Watershed Technician

About Trout Unlimited

Today, Trout Unlimited is a national organization with more than 155,000 volunteers organized into about 400 chapters nationwide. These dedicated volunteers are paired with a respected staff of organizers, lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 30 offices. Our mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America's cold-water fisheries and their watersheds.

Position Summary

Trout Unlimited in West Virginia is looking for energetic, intelligent and motivated individuals to join our growing staff for seasonal employment in 2016. TU is working with the USFS-Monongahela National Forest to assist activities that support native trout and aquatic resource conservation. We are looking to fill several entry-level, temporary positions (6 month maximum, ranging from April-November, start dates are negotiable). Successful candidates will receive training and experience in multiple restoration activities but will be assigned a specific central focus. Focus positions include: Stream Restoration, Stream Survey, Equipment Operator, and Operator Assistant. All technicians may be involved in riparian planting activities.

General Responsibilities

  • Provide labor and support for all conservation projects on an as needed basis
  • Operate safely in all aspects of the work
  • Maintain a rigorous work ethic during all tasks assigned
  • Participate in training exercises
  • Work around streams and rivers in a variety of flow regimes and weather conditions
  • Practice safe and proper care/maintenances of equipment
  • Meet high safety standards in the performance of all duties
  • Ability to work 10 hour days, 4 days a week in remote terrain using manual tools

Position Description

Teams work 40 hour weeks (typically 4 days at 10 hours/day) that require traversing difficult terrain while carrying field gear up to 75 pounds working in inclement weather. Successful applicants must be prepared to integrate into a highly functional team. The position will be based out of the Forest Service Station in Bartow, WV, with travel to multiple sites in the Monongahela National Forest. While a variety of conservation activities will be encountered, there will be three primary roles with multiple roles with multiple positions hired for each:

Stream Survey Duties

  • Assist with watershed survey activities including: stream morphology, habitat and fish population assessment.
  • Navigate to remote stream sites carrying survey equipment using GPS and topographic maps.
  • Maintain rigorous data collection and assessment protocols.
  • Wade streams and rivers in a variety of flow regimes and weather conditions.
  • Maintenance of equipment.

Habitat Restoration Duties

  • Create appropriate habitat in headwater streams using native materials including: grip hoist, hand tools, chainsaws, pulleys, and levers.
  • Transport gear (up to 75 lbs) over difficult and remote terrain.
  • Work as a team with a high degree of coordination and communication.
  • Maintenance of equipment.
  • Perform all duties with safety as top priority.

Road Obliteration Work

  • Decommission old forest roads
  • Operate small/midsized backhoe/track hoe
  • Provide appropriate water crossings as needed
  • Seeding and replanting roads
  • Deliver fuel and supplies to remote work locations
  • Daily maintenance of equipment.
  • Operating ATV/UTV.
  • Assurance of safety and communication at all times.
  • Work remotely in a safe and efficient manner.

General Qualifications

  • Demonstrable experience with physically demanding work.
  • Ability to quickly acquire skills and learn new techniques.
  • Willing to work long days in challenging environments.
  • Possess strong communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of watershed health and function.
  • A valid driver's license and the ability to pass background checks for employment.
  • A strong passion for native fishes and the watersheds upon which they rely.
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team with varied skills, abilities and perspectives.
  • Ability to think creatively, keep an open mind, and take constructive criticism.

Competitive candidates will have one or more of the following:

  • Chainsaw certification
  • Trail maintenance or construction experience
  • Tree ID skills
  • Knowledge of fish habitat
  • Knowledge of hydrology.
  • Knowledge of basic mechanical repair.
  • Exposure to aquatic habitat surveys and/or road hydrologic health surveys.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.(Word, Outlook, Power Point, Excel)
  • A strong passion for native fishes and the watersheds upon which they rely
  • Fish ID skills
  • Electrofishing experience
  • Laser level Survey experience
  • First Aid/CPR training

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

How to Apply

Please send cover letter, resume and three professional references in a single attachement to wvtujobs@tu.org. Review of applicants will begin February 14th. Please note, this is a seasonal, 6 month max position. Please insert the words "Watershed Technician" in the subject line of the message. No phone calls please.

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

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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