Stream Restoration Technicians will report directly to the Field Crew Supervisor and will be responsible for working with the USFS-Monongahela National Forest to assist activities that support native trout and aquatic resource conservation. TU is looking to fill several entry-level, seasonal positions with negotiable spring/early summer 2021 start dates and flexible end dates with a maximum 6-month term. Technicians work 40-hour weeks (typically 4 days at 10 hours/day) that require traversing difficult terrain while carrying field gear up to 75 pounds working in inclement weather. Successful candidates will receive training and experience in multiple restoration activities including channel loading with large woody material. Fieldwork protocols have been established to address the ongoing pandemic. This position is based out of the US Forest Service office in Bartow, West Virginia with varying work locations throughout the Monongahela National Forest. Optional, shared crew housing will be available.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Create appropriate habitat in headwater streams using tools including: grip hoist, gas powered winch, hand tools, chainsaws, pulleys, levers, and muscles.
• Transport gear on a daily basis (up to 75 lbs.) over difficult and remote terrain.
• Work as a team with a high degree of coordination and communication.
• Keep a positive attitude and follow directions while conducting physically demanding work, often in inclement weather.
• Maintain equipment and report maintenance/equipment needs to supervisor.
• Collaborate on field design and implementation of structures to enhance stream morphology
• Operate with no cellular service
• Perform all duties with safety as top priority.
• Maintain a high level of integrity while on the job.
• Additional duties in support of the watershed program may be required and include, but are not limited to: tree planting, conducting stream surveys, assisting road decommissioning activities, supporting culvert replacement projects, water temperature monitoring, and education/outreach.
This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities.
• Demonstrable experience with physically demanding work.
• Ability to quickly acquire skills and learn new techniques.
• Willing to work long days in challenging environments.
• Possess strong communication skills.
• Working knowledge of watershed health and function.
• A valid driver’s license and the ability to pass background checks for employment.
• A strong passion for native fishes and the watersheds upon which they rely.
• Ability to work cooperatively in a team with varied skills, abilities and perspectives.
• Ability to think creatively, keep an open mind, and take constructive criticism.
• Creativity and patience
Competitive candidates will have one or more of the following:
• Chainsaw experience and/or certification
• Trail maintenance or construction experience
• Previous field work
• Tree ID skills
• Knowledge of fish habitat
• Knowledge of hydrology.
• Knowledge of basic mechanical repair.
• First Aid/CPR training
• Previous leadership or teamwork experience