Field Technician

About Trout Unlimited

Today, Trout Unlimited (TU) is a national organization with more than 150,000 volunteers organized into about 400 chapters nationwide. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of organizers, lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 30 offices nationwide. These conservation professionals ensure that TU is at the forefront of fisheries restoration and protection work at the local, state and national levels. Our mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. Our vision is by the next generation, TU will ensure that robust populations of native and wild coldwater fish once again thrive within their North American range, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.

Position Summary

Trout Unlimited (TU) is seeking a qualified individual to serve as its full-time Field Technician for the Eastern Abandoned Mine Program and Pennsylvania Eastern Brook Trout Habitat Initiative. The Eastern Abandoned Mine Program is focused on the conservation, protection, and restoration of coldwater fisheries and their watersheds that have been impacted by historic coal mining throughout the Appalachian region. A main focus of this program is the West Branch Susquehanna Restoration Initiative, which is a comprehensive and collaborative effort aimed at the restoration of coldwater streams and the ultimate recovery of the West Branch Susquehanna River. The Pennsylvania Eastern Brook Trout Habitat Initiative was launched in early 2013 and is focused on reconnecting and restoring Eastern brook trout habitat in priority Pennsylvania watersheds. The Field Technician position is based out of TU's field office in Lock Haven, PA, and will report directly to the Director for daily work tasks, but will coordinate and work on projects as a team member with all staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collect field data through activities such as electrofishing, benthic macroinvertebrate surveys, water quality sampling, and fish habitat surveys.
  • Provide data entry and database management, as well as prepare maps and write reports.
  • Assist with education and outreach efforts, with a particular emphasis on youth conservation education.
  • Help identify funding opportunities and secure project grants.
  • Attend meetings of TU chapters, watershed groups, and other partnering groups as needed.
  • Provide assistance to the Director and other program staff as needed.


  • Bachelor's degree in biology or related field.
  • Experience with chemical and biological surveys such as water quality sampling, electrofishing, and benthic macroinvertebrate sampling.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and GIS mapping programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to conduct independent field work at remote locations.
  • A valid driver's license and vehicle.
  • Passion for protecting and restoring trout populations and their watersheds.

How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and three professional references to Amy Wolfe at by February 21, 2014. Please insert the words "Field Technician" in the subject line of the message. No phone calls please.

This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities.

TU is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer pursuant to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act.

Please fill out this voluntary form and submit it as an attachment to this email address.

TU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates in this search. TU hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.


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