Aquatic Restoration Staff Scientist (Geomorphologist, Ecologist, Biologist) – OR

We have a current opening for an early or mid-career staff scientist based out of our Hood River, Oregon office.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply, please submit a Resume and Cover Letter via email to [email protected] and include ‘Staff Scientist’ in the subject line.

Firm Description

Since 1984, Inter-Fluve has been a leading water resources science and engineering firm specializing in river restoration. We have worked across the United States and internationally on projects that include dam removal, aquatic habitat restoration, wetlands assessment, floodplain restoration, watershed analysis, estuary restoration, 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 a staff scientist with expertise in a discipline of aquatic restoration to join our team. The ideal candidate will have experience and education in a core discipline relevant to water resources restoration such as fluvial geomorphology, fisheries biology, stream ecology, aquatic habitat biology, watershed hydrology, or ecology. The candidate should have a firm understanding of river and wetland ecosystem processes and be able to assist in various aspects of data collection, analysis, design, implementation, and project management of river, estuarine, and wetland restoration projects.

Location: Hood River, OR
Work Schedule

We currently operate on a hybrid schedule where employees are 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 when job duties allow (e.g. field work and in person meetings take precedence.)

This position may include frequent field work and travel up to 7 days at a time.

Approximately one-third of the work for this position will be field-based, though time will vary seasonally. Longer field days and/or inconsistent work schedule may be required during certain seasons, such as summer and fall.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in a core water resources discipline.
  • 2 or more years of relevant work experience or Master’s degree.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Passion for aquatic ecosystem science and for restoration of aquatic systems.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively both as part of a team and independently.
  • Experience in one or more software programs used for analysis, communication, and design, including ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Excel, HEC-RAS, R.
  • Ability to work outdoors in adverse conditions across a variety of terrains and travel for projects for up to 7 days at a time.
  • Ability to practice self-reflection and continually seeks to advance communication skills.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion.
Additional Desired Qualifications
  • Master’s degree and/or comparable experience strongly preferred.
  • 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.
  • Wetland delineation training or certification.
  • Construction oversight or management experience.
  • Experience managing projects.
  • Demonstrated understanding of aquatic resources from a non-white perspective as relates to restoration activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with the public and other stakeholder groups.
Essential Duties

Essential duties will vary depending on experience level of the candidate, but may include the following:

  • Prepare reports for smaller projects or chapter-size elements in larger reports or work products.
  • Carries responsibility for design/completion of programs such as field investigations or numerical modeling.
  • Project management tasks including:
    • Scope, schedule, and budget preparation.
    • Leading project teams and meeting technical, schedule and financial targets.
    • Delegating, and providing clear estimates of hours, deliverables, and timelines expected to be met.
    • Attending internal project management trainings.
    • Contribute to or lead internal project design discussions and decisions.
  • Conduct field work, which may include aquatic habitat assessments, aquatic species surveys, topographic and bathymetric surveys, fish salvage efforts during construction, installation of data loggers, etc.
  • Attends site visits and conducts field work.
  • Participate in performance feedback discussions, seek out work, give and receive feedback.
  • Additional duties as required.
Benefits & Additional Information

Inter-Fluve, Inc. offers a competitive compensation package that includes paid time off, nine paid holidays, 100% employer paid health plan, 401k with employer contribution after waiting period, paid family and medical leave, and more.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

This position will remain open until filled.

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.