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.
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.
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.