Field Technicians - Stream Temperature and Flow Permanence

Number of Positions

2, open until filled.

Job Duration

Approximately 3 months

Appointment Type

Temporary, full time, benefits not included

Duty Station

Reno, NV


$2,900 per month (includes food stipend)

Start Date

June 23, 2017

End Date

Estimated September 29, 2017, with exact date TBD by Sept 1

Preferred Qualifications

3 months of field experience OR 3 years of college with courses related biology and/or aquatic sciences


This is a collaborative project between TU and the USGS. The paired crew-members will be responsible for the collection of field data for a study monitoring stream temperature and flow permanence in arid mountain streams of northern Nevada and southeast Oregon. Schedule requires flexibility and will depend on changing field needs, but will range between 8 days straight followed by 6 days off or 4 days straight followed by 3 days off. Work will be done on public and private land. The incumbent will perform the following kinds of tasks:

  • Locate pre-determined sites by navigating backcountry terrain using GPS and topographic maps
  • Install new stream temperature data loggers and/or download existing stream temperature data loggers
  • Accurately record site attribute data
  • Drive 4-wheel drive vehicles on remote un-improved roads
  • Off-trail hiking in arid and mountainous watersheds carrying packs weighing up to 30 pounds
  • Interact with private landowners

Dispersed camping (without water/toilet facilities) will be required.


Field work will involve exposure to extreme temperature and weather conditions. Crew will work independently (but as a pair) with extensive stays (up to 8 days) in remote locations. Field trips could include extended periods of backcountry camping. Field sites are in remote locations and access often requires long cross-country hikes through steep, brushy terrain. Biting and stinging insects are common.

While on duty, vehicle, fuel, and occasional necessary lodging (hotel) expenses are covered by Trout Unlimited. The incumbent will be responsible for their own lodging (at home-base) when not on duty. All field trips will preferably start and end in Reno, NV.

How to Apply

Please compile a cover letter, resume and a list of 3 references with emails and phone numbers *all in one document (pdf, Word)* and email to Helen Neville at with "Flow permanence tech" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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

TU hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.


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