Natural Resource Technician

Avista Utilities LogoCompany:  Avista Utilities

Location:   Spokane, WA

Date Posted:   July 31, 2019

Application Deadline:   August 15, 2019

Employment Type:  Full time

Natural Resource Technician

About the Position

The Recreation Technician is an important role within Avista’s Spokane River team, focused on assisting with the implementation requirements of the Spokane River Hydroelectric Project License. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Performs operation and maintenance activities at dispersed Project recreation sites and facilities including landscaping, irrigation, keeping facilities clean, and performing minor repairs.
  • Monitors and patrols Avista lands for trespass, encroachment, vandalism, tree removal, and other illegal activities.
  • Performs enhancement and maintenance activities on Avista lands including noxious weed control, grass seeding, vegetation planting, sign and fence repair/replacement.
  • Assists with natural resource programs as directed by appropriate natural resource lead (i.e. cultural resources, bald eagles, aquatic weeds water quality, fisheries, education and outreach events, etc.).
  • Assists with field reconnaissance associated with issuance of recreation and hunting permits on Avista lands.
  • Enters data from various field studies into electronic spreadsheets and databases.
  • Routinely in contact with the public, providing information to visitors and customers.


A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required (Bachelor’s degree preferred), as well as two or more years of progressive experience related to parks and recreation, land use management, or natural resource related field. Must have demonstrated experience and knowledge related to performing routine maintenance tasks associated with recreation facility upkeep, trail and road maintenance, irrigation, planting and landscaping work. Must have experience operating and maintaining various power tools and equipment. Ability to interpret typical construction and site development drawings.

The person selected must be self-motivated, flexible, and capable of working independently in the field, as well as part of a team. Must have a valid driver’s license. Position will require frequent work out-of-doors, possibly in inclement weather, and require strenuous physical exertion or lifting, and the ability to operate a boat, as needed.

Must be competent with computers and relevant software. Basic technical writing skills and a basic understanding of summary statistics and interpretation is preferred. Must be willing and capable of being trained in the safe and proper operation of equipment related to a particular field of specialization or assignment.

Position requires basic problem solving and decision making skills. Verbal communication and conflict resolution skills are required as this role requires direct contact with the public, private land owners, recreation and land use management agencies. Must have the ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Other combinations of education/experience may be considered.

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