FIELD TECHNICIANS – STREAM HABITAT AND FISH MONITORING
Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is recruiting field technicians (Scientific Technician 2 positions) to work on the Olympic Peninsula. The work involves stream channel surveys (measuring channel depth, width, erosion, substrate, instream wood, shade, and habitat units), juvenile salmon population estimates using a backpack electrofisher and redd surveys. The field sampling is for the DNR projects Status and Trends Monitoring of Riparian and Aquatic Habitat in the Olympic Experimental State Forest (short project description) and Riparian Validation Monitoring in the Olympic Experimental State Forest (short project description).
Duration: Duration varies by position ranging from two to six months. The start and end dates may be adjusted up to 10 days based on the candidates’ availability.
Position 1 – July 6th – September 30th
Position 2 – July 6th – September 15th
Position 3 – July 15th – September 15th
Position 4 – July 15th – October 15th
Position 5 – July 15th – January 15th
Required qualifications: Ability to work in remote locations, navigate and hike steep, rugged terrain off trails, and cope with harsh outdoor conditions such as heavy rain, high or low temperatures, and mosquitoes; ability to drive on forest roads; good work ethic and diligence in collecting and recording scientific data; ability to work in a team.
Desired qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, fisheries, or related program; knowledge of stream ecology and forest management; experience in environmental sampling; GPS and navigating experience.
Salary and benefits: The monthly salary ranges from $2,864-$3,701 depending on candidate’s qualifications and experience. Positions accrue 8 hours sick leave and 8 hours annual leave per month. Medical insurance is only provided for the six-month position, although coverage is provided for all positions for on-the-job injuries.
Work schedule: The typical weekly schedule is four 10-hour workdays, however days are often extended to complete field surveys; usually Mon-Thu from 7.00 am to 5.30 pm. 95 percent of the work is in the field, working in a team of 2-5 people.
Location and Housing: The positions are stationed is Forks, WA, which means living in the area; housing is not provided by DNR, and finding housing in Forks may be difficult.
COVID-19: We are currently planning to conduct a typical field season following the DNR safety procedures for use of protective equipment, disinfecting, and physical distancing. However, all field activities are contingent on COVID-19 state regulations, and the start date of the positions may be delayed.
If you are interested, please email Kyle Martens at email@example.com submitting your resume and explaining why you think you are a good fit for the position and the positions that you would like to be considered for. Please submit your application by April 25th, 2021.
Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, fisheries, or related program; knowledge of stream ecology and forest management; experience in environmental sampling; GPS and navigating experience.