TU-WWP is beginning the fourth year of a program to relocate ‘conflict’ beaver to suitable sites in the Wenatchee River Basin and seeks two seasonal staff to support program efforts:
Beaver Restoration Field Lead is a non-supervisory position although the selected candidate will plan daily activities, make field decisions, and be the primary reporting contact for the Program Manager. A successful candidate will complete assigned duties safely and efficiently, conduct their work professionally as they are the public representative for TU, and keep the project manager apprised of work activities and issues that may arise. The position timeline is approximately May 3 - October 15 but may be extended depending on applicant availability and program needs. This seasonal position will work 40 hours per week.
Beaver Restoration Technician will assist and support the field lead with daily activities. A successful candidate has the ability to problem-solve and think creatively to achieve a conservation mission as part of a team. The preferred timeline is approximately May 3 – October 15 but is flexible depending on availability of the selected candidate. This seasonal position will work 40 hours per week.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Safely trap, handle, care for, and release live beaver
• Collect biological information and implant captured beaver with PIT tags
• Observe, feed, and care for captured beaver at holding facilities in Leavenworth, WA
• Maintain and clean beaver holding facilities and trapping equipment
• Evaluate potential relocation sites for suitability using established protocols
• Prepare selected sites for beaver relocations
• Educate the public about the link between beavers, salmonids, and aquatic ecosystems
• Work cooperatively with biologists, volunteers, resource managers, and private landowners
• Deploy monitoring equipment such as wildlife cameras and data loggers
• Survey and evaluate successful relocation sites
• Use ArcGIS software and GPS units for site selection, identification, and analysis
• Record, enter, and compile data using MS Excel and Google Sheets; prepare project reports using MS Word and Google Docs
• Perform other duties as assigned
The primary work schedule will be Monday-Friday but will vary depending on program activities and will occasionally include weekends. Positions will be based out of the TU-WWP office in Wenatchee, WA, with the duty station at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery in Leavenworth, WA, and report directly to Kodi Jo Jaspers, Program Manager
Beaver trapping will occur in parks, agricultural settings, and on both public and private properties. Beaver holding and acclimation will occur in a fish hatchery setting. Beaver relocations will occur in mountain streams within public and/or private forest and range lands. Applicants will work in swift streams, thick brush, heat/cold, and may be exposed to biting insects, thorny plants, and other challenging field conditions. Flexibility, good humor, and a positive attitude are imperative.
Safety and Training
Trout Unlimited is committed to a safe working environment. The field crew will receive training in procedures, best practices, and standard protocols for conducting program activities safely and efficiently.
The Field Lead position will pay $16-$19 hourly (DOQ). The Technician will pay $14-$16 (DOQ). A personal vehicle may sometimes be required, and mileage will be reimbursed at the 2021 federal rate of $0.56/mile. These positions are not eligible for benefits. The program is not able to offer housing.
How to Apply
Email cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for two references to Kodi Jo Jaspers, Beaver-Powered Restoration Program Manager, at email@example.com. Please indicate to which position you are applying and your anticipated availability. Positions open until filled but applicant reviews will begin on March 15, 2021.
Funding for the position is dependent on federal, state, and private sources. Successful applicants may be invited back for subsequent seasons depending on availability of funding.
Required Qualifications – Field Lead
• College-level coursework in fisheries, wildlife, and/or water resources required.
• Experience handling fish/wildlife and collecting/analyzing field data required.
• Experience communicating with resource professionals and the general public required.
• Must be adaptable to challenging field conditions and changing schedules.
• Must be able to work well independently and in a group setting.
• Ability to think quickly and creatively in response to unanticipated challenges.
• Strong organization skills and attention to detail required.
• Must be comfortable working in remote forested, mountain, range, and stream settings.
• Must have a valid driver’s license; no special certifications required.
• Must be able to walk long distances over uneven terrain.
• Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
• Overnight travel will be infrequent but may be required for training or job task purposes.
Required Qualifications – Technician
• Field experience in fisheries, wildlife, or other natural resources discipline (gained through education and/or employment)
• Ability to work with people of different ages and backgrounds
• Ability to handle conflict and contentious situations
• Ability to problem-solve and think creatively to achieve a conservation mission
• Valid driver’s license, and willingness to drive unimproved roads required
• Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds and walk several miles on/off trail
• Enthusiasm for natural resources conservation
• Animal trapping and handling experience
• Experience using Microsoft Office applications, ArcGIS software, and GPS units