Northern NJ Conservation Technician Internship

ABOUT TROUT UNLIMITED

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.

POSITION SUMMARY

Trout Unlimited in NJ 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 Upper Delaware Basin of NJ. The position will report directly to the Restoration Manager for New Jersey and will be based out of Sussex and Warren Counties. The position will participate in a variety of TU, NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife, and Delaware River Watershed Initiative restoration projects. This staffer will primarily focus on the road-stream crossing assessment of the Flat Brook watershed, but will also participate in monitoring, biological field work, restoration activities and local chapter engagement. The Field Technician should be experienced in biological field work and comfortable working in remote locations, performing physically challenging work.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead the assessment and prioritization of road-stream crossings within brook trout stronghold of the Flat Brook watershed in Sussex County, NJ.
  • Participate in and collect data on activities such as electrofishing, riparian restoration, and temperature and water quality monitoring.
  • Ensure proper data collection, sampling and safety protocols are followed.
  • Ensure coordination and outreach 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.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Current undergraduate student or recent graduate with a degree in environmental science, fisheries and wildlife biology, natural resource management, ecology, or a related field of study.
  • Experience with biological field work to include electrofishing, water quality monitoring, 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 the 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. Applicants with experience in NAACC culvert assessment protocol and knowledge of the local landscape will be preferred.

COMPENSATION

Bi-weekly stipend of $833, plus paid travel expenses.

This 12-week position is grant funded and has the possibility of being extended past the anticipated end date.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to Cole Baldino at Cole.Baldino@tu.orgno later than Friday, April 19, 2019. Include “Northern NJ Conservation 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.

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