NY Field Technician


Trout Unlimited is a national organization with 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils nationwide. These dedicated grassroots volunteers are matched by a respected staff of organizers, lawyers, policy experts, and scientists, who work out of more than 45 offices across the country. Our mission is to conserve, protect, and restore North America's cold-water fisheries and their watersheds.


Trout Unlimited in NY is looking for an energetic, hardworking and motivated seasonal field technician to participate in a variety of tasks related to our conservation and restoration projects in the Catskills of NY. The position will report directly to the Restoration Manager for New York and Connecticut and will be based out of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Region 4 office in Stamford, NY. The position will participate in a variety of TU and NYS DEC restoration projects task from biological surveys to maintenance and monitoring of all field equipment. The NY Field Technician should be experienced in biological field work and comfortable working in remote locations, performing physically challenging work. This is a 6-month/seasonal intern position.


  • Help install and maintain project equipment to include weekly visits to check radio frequency identification units, thermographs, and a distributed temperature sensing system.
  • Participate in and collect data on activities such as electrofishing, riparian restoration, temperature monitoring, culvert assessments and instream habitat surveys.
  • Ensure proper data collection, sampling and safety protocols are followed.
  • Ensure coordination among project partners and private landowners.
  • Ensure projects are completed in a timely manner.
  • Provide data entry and database management, as well as prepare maps and write reports.
  • Attend meetings of TU chapters, watershed groups, and other partnering groups as needed.
  • Provide assistance to other program staff as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field.
  • Experience with biological field work to include electrofishing, fish tagging, planting, culvert and habitat surveys.
  • Willingness to travel and be capable of hiking and carrying heavy equipment in difficult terrain and working in inclement conditions and remote locations.
  • 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.
  • Familiarity with field sampling gear and have ability to troubleshoot in the field.
  • A valid driver’s license and vehicle.
  • Passion for protecting and restoring trout populations and their watersheds.

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


Monthly stipend of $1,500, plus paid travel expenses.


Please send a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to Tracy Brown at tracy.brown@tu.org no later than Friday, April 14, 2019. Include “NY Field Technician” 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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