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Beneficial Use Reconnaissance Program (BURP)

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Posting Begin Date: 2024/05/20
Posting End Date: 2024/05/27
Category: Environmental Services
Sub Category: Natural Resources
Work Type: Part Time Not Benefit Eligible
Location: Coeur d'Alene, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 15.00
Maximum Salary: 15.00
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 18 technicians total, 3 based out of each of our six regional offices, to perform Beneficial Use Reconnaissance Program (BURP) rapid bioassessment surveys.

To be considered for BURP crews in multiple regions, apply to each region’s vacancy announcement.

Boise Region (apply here)

Twin Falls Region (apply here)

Pocatello Region (apply here)

Idaho Falls Region (apply here)

Lewiston Region (apply here)

Coeur d’Alene Region (apply here) 

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


Salary Range: $15.00 Hourly Salary + up to an additional $55/day per diem when in the field.



BURP team members survey wadeable streams throughout their designated regional boundaries. All BURP team members are trained on standardized protocols at a week-long field camp held at the end of June. Incumbents also travel to Boise, Idaho, to participate in Wilderness First Aid certification before beginning the field season.

· Travel throughout the region to collect stream data and monitor water quality.

· Perform qualitative habitat surveys.

· Sample fish and aquatic insect populations.

· Record and manage field data on rugged tablets.

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

· Available from June through early September, with the end date flexible for students who need to return to school.

Learn more information about the data collected at past BURP sites.


Minimum Qualifications:

• Possession of a valid driver's license

• Ability to work during exposure to inclement weather.

• 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 June – September 2024 (end date flexible for students)


Desired Specialty Minimum Qualifications:

• 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 have past experience performing water quality monitoring activities and working in various conditions outdoors. Incumbents can typically expect to work overtime and will camp at developed or undeveloped campgrounds up to four nights a week. 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 and will be required to voucher some specimens in the field. Experience driving 4x4 vehicles in a backcountry setting and using navigational tools to find remote sites is considered a plus 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

• 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

• 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