Ecological Technician: Washington

Terraqua Environmental Consulting, Inc.
Entiat, WA
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Terraqua, Inc. has multiple openings for field personnel to work on a variety of fisheries and fish habitat related research projects. This opportunity may include a range of position grades from introductory technicians to experienced crew leads and fisheries ecologists. We are seeking self-motivated individuals with a strong foundation in fisheries ecology or a related field, who can work well as part of a team to collect scientifically rigorous data at remote field sites. The work may include, but is not necessarily limited to: collection, identification and tagging of juvenile salmonids; description and quantification of in-stream habitat; and topographic survey of channel and floodplain bathymetry. The work will be primarily field based, but will also include some data processing and other office-based work. The positions will require completion of a 10-day training program located in Oregon in early June.

Essential Duties:
Conduct detailed surveys of stream and river habitat and channel topography, while adhering to strict data collection protocols;
Capture, identify and tag juvenile salmonids using a variety of methods including snorkeling, trapping and backpack electrofishing;
Collect drift and/or benthic macroinvertebrate samples following strict protocols and chain of custody requirements;
Assist with database synchronization, data post-processing, and data QA/QC;
Ensure the proper care and maintenance of scientific survey, sampling and related equipment;
Communicate effectively as part of a team and be proactive in addressing unforeseen events;
Perform all duties with a high degree of quality, consistency, professionalism and timeliness;
All positions report to the designated supervisor, who will be a member of Terraqua’s project management team and may vary for different assignments throughout the season.Each field crew will have a designated crew lead for each hitch, who will be responsible for overseeing daily operations and workflow.

Preferred Qualifications:
BSc. or Associates Degree in fisheries, biology, ecology or closely related field is preferred but can be substituted with a demonstrated record of minimum 3 yrs related experience;
Demonstrated computer experience including: Windows operating system; email and web-browser use; file management skills including copying, moving, and uploading files; and GIS;
Ideal candidates will have a background with data collection/data entry, and familiarity with survey equipment & methods including GPS, water-quality kits, and basics of land surveying;
Experience with CHaMP and/or ISEMP protocols will be given preference;
Experience living and working in the outdoors especially working in streams and rivers;
Previous wilderness first aid experience and current First AID and CPR certification are a plus.
Applicants must have the ability to adhere to rigorous sampling protocols;
All employees are required to attend a two week training program in early June in Cove, OR;
Candidates must be able to work well with others, typically in crews of 3-6;
Applicants will be required to provide their own camping gear and field gear such as waders and wading boots during field hitches;
Must commit to working a variable schedule including some weekends and long days. The typical work schedule is 8 days on, 6 days off (Wed-Wed), but employees must maintain flexibility in their personal schedules to allow for contingency scheduling around environmental conditions and client requirements;
Ability and willingness to work in the field in all weather conditions;
Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License.

Essential Physical Requirements:
Must be able to work outdoors in challenging environmental and terrain conditions;
Must be able to hike into and out of remote sites;
Must be able to carry 50 lbs.+ packs up to 10 miles;
Must be able to lift and carry 50 lbs.+;
Must be able to work 10+ hour days with constant movements such as walking, twisting, bending, reaching, and carrying;
Must be able to work in and around swift bodies of water such as wading through, standing in, swimming and snorkeling;
Must be a strong swimmer.
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