Freshwater Mussel Technician: Elkins, WV

Elkins, WV
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$15 hr
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Participates as a freshwater mussel technician within the state-wide Mussel Program conducting mussel surveys and monitoring. Other duties may include participation in mussel restoration activities involving propagation activities, translocations, stocking, in-situ bioassays using Barnhart Silos, water quality sampling, eDNA sample collection, habitat assessment, report writing, making presentations, and other duties assigned as needed. Incumbent will be responsible for accurate measurement and recording of field data as well as care and maintenance of field gear and vehicles. This person will be expected to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with the Mussel Program leader, as well as other WVDNR staff and partners. This is a great opportunity for a current student or recent graduate to gain invaluable experience working for a state fish and wildlife agency and network with wildlife professionals.
Minimum Qualifications: A B.S. or relevant coursework in biology, environmental science or a closely related field. Experience using Google or workspace products, and creating professional documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to work extended stays in field locales. The applicant must be capable of working in weather conditions (hot, cold, and wet). Must be able to swim and be comfortable in and around the water (frequent snorkeling required). Preferred Qualifications: Previous experience surveying for and identifying freshwater mussels or other field experience. Preference will be given to applicants with SCUBA certification and outboard boat operation skills although all applicants should be willing to obtain certification. Application Materials: Applications should include a current resume or CV detailing the applicant’s education and relevant experience, a cover letter explaining how the applicant meets all the minimum qualifications, and contact information for three professional references. Applications should be saved as a single PDF document and emailed to Kevin Eliason at Any questions may be sent to
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