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NARS National Rivers and Streams Assessment Technicians

Posting Begin Date: 2024/02/05
Posting End Date: 2024/02/29
Category: Environmental Services
Sub Category: Natural Resources
Work Type: Part Time Not Benefit Eligible
Location: Boise, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 16.00
Maximum Salary: 16.00
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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State of Idaho Opportunity

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)


Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date. 


The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring three National Rivers and Streams Assessment Technicians based out of Boise, Idaho, for summer 2024.

These positions are temporary, full-time appointments without benefits.


Salary Range: $16.00 Hourly Salary + up to an additional $55/day per diem when in the field.


The National Rivers and Streams Assessment (NRSA) is a collaborative survey between the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the states that provides information on the ecological condition of the nation’s rivers and streams and the key stressors that affect them. For summer 2024, crew members on the NRSA team will perform the following:

· Survey wadeable streams and one nonwadeable site that may require a multiday rafting trip in September.

· Travel throughout the state to collect quantitative stream data.

· Perform qualitative habitat surveys.

· Sample fish and aquatic insect populations.

· Record and manage field data, field filter samples, and ship samples to labs.

· Work and camp at remote locations for three or more nights per week and furnish own camping equipment.

· May need to remain in field for 5+ days if traveling to a distant sampling location.

· Available from mid-May through mid-September, with the end date flexible for students.


Minimum Qualifications:

• Possession of a valid driver's license

• Ability to work in inclement weather.

• Ability to work and camp at remote locations statewide for three or more nights a week.

• Incumbents must be able to walk over rough terrain while lifting/packing up to 50 pounds, to safely navigate wadeable streams in hip boots and waders, and to walk up to eight miles a day along stream banks and trails.

• Needed to work mid-May – mid-September 2024 (end date flexible for students)


Desired Specialty Minimum Qualification

It is preferred that applicants have or are working towards a BS in Natural Resources (or related field) or have equivalent job experience and training. The ideal applicant would be detail-oriented, have experience performing water quality monitoring activities, and be comfortable navigating to backcountry sites in 4x4 vehicles as well as on foot. Incumbents can typically expect to work overtime and will enjoy a combination of camping and hotel stays throughout the summer. Applicants should be OK with minimal/no cell service for days at a time and be able to accommodate a flexible schedule. Applicants should be comfortable handling living and dead fish, as well as procuring fish tissue samples and vouchering specimens in the field. Past experience on a field crew or with white water rafting will be considered favorable and should be clearly outlined in a resume or cover letter.


Supplemental information:

DEQ Provides:

• Transportation to and from field to regional office location

• Monitoring equipment and training

• Camp kitchen equipment

• Wilderness First Aid Training

• Hourly salary and field day per diem


DEQ Does Not Provide:

• Transportation between home and regional office location

• Housing

• Camping gear/equipment (sleep system, tent, etc.)

• Meals




The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.


About Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ):

DEQ is a state department created by the Idaho Environmental Protection and Health Act to ensure clean air, water, and land in the state and protect Idaho citizens from the adverse health impacts of pollution. As a regulatory agency, DEQ enforces various state environmental regulations and administers a number of federal environmental protection laws including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The agency is committed to working in partnership with local communities, businesses, and citizens to identify and implement cost-effective environmental solutions.

The Department of Environmental Quality may conduct verification of the information provided in your application, including validation of driver's license status, education, employment, and criminal history. Omission and/or falsification of information provided in your application will result in your removal from consideration for employment, appointment, or promotion.


To protect human health and the quality of  

Idaho's air, land, and water.  

If you have questions, please contact us at:  

Email: [email protected]

    Phone: (208) 373-0333