor skills to operate a keyboard to analyze data and write reports. Substantial amounts of time will be spent driving motor vehicles. The person in this position should have the ability to bend, stoop, squat, crouch, kneel, twist, reach climb in and out of boats, hike on uneven terrain, and cross creeks. There will be rare to occasional carrying and lifting of items weighing up to 50 lbs. (above shoulder, waist high, and knee high) to move equipment such as GPS equipment, bags of sand, etc., into and out of vehicles and boats. Applicant will need the ability to occasionally push / pull with exertional force greater than 50 lbs. while moving trailers and boats into and out of the water.  Job requires the ability to operate motor vehicles, 4x4 vehicles, and boats using foot controls and hand controls. Applicant must be able to perform the essential functions of the position without posing a direct threat of harm to self, others, or property.  Job placement is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment, post-offer Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) medical exam.



·         Communication, Planning and Organizing, Decision Making, Work Standards, Adaptability, Information Monitoring, Initiating Action, Building Strategic Working Relationships and Safety Awareness.



·         Travel across Idaho Power service area, with occasional overnight stays.


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:

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Job Level



Business Services


$81,744.00 – 98,446.40