Seasonal stream habitat survey technicians

Cascade Fisheries
Wenatchee, WA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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Four seasonal field technicians will undertake stream habitat inventories to assess current conditions in streams in the Wenatchee and Entiat watersheds. Habitat assessments support prioritization and implementation of future fish habitat restoration and enhancement projects in the region. Field technicians will use prescribed protocols to characterize current conditions using both quantitative measurements and qualitative assessments. Methodology is loosely based on USFS Level II Habitat Inventories. Surveys will be conducted on both private and public lands. Days will involve hiking up to several miles upstream in small, sometimes brushy creeks, as well as some long days of driving to access field sites. This is a field position, with approximately 95% of the work to be conducted in the field, from roughly June through September (start and end dates flexible). Work schedule is typically 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Monday – Thursday, however scheduling is flexible based on consensus staff preference. Vehicles will be provided. Cascade Fisheries CF is one of fourteen non-profit Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups in Washington created by the State Legislature (RCW 77.95.060) in 1990 in response to dwindling salmon and steelhead populations. CF improves conditions for native fish in North Central Washington through habitat restoration and enhancement and community education. Visit our website Principle Activities • Conduct habitat surveys (e.g. channel unit type, stream width, depth, wood count, pebble counts) to inform regional restoration prioritization efforts. • Use quantitative data and qualitative assessments to inform Reach-Based Ecosystem Indicator ratings for stream reaches. • Use field observations to make recommendations for potential site-specific restoration actions. • Interact with private landowners to gain access to property for survey. • Data entry, QAQC, and management. • Independent field work with frequent communication with CF staff to provide status updates, request needed assistance or materials, exchange private land access approval information, etc. Working Conditions The successful candidate must be willing and able to adapt to flexible work schedules, work on private and public land, work long hours in adverse weather conditions, and walk streams to take measurements. Walking streams requires safely moving through thick vegetation, climbing over and around log jams, and walking on uneven terrain and slippery surfaces while carrying up to 30lbs of field gear.
Required Qualifications • Bachelors degree with college coursework involving major study in natural sciences or closely allied field or a HS diploma or GED including one year of high school science, and 4 years of experience as a Scientific Technician or equivalent. College coursework may substitute, year for year, for experience provided the coursework includes natural or environmental science classes. • A valid driver's license. • Perform a variety of outdoor work in inclement weather; tolerate difficult and sometimes tedious work conditions. • Abide by all applicable organizational policies. Preferred Qualifications • Professional experience conducting field research. • Strong communication skills. • Ability to encourage and maintain team cohesiveness. • Ability to act safely and decisively in the field, adapting to challenges to complete project objectives. • Capacity to work independently and as part of a team, accepting supervision and following prescribed protocols. • Maintain a positive, productive, respectful working relationships with coworkers, collaborators, and private landowners. • Understanding of the freshwater habitat requirements and life histories of local salmonids.
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Kristen Kirkby
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