PacFish/InFish Overview

Photo of three technicians performing some water sampling on a stream.


The goal of the PacFish/InFish Biological Opinion Monitoring Program (PIBO MP) is to monitor stream and riparian habitats within the PIBO MP study area (see map on employment page), in order to determine if the PacFish (Pacific Anadromous Fish) and InFish (Inland Fish) aquatic conservation strategies can effectively maintain or restore the structure and function of riparian and aquatic systems.


  • Determine whether a suite of biological and physical attributes, and functions of upland, riparian, and aquatic systems are being degraded, maintained, or restored across the PIBO MP landscape.
  • Determine the direction and rate of change in riparian and aquatic habitats over time as a function of management practices.
  • Determine if specific Designated Management Area practices related to livestock grazing are maintaining or restoring riparian vegetation structure and function.

Program Description

This program monitors stream and riparian conditions on United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service lands. The program has been operating since 1998, with a current budget of approximately $1.5 million. During each field season, staff members collect information on approximately 450 randomly selected watersheds through out the Intermountain West.  Although you will be stationed in one of four remote work station locations (northern Utah, western Montana, central Oregon, or central Idaho), you will likely travel throughout the study area. See the map below.

Program Employment Information

Thank you for your interest in the PacFish/InFish Biological Opinion Monitoring Program of Streams and Riparian Areas. This could be an extremely rewarding position, allowing you to learn regionally applied sampling techniques, work as part of large team, and travel extensively throughout Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Northern Nevada. Please proceed to the Position Announcements and Employment Information

Map that shows the sites sampled from 2001-2013 within the effectiveness monitoring area.

Map that shows the sites sampled from 2001-2013 within the effectiveness monitoring area.