Aquatic Restoration Staff Scientist/Ecologist

We have a current opening for a full-time staff Scientist/Ecologist based out of our Hood River, Oregon office.

How to Apply & Timeline

  • If you would like to apply, please submit a Resume & Cover Letter via email to [email protected].
  • We will be collecting applications throughout February and March 2023. Interviews will follow; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Firm Description

Since 1984, Inter-Fluve has been a leading water resources science and engineering firm specializing in aquatic ecosystem restoration. We have worked across the United States and internationally on projects that focus on all phases and applications of aquatic habitat restoration, including watershed analysis; stream and wetland assessment; dam removal and fish passage restoration; river, wetland, and floodplain restoration; restoration of estuarine habitats; and other water-related projects.

Our dedicated team of professionals share their passion for nature through their service to our clients. We apply a broad range of science and engineering skills to investigate and design restoration, enhancement, and recovery solutions for degraded riverine, wetland, estuarine and lake environments. Throughout our history, our company’s focus has always been to collaborate, explore, question, and advance our craft.

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Position Description

We are seeking an early to mid-career staff scientist to join our team. The ideal candidate will have experience and education in a core discipline relevant to water resources restoration, with either:

  • a focus on riparian and plant ecology (e.g., riparian/floodplain plant ecology, wetland science, or botany) with some educational background or work experience in fluvial geomorphology/hydrology/water resources restoration


  • A focus on fisheries biology, hydrology, or fluvial geomorphology that has some educational background in or work experience related to plant ecology

The candidate be able to assist in various aspects of data collection, analysis, design, and implementation of river, estuarine, and wetland restoration projects.

Location: Hood River, OR

Work Schedule

This position will be expected to be in the office at least 3 days a week, Monday – Friday. Employees may elect to work from home up to 2 days a week if and when job duties allow (e.g., field work and in person meetings take precedence.). Occasional long work days and some work on weekends may occur.

Required Qualifications   

  • Postgraduate degree or comparable work experience in a core water resource discipline and two to five years of work experience in a position relevant to degree. A Postgraduate degree in a related field may count towards work experience.
  • Passion for aquatic ecosystem science or engineering and for restoration of aquatic systems.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively both as part of a team as well as independently.
  • Experience in one or more software programs used for analysis, communication, and design, including Autodesk Civil 3D, ArcGIS, HEC-RAS, Excel.
  • Willingness to travel for up to 7 days at a time for projects.
  • Ability to practice self-reflection and continually seeks to advance communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively self-manage your time to balance multiple deadlines/commitments.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion.

Additional Desired Qualifications

  • Professional experience with river, stream, estuarine, wetland and/or floodplain restoration projects.
  • Wetland delineation experience, training, or certification
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues of aquatic restoration from a non-white perspective (for example, Indigenous, Black, and/or Latinx relationships to water and place).
  • Experience with topographic or bathymetric surveying including with GPS RTK, Total Station, sonar, or UAV-based methods.
  • Experience with scientific field surveys and sampling techniques for rivers and wetlands.
  • Construction oversight or management experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with the public and diverse stakeholder groups.

Essential Duties

  • Prepare reports for smaller projects or chapter-size elements in larger reports or work products.
  • Carry responsibility for design/completion of programs such as field investigations or numerical modeling.
  • Carry responsibility for timely completion of timesheets, turning in expenses, keeping hours within budget and meeting deadlines.
  • Effectively manage short- and long-term workload to meet deadlines.
  • Attend site visits and conducts field work.
  • Participate in performance feedback discussions, seek out work from Project Managers, give and receive feedback.
  • May lead internal technical discussions with project teams.

Additional Information

  • Inter-Fluve, Inc. offers a competitive compensation package that includes paid time off, 100% employer paid health plan, 401k with employer contribution after waiting period, and more.
  • Inter-Fluve is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, neurodiversity, disability, age, veteran status, or any other aspect which makes them unique. All inquiries will be handled confidentially.

This position will remain open until filled. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

If you would like to apply, please submit a Resume & Cover Letter via email to [email protected].